Posts for December 14, 2012

Isreal's Strictly Kosher Market to Close; Plant Cafe Mill Valley Almost Open

Outer Richmond: Israel's Strictly Kosher Market (5621 Geary), a 65-year old institution, will not be renewing its lease in March. [Eater]
Downtown: Looking to party on Monday night? Parallel 37 (600 Stockton Street) is hosting an egg nog and ugly sweater party complete with prizes for the best ugly sweater around. [SFoodie]
Mission: Hog & Rocks (3431 19th Street) is now offering their private barrel of Elijah Craig 12 by the bottle. You pay for the bottle and the bar keeps it for you; you can walk in and grab a glass of the whiskey whenever you want. [Mission Mission]
Mill Valley: The Plant Cafe Organic (800 Redwood Highway) is gearing up to open its first Mill Valley outpost at the end of the month. [Scoop]
Santa Cruz: Boony Doon Vineyard's restaurant Le Cigare Volant (328 Ingalls Street) is closing for good on December 31st. The tasting room will remain open. [Scoop]

Reminder: 4505 Meats Opens Saturday

Tomorrow everyone's favorite butcher, Ryan Farr, is finally opening his first brick and mortar shop, 4505 Meats. The store is located at 1909 Mission and meat lovers can enjoy all of Farr's specialties including pork green chili, bacon-stuffed hot dogs, and cold cuts. The new location isn't the only place where you can find his irresistible chicharrones: 4505 Meats will still be at its normal spot at the Ferry Building Farmers Market. [Earlier]

Sliver Pizzeria On Deck For Berkeley

Berkeley's got a new pizzeria on the horizon. Sports bar Sportivo, on Center and Shattuck, is shutting it's doors on December 15th and Sliver Pizzeria will take it's place in early 2013. According to the Facebook page, Sliver will "use the freshest and finest quality ingredients on our pizza as a means to promoting human health and empowering the fight against human trafficking around the world." It'll be pizza with a cause, very Berkeley indeed. [Tablehopper]

Watch the First Episode of ‘Epic Chef,’ the Competitive Cooking Show From ‘Epic Meal Time’

Suitcases filled with bacon strips, self-hate, Top Chef, and "sushi-grade lard" all collide in the first episode of "Epic Chef," a new web series from the makers of "Epic Meal Time." If you're already familiar with the team most responsible for this year's bacon shortage, then you already know what you're in for. The first installment pits chefs David Alvarez and Ilan Hall against each other. The pair are tasked with reinventing breakfast, and this is probably the first time you'll ever hear a judge preface his or her comments with the words "I would just like to say that both meals were shitty." If you can stomach it, click on through.

"I'm going for the baby snot." »

OTG: Fort Mason Open Tonight for Special Holiday Market

Tonight Off the Grid celebrates the holiday season with a special market at Fort Mason. Although Off the Grid is technically on winter hiatus, it's hosting the one-time only event this evening from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. There's 27 food venders on the lineup including cult favorites like the Crème Brulee Cart and Hapa SF. The exciting thing is that the offerings go beyond the usual food and drink to include artwork, clothing, and more. A portion of the sales from all vendors will go to the San Francisco Food Bank, so shop away. [Earlier]

Hirsch Enjoys the Tasty Ethiopian Fare at Rasselas; Bauer Bummed Out by Some of His Top 100

The Examiner's Jesse Hirsch ventures to the quieter side of Fillmore Street with this week's review of Rasselas a "now-dwindling music destination" where you should "eat while you groove." The traditional Ethiopian classics "brooked no complaints," but some of the "cross culture mashups" of "Africanized bar food" flounder. He liked the tibs wat and sambusas, but didn't care for the fish sliders which reminded him of Fishwich or the drunken chicken that was "a tough, goopy little number." [Examiner]

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Liholiho Yacht Club to Pop Up at Naked Kitchen

Chef Ravi Kapur has just announced a two night pop up dinner series at Naked Kitchen in the Mission. The dinners will be held on Friday December 21 and Saturday December 22 with one seating at 7 p.m. According to Kapur these dinners will be different from past events because the setting is more intimate, home-like, and communal. Kapur and Naked Kitchen's founder, Kong Son, are friends and are excited to partner on these dinners. It's BYOB and $75 for the main room, $100 for the counter. [Earlier]

La Fromagerie, a New Cheese Shop in Dogpatch, Now Open

Today the American Industrial Center welcomes a new cheese shop. La Fromagerie comes from Ruben Donze of Bouvet, the decorative hardware importer. He's transformed part of his warehouse into the space that will now house the cheese store. Over 50 cheeses will be available as well as bread, charcuterie, and gourmet food items. A native of the French Alps, Donze has stocked the shop with mostly French cheese along with other a smaller selection of Spanish, Italian, and American cheese. Cheese lovers are encouraged to sample Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 to 7. [Tablehopper]

Dark Meat: A Brief History of Pork-Chop-Related Violence

Worth killing for?Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev

Yesterday, a Florida man shot his drunken roommate in a pork-chop dispute. Thomas Hahn objected to his roomie's views on how to properly cook pork chops, so he planted three bullets in his head. At first blush, this might seem like a slight overreaction, no matter how important it is to get a nice char and a juicy center. But careful research reveals that arguments over pork chops are frighteningly common. Ahead, a short social history.

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Lunch Lady Loses Her Job for Feeding Needy Kid

A Missouri elementary-school cafeteria worker named Dianne Brame was fired on Tuesday for feeding a fourth-grade boy whose mother hadn't renewed him in the school's free lunch program. The rules at Hudson Elementary in Webster Groves state that children whose eligibility lapses are entitled to a few freebies but thereafter are given a carton of milk and a lowly cheese sandwich. In the local news video below, Brame says she served the fourth-grader a free full lunch for two months in order to prevent the other students from bullying him. On Monday, however, a co-worker reported her to the food-service company that has a contract with the school, and though she has now lost her job, the former lunch lady says she has no regrets.

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Vodka Saves Stranded Siberian Elephants’ Lives

Here's a story everyone can relate to: After his trailer caught fire, Russian circus trainer Leonid Labo found himself and his two middle-aged elephants stranded amid Siberia's brutally bone-chilling landscape. To keep his pachyderms from freezing, he fed them ten liters of vodka (each) diluted in warm water. A zoo director later said the move "saved the animals from frostbite and pneumonia, without harming or even intoxicating them." [AP]


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Jay Barmann
NY Mag