Mission Chinese Food and UC Berkeley partner to celebrate Wild Food Week

Wild Food Week kicks off this Saturday with a foraging walk in the Berkeley Hills, and continues with special dinners at a number of celebrated area restaurants (including a Mission Chinese Food/The Perennial event on April 8th).

Here’s a note from Anthony and Karen of the Mission Chinese Food family:

This is not purely Mission-related news, but we wanted to let you know about a “Wild Food Week” we’re organizing with three Berkeley professors (Philip Stark, Kristen Rasmussen and Tom Carlson), who run a group called Berkeley Open Source Food. The idea is to reclaim edible plants currently going to waste (often literally right in our own back yards). By some estimates, up to 40% of edible plants on farms are classified as weeds and are watered, fertilized, harvested, and then not eaten. With a little more exposure and education, these wild edibles could be integrated into the food system, with all sorts of benefits, including free nutritious produce in food deserts. Berkeley Open Source Food is showcasing wild foods with a series of events from a guided foragers’ walk to dinners at César, Chez Panisse, Mission Chinese Food, and Mission: Heirloom (details below). We are working with  Capay Valley FarmsF.E.E.D. SonomaGood EggsGreen String FarmThe Living Wild Project, and Say Hay Farms. and will debut a foraging field guide called The Bay Area’s Baker’s Dozen Wild Greens.

Complete list of Wild Food Week events, with ticketing info, after the jump:


What happened to this beloved mural?

Neighbor @friscolex wants to know.

Remembering Hapa Ramen, longtime neighborhood institution

Here’s the official Mission Mission opening-night review, by Helen Tseng, from way back in November of 2014:

After doing the farmer’s market pop-up thing for years, Richie Nakano is finally opening his long-awaited ramen shop tomorrow. The Hapa Ramen restaurant is located at 2293 Mission Street, in the former 99¢ Depot. As a long-time noodle advocate, I headed over to report from the front lines, armed with a fellow noodle-loving lady.

The opening menu features snacky small plates (ribs, a raw fish tartare, a Korean seafood pancake), steamed buns a la David Chang, and with three types of ramen. The restaurant’s namesake bowl, pictured above, is generously topped with pork slabs, nugs of fried chicken, a poached egg, and seasonal vegetables.

There’s also a full bar and cocktail menu, which includes a gin drink involving Hi-Chew tincture and Hawaiian Punch syrup (above, right) that tastes exactly like a Pixy Stix. The bourbon drink on the left contained banana, black sea salt, and cacao.

Above, two of my favorite things I ate: a savory pile of roasted baby carrots and radishes, and an adorable fried chicken-and-pickle steamed bun that, in the most flattering way possible, reminded me of the classic sandwich from my childhood favorite now-shunned fast food establishment.

Oh, and those in-progress booths we reported on awhile back cleaned up real nice:

[Booth photo by Erin Conger]

P.S. Visit Girls Love Noodles!

Funny to think about how much has changed in the Mission since the heyday of Hapa Ramen, right? Sometimes I miss the old days.

Inside Scoop has the inside scoop on the fall of Hapa here and here and here.

Sunrise in the Mission

[via Lord Corntard]

Tightness and tech dudes

Oakland gadfly Ryan Christopher Parks has the scoop:

Sub-Mission, one of the last remaining truly independent performance venues in probably the whole world, is in danger

Thanks to rent woes and new demands from their landlord, they’ve been forced to launch a GoFundMe campaign.

Capp Street Crap reports:

Txutxo Perez, one of the owners of the gallery and performance space between 17th and 18th Streets, said the landlord has agreed to a new 5-year lease with the condition that they first make the necessary upgrades themselves. Perez said he hoped to have started construction this month but now he doesn’t know when it will happen.

As of April 15, Sub-Mission’s rent will also go up by $3,000. The goal of the fundraising campaign is to raise enough money to help Sub-Mission get through at least until the end of April. But Perez said the situation will be dire if the project is at a standstill when May rolls around.

Read on for more story and photos.

20 punk and indie songs you won’t believe are in this karaoke songbook

The Karaoke Underground is coming to San Francisco for the first time on April 12th. Their karaoke songbook is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Here are 20 songs you can sing at karaoke on April 12th at Rickshaw Stop if you want to:

  1. “My Heart Is A Drummer” by Allo Darlin’
  2. “Emily Kane” by Art Brut
  3. “Bad Kids” by the Black Lips
  4. “Drivin’ on 9″ by the Breeders
  5. “Lloyd I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken” by Camera Obscura
  6. “Girl Anachronism” by the Dresden Dolls
  7. “San Francisco” by Foxygen
  8. “Arming Eritrea” by Future of the Left
  9. “Love Comes in Spurts” by Richard Hell and the Voidoids
  10. “The House that Heaven Built” by Japandroids
  11. “Boxcar” by Jawbreaker
  12. “Mr Your on Fire Mr” by Liars
  13. “Strange Powers” by Magnetic Fields
  14. “Sackcloth and Ashes” by the Mr. T Experience
  15. “Liza & Louise” by NOFX
  16. “Hey Suburbia” by Screeching Weasel
  17. “Teenage Riot” by Sonic Youth
  18. “Dr. Worm” by They Might Be Giants
  19. “After Hours” by the Velvet Underground
  20. “Art Star” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

And that’s just a taste. Browse the whole songbook.

RSVP and invite your friends!

Surfboard and two wetsuits up for grabs

As of 45 minutes ago, in J. Rusten‘s “free scrap” box on 23rd Street.

[via J. Rusten on Instagram]

Well here’s a fucking TIGHT photo of the sky from last night

I know we’re all pretty over a million photos of the sky in our feeds every time there’s a cool sunset, and maybe we should all cut back. All of us except Gareth. This photo is fucking TIGHT.

[via Gareth]

The Rice Paper Scissors crew review the new Sriracha Quesarito from Taco Bell

Sounds like it was pretty alright:

cheese to everything else ratio was on point, rice was the undercooked (was sticking to our fillings) but all was forgiven bc cheese product

[via RPS on Instagram]

Allan Hough

Posts: 6770

Email: allan (at) missionmission.org

Website: http://honeyjets.tumblr.com

Biographical Info:

"I joked that living in the Mission would be the end of me. And there were nights where it felt like the case.

One night I went out with my friend Allan to the bar that no one goes to on 16th Street, where I lost half my drink and money on the dance floor. Later we skated down 16th to Evelyn Lee, where I fell off my board and landed on my head as the 22 bus sped past behind me. A sobering moment. At the bar, I sulked and nursed my wounds until Allan put on Amy Winehouse’s 'Valerie.' We danced, he dipped me, and I felt better."

— My pal Valerie, writing about life in the Mission

[Photo by Sexpigeon, Homestead, 2009]