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Top Five Food Trends Spotted at Our Recent Fancy Food Show: Pickling! Nutty Drinks! Gluten-Free 2.0! Coconuts! Ancient Grains!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

The recent Winter Fancy Food Show at Moscone Center revealed a bunch of food trends. Check them out, below.

This thing was big, baby. You’d have need about four hours to check everything out:

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“Top Five Food Trends Spotted at Winter Fancy Food Show

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 17, 2012 — The top five food trends for 2012 have been identified by a panel of trendspotters at the 37th Winter Fancy Food Show, which ends today in San Francisco.  It is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast, with 80,000 products on display from 1,300 exhibitors from the U.S. and 35 countries.

The trends are:

Pickling 2.0
—  Unbound Pickling: Pickled Peas and Carrots
—  Boat Street Pickles: Pickled Golden Raisins
—  Sonoma Brinery: Raw Sauerkraut

Drinks Go Nuts (and Seeds and Grains)
—  Victoria’s Kitchen: Almond Water
—  Simpli: Chocolate Oat Shake
—  Chill Drinks: C+Swiss Hemp Iced Tea

Gluten Free Grows Up
—  Cup4Cup: Gluten-free flour blend from Thomas Keller
—  Stonewall Kitchen: Gluten-free Herbed Pizza Crust
—  Love Grown Foods: Sweet Cranberry Pecan Granola

Coconut Cracks Open
—  Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss: Ginger Cookie Caramel Coconut Ice Cream
—  Noh Foods of Hawaii: Coconut Pudding Mix
—  Hey Boo Jams: Hey Boo Coconut Jam

Ancient Grains
—  Culinary Collective Zocalo Heritage Grains: Pink Amaranth
—  Al Dente Pasta: BonaChia Pasta
—  Origen Chilean Gourmet: Quinoa Puffs

Other trends identified at the Winter Fancy Food Show include savory sweets such as bacon brittle, mindful snacks such as raw bars, bean chips and seaweed, cocktail mix makeovers, new takes on chai, and everything fig. Read more about these trends and their related products on foodspring.com.

The trendspotters are Stephanie Dean, Sunset Magazine; Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker; Nancy Wall Hopkins, Better Homes & Gardens; Kara Nielsen, CCD Innovation; Evan Orensten, Cool Hunting; Jennifer Pelka and Ruth Reichl, Gilt Taste; Denise Purcell, Specialty Food Media; Kalena Ross, Blackboard Eats; Stephanie Stiavetti, contributor to NPR, KQED, Huffington Post; Susie Timm, Girl Meets Fork; and Joanne Weir, PBS television host, cookbook author and chef.

About the NASFT The NASFT is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Based in New York City, is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 that fosters trade, commerce and interest in the specialty food trade. The NASFT’s website for consumers, foodspring.com, provides an insider’s look at specialty foods and the entrepreneurs and artisans behind them. For information about the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to specialtyfood.com.”

ZOMG, See “Pearl Jam Twenty” at the Castro Theatre for Free on Tuesday, October 18th! But Get Your Tickets Now – It’s PJ20!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Thanks, KQED!

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All the deets:

“KQED is proud to sponsor a FREE screening of the American Master’s film: Pearl Jam Twenty at San Francisco’s Historic Castro Theatre

Pearl Jam Twenty

8:00pm

Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco

This year (2011) is a year long celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20-year history and this film — carved from never-before-seen archival footage and many hours of recently shot interviews and live performances — is central to the celebration. A definitive portrait of the groundbreaking band, as told by award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe, we become intimate with the Seattle musicians, whose sound and social consciousness were revolutionary — they stood up to both the prevailing social politic and the imperious music industry. Reluctantly moving from small clubs to the world stage, they resisted stardom, remaining true to their art and retaining truth in that art. Still relevant today, Pearl Jam is known for their passion and philosophy; their intense, poetic lyrics about socially and emotionally marginalized young people; for their amazing relationship with their audience. They are not, however, known for personal promotion or late-night television appearances, making the revelations in this film all the more exciting.
PJ20 airs on KQED 9 in the Bay Area on October 21 at 9pm.”

@KQED San Francisco
Updates from the world of KQED, your Northern California PBS and NPR station, edited by Yoon Lee, Vi Zahajszky and Lizzy Acker from KQED.
http://www.kqed.org

Prison Realignment Starts Tomorrow, October 1, 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Rina Palta of KALW News has a  bit on prison realignment this morning. (That’s just the kind of thing you can find at THE INFORMANT: Cops, Courts, and Communities in the Bay Area.)

And here’s some related information about parolees from candidate for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, below.

Welcome back:

“October 1: State transfers parolees to San Francisco’s probation programs and jails - The City braces for influx of ex-offenders starting Saturday

SAN FRANCISCO — On Saturday, October 1, the first group of state prison parolees scheduled for transfer to San Francisco will begin arriving in the City under Realignment — legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 4, 2011.

The City has created a comprehensive program to shift ex-offenders to local control, including increasing electronic monitoring, social and rehabilitation programs, and preparing for an increased jail population.

Some details on the parolees and program:
· Expected number of new parolees in 2011-2012: 700
· Average age of transferred parolee: 39
· Average number of prior convictions: 7
· Time in which parolees have to report to the City after release: 48 hours
· Crimes: Non-serious, nonviolent and non-sexual offenses
· Transportation for parolees: City will transport most; some travel by bus

Questions remain:
· Recidivism: How will the City’s new parolee population impact jails?
· Funding: State funding is short of City needs and only budgeted for nine months. How will programs be sustained?
· Impact on City agencies: How will law enforcement, social and health services be affected by the increased ex-offender population?

Supervisor Mirkarimi, Chair of the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee, convened hearings on Realignment and sponsored several ordinances to address the ex-offender transfer.”

Sacrilicious: Listen to the Entire Soundtrack of the Hit Broadway Play “The Book of Mormon” Right Here

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Well, here it is, streamed straight to you from the NPR.

It takes about seven minutes for the more profane aspects to kick in. If you’re the sensitive type, just listen to the first track. (You don’t want to hear what happens in Africa.)

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And here’s the official reply from the official MormBlog:

“The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.”

O.K then.

Fin.

Act I
  • “Hello” – Price, Cunningham and Mormon Boys
  • “Two By Two” – Price, Cunningham and Mormon Boys
  • “You and Me (But Mostly Me)” – Price and Cunningham
  • “Hasa Diga Eebowai” – Mafala, Price, Cunningham and Ugandans
  • “Turn It Off” – McKinley and Missionaries
  • “I Am Here For You” – Price and Cunningham
  • “All American Prophet” – Price, Cunningham, Joseph SmithAngel Moroni and Company
  • “Sal Tlay Ka Siti” – Nabulungi
  • “Man Up” – Cunningham, Nabulungi, Price and Company
Act II
  • “Making Things Up Again” – Cunningham, Cunningham’s Dad, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Moroni and Ugandans
  • “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream” – Price and Company
  • “I Believe” – Price
  • “Baptize Me” – Cunningham, Nabulungi
  • “I Am Africa” – McKinley, Missionaries and Ugandans
  • “Joseph Smith American Moses” – Nabulungi and Ugandans
  • “Tomorrow Is a Latter Day” – Price, McKinley, Cunningham, Nabulungi and Company
  • “Hello” (Reprise) – Company


Will COMPSTAT Encourage the SFPD to Make Bad Arrests, the Way It Did for the NYPD?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

This week’s This American Life radio show is called “Right to Remain Silent” – it’s about two sort of wacky guys from New Yawk. The first half of the show concerns what happened after an iPhone owner used FaceBook to jokingly threaten people at the 5th Avenue Apple Store but the second story is the more interesting part. It’s about: 

“a police officer who begins recording his supervisors to prove they’re manipulating crime statistics in potentially dangerous ways.”

Adrian Schoolcraft, the NYPD cop featured in the second half of the show, blames “crime control model” COMPSTAT (“short for computer statistics”) for pressuring his supervisors into pressuring him to make arrests and hand out tickets simply for the sake of making arrests and handing out tickets. You know, to get the stats looking good.

Oh, and since he he carried audio recorders around all the time, you get to hear a bunch of NYPD cops talking, and yelling. And here’s a written version of the story, a long one from the Village Voice.

Adrian Schoolcraft, after his split with the NYPD: 

Now, here’s the SFPD’s take on COMPSTAT.

Anyway, you can download an mp3 of the show for free over the next couple of days, if you want.  

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KALW Does a Bit on Bolinas, That Marin County Town That’s Friendly, and yet Not Friendly

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

KALW‘s Steven Short finds Bolinas, CA a “friendly town” – check out his new CrossCurrents bit here, why not?

Now, here’s my version of the story. Enjoy:

Inbetwixt the friendly elephant seals of the Point Reyes National Seashore…

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(This was from at least double the official keep-away distance, we’re talking hundreds of yards, so I don’t want to hear it. Made using the remarkable 1999-2010 Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM and EF 2x II Extender, handheld.) 

…and the friendly regular seals of Bolinas Lagoon…

…you’ll find the unfriendly town of Bolinas, CA:

The reason why the locals, some of whom, for some reason, feel quite empowered to bully auslanders, always tear down the road signs on the Pacific Coast Highway is because their USPS letter carrier already knows how to get there.

Fin.

Famous Phil Bronstein, Michael Kinsley, Steve Coll ask “What Comes After Newspapers?”

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Publicity-shy San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst Communications editor-at-large Phil BronsteinThe One responsible for our nation’s recent newspaper upheaval, is not one to blow his own horn. You see he’s too polite too mention it, but he will be the star at tomorrow’s “What Comes After Newspapers?” panel at Fort Mason tomorrow night.

This free event is being put on by Zócalo Public Square, the people who just brought you Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark (another purported Killer of Newspapers.)

Get the deets below:

The answer is out there, Phil, and it’s looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to.

It appears there are a few seats left. You should get over there and try to ask them about Rupert Murdoch’s great idea.

Zócalo in San Francisco
What Comes After Newspapers?
  

A Zócalo/New America Foundation Event

Moderated by David Folkenflik, media correspondent, National Public Radio

Thursday, May 07, 2009, 7:30 pm

Fort Mason Center
Golden Gate Room at the Conference Center, Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123

From town tabloids to major metropolitan dailies, newspapers seem to be in their last throes. The availability of free and instant news online, the high profit margins demanded by media conglomerates, and the steep declines in advertising revenue have hit newspapers hard. They have been forced to lay off employees, trim their pages, close print operations or–as The Hearst Corp. has threatened to do to the San Francisco Chronicle–shut down completely. Will a new model or medium rise to do what newspapers have aimed to do for over a century–pursue accuracy and objectivity, doggedly investigate stories, act as a check on power, embody a community’s conversation with itself, and write a first draft of history? Or will the demise of newspapers mean a radical shift in what we know and how we know it? Zócalo hosts a panel–including former Washington Post managing editor Steve Coll, Slate founder Michael Kinsley, and former San Francisco Chronicle executive vice president and editor Phil Bronstein–to discuss the decline of print media and the future of journalism.

The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute based in Washington, D.C. For more information, click www.newamerica.net.