The pendulum of the "blessing scam" has swung the other way: 2012 will go down as the year the crime swept through the country, from San Francisco to New York; 2013 will go down as the year the con artists behind it were swept behind bars. On Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. an ... More >>
Law enforcement officials have dubbed it the "blessing scam," and by now the con's strange details are familiar to most major metropolises between the coasts: The scammers target elderly Chinese women and trick them into believing that an evil spirit is about to kill a loved one and the only way to ... More >>
They're developing a pilot for an as-yet-untitled series about three 30-something gay friends navigating life and love in San Francisco.
Don't touch them! They're undoubtedly contagious. Over the last couple of years, FiTR has gone from being neutral on the subject of cupcakes -- from tolerating them, only wishing we had an entire piece of cake instead -- to downright hating the tiny near-cylinders of dried-out cake surmounted by b ... More >>
Put in your dollar, and you're good to go. You may have noticed we haven't heard much from Fork in the Road San Francisco correspondent Tracy Van Dyk lately. That's because she's driving from San Francisco to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina with a companion known only as "A". But she paused a moment s ... More >>
[See More 3 Good Things: Cookbooks, Music, Leftovers | Cannabis in the Kitchen | Anisette, Blueberries, Tumblr] 1 San Francisco-based illustrator Kate Pocrass, champion of the mundane and the average, offers us some cute illustrations of various foods on sticks, including grilled corn, paletas, and ... More >>
This week in the Village Voice, now available in a red box near you: I review the seventh album by Usher, the surprisingly minimalist (and unsurprisingly enjoyable Looking 4 Myself; Jessica Hopper chats with the San Francisco band Grass Widow about their move toward the light on their new album; and ... More >>
More weed news from the West Coast: A federal court in California just ruled 2-1 that cities can ban medical marijuana dispensaries -- and that doing so doesn't violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. As detailed by the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco's Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appea ... More >>
Certified organic, with the roasting date inked in by hand. Now that's artisanal! If you're a coffee fanatic, it calls for a little celebration every time a new coffee roaster hits town. In the last couple of years, we've seen the arrival of Stumptown (Portland), Intelligentsia (Chicago), and Blue ... More >>
Tomato bisque, the first course. Hey, are we in a Burger King? Why are those people wearing paper crowns? It's been a decade since I went to Medieval Times with Michael Musto and Lynn Yaeger. I wrote a feature, but it was killed. Now some friends (including FiTR San Francisco correspondent Tracy V ... More >>
Two former San Francisco health inspectors have been accused of swapping cash in exchange for okaying hundreds of restaurants' food safety qualifications, the Associated Press reports. The ex-inspectors are said to have sold up to 350 health certificates since 2007, charging several hundre ... More >>
The Kinsey Sicks is the San Francisco-based drag troupe that specializes in spoofy tunes that add twisty, sometimes unclean thoughts to your most beloved traditional works of music. In this lively clip, "America's favorite dragapella beautyshop quartet" zigzags through a bunch of Christmas stand ... More >>
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Does your dog look like this? San Francisco's got us beat when it comes weird food events, at least at this point in time. Fork in the Road's Bay Area correspondent Tracy Van Dyk spotted this poster, which advertises a dinner under the stars for humans and pugs, who always look hungry with ... More >>
Forget the fear of laws changing - people lined up to see him the first day he came out! So why not their spouse?Some people have asked us: If same-sex marriage is here to stay, just why exactly do couples have to get married the first day, anyway? Isn't it a waste of money for the cash-strap ... More >>
A one-stop pizza place in the West Village tries to give you everything
You might be smiling, but the kids sure won't be.Kids are out of luck at the mostly West Coast burger chain Jack in the Box -- they'll no longer be receiving a free toy along with their children's meal, following new laws in San Francisco and Santa Clara County that require such meals to meet ... More >>
SavoredVillageVines, the online restaurant discount site that sounds vaguely like the bottle of $3 Chardonnay found in the back of grandma's cupboard, has undergone a makeover and now finally has a name that sounds like it's at least related to food. It'll now be called Savored. And with a ... More >>
San Francisco street mural, artist unknown The popular Mickey D's just east of Cooper Square has been flaunting a new DOH inspection sign - and it looks like they made it themselves.
There are two kinds of porn lovers--avid ones and liars. And there are two kinds of porn movies--ones with elaborate plots and tons of dialogue and ones where they just open the door and get it on. I picked up a bunch of both types at the birthday party for Gawker's Brian Moylan the other n ... More >>
A food blog has introduced a food-cart walking tour, charging $40 to take participants to some of the city's most talked-about mobile vendors. [NY Post] Underground food markets are cropping up around the country, allowing vendors to avoid hefty fees for health permits and insurance. [NY Tim ... More >>
Uh, yikes. A man was "mysteriously engulfed in flames" at a porn shop (or, "adult bookstore") on Sixth and Mission Streets in San Francisco and has been hospitalized with third-degree burns that are said to be life-threatening. It's unclear how the man caught on fire, but police said he'd bee ... More >>
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Although last year's Le Fooding proved that in a San Francisco-New York smack down, almost everyone lost, at least one man has done his bit to incite a new skirmish in the non-existent battle.
get1car.comIt was like a scene from Mission Impossible IV: In the early morning hours, a thief descended by rope into a luxury car dealership on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco and stole the pride of Guy Fieri's 10-car collection - a fever-yellow Lamborghini valued in excess of $200,000.
S.F. ChronicleNorman Jay Hobday, fern bar creatorNorman Jay Hobday, the man credited with inventing the leafy breed of swinging singles bar called the "fern bar," died last week at the age of 77 in San Francisco. Originally from upstate New York, Hobday ended up in San Francisco after the Kor ... More >>
animalpicturegallery.netBeautiful, but dumb. Atelier Crenn opens today in San Francisco, the new project from former Luce chef Dominique Crenn located in the Marina. The place will exhibit the usual farm-to-market ethos, but kicked up a notch. The chef has forged an alliance with Scrivner Hop ... More >>
This obscure restaurant near the corner of 16th Street and Seventh Avenue -- which advertises a combination of Sichuan and Vietnamese food -- was declared one of the best Chinese restaurants in the country in the inscrutable "Top Chefs & Owners" category. This past Sunday, correspondent Bil ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 25, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 47 History of a hype: Worm in Big Apple By Maureen Orth New York is dead, everyone complained. The last thing to hit town was "Jesus Christ Superstar," and it was so unbelievably crass. The major art op ... More >>
L.A. and San Francisco about to get lucky, too.LuckyRice, the Asian food festival that debuted in New York this year, has plans to return next year and will also expand to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Per Crain's, the five-day Asian food fest will run from May 4 to 8, 2011.
New York is about to receive yet another caffeine infusion, but this time, its origins are a bit more far-flung than San Francisco or Portland.
Back in 1999, I was sent to San Francisco to interview Patty McCormack onstage at the Castro Theater, which was filled with gays and straights and drag queens and all sorts of people, there to worship the nasty girl from The Bad Seed all grown up. Here's a newly posted clip of the preparatio ... More >>
Le bam. Le pow.It has now been more than 48 hours since the second coming of Le Fooding, which took over the grounds of P.S.1 on Friday and Saturday nights. Although this year's theme was a staged battle between New York and San Francisco chefs supposedly driven to blind, combative rage by a ... More >>
Phil Ross, a San Francisco-based chef and artist, hosted an insect-based meal at Brooklyn Kitchen this past weekend, as a means to promote a tasty, sustainable diet of animals you can raise yourself at home. [NY Times] Less than a month after Eataly was unleashed on New Yorkers, a roundup of ... More >>
via San Francisco ChronicleAwwww. Today in cat news: Jack Daniels, a nearly blind black cat, was somehow stolen from the San Francisco SPCA a year ago, and was found in Harlem last week. No one knows how exactly he got there or why -- catnapping! -- but after being discovered by animal contro ... More >>
FlickrWin a trip to this slope-y, geologically suspect metropolis. Hoarding your artisanal pickles for yourselves and your friends? Have a killer bit of handcrafted charcuterie you've been waiting to unveil to the world? Well, today's your day: The San Francisco Chronicle announces the first ... More >>
BaohausBang, pow, bao.After his unhappy discovery last month that a new San Francisco food truck had appropriated the name of his signature Chairman Bao pork bun, Eddie Huang may get his change at revenge, of a sort. The Baohaus proprietor e-mailed us to say that a San Francisco chef has offe ... More >>
Do you know what a TechCrunch is? No? Well then: it's a site run by a guy out of San Fransisco for San Fransisco tech geeks, and unless you work for FourSquare or you're a venture capitalist with a few hundred thousand to peel off, don't worry too much about it. All you need to know is that T ... More >>
It's not (quite) as scary as it sounds: Human -- and pet -- hair is being collected around the country to make homemade brooms, mats, and barriers that will go to help protect Louisiana's coastline from that nasty oil slick in the Gulf. This genius and, yes, amazingly gross plan was initiated ... More >>