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One of the things I have enjoyed about living in Northern California is what feels like access to much better, fresher beers than I was used to down south. There were plenty of places to buy beer, even craft beers in Los Angeles, but I think because I walk so much in my neighborhood and frequent liquor stores instead of Super Markets I come across many of the local stuff I would have missed.

This article on CHOW about Sierra Nevada Brewing makes me happy for two reasons. The first is that I also, frequently (like right now) have a six pack of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in my refrigerator.

The second is that after about two years of going a little crazy with super hoppy beers and sour beers and beers that make you want to take a nap afterwards, I think I've started to come around to the idea of subtle beers that are good because they are well balanced, and not trying to differentiate themselves with a bit of a gimmick.

That said, I usually have a fresh Pliny The Elder in my fridge as well. Shoving your nose into a big glass of Pliny is a bit of heaven I think.

via mat

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The Story of Beer. Nicely drawn, tons of information about beer. Now I want a beer.

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I've enjoyed watching my friend at work unravel a cookie recipe mystery over the past couple of weeks. He just posted the full story to his weblog.

He also brought in a batch which are VERY GOOD COOKIES. You should totally make some.

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Why NYC's Iconic Pizza Is So Tough To Replicate found on kottke. Seriously, there is no good pizza in San Francisco. Whenever I go to NY I manage to get at least one slice of pizza from a random shop, and it's better than any pizza I've ever had in California.

If you think you know, please leave me a comment. You should know that I have been to Delfina, Arinell's, Little Star, and A16. (SF does make a god damn good burger though.)

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Alex on beer in the Bay Area. Amber and I got way more into beer in 2007 than we ever were, especially after our trip to Amsterdam and Belgium where a friend gave me a long list of beers to try. I regularly make trips to Plumpjack down the street to grab our favorites plus anything I may have heard of (or maybe haven't).

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Also from Neatorama: an excerpt from the book My Last Supper on Time's site where 50 chefs were asked about their last supper.

Mine would be a recipe my mom concocted for chicken. It's an adobo-like marinade that is a celebration of vinegar and spices. Filipinos love their vinegar. Yum.

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This might be the first time I've actually had a beer in honor of someone's life, but tonight I'll drink that La Chouffe I bought last week in memory of Michael Jackson, who died yesterday.

I recently got back into brewing, and while reading forums and catching up on styles and methods, I was reminded that Michael's influence is profound. I'd wager every micro-brew in America was started by someone who was inspired by his work.

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My sister, it seems, has my number.

Sister: how are things with you? what are you doing this weekend?

Me: hi, busy weekend of drinking

Sister: drinking wow

Sister: cool

Me: hah

A few seconds pass.

Sister: i predict you will have 2 beers

Me: ...

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I can't remember if I'd ever brought this up, but I had an idea for desserts at restaurants. It's always so difficult to decide on what dessert to get, and sometimes you don't even want a whole cheesecake or tort, so how about some restaurant serves spoonfuls of dessert?

Imagine it: 50¢ a spoon for cheesecake, apple pie, maybe two apple pies, a cherry pie, some angel food cake with strawberries...

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My new favorite place to go for lunch is Fresh In The Box. If you're in the LA area and want insanely good tasting food made to order, you have to try this place out.

Read through the site and you'll get a sense of what the restaurant is like. JPop bubbling from the kitchen, and out front there's Hip-Hop streaming out of an XM radio that sits next to Japanese artwork.

Note the link for jobs is the only thing that's written in Japanese.

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I had never heard of OK Soda before. In fact, I thought it was a joke my co-worker was making up to make make up for the untold number of lies I have told him about the Catholic Church. It turns out there really was an OK Soda and Daniel Clowes really did design the cans and cases.

The Baffler (!) on OK Soda. Suck on OK Soda.

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Annoyed by my local Carl's Jr. drive-thru giving me a BBQ Chicken Sandwich instead of the Six-Dollar Burger I ordered, I wrote them an email. The response was:

"I assure you that every effort is being made to correct this situation. I have contacted the District Manager regarding your experience."
Okay, that's nice of you...

"I would like to invite you to give us one more chance, on us! I am mailing you some Second Chance coupons good for either a free Famous Star Hamburger or a BBQ Chicken Sandwich. I know there is really nothing that can excuse or make up for the situation you described, but we would love the chance to regain your trust."

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