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Not A Burrito, NYC Edition (part II)

November 26, 2014

Welcome back to America’s newest game show sensation, ¡¿IS. IT. A. BURRITO?!

Is It A Burrito

In tonight’s episode, we take the show on the road to NEW YORK CITY!

Our contestant is my friend @brittneyg, part of the SF Diaspora. She has two cats, a great boyfriend and just moved to the exciting borough of Queens. Brittney, are you ready to play?

Alright Brittney, but let’s keep our expectations realistic! This is New York City after all, and we have seen some of their “burritos” during last season’s ¡¿IS. IT. A. BURRITO?!

new york burrito

OK Brittney, you’ve chased down a taco truck in Queens. Please describe the “burrito” you have found.

Oh dear, this is off to a bad start. But we here on ¡¿IS. IT. A. BURRITO?! don’t judge a book by its cover! (Or a burrito by its foil. Wait, actually we totally do judge that!) Anyway, please describe the structural integrity of the “burrito” in your possession.

OH GOD NO. Brittney, there is still time to save yourself. Run! Run for your life!

OH THE HUMANITY. Alright, let’s keep things together here. What about the tortilla chips, Brittney?

Somehow this isn’t surprising. What about a picture, Brittney?

Oh sweet jesus, Brittney, are there any witnesses to this debacle? Are you sure this isn’t a dream/nightmare?

Great Scott, you’ve clearly succumbed to Stockholm syndrome and are overly sympathetic to your captors. Just put the “burrito” down, Brittney, and get to the nearest ABDF (Authorized Burrito Dispensing Facility). Here are instructions.

Well Brittney, thank you for playing ¡¿IS. IT. A. BURRITO?! Please let us know when your flight to SFO has taken off, because we have a special present for NYC!

burrito rail gun hunters point

That’s right! Thanks for playing, NYC! You win… a Burrito Railgun Delivery! We’ve disabled the humanitarian safeties, and within 9 minutes you will receive a fiery rain of al pastor, coming in hot at 29,000 mph! Expect a 20 mile blast radius of foil.

We had to destroy New York in order to save it.

Here Comes The Flood

November 24, 2014
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Reader @bncrain travelled forward in time to 2072 and took these shots of San Francisco adapting to 200 211 feet of sea level rise.

Glen Narrows is both a physical and emotional barrier to those on Bernal Isle as they overlook the taco boats of Mission Gulf. Noe Valley is a distant memory.

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For the third time, Potrero Island rebels have destroyed the foundations of the bridge to Bernal. 134 year-old NorCal Gov Jerry Brown simply says “I’m in this for the long haul. Potrero Island is now officially under blockade — the NCSS Ed Lee will be joined by the second Sutro-class algae-fueled submarine, the NCSS Elbo Room.”

Coit Island overlooks the ruins of the Financial District and North Beach. Divers have recently retrieved menus from Tosca and have confirmed the integrity of the dome covering City Lights Bookstore.

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Before traveling into the future, we here at the BJCPAME (Burrito Justice Center for Post-Apocalyptic Mapping Excellence) have maps available for purchase that will assist you in 2072 property assessment values.

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Green, Red and Blue

November 23, 2014

The Bernalian Hegemony looks so peaceful after a good rain.

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Your 1855 Dining Options

November 20, 2014

A hearty congratulations to Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz for reaching their funding goal on their Aquaponic Greenhouse Kickstarter for their upcoming restaurant, The Perennial!

Anthony and Karen were kind enough to come on Burrito Justice Radio on BFF.fm. We re-lived ancient Mission history with the heady days of Mission Street Food and Mission Chinese (while it’s hard to believe, carbon dating confirms this as having happened SIX YEARS AGO), along with details of the aquaponic greenhouse that will supply greens and fish to The Perennial.

Anthony & Karen were game to review a menu printed in an 1855 Daily Alta California. This Bill of Fare was for the Barnum House on Commercial Street.

1855 Barnum House menu

You can listen to our assessment of the menu at the 94 minute mark, but Mr. Francois Martinez, Anthony Myint gives your menu the thumbs up: “This looks like an *awesome* restaurant.

Many items that would do well at contemporary establishment. A couple of things stand out:

Lots of meat. No vegetables, unless you consider potatoes and onions vegetables. Bologna Sausage = hot dog.

EGGS WERE RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE.

Apparently not many chickens came around the Horn, but notice that three eggs cost as much as a steak with truffles. 50 cents is at least $12 dollars adjusted for inflation — to be honest I suspect it would be even more given the hyperinflation of the time, and lack of supply and high demand. (If you were at last week’s Pop-Up Magazine, your heard about the Egg Wars on the Farallons.)

CHICKEN WAS EVEN MORE RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE.

Pretty sure that says $2, which is about $50!

IMPORTANT INFLATIONARY UPDATE:

2014 Roast chicken has just breached peak-1855:

$84 at Tosca
$48 at Zuni’s.

IMPORTANT TOASTFLATIONARY UPDATE:

In the comments, @markasaurus notes that the bare bones 12¢ toast is pretty damn expensive, at about $3. But before you get all fourtdollartoasty on 1855, the 25¢ anchovy toast is SIX DOLLARS. Come on, 2014, get it together, 1855 is kicking your ass.

Also, FRESHLY COOKED ENGLISH MUFFINS.

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1854 fresh english muffins

 

Down With Big Lettuce, Up With Fish Who Farm

November 17, 2014

Quartz reports on the transformation of a Japanese floppy disk assembly line into… wait for a it… a hydroponic greenhouse! Lettuce is grown in vats in a clean room, never to see the light of day.

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If you are a satisfied with Big Lettuce, so be it. But we here in San Francisco like to kill two birds with one stone. The founders of Mission Street Food are doing an aquaponic Kickstarter. Not satisfied with merely serving delicious food from a a truck then popping up in a Chinese restaurant and then making delicious hamburgers in a Vietnamese grocery store and then a bowling alley and then opening another restaurant in a former taqueria that was previously a donut shop open 25 hours a day, and then transcending waffles, Anthony and Karen and crew have taken it to another level — they want to employ fish to grow lettuce that will be served in their new restaurant, Perennial.

WAIT WHAT FISH THAT FARM

Yes you read that correctly. Each day, fish will come in to work, swim around, eat food scraps from the restaurant, and “nutrify” the water in which the lettuce enthusiastically grows. (Just don’t tell the fish that they are on the menu too.)

Anyway, the Kickstarter is in its last week and they’re almost there, so hop on over and help them out!

Also, I’ll be talking to Anthony and Karen on Burrito Justice Radio over at BFF.fm this Wednesday from 12-2. So tune in to hear a bit of San Francisco’s restaurant history along with some of its future.

Not A Burrito

November 12, 2014

I often get asked if something is actually a burrito. This usually involves things with -rrito or -rito as a suffix. To clarify:

@daviottenheimer was kind enough to summarize my Twitter overview.

And just because it’s shiny and delicious doesn’t make it a burrito.

IMPORTANT NOT A BURRITO UPDATE:

@shamptonian informs us you can play at home!

Who’s Playing At T̶h̶e̶ ̶M̶o̶r̶g̶u̶e̶ The Chapel Tonight?

November 6, 2014
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Ad for a mortuary at 777 Valencia St, from the 1948 city directory:

1948 The Chapel SF directory

A photo from 1964, via SFPL

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In case you need a hint:

2014 The Chapel GSV

I wonder if the Chapel ever considered calling themselves The Morgue.

Just discovered JunkThief’s post on it, including pictures when it was a rather jaunty lime green:

2000 777-valencia

I never noticed detail in the windows before:

original windows - former Gantner-Maison Funeral Directors, San Francisco, Calif.

The two letters carved above the window spell out g m, representing the Ganter-Maison names, the Domergue company merged later on.

Zoom and enhance:

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Funeral records from Gantner-Maison-Domergue are available at the ever awesome SF Genealogy. Just one example:

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