Food & Drink

Tea rex

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paulr@sfbg.com

Tea might be yang to coffee's yin in the morning land of Caffeination Nation, but despite the presence, in yin as in yang, of humankind's favorite stimulant, tea is surely one of the most soothing ingestables known to us. It is what you have a cup of when it's raining, or you're feeling blue or a little achy; as with chicken soup, its healing powers are legendary. The very picture of a cup of tea, wreathed by wisps of delicate steam, tends to set the mind at ease. Read more »

No way of knowing

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le_chicken_farmer@yahoo.com

CHEAP EATS I was sick. I couldn't get out of bed, and I couldn't sleep either. If I tried to talk on the phone, I sounded like Don Corleone smoking helium. People didn't know who I was, and after a while I didn't know who I was either.

Weirdo the Cat remained Weirdo the Cat and tried her best to keep me oriented.Read more »

The fine print

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paulr@sfbg.com

"People will sleep better not knowing how their sausage and politics are made," Otto von Bismarck said and he might have added wine to the list, though one sees the Iron Chancellor as more of a beer man. Read more »

Get thee to a naanery

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paulr@sfbg.com

Polk is a many splendored strasse, with lower lows and higher highs, socioeconomically speaking, than practically any other road in town, with the possible exception of Market Street. Below California, there is still an agreeable crunch of urban grit under your feet, you still see the occasional boy hustler, and the restaurants tend toward the ethnic and cheap but this neighborhood is the western edge of the Tenderloin, after all.Read more »

Into the ether

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le_chicken_farmer@yahoo.com

CHEAP EATS My first two girlfriends were boys. My next three were girls. My wife was a crustacean, and it's hard to tell with crustaceans. Crawdad and I have been divorced now for closer to two years than one, and I'm starting to get to be about ready to squeeze someone, maybe. Question is: procedure. I'm in a funny position, and I talk about it, and my friends say, "Online dating. Online dating."Read more »

City on a hill

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paulr@sfbg.com

It is noteworthy, though seldom noted, that Rome's claim to be the capital of Christianity is, you know, a little ... odd. All the Passover and Easter drama the donkey and the palm fronds, the Last Supper, the betrayal by a kiss in moonlit Gethsemane, the crucifixion, the rock mysteriously rolled away from the mouth of the tomb was supposed to have taken place in, or near, Jerusalem, after all. Read more »

Dumpling drifter

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le_chicken_farmer@yahoo.com

CHEAP EATS Me and Wayway went to the store and bought 67 chicken wings, a carton of buttermilk, and a big bottle of oil. Then we went out to eat. I had a show that night in the Sunset, at my new favorite bar, the Riptide, so the plan was to point ourselves in that direction and just roll.Read more »

Splitsville

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Without Reservations

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