Food and Drink

Hungry much?

California faces severe food aid gap in time of need

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By Hugh Biggar

news@sfbg.com

Here's something to chew on with your bagel and coffee—assuming you can afford that in these trying times. Roughly, 2.3 million Californians are receiving official help getting enough to eat, but nearly 3 million others who qualify are not.

In fact, California's low enrollment in the federal food stamp program, known officially as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or in California, CalFresh, is costing the state both socially and economically.Read more »

A pitch and a swing

Cinema-related panic is nothing a bowl of spicy ramen can't fix

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CHEAP EATS We went to see Moneyball. You know: We have soft spots in our hearts for baseball. Additionally, Hedgehog has a wet spot in her panties for Brad Pitt; and I in mine, truth be told, for Jonah Hill.

Before he lost the weight, mind you — although he's pretty funny after, too.Read more »

Get your holiday shop on: Recchiuti Chocolates pop up in Dogpatch

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That Michael Recchiuti has a fan base is no surprise. That it's dubbed the “Obsession Club” isn’t exactly unexpected either.

The Dogpatch-based chocolatier is opening a pop-up shop in the same neighborhood for easeful holiday treat-purchasing on November 17. Recchiuti is a tireless experimenter known as much for his carefully-sourced product as for the egregiously gut-tickling tastings he holds. Read more »

Appetite: Insects and mezcal

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A new twist on the tequila worm at Don Bugito dinner at Headlands Center for the Arts

Nestled near the ocean in the wilds of the Marin Headlands sits Headlands Center for the Arts, an artists' haven in a reclaimed military barracks that is inspiring just to be in, as it must be for its artists in residence. Known for the culinary care and special event meals they host in their warm, open kitchen and dining room, I was intrigued to check it out. So what better excuse than for a five-course insect and mezcal dinner?

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Going veg at the wing shop: Wing Wings' deep-fried oyster mushrooms

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Owner Christian Ciscle's been trying to get me to come into his Lower Haight wings shop for a minute. I was always like “Christian (full disclosure: Ciscle took me on board as counterperson back in the days when he managed SoMa's Little Skillet to-go window), they're wings. I don't eat meat."

But then I went, and now I have to apologize because: Wing Wings' deep-fried oyster mushrooms. Read more »

A broke ass in our ranks: SFBG Culture Editor Caitlin Donohue honored by Broke Ass Stuart for her insolvency

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We here at the Guardian pride ourselves on being populist. That means documenting the latest in the people's protests, and generally being a resources for students, artists, families, anyone in that good old 99 percent. But it's not 100 percent for your benefit, dear readers. SF's not a cheap city to live in. Case in point: Culture Editor Caitlin Donohue's been chosen as Broke Ass Stuart's Broke Ass of the Week. Read more »

Fall fresh

New places, new tastes: Notable dishes at Park Tavern, Canela, and Umami Burger

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APPETITE These three new places just opened; these early dishes jump out.

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Appetite: Recapping Whiskyfest 2011

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Another year, another WhiskyFest. I've been attending a number of years now, ever relishing an opportunity to try unexplored whiskies, refresh my taste memory on others, and connect with whisk(e)y industry folk and distillers here from Kentucky to Scotland.

A number of options listed as VIP tastes (more than ever this year) were not, in fact, available at all. Some purveyors said these bottles -- like Isle of Jura's Shackleton or Pierre Ferrand Ancestrale Cognac -- hadn't reached the States yet. I find this a problem, particularly for those paying more to hit VIP hour for these rare tastes ($135 regular tickets; $185 for VIP hour).

One that WAS there however, was the soft, layered, fruity yet slightly oaky, Tamdhu 30 year from Gordon and MacPhail.

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Appetite: Two tastings to watch for

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Two excellent yearly reasons to wet your whistle are coming to town this week. Whiskey and wine, anyone?

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Go mango

Crossing lines and eating out at Mingalaba Restaurant in Burlingame

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CHEAP EATS Arrgh, the best laid plans of hedgehogs and chicken farmers!

I was so homesick I eventually convinced my love to leave her besoddened home town in the capable (snicker snicker) hands of FEMA and commence via Hyundai toward San Francisco. Mostly I cried. But also I promised to eat her pussy once for every state line we crossed.Read more »