Eat the Week SF: Stop Sucking that Sweet Tooth

Eat the Week SF: Stop Sucking that Sweet Tooth


1. Sweet Tooth Anonymous folks, get out your sober medallions. Sugar may one day be regulated like alcohol and tobacco. A team of UCSF scientists are urging the FDA to “remove sugar from the list of foods ‘generally regarded as safe,’” says SF Gate. LA Times reports the proposed regulations include a suggested “drinking age” of 17 (?!?) for sugary beverages. Though sugar is thought to contribute to worldwide health problems like diabetes, shouldn’t we worry about these guys first?


2. The SOMA district of SF will soon be home to a rotating list of mobile vendors! In as little as two months, you could be sipping local beers in a park, legally. According to SF Weekly, the Portland-inspired venture, SOMA Streat Food Park, will be serving up mobile treats daily and has already secured a beer vendor. Carlos Muerta, the man behind the project, is looking for food vendors as we speak.


3. At American Oak, a whiskey bar and restaurant in Alameda, and Maven, a new restaurant in the Haight district of SF, food takes a backseat to the cocktails. According to Thrillist, American Oak is a “brown liquor sipper’s paradise,” with playful comfort food and a swank patio. Unfortunately at Maven, says Eater SF, folks rave about the cocktails, but the rather high-priced for the neighborhood menu and hit-or-miss service comes off as an afterthought.


 4. Picán, upscale soul food joint in Oakland, is losing its chef, Dean Dupuis, to a resort in Atlantic City, reports Eater SF. Meanwhile, owner Michael LeBlanc, a New Orleans native, is looking to replace Dupuis with a chef poached from Georgia, not Louisiana.


 5. The Top Chef competition is making a stop in San Francisco later this month, NBC tells us. But locally, the contestants get sexy with Eater SF’s annual Hot Chef competition. Cast your vote for the hottest lad here.


 6. The Tenderloin’s gem, Original Joe’s, reopened this week after a 2007 fire, a four-year hiatus, and a location change, says Grubstreet. Everything is different but the menu and the decor, which has preserved the personality of the business since the 1950s. Still, the new Original Joes is sizzling on Eater SF’s Heatmap, a guide that answers the question where to eat right now.


 7. St. Anthony’s Dining Room, which has been feeding the hungry for over 60 years in SF, is taking a 2-year break to update the kitchen. The space, a converted garage that seats 200, says Grubstreet, serves around 3,000 folks a day. CBS reports that the space is too small and riddled with outdated equipment. The $23 million project will include 91 low income housing units above the new dining room. Meals will still be served around the corner during the renovations.


8. Oakland-based (mega) micro-roastery, Blue Bottle Coffee, is poised to sell bottled beverages at grocery stores, according to the Wall Street Journal. The bottled frappuccino — I mean, Cold Brewed Iced Coffee — is being brewed and packaged at St. George Spirits Distillery, home of Hangar One Vodkas and countless artisan spirits. But folks at St. George went with Verve Coffee for their most recent batch of Firelit Coffee Liquor. Hmmm.


9. A top secret celebrity investor, along with around 70 other donors, paid for solar panels for Oakland food justice non-profit, People’s Grocery. The project, which cost $40,000 says East Bay Express, will get the group a little closer to making whole, organic, and sustainable food available to low income folks. Speaking of sustainable, recently launched Noble Cafe is the only carbon neutral coffee shop in the US, and it’s on Grand Ave in Oakland.


10. This Friday, new SF-based creperie, Galette 88, will be hosting a piggy pop-up dinner, called All Pigs Considered, by the folks from Brass Knuckle, says Tablehopper.  Meanwhile, Oliveto considers the whole pig with its half week of rustic Whole Hog Dinners starting Feb 7th.


Photo Credit: Cynthia Salaysay