Eat the Week: Underground Market’s Cease and Desist, Wings Wings Opens, Whole Foods Rap, Calbee Japanese Snacks at Westfield
1. Much ballyhoo has been made over Wings Wings, the new take-out place that opened up in the Lower Haight yesterday. The chef, Christian Ciscle from Little Skillet, promises eight varieties of free range chicken wings with sauces like a classic buffalo and Korean style. Bike delivery is soon to come.
2. Here’s a rarity: a steak focus at a seasonal, local, sustainable restaurant at affordable prices. Throughout the summer, Oakland’s Camino will be doing different cuts of beef for their $50 three-course, prix-fixe Mondays. One wonders where the beef is coming from, and at such a decent price, given that other steak restaurants have had to curb their menus for price-conscious diners.
3. David Tanis, the beloved head chef of Chez Panisse, launched his column for the New York Times last Tuesday. City Kitchen, with its focus on cooking out of teeny-tiny kitchens, expounded on the loveliness of beans in a conversational, over-the-picket-fence style.
4. “Lay ‘dining scene’ to rest. Call it an eating scene.” So says long time local food writer John Birdsall. After two years of writing about SF, he’s come back to the East Bay Express, and his first column takes stock of Oakland food, and Fruitvale taco trucks as pioneers of the whole food-mobile craze.
5. San Francisco’s Underground Market, a food event in which the vendors use non-commercial kitchens and sell to a members-only crowd – which has grown to thousands – has come under the city’s Health Department’s critical eye. A cease and desist order has stopped any future gatherings, until Forage SF’s Iso Rabins, who coordinates the event, can come to some agreement with the city.
6. With bated breath, Bay Area foodies watched the final episode of Top Chef Masters, and alas, our very own Traci des Jardins, a favorite for her technical chops, did not win. Floyd Cardoz, in an upset, gained the title. In an interview with GrubStreet, he readily admitted he “sucked in the Quickfires.
7. Valencia Street is almost completely soaked in full liquor licenses, according to this report from Mission Local. The 13-block stretch between 13th and 26th, could see up to 16 establishments able to serve up a cocktail. The city has established a moratorium on permitting any new licenses in the area.
8. Whole Foods lover and former Berkeley resident David Wittman, aka DJ Dave, filmed a winsome rap about Whole Foods parking, master cleanses, and Humboldt Fog, and it went viral on YouTube over the weekend.
9. For your next Westfield movie at the mall, skip the popcorn, and go for something a bit unexpected. Calbee, the Japanese maker of such fine, subtly flavored delicacies as Shrimp Flavored Chips and Snap Pea Crisps, will be opening a store of Asian snacks that you’ve been missing all your life at the Westfield, July 10th.
10. Is there a line at Blue Bottle? Almost always. Perhaps this website can prevent you from daunting lines.