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]