Southern Pacific Smokehouse Gets Reviewed; Climate Change Could Double Staple Crop Prices

• The drinks are good but the food is "lacking" at the new Southern Pacific Smokehouse in Novato. [Marin IJ]

• SFoodie checks out Delica's takoyaki (octopus balls) at Takoyanen at the Ferry Building. The verdict: "We're sure the balls will become firmer with more practice." [SFoodie]

• Regarding the politics, and expense, of becoming an approved vendor at Oakland's Grand Lake farmers' market. [East Bay Express]

• CHOW narrowed down their Innovators Bracket, the voting is complete, and the winner is Tyson Cole of Austin's Uchi. [CHOW]

• "The new weather," i.e. climate change, could as much as double staple-crop prices globally over the next couple of decades. [Fast Company]

• "Our check average is about $50 per person, and yet they will find a way to make their dinner for two total $51.01." A tale of restaurant-coupon fatigue, from a manager's side. [SE]

• When Todd English needs a break from being such a fabulous go-getter, he hits the gym. [NYT]

• Life as a socialite weekending in the Hamptons is rough: A privileged Melissa Berkelhammer reportedly threw a tantrum that woke other hotel guests and involved her dissatisfaction with some soup. [Page Six/NYP]

• Whole Green Kids, a daycare caterer claiming to offer local, organic, Kosher, and Halal meals is being accused of providing none of the above and scamming everyone. [Star]

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