What, is there really an avocado shortage, or is it just time for the Super Bowl? Shmoopy was out at Safeway yesterday and said it was mobbed-er than just before Thanksgiving. There is a social comment in that.
But here it is Super Sunday and most people I know are watching the Game (capital G!) for the commercials. My father is definitely watching for the football (small F), though. I’m not watching at all. I figure I can get the best spots later on Youtube without the hassle of actually watching, or fast forwarding through the TiVo like last year. I suppose even in the depths of recession some firms have spent for new ads. What would Bud be without new roadside frogs every year? Or is that some other brand? Are the Clydesdales Budweiser? Doesn’t matter it’s all InBev now.
More important news than the Super Bowl was the announcement by Hershey Co. that Scharffen Berger and Joseph Schmidt will no longer produce their premium chocolates locally. The two firms were purchased several years ago by Hershey to help it step up its’ cocoa game. Guess they served that purpose and now they can fold them into the mother-factory back in Pennsylvania. I don’t know if the Joseph Schmidt storefront in the Castro will remain or not. You can be sure that the ingredients won’t be the same. Other local confectioners stand to benefit. Cocoa Bella, Charles Chocolates for instance.
But on a different foodie note, recall the “Mission gourmet truck” that operated for a few weeks on Thursday evenings with different guest chefs each week? Seems it’s back in a different way now – as a weekly special event at Lung Shan restaurant. Operating as Mission Street Food, I have to give it a try soon. Economy be damned. Sample menu:
The Broken Record is a bar in the Excelsior boasting a wall of whiskey (114 kinds), free air hockey, a free PBR night, and a new kitchen crew that raises the bar for dive bars: Ryan Ostler and Katharine Zacher, who have worked at Boulevard, Campton Place, Firefly, Range, Quince, Tinderbox, and Serpentine. Ryan and Katharine smoke their own meat and bake their own buns, producing the kind of food that merits a special trip. Check them out (1166 Geneva Ave, a few blocks East of Mission Street).
Humphry Slocombe is a sweet little ice cream shop that Jake Godby (former pastry chef of Coi) and Sean Vahey just opened in the Mission. We think it’s the best ice cream in the city, and we’re proud to offer Jake’s smart and delicious flavors.
Burrata with Rosemary Oil, Toasted Pinenut and Yam chips. $6.50
Farro, Beech Mushroom, Macadamia Nut, Grape, Marjoram, and Verjus Vinaigrette. $5
Brisket Sandwich: Broken Record’s Brisket and homemade Bun. With Caramelized Onion, Pickled Fennel, Avocado Salsa, and a side Radish Salad. $9
PB & J: Berkshire Kurobuta Pork Belly and Jicama with Pickled Jalapeno and Cilantro Aioli on our homemade Flatbread. $6
MSF Rice: Smoky Rice fried in Duck Fat with Liberty Duck Confit, Duck Cracklins, Shitake, and Cauliflower. $7
VSF Rice: Smoky Rice fried in olive oil with Shitake, Cauliflower and Tofu Tempura. $6
Dessert: scoop of Secret Breakfast, Vietnamese Blue Bottle Coffee, or Balsamic Caramel ice cream. $3.25 each