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“The Future of Food” + Q&A with the Director at the 4-Star, Thursday

This Thursday, the 4-Star will host a screening of “The Future of Food”, a documentary about the controversial topic of genetically engineered food. The film has been around since 2004, “widely acknowledged for its role in educating voters and the subsequent success of passing Measure H in Mendocino County, California, one of the first local initiatives in the country to ban the planting of GMO crops.”

The Future of Food is the first documentary that takes a look into what happens when food science advances and corporations are permitted to patent life. The film sheds light on a topic that is still not well understood by most people around the world, namely genetically modified foods. The topics addressed are highly relevant today as the FDA considers approving genetically modified salmon and the USDA decided to begin issuing permits to GM sugar beet producers, allowing them to plant the crop as long as they do not flower.

The film’s director, producer and writer, Deborah Koons Garcia, will be at the screening for a special Q&A after the film. The screening begins at 7pm and is being presented by the San Francisco Health & Wellness Film Group. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online in advance, or at the theater on Thursday night.

Sarah B.

1:15 pm | Posted under Food, Health, Movies | 3 comments

Good news for health scores at Richmond District restaurants

Thanks to RichmondSFBlog reader Jim, I was alerted to a nifty new map created by Mission Local that displays scores for inspections completed in the last 12 months by the Health department of places that serve food, be it restaurants, schools or other public facilities.

You won’t find every eatery on the map that’s in the neighborhood, only those that were inspected within the last year. A food establishment can be routinely inspected, inspected due to a complaint, or due to change in ownership.

Of course I dove right into check out the eateries in 94118 and 94121. Here’s what I found out:

The good news is that 85% of the 218 food service establishments inspected earned a grade of 90 to 100; 26% earned perfect scores of 100. Another 12% rated in the 80-89 range, and the final 3% – only six restaurants – earned the lowest grade of 70-79 points:

Hui Lau Shan, 5217 Geary
Dragon River Restaurant, 5045 Geary
Panda Country Kitchen, 4737 Geary
Emperor Palace, 530 Balboa
Melisa’s Chinese, 450 Balboa
Star India Restaurant, 3721 Geary

Check out more restaurant inspections for 94118

Results were pretty similar further out in the avenues with 80% of inspected locations earning a grade of 90 to 100; 28% had perfect scores of 100. 16% rated in the 80-89 range, with 7 restaurants, or 4%, getting the lowest scores of 70 to 79 points:

Hunan Cafe #2, 4450 Cabrillo
Golden Chariot Bakery & Restaurant, 3308 Balboa
Mayflower Restaurant, 6253 Geary
Kirin, 6135 Geary
Golden River Restaurant, 5827 Geary
Gastronom Deli, 5801 Geary
New World Market, 5641 Geary

Check out more inspections results for 94121

More good news – no Richmond restaurants rate in the 10 worst in the city. The bottom honor goes to Louie’s Dim Sum of North Beach which earned a dismal 35. Ick – how bad does it have to be to earn THAT?

Our closest low scorers – Liverpool Lil’s at Lyon and Lombard earned a score of 55. And Oriental Seafood Restaurant in the Outer Sunset earned only a 50.

Check out the article and map at Mission Local to see more data.

Sarah B.

7:25 am | Posted under Food | 5 comments

Taste of Russia Festival at Holy Virgin Cathedral, Sunday

On Sunday, come out and enjoy the Taste of Russia Festival at the Holy Virgin Cathedral, 6210 Geary near 26th Avenue.

The festival features homemade, traditional Russian food, including Prioshki, Pelmeni, Beef Stroganoff, Golubtsi and an endless assortment of Russian desserts. Plus hourly entertainment (incl. Russian music, song & dance and cathedral choir), church tours, icon painting demos, arts, crafts, and gifts.

The festival runs from 11am to 6pm, admission is $5 per person. Free parking is available at the Presidio Jr. High School lot at 29th Avenue and Geary. For information call 668-5218.

Sarah B.

9:15 am | Posted under Events, Food | 3 comments

Get your green on at the World Veg Festival, this weekend in GGP

Will you only eat something that never had parents? Are you thinking about saying bye-bye-bye to meat? Curious about the vegetarian lifestyle? Then you won’t want to miss the 11th annual World Veg Festival being held at the SF County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park this Saturday and Sunday.

The festival, organized by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society, features informative lectures by the movers and shakers of the vegetarian world, creative vegetarian cooking demos, international cuisine to sample or buy, vegan friendly merchandise, Children’s Corner play area, Organic Athletes, Vegan Speed Dating, Raging Grannies and a variety of world entertainment. See the full festival schedule

They even got a proclamation from the SF Board of Supervisors last year courtesy of our own District 1 Supe Eric Mar. Check it out below.

The festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Come before 10:30am on either day and admission is free; it’s also free for students, seniors and kids all day long. For others, they suggest a donation of $7 at the door.

On both nights at 6:45pm, they also offer a vegan dinner (cooked or raw) for $25 per person.

Got a great vegetarian recipe or tip you want to share? Leave a comment to let us know.

Sarah B.

12:25 pm | Posted under Eric Mar, Events, Food, Golden Gate Park, Green, Health | 3 comments

What do you want at your Farmer’s Market?

Plans for the new Richmond District Sunday farmer’s market on 9th Avenue (across from the library) are well underway thanks to a group of motivated residents. Their goal is to open for business in May 2011.

The market will only have about 21 stalls so the organizers at Richmond District Greens need your help to prioritize the kind of vendors they bring in on Sundays.

Leave a comment here on the post to tell them:

– What kind of fruits and vegetables you like to purchase most
– Other items you like to shop for at open air markets

They’ll be reading all the comments that come in, so encourage your friends and neighbors to stop by and leave their thoughts too.

For more information on Richmond District Greens, visit their Yahoo! Group.

Sarah B.

7:40 am | Posted under Food, Shopping | 42 comments

Stop the presses: Giorgio’s Pizzeria now delivers

While walking to Giorgio’s tonight I stopped cold in the crosswalk when I spotted a truck out front with a Giorgio’s logo and “FREE DELIVERY” printed on the side. Say what?

Turns out that after 38 years in business, the family pizzeria is finally giving into customer demand, offering free delivery every night from 5pm until 9pm. They announced the new delivery service back in mid-June.

There’s a minimum order of $20 and the delivery territory runs from Divisadero out to Ocean Beach, north of Golden Gate Park (yes, that includes the ENTIRE Richmond District!).

You can check out the full Giorgio’s menu on their website; call 668-1266 for delivery.


Sarah B.

10:01 pm | Posted under Food | 7 comments

Local links: New Thai spot on Clement, Doyle Drive, Kumquat

Zaab Northeastern Thai opens on Clement
SFWeekly has a review of the new Zaab Northeastern Thai restaurant at 908 Clement (at 10th Avenue). It took over the space from Golden Deer, an underwhelming Vietnamese restaurant. Zaab means “tasty” in the northeastern Thai dialect and the restaurant features “two dozen salads, a handful of seafood dishes, and several recognizably Thai-traditional dishes like pad thai, gai yang (grilled chicken), and tom zap (spicy hot and sour soup), as well as many lunch specials.” Read the full review at SFWeekly

Doyle Drive ramp closures leads to big backups for commuters
I know I’m missing the Doyle Drive ramps that have been closed and apparently I’m not the only one. CBS 5 reports that bridge authorities have figured out why traffic is so backed up on northbound Doyle Drive heading towards the bridge:

Mary Currie with the Golden Gate Bridge District says the primary culprits seem to be drivers themselves who are cutting through the visitor parking lot at the south end of the bridge to detour under the freeway and get on Park Presidio. That’s backing up the parking lot exit, all the way back to Lombard Street sometimes.

I do it, do you? Apparently, their solution is to “get the state to funnel drivers down Van Ness to Geary Blvd instead, and then out to Park Presidio, instead of having them all get stuck on Doyle Drive.” Uh yeah, good luck with that one.

Profile of Kumquat Art boutique on Clement
You gotta love the shops that span the first few blocks of Clement Street. There are some great gift shops like Park Life, the new Seedstore, and Kumquat which NBC Bay Area recently profiled. Hard to believe it’s been there 13 years already, but if it’s been awhile since you’ve stopped in, see what the article has to say about their collection of goods from California vendors including games, ornaments, art, bags and more.

11:18 am | Posted under Food, Shopping, Traffic | Comments Off

Richmond District moms share “A Little Yummyness”

There’s more than just me blogging here in the Richmond District… The blog A Little Yummyness was started earlier this year by two neighborhood moms, Stacie and Simran.

According to their info page, the site “chronicles our experiences as moms pursuing a passion for eating, cooking, and sharing food adventures with our kids.” On the blog you’ll find recipes, ideas for family meals and chronicles of their culinary adventures with the kids.

There’s a great article about baking a cake for the 4th of July, finding good onion buns on Clement Street, and one story about an expedition to the Mission for “dogs, pies and cookies.”

Check out A Little Yummyness

Sarah B.

7:17 am | Posted under Food | Comments Off