Posts for December 21, 2012

Mission Bowling Club Promotes New Chef, Adds More Refined Menu

MBC, from the balls' perspective.

Over at the city's hippest and foodiest bowling alley, Mission Bowling Club (3176 17th Street), there's been a recent chef shuffle as opening chef Anthony Myint steps back and Chris Kiyuna (Front Porch, Coi) has been promoted to the top post. He'll be doing some more refined dishes, promising they'll still be affordable, and SFoodie reports that the menu will include things like root-beer glazed duck breast, and the famed Mission Burger will remain. Also, they're doing a New Year's Eve prix fixe: four courses for $50, served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. At 9:30 there'll be a New Year's bowling party, should you want to stay for that. [SFoodie]

Fior d’Italia Softly Reopens Tonight

As promised, America's oldest Italian restaurant, Fior d'Italia (2237 Mason Street at Francisco), will be sneaking back open before the new year. New owners Trudy and Gianfranco Audieri (he's also been the chef there for decades) have bought the place, and they're reopening at the Wharf tonight, with an official grand opening on Sunday night, December 23. The restaurant, which originally opened in 1886 at another location, will likely have a few changes to the menu, and we'll alert you if we learn more. [Scoop, Earlier]

Sneak a Peek at the New Saison, Opening Shortly in SoMa

As you should know if you're a fan, chef-partner Joshua Skenes and wine director/partner Mark Bright have packed up and moved their Michelin two-star restaurant Saison out of the Mission and over to ballpark-adjacent SoMa. The new location at 178 Townsend Street (at Third) is in the front portion of the California Electric Light Co. Building, built in 1888, which now has a condo complex in back. The new, less flood-prone spot boasts exposed brick walls, a 35-foot ceiling, plenty of natural light, and will have an even more open kitchen setup than the original one, with one banquette actually in the kitchen — Skenes has done away with the chef's counter, saying it's now become too trendy, and he's decided to blur the line between front and back of house completely.

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Umami Burger Unveils an End of the World Burger

It's Mayan-inspired, you see, with mole.Photo: Courtesy of Umami Burger

So... the world hasn't ended yet. But there are still some hours left in the day, and in addition to T.G.I. Friday's inane apocalypse promotion, Umami Burger is serving an End of the World Burger featuring Mayan/Mexican-inspired things like mole, queso fresco, corn relish, cilantro, and coffee-braised short ribs atop the standard Umami patty. You can also get some End of the World fries with the same stuff on top. An Umami rep tells us that if we all do, in fact, make it through the rest of Friday without getting swallowed up in an earthquake or whatever, you'll be able to get the burger throughout the weekend, while supplies last.

Canadian Prison Pizza Parties Are Now Banned

Hold the pepperoni, and everything else.

In September, Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews put an end to years of sanctioned fast-food parties held for inmates when he issued a directive condemning them. The practice was widespread in prisons across Canada for many years and doubled as a food drive for groups like Doctors Without Borders. Under the program, inmates used their own money to order outside food, while food drives took place on the outside. "Canadians were concerned that dangerous and violent prisoners had across the board access to pizza parties and BBQ socials," a spokesperson for the government tells the CBC. Greg McMaster, a convicted murderer who has spent 34 years of a life sentence in jail, says his fellow inmates raised $50,000. "If someone's in an outrage that I enjoy a piece of KFC twice a year," he told the CBC, "I would say their priorities may be a little askew." [CBC]

First Look at the New 4505 Meats Butcher Shop, Now Open in the Mission

We already told you about the new 4505 Meats Butcher Shop from Ryan and Cesalee Farr (1909 Mission Street at 15th). Now we bring you a look inside, where the Farrs have wallpapered the place with marked-up galley from their 2011 Whole Beast Butchery book — available for sale at the shop. As you can see, in addition to fresh and cured meats and charcuterie, there's also a daily changing sausage menu, so you can walk out with ribeyes for dinner and a hot boudin blanc topped with kraut for lunch.

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Twelve Interesting Christmas Food Traditions From Around the World

Did you know that KFC is now a huge Christmas thing in Japan thanks to a 1970s ad campaign?Photo: .tamoteru./Flickr

In America, we have our sugar cookies, our rib roasts, and our candy canes. The French have bûche de Noël. In Italy, there's panettone and the Feast of the Seven Fishes. But you may not be as aware of these other festive traditions from around the world. Like, for instance, the potato, cheese, and anchovy casserole known as Jansson's Temptation that's a traditional part of the Julbord (Christmas smörgåsbord) in Sweden? See a dozen of our favorites below.

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Louisville Man Sues Maker’s Mark Bourbon House for Alleged Racism

Maker's Mark Bourbon House in Lousiville.

Andre Mulligan and his brother met with representatives at the Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge in Louisville last August in order to book a party for the following day. "During the meeting," Mulligan alleges in a complaint filed this week in Jefferson County Court, "the officials from Maker's Mark demanded to know the ratio of 'black people' to 'white people' attending the event." When Mulligan told them the party would be "100 percent African American," management allegedly replied that the restaurant would not host the event. When his party showed up at the restaurant the following night, they were turned away at the door. Mulligan is now suing the restaurant's operators for costs and punitive damages for violating the Kentucky Civil Rights Act.

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Katt Williams Causes Trouble at Subway While Suge Knight Gets a Manicure

Repeat offender Katt Williams was detained by LAPD in front of a West Hollywood Subway last night in response to an alleged disturbance at the foot-long purveyor. Much to the reassurance of public safety, the cops later released the comedian, handing him back his marijuana and a .45 caliber pistol after determining that he was only loitering while his manager, Suge Knight, got a manicure next door. For their troubles, a Subway employee brought the twosome free sandwiches and denied any incident took place. [TMZ]

Guy Fieri Is Now Dr. Guy Fieri

He will school you.Photo: Corbis, Getty Images

The Donkey Sauce titan and Food Network personality was given an honorary doctorate on Tuesday by his alma mater, UNLV. The school thanked Fieri for his public service and continued support of its hotel college's fund-raising efforts. "[T]here is no place better in the world to get a hospitality degree than UNLV," the chef said during commencement. "It allowed me to get the mental game it takes to win in the big leagues." Now that he's got multiple TV shows, a successful restaurant chain, and many cookbooks under his belt, let's hope that Fieri will move on to teaching, because he'd obviously be the best professor in the world. He'd wear Hush Puppies with a suit and bring gyozas with Bleu-Sabi sauce to class. He'd carefully hear out all of your problems and then maybe hit on your sister. [UNLV via Eater]

Olema Inn Reopens With Christmas Eve Feast From the Manka’s Team

The Olema Inn, built in 1876.Photo: Helen S./Yelp

After seven months of renovations — and six years after the Christmas fire that destroyed much of the historic Manka's Inverness Lodge — the hospitality team of Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong will reopen the nearby Olema Inn & Restaurant in Marin. The two bought the inn back in May, with the plan of opening a casual counterpart to the more upscale Manka's, and it's now ready for its debut, just in time for their favorite holiday. "The Christmas Eve Dinner, a long-standing tradition, is close to our hearts," they write in a note to fans and previous Manka's guests. "It is a lingering feast featuring two of our favorite winter foods: crab and cassoulet." In addition, they'll be doing a Christmas Day, "Tiny Tim affair" with roast turkey, and a New Year's Eve prix fixe. Also, at Manka's, they'll be serving holiday sandwiches at the temporary AirStream trailer each day at noon, and each evening there will be fireside suppers served to all Lodge guests.

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Watch This Outback Steakhouse Ad With Scary, Singing Leftovers

If you've ever opened your refrigerator door and found yourself, minutes later, deep in conversation about Sartre with a dish of beef stroganoff or slab of fennel gratin, don't watch this video — it will probably hurt your feelings. For everyone else, the idea here is that holiday-meal leftovers are creepy, so instead of eating them, let them fester until they develop perfect pitch and start singing Christmas songs. Then go to Outback Steakhouse and eat there. After all, Bloomin Onions don't cry out when you pull them apart limb from limb.

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