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Tablehopping

Crème brûlée, chicken and waffles, barbacoa, and deluxe fried rice — all in a week's work.

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Campos: "Tamale Lady will not go down!" Options proposed

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She's been slinging her steamy goodness to famished drunkards out of a trash bag in a cooler strapped to a wagon for years with no problem (other than some grumbles about a recent, tiny price hike). But it looks like the the health department -- or threat of the health department -- may have finally caught up with the beloved Tamale Lady, aka Virginia Ramos.

Today, SF's Internet melted with news that she had been asked to not sell her tamales at Zeitgeist. That bar posted a message to its Facebook:

We are sad to announce that the Tamale Lady may no longer sell her tamales at Zeitgeist. This is forced on us by SF city codes and regulations.

The SF Department of Public Health has been making efforts recently to reign in unlicensed food vendors, which may have sparked the Zeitgeist reaction -- although the origins of the Zeitgeist decision remain hazy.

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Tablehopping

Hot har gow, cool katsu sammies, and some slutty, thrice-cooked, Manimal-style fries -- welcome to our new food column

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FRESH EATS Why hello there. Have we met before? (Maybe it was over some bacon-wrapped Mission dogs? My memory is a little foggy from that night, me lo siento.) I'm your new culinary correspondent, here to mainline you with the latest food news, sweet deals, events, and ideas on where and what the hell you should be eating each week. You may find some booze news in here too (hic).Read more »

Foggy holiday

A memorable barcrawl to Blarney Stone, Trick Dog, and Blackbird

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SF's first raw milk coffeeshop opens (raw milk pending)

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After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Drip'd Coffee is pouring gibraltars and cappucinos on Ninth Avenue and Irving. But one piece of the puzzle remains. The small shop intends to be San Francisco's first raw milk coffee bar -- but is still pouring pasteurized moo for the moment. "We're essentially on a waiting list for spots to open up," co-owner Chris Morell writes in an email to the Bay Guardian.

"I've been a drinker of raw milk for years," Morell continues. "After a while, the merge of my coffee craft and raw milk logically came together." He and co-owner Tae Kim -- the two met years ago in the videogame industry -- have set up shop alongside enviro-friendly cleaning supply shop Green11 with their refurbished vintage La Marzocco GS/2 espresso machine, use Sightglass beans, and are now open Friday through Sunday (Fri. and Sat., 8am-2pm; Sun. 9am-3pm).

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The Blob eats Quebec

More than just poutine (but that, too): Surprising flavors enliven a brief tour through one of Canada's culinary capitals

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THE BLOB If you thought the first thing you'd see when you landed in Quebec City, Canada, was a mime in a black mock turtleneck playing "My Heart Will Go On" on an accordion, you'd be almost right. Almost, because the Blob promptly devoured him — chewy! — and went on to enjoy a brief culinary tour of one of the most charming, clean, and friendly cities she's visited.Read more »

Family meal: 18 Reasons joins forces with neighbor Three Squares to extend reach of healthy eating

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Community food hub 18 Reasons has always had the back of the well-meaning kitchen newbie. With a cafe space, educational programming, and tasting events geared towards making a healthy, sustainable diet doable, since 2007 when the organization's co-founders brought in Bi-Rite Market, a happy partner for the little space located a block from the family grocery store's Mission digs. Read more »

Small Business Awards 2013: It's-It

Golden Survivor Award indeed -- these icecream sandwiches have been around for 85 years

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What's been San Francisco's go-to cold 'n creamy treat for the past 85 years? No, its not Dianne Feinstein. It's It's-It, that native warm weather snack, created on a deliciously fateful day in 1928 when George Whitney squished a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two big oatmeal cookies and dipped the resulting sandwich into dark chocolate. For more than four decades, Whitney sold his It's-Its at Playland-at-the-Beach, until that legendary local amusement park was demolished in the 1970s. Read more »

Small Business Awards 2013: R&G Lounge

Chinatown's special occasion standby takes home our Employee-Friendly Busines Award

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The R & G Lounge has been a fixture in San Francisco's Chinatown for 28 years. Taking up three floors with a seating capacity of 225, it's served as the backdrop for many a wedding rehearsal dinner, birthday celebration, and other special occasion bashes. But it isn't just heartwarming memories of being surrounded by friends and family with a pleasant Tsingtao buzz that linger in diners' minds. Just as often, it's the taste of the establishment's signature seafood plate: salt and pepper live Dungeness crab.Read more »

Small Business Awards 2013: La Victoria Bakery

An uncanny ability to move with the times earned our Legacy Award for this Mission stalwart

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When Jaime Maldonado's dad Gabriel opened the family's corner bakery in 1951, it was the only Latino-owned business on 24th Street. In the years since, the story of La Victoria and its famous pan dulce has become, more or less, the story of the Mission District.Read more »