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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.


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.


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 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.


@shamptonian informs us you can play at home!

Who’s Playing At T̶h̶e̶ ̶M̶o̶r̶g̶u̶e̶ The Chapel Tonight?

November 6, 2014

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

1948 The Chapel SF directory

A photo from 1964, via SFPL

1964 777 Valencia The Chapel AAC-4962

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:

The chapel window detail gm

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



A Modest Proposal to Improve Muni

October 31, 2014
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I have a plan for improving Muni: Rename the routes after Giants players, and let them drive during the off-season.

Here’s the list — I had to add some historical routes to fill the gaps. Please add your route jokes in the comments.

2-Clement 2 Juan Perez LF
6-Parnassus 6 Ehire Adrianza DL60 2B
7-Haight 7 Gregor Blanco CF
8X-Bayshore Express 8 Hunter Pence RF
9-San Bruno 9 Brandon Belt 1B
10-Townsend 10 Chris Dominguez 3B
12-Folsom/Pacific 12 Joe Panik 2B
13 Ellsworth 13 Joaquin Arias 3B
14-Mission 14 Guillermo Quiroz C
16X-Noriega Express 16 Angel Pagan CF
17-Parkmerced 17 Tim Hudson SP
18-46th Avenue 18 Matt Cain DL60 SP
19-Polk 19 Marco Scutaro DL60 2B
22-Fillmore 22 Jake Peavy SP
28-19th Avenue 28 Buster Posey C
29-Sunset 29 Hector Sanchez DL60 C
32-Embarcadero 32 Ryan Vogelsong SP
34-Woodside 34 Andrew Susac C
35-Eureka 35 Brandon Crawford SS
37-Corbett 37 Adam Duvall 1B
38-Geary 38 Michael Morse LF
40-San Mateo Interurban 40 Madison Bumgarner SP
41-Union 41 Jeremy Affeldt RP
43-Masonic 43 Brett Bochy RP
45-Union/Stockton 45 Travis Ishikawa 1B
46 Santiago Casilla RP
47-Van Ness 47 Jarrett Parker RF
48-Quintara/24th Street 48 Pablo Sandoval 3B
49-Mission/Van Ness 49 Javier Lopez RP
50-Visitacion 50 Matt Duffy 2B
51-Silver 51 Erik Cordier SP
52-Excelsior 52 Yusmeiro Petit RP
53 Southern Heights 53 Chris Heston SP
54-Felton 54 Sergio Romo RP
55-Sacramento 55 Tim Lincecum SP
56-Rutland 56 Gary Brown CF
57 Juan Gutierrez RP
59 Michael Kickham SP
60 Hunter Strickland RP
63 Jean Machi RP
70 George Kontos RP

Hey that’s weird, the players are already on the new Muni map.


The Mission will see dramatically improved service:


SPUR Urban Cartography Exhibit

October 24, 2014
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If you are downtown near Mission and 3rd between 11 and 5 before January, you should go stop by the SPUR Urban Center at 654 Mission St. where you can see a few maps made by me and my friends.

SPUR was kind enough to display the 200′ Sea Level Rise map that I made with Brian Stokle.


The 200′ maps are available for sale on Zazzle, and Brian is selling his 25′ maps as well.


Many other excellent maps there by Eric Fischer, Stamen, Andreas Viglakis, Jenny Odell and others. Also: awesome 3D model of San Francisco!

So stop by SPUR during your lunch break!

Remotely related song:

Bangkok Burritos Are Surprisingly Good. Also, A Dark Burrito Future

October 17, 2014

Long time readers will remember the proto-Burrito Justice report on burritos in Berlin. @cappstreetcrap continues this noble tradition – she and her husband were on vacation in Thailand and discovered some surprisingly good burritos in a mall in Bangkok. Most importantly she took the time to notify me immediately via the EBINT (Emergency Burrito International Notification Twitter):

The verdict? Not cheap, but surprisingly good!

Alas, chip technology has yet to make the jump across the Pacific.

This got me to wondering what would happen if California were destroyed in the earthquake and the only burritos remaining on Earth were these culinary outposts.

Signs They Are A-Changing

October 15, 2014



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