Giant Pumpkin Contest Today in Half Moon Bay; Ben & Jerry’s Backs Occupy Wall Street


• Two champion pumpkin growers, one from Santa Rosa and one from Napa, are squaring off today in Half Moon Bay at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Last year's winner's giant pumpkin weighed in at 1,535 pounds. [Examiner]

• You've heard about Txoko, the new Basque restaurant in the old Enrico's space in North Beach. Now the Journal is exploring txokos in Spain, which are all-male gastronomic societies. [WSJ]

• The Chron is up to Square Two in their 49 Square Miles Tour of S.F., and it's the area around Crissy Field where the food highlights are: the nutrition bar aisle at Sports Basement, and the Let's Be Frank cart. [Chron]

• Moo-ve aside, bankers: Ben & Jerry's is backing the Occupy Wall Street protest. [DNA Info]

• Subway plans to unveil "contactless payment" via phone, keychain fobs, etc. by next year. Kind of like a real subway. [NRN]

• One hot culinary figure since El Bulli's closing is Sweden's Magnus Nilsson, who favors foods like gulls' eggs and fried thrush heads at his restaurant, Fäviken. [Newsweek via Daily Beast]