Mar 122009

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since I thought about organizing BaconCamp. It’s a little more than a week away, and I can’t wait. Everyone has been so supportive and helpful. I’m feeling and appreciating all the love.

Don’t forget to get your ticket early.
BaconCamp San Francisco
when: March 21, 2009 1pm-5pm
where: 500 3rd Street, Suite 510
cost: $0-20 donations – proceeds go to American Heart Association

Vanessa and I made this video to help you learn all about bacon:

We are still looking for more submissions for dishes and art so please tell your friends and sign up today. Sign up by Monday, March 16th so that we can guarantee you a spot and make sure you have what you need to shine.
You only have 4 days left! We’ll have a few open slots for presentations the day of, but you want to sign.

Need a little inspiration?Check out this post for ideas and suggestions of what you could present for BaconCamp

Scott also put together this great video of bacon memes:

BaconCamp – The Internet Bacon Meme in 60 Seconds from Bac' on Vimeo.

Hope to see you guys there!

Sep 272008

Black cod in miso
Dennis, a friend and I went to Nobu in New York last month and I’m just processing the photos now. This place is absolutely delicious. Everything we ate was amazing and I highly recommend trying it. Service and drinks were both great. The black cod (pictured) was sweet and savory and melt-in-your-mouth good. The only failure was dessert. We got gelato in wood chip, green tea and black sesame. They were all horrible. The peach soup was decent. Say no to dessert and yes to everything else. The next time I go to LA I really want to try the Nobu down there.

(more photos from Nobu)

Sep 032008

Yesterday we drove out where people hike, bike, picnic and all sorts of outdoor activities. I chatted with some people crouched down against the hillside and they showed me the berries that were safe to eat. When I was a kid I ate all kinds of random flowers and plants around my neighborhood. It’s a bit of a miracle that I never got sick.

I found these berries

The berries I picked are crow berries. The nice woman told me that they are great in jams with other berries and that they have a lovely deep color when cooked. They were crunchy and a little tart. They did not have a distinct flavor and were not sweet. I also found some wild blueberries that were mushy in the center and pretty sour. I think I’ll stick to the grocery store variety of those.

I made a video about our hiking adventure.

Aug 302008

I’m in Alaska right now. The weather is mild and the sun doesn’t go down until 9pm. I’m with Justine on some crazy-fun adventures.

At SFO I had a veggie burger with bacon. Ya, that seems a little weird, but veggie burgers are reliably tasty. They almost always use Gardenburgers. The animal burger actually cost less than the veggie one which is very fishy. Then I noticed the additions. Ooooo jalapenos, yummmm blue cheese. I just couldn’t resist the bacon.

My veggie bacon burger

As soon as we got off the plane yesterday morning we went straight to the spa. Justine and I have our priorities straight. After several hours of relaxation and eating fruit, we went out to dinner at Glacial Brewhouse where we stuffed our bellies with delicious food.


My cajun crusted halibut was tender and sweet and very spicy. The snap peas where a little overcooked imo but they tasted fine. I also had a bit of Justine’s salmon and it was surprisingly good. I usually don’t like the taste of salmon but this fresh wild salmon was deeeeelish.

Cajun halibut

I also enjoyed the apple currant bread pudding. It was rich and moist and spiced with Christmas. The sauce it swam in was very sweet but I liked the rum flavor.

bread pudding that I actually liked

We were also lucky enough to be given a tour of their brewing facilities in the back.

You can check out what we did today at Justine’s blog.

Aug 222008

Here’s a little video timelapsing two hours of San Francisco from the 25th floor of the Fairmont hotel.

I love timelapse videos; I wish more cameras had that as an option. Pretty much anything sped up is more interesting. Science has proven that it is on average 42% more interesting, increasing with the fewer frames captured per hour, with the resulting video being a minimum of 10 seconds long. Take a look at this sandwich video:

Now imagine if it were in real time. Ya, way more boring. Imovie06 (I’ve given up on imovie 08. it’s terrible) has the ability to timelapse. You record a video and specify how many frames it takes a minute. This is much easier than recording a full video and then speeding it up.

Timelapse is the awesome

Jul 292008

photo by macwagen

As some of you know, California passed a law to band partially hydrogenated oils in restaurants. This is a wonderful step in the right direction, though these nasty oils will remain in packaged goods. Texas A&M did a study on oils comparing fry life and taste. Their conclusions:

All of the zero trans fat oils showed excellent fry lives that were functionally equivalent to or better than partially hydrogenated oil.

Notably, all nine of the zero trans fat oils were preferred by consumers over the partially hydrogenated oil.

Not consuming foods with trans-fats is healthier for you AND tastier.

Apr 242008

Coming up again this Thurs (today). Check out the list of restaurants. 25% of the food bill goes to the STOP Aids Project. I’ll be at Home eating buttery mashed potatoes and other buttery goodness.

Places on the list I would recommend:
Maverick’s (mission)
Circolo (mission/potrero)
AsiaSF (soma, hot dancing, singing, asian trannies & food)
Live Sushi Bar(potrero)
Moose’s (north beach, then stop by a strip club afterwards)

Apr 082008
No joke sandwich

Eating in New York is dangerous. There are tourist traps everywhere — good food that is really expensive, pretty food that is no good, or food that is just plain bad. My latest trip to New York (pics) was foodgasmic.

We went to Katz, 2nd Ave Deli, Blue Smoke, La Famigilia, and some awesome restaurant — all places I would recommend trying. Employees Only was fantastic for drinks* (that was the December trip).

I feel like a NY sandwich could eat me. When we went to Katz, I ordered a turkey sandwich since I figured it would be lighter than the red meat ones. It was two slices of bread with a mound of giant chunks of real turkey pieces. No lettuce, tomato, onions, sprouts, arugula or anything I would expect in a California sandwich. Just meat and bread. The sandwich was decent, but I liked Dennis’ Ruben much better. I’d never had a Ruben before so I don’t have anything to compare it with, but it tasted really good. There is absolutely no way a person could/should eat an entire sandwich in one sitting from this deli.

Blue Smoke was mouth watering bbq goodness. Authentic bbq was also a first (what we Californians do in our backyards & parks is what bbq snobs call ‘grilling’). The ribs were tangy, sweet, saucy, and tender. I also experienced the best mac & cheese ever.

With so much animal consumed, I needed meat decompression when I returned. I can’t imagine eating meat every day.

Thoughts on vegetarianism & ginger smash drink recipe
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Feb 052008

I bought this cake during my December trip to New York, and it was not happy. I’m a huge fan of Delessio. I’ve heard good things about Kara’s Cupcakes but I haven’t tried them yet. Whole Foods has decent grocery store ones. I like that they sell a few vegan varieties. Where are all the good happy cakes?

Jan 142008

For the last 7 years San Francisco has run Dine About Town to encourage people to go out in January (post holiday spending is traditionally low).

This is a great way to try a new restaurant or return to a place you love. Macworld is just around the corner so visitors can experience some of San Francisco’s tastiest restaurants at a reasonable price.

A 3 course lunch is $21.95 and dinner is $31.95 between January 15 and January 31.

I made a map of for all the restaurants that are participating. If you want to see it fill your screen go here.

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The map is bookmarked on my iphone so I can find a participating restaurant nearby and call/open table (yes open table is now a verb, as in: I open tabled for 7 at Mavericks tonight [photos review].) it while I’m out and about. It unfortunately loads a little slower than I would like. I added the special tag to make the phone numbers call-able on the iphone, but gmaps strips it out. Boooooo

I just *love* food and I want to make it easier for me (and perhaps some other people) to get things in my belly. (BTW I love Jo’s blog about restaurants. Sorry for never commenting.) If this map was useful to you, please let me know.

The coding stuff
For the first couple of restaurants, I manually copied and pasted info from the site to placemarks on gmaps. After about 10 minutes (and 3 restaurants) I noticed the “import” button. Ooooo kml. Scripting saves time, right? I spent about an hour writing a simple php script that extracts the url of each restaurant and then hits that restaurant page to grab the phone number, address, etc. It took me about 20 minutes to figure out why this kept returning 0:

$url = ” + $matches[0];

I thought I was going insane. Turns out I was just stupid. Php, it’s been too long since I’ve touched you. We need to touch more often.

Then it was time to turn the resulting restaurant array into kml. I make a test file and try to import via upload. It failed. Hmmm. After using one of their kml examples I found out that uploading fails every time. So I hosted the sample file, and the import worked. Instead of using <Point> (exact coordinates of the location) I wanted to use <address>. The documentation told me it would work. It seems to only work for one placemark. When I had 2 placemarks, only the first one imported and my maps title became ‘error’. I should have known that this was all a waste of time when the kml documentation kept hanging firefox.

And the blah blah blah with the mew mew. I ended up outputting my array into html and then manually copied and pasted the html onto each placemark. I’d love to know what is wrong with this kml in case I want to make more maps in the future. I’m sure it’s a lack of understanding on my part.