Posts Tagged ‘pig’

Hurray! The Memphis Minnie’s “Big Pig” Van is Back on the Road, After Being “Destroyed” in a Giants Victory Riot on Haight

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Remember when our San Francisco Giants won the World Series the time before last?

It was back in 2010. Good times. I celebrated by climbing on top of the Memphis Minnie’s Barbeque Joint And Smokehouse Ford van parked on the street in the Lower Haight.

There I was, looking fierce bouncing up and down in my little black dress and orange pumps, along with bunch of other people.* We few, we Band of Brothers, we Baseball Furies.

Anyway, as the above link to Haighteration shows, the Big Pig, she got messed up.

But here she is back on the road in 2013, wavy roof panels and all:

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I don’t know, I think this ride is worth more than it would have been without the battle scars from aught-ten.

I think this rig is now a historic artifact worthy of preservation.

Keep on keeping on, Memphis Minnie’s.

*Oh, not really. Actually, after watching on a friend’s big screen (’cause I don’t I have cable ’cause I want the Comcast monopoly to die die die) I had to ride my bike on up to Pac Heights. The city was electric, all over, not just in the Mission and in the Haights.

Bacon Bacon NIMBYs Make Saturday Night Live: Client(s) of Ryan Patterson Now a National Laughingstock

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

I believe Bagdad By The Bay has the latest on our Bacon Bacon saga at Ashbury Market near the corner of Frederick in not-so-scenic Ashbury Heights.

Well this wacky story just went national today on Saturday Night Live – here’s Weekend Update co-host Amy Poehler, via Brock Keeling of SFist:

Perhaps not that funny but at least now more people are mocking attorney Ryan Patterson and his unknown client(s).

At least now there’s an upside to this flagrant NIMBYism.

So feel free to add this incident…

…to the time this Kramer-esque sign hung off the back of nearby 1965 Page…

…and, for that matter, Kramer’s famous run in:

Cosmo Kramer vs. Kenny Rogers Roasters, Inc.

Bacon Bacon ‏@BaconBaconSF: “Apparently bacon bacon on SNL tonight!! Weekend update. Here we go folks. Here we go.” #baconbaconsf#snl

On It Goes…

OMG, Free BBQ at Memphis Minnie’s Today Until 6:00 PM – Their Tenth Anniversary – A Feast in the Lower Haight

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

As you no doubt learned from Haighteration (your one-stop source for all news of the Lower Haight) earlier today, Memphis Minnie’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Smoke House is giving away free BBQ to celebrate 10 years of doing bidness in Le Haight Inférieur.

Drop by at 576 Haight Street betwixt Fillmore and Steiner before 6:00 PM today, October 26th, 2010, to get in on the fun.

Join the party!

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Not so sure about the sandwich part – there was no bread early on, but there are greens and fries and free drinks and all kinds of pork. Pork pork pork!

Manny, Moe and Jack are awaiting your arrival:

Bon Anniversaire, Memphis Minnie!

Sausage Showdown: Which McDonald’s Dollar Menu Item Makes the Best Piggy Breakfast?

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

In honor of the recession and in light of the fact that fewer people are heading out to grab a quck bit before work these days, McDonalds added some items for breakfast on their Dollar Menu. I’ve never tried these actual products before but, you know, they all cost a buck and they all use sausage as the main degredient so let’s take a look.

Three items enter, one item leaves as the Victor. Click to enlarge:

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Sausage Breakfast Burrito:

There’s not much inside this thing, excepting for molten cheese, which the Ronald crew calls “shredded” – tasted like American “cheese” to me. Could have used some spiciness, which was entirely lacking. Maybe I could have added some sauce, don’t know. They say there’s onion and peppers in there with the egg – couldn’t tell. Third place.

Sausage McMuffin:

The cheese is more solid on this one. It’s like eating a burger for breakfast. Adding in egg would make it a Sausage McMuffin with Egg, which is apparently quite a more expensive proposition. Second place.

Sausage Biscuit:

Tasty biscuit plus sausage, that’s all you get. A bit dry. In the parlance of our day, it is what it is. Doesn’t have American cheese and that’s probably a good thing. Pretty good deal for a dollar. I’d probably prefer an Egg McMuffin but the franchisees would most likely riot if corporate forced the Egg McM onto the Dollar Menu. Anyway, the Sausage Biscuit is the Dollar Menu Sausage Winner, by a nose. 

Choose wisely.

Mother’s Cookies are Back! Circus Animals Return for Mother’s Day

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Boy oh boy, the Bay Area was bummed when Oakland-based Mother’s Cookies went belly up last year. But they’re back, baby, just in time for Mother’s Day, 2009. So it’s time to don your hipster T and wallow in nostalgia. Cue the Heavy Action fanfare from Monday Night Football and then contemplate the Howard Cosell-style voiceover (sadly banned from YouTube these days) copy you’d write to herald this news.  

That’s not to say that the old factory in Oakland has been secretly chugging away all these months behind closed doors Willie Wonka-style. That is to say Kelloggs is making Mother’s Cookies now. (Manufacturing tasty treats in the San Francisco Bay Area is a tough business, of course.)

Here are the old-school pink and white colors of Camel, Pig, Rhino, Elephant, Lion, and Bear – and look for yourself below to see the special Halloween colors:

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Here’s today’s press release:

The Comeback Cookie: Mother’s(R) Cookies Return

Kellogg Company Reintroduces the California Original – Mother’s(R) Cookies

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., May 5 /PRNewswire/ — Crestfallen cookie lovers once again can enjoy the sweet symbols of so many fond memories. Mother’s(R) cookies, the long-time family favorite, are making a comeback. With the same great taste fans remember, Mother’s(R) cookies made their highly anticipated return to store shelves in the Western region of the United States starting on May 4 – just in time for the 95th anniversary of Mother’s Day as well as the Mother’s(R) brand.

Since 1914, Mother’s(R) cookies have been delighting generations with favorites like the pink and white sprinkled Circus Animal(R) cookies and the rich, creme-filled Taffy(R) sandwich cookies. When the iconic brand ceased production in late 2008, cookie lovers lost not only a delicious snack, but a closely held family tradition. In December 2008, Kellogg Company acquired the trademarks and original recipes, ensuring that the cookies will continue.

“We’re thrilled to bring back a classic, beloved brand that calls to mind such strong feelings of nostalgia and happy childhood memories that parents want to pass down to their children,” said Doug VanDeVelde, senior vice president, marketing and innovation, U.S. snacks, Kellogg Company.

The Mother’s(R) cookies returning to the Western region of the United States include:

 –  Chocolate Chip
 –  Circus Animal(R)
 –  Cocadas(R)
 –  Double Fudge
 –  English Tea(R)
 –  Iced Lemonade
 –  Iced Oatmeal
 –  Macaroons
 –  Oatmeal
 –  Taffy(R)

 –  Vanilla Creme

 Mother’s(R) Milestones
From Mother’s(R) cookies’ humble beginnings on a street corner cart to the introduction of Original Circus Animal(R) cookies, today’s comeback would not be possible without Mother’s(R) cookies’ many loyal fans. Here are some memorable Mother’s(R) cookies milestones from the last 95 years:

1914 – N.M. (Noah) Wheatley runs a newspaper stand on the corner of San Francisco’s Market and Kearney Streets and decides to purchase the rights to a recipe of some home-baked cookies from one of his customers.

Circa 1915 – Wheatley trades in his corner stand and relocates to a small, one-person operation on 12th Avenue in Oakland, Calif. where he bakes about 2,000 cookies each day and night. His cookies sold for $1 a box, and his vanilla cookies were an overnight hit.

Circa 1920 – With help from a young woman named Leopoldine, the bakery grows and a romance begins. Noah and Leopoldine marry and together run the company until their son, Floyd Wheatley, is old enough to take over.

1922 – The bakery needs more space and moves to 18th Street, forcing the Wheatleys to sell their home and even their piano to pay for the move.

1949 – Success is sweet, and the bakery moves to 810 81st Avenue in Oakland, Calif. and grows to employ more than 750 people across several Western states.

1952 – Mother’s(R) cookies launches a unique promotion involving baseball player cards inserted in packages of cookies and continues to give them away as promotions at games until 1998.

1983 – Mother’s(R) cookies moves to the big screen in the movie Scarface.

2002 – Mother’s(R) cookies bakes more than 17 million cookies a day to keep up with demand.

2006 – Tough times force the company to close its operation in Oakland, Calif. and shift production to plants in Canada and Ohio.

 2008 – Mother’s(R) cookies closes its doors

 2009 – Mother’s(R) cookies return and fans everywhere rejoice.

 

For more information and to help spread the word about Mother’s(R) cookies return, visit www.Motherscookies.com.

About Kellogg Company

With 2008 sales of nearly $13 billion, Kellogg Company is the world’s leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of convenience foods, including cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavored snacks, frozen waffles and veggie foods.  The Company’s brands include Kellogg’s(R), Keebler(R), Pop-Tarts(R), Eggo(R), Cheez-It(R), All-Bran(R), Mini-Wheats(R) Nutri-Grain(R), Rice Krispies(R), Special K(R), Chips Deluxe(R), Famous Amos(R), Sandies(R), Bear Naked(R), Kashi(R), MorningStar Farms(R), Gardenburger(R) and Stretch Island(R).  Kellogg products are manufactured in 19 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries.  For more information, visit www.kelloggcompany.com.  Kellogg Company’s Corporate Responsibility report including its approach, progress and future direction in the marketplace, workplace, environment and community can be found at www.kelloggcompany.com/CR.  For information on Kellogg Company’s commitment to nutrition, visit www.kelloggsnutrition.com.

On Sale in San Francisco: Anatomically-Correct Sonny Angel Mini Figures

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Here’s what’s for sale at Kinokuniya Bookstore on Post Street: Version 2 of the Sonny Angel Mini Figures series. They’re a modern take on the original kewpie doll. Collect them all.

But there’s a catch – each figure comes in a “blind box,” meaning you can’t tell which hat your adorable little angel will be wearing. Oh well.

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Take your chances, why not?

Macabre “Ham Museum” on Display at Union Square Macy’s

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Head on down to “The Cellar” or the basement or whatever they call the bottom floor of San Francisco’s flagship Macy’s and check out this “Museo del Jamón” display.

A porcine horror show to get you in the shopping mood:

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What would PETA have to say about this ghastly windowbox? And how about truculent troubadour Morrissey?

Its not natural, normal or kind
The flesh you so fancifully fry
The meat in your mouth
As you savour the flavour
Of murder