The Dilberito

The NYT had a story the other day about Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip….apparently, Scott invested in a restaurant a while back and more recently, has taken over day to day ownership of the fledging restaurant.

But what really caught my eye in this pretty bizzare story was the tale of the Dilberito, the “first and last product” of Adams’ food company. The Dilberito is nauseatingly described as “a vitamin-packed meatless burrito with a wheat-based meat substitute intended to give workaholics a full day’s worth of nourishment”.  Featured flavors include Spicy Mexican, Spicy Indian, BBQ and Garlic/Herb.  But what really puzzles me, even more than how the  “smoked non diary cheese” used in the BBQ version tastes, is this picture of Dilbert being chased by the giant purple bean – creepy.

So, anyone surprised this restaurant venture is not making $ hand over fist?



Today’s “Only in San Francisco” moment

There was a big fire at one of my client’s yesterday, Original Joe’s. OJ’s is a 70 year old, family owned and operated restaurant in what could delicately be called a yet-to-be-gentrified area of the Tenderloin. Most of the staff has worked there 30+ years.  It is an institution in San Francisco.

Anyway, I think the uniqueness of this establishment and it’s truly diverse clientele and the sheer beauty of San Francisco can be summed up in this quote in the SF Chronicle’s coverage of the event:

“I always wanted to eat there,” Larry Edmond, who lives in a nearby residential hotel, said wistfully as he watched the fire crews. Heavily bearded, he wore a woman’s pink wig and sleigh bells on his wrists.


photo credit: SF Chronicle

please pass the holstein

Murray’s Cheese Shop is serious.

Shoppers don’t search* based on the traditional cow/sheep/goat metrics. Here, you choose between a dizzying array of sub-categories….are you in the mood for Friesian, Guernsey or Holstein cow? Perhaps a fine nubian alpine (goat) – definitely not primarily alpine. No way.

And, I love how the “customers who bought this also enjoyed xyz” (I’m sure there is a technical term for that) has made its way from the amazon/itunes world to the cheese universe!!

Sadly, the “I’m an equal opportunity cheese lover-surprise me!” link on the home page (is this where Google stole the “I’m feeling lucky” idea?) is not currently in service.

Back to the drawing board. Hm what’s this….a fine Raw Apline Chamoisee Goat’s milk cheese. Just what I was looking for.


* click on “cheese” on the home page to bring up the search page

Sheepherding: No minimum wage gig

The Division of Labor Standards of California once again providing critical information effortlessly…I just googled “Minimum Wage California” (actually trying to find out what the minimum wage in Berkeley is, as it is a “living wage” town like SF) and voila, I get this page (see Question #1).

While I still don’t know the min wage in Berkeley, I *do* know know the minimum that a sheepherder can earn in California. So, how many hours per week are we talking?

Is San Francisco Killing Its Restaurants?

This question posed by San Francisco Magazine. Answer: yes. (and yes, I’m very liberal politically and support health care for all).

time to buy the cow

as you may know, one can’t legally buy unpasturized milk cheese in the US unless it is more than 60 days old. This presents a serious (well, ok, relatively serious) problem if you are jonesing for some Epoisses. I just read about a pretty ingenious workaround, albeit one for dedicated cheeseheads (who may or may not live in Wisconsin): fractional cow ownership.

This sounds like something a curd-loving lawyer came up with….hmmmm…while i cannot buy said cheese, i can certainly consume it if i happen to already OWN it. it’s just the buying thats the rub here…..

Enter, Guidestone Farm. It’s simple: you buy part of the cow and your dividends = raw milk dairy products. Nothing illegal going on here, officer and while you’re standing there, could you slather some of the Camembert on a cracker and pass it on over?

To wash it all down, consider ordering a few bottles of completely contraband Absinthe
online….guaranteed to arrive safe and sound at your house or your $ back.

Who me, smuggle? Never. I’m too lazy.


hey! when i wasn’t busy ripping all the skin off my big toe today…. I (ok, AOC SF) was getting got a little love on a non-restaurant blog.

check us out at ask the vc (7/17 post) re: sweat equity in restaurant deals