The Great San Francisco Mac and Cheese Throwdown

When four, count ‘em four, friends contacted me this week to make sure I was aware of this event, I realized I’d made a bit of a mac-and-cheese-tasting reputation for myself.

This throwdown comes your way through the combined efforts of the SoMa StrEat Food Park and FunCheapSF, both great organizations with a goal of keeping Bay Area residents in good food for fair prices. In addition to over 10 food trucks offering their mac and cheese spins, there will also be games, beer specials, and a cheesy cover band. And yes, that’s the precise language used to describe the band.

What: the Great San Francisco Mac and Cheese Throwdown

Where: SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco.

When: 11/22 from 11am to 5pm.

How Much: $5 for entry, which includes 1 tasting ticket OR $20 for a passport that includes entry, 5 tasting tickets, and a PBR. Individual tasting tickets are $4 each.

Get me tickets: Order them through Eventbrite here.

Unfortunately, I will not be attending the throwdown because I already have plans Saturday and because I’m pretty sure that many mac and cheese options are too many even for me. But my quest to conquer 7 x 7′s list of the best Bay Area mac and cheeses continues, and my most recent post on that is here. Coming up soon are my thought’s on Paragon’s offering and then the Mac and Cheese nights will continue after the New Year. Only 4 to go!


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Nonfiction Bragging–Bloomberg Businessweek Quote!

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a bragging post. This one is courtesy of my being quoted in a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article on the origins and staying power of RumChata.  You may recall that I reviewed RumChata back in 2012, and you can read that review by clicking on the picture.


What did I have to say about RumChata for Bloomberg Businessweek? It’s just a quick quote on its versatility:

The drink also simplifies home cocktail making, says Eden Laurin, managing partner of the Violet Hour, a cocktail bar in Chicago’s hip Wicker Park neighborhood. Drinks with more than three ingredients are confusing to make, Laurin says, so having one spirit with several flavors is appealing. “It cuts out a step by already having cream, spice, and rum combined in pleasant ratios,” says Rebecca Gomez Farrell, a food and drink blogger in California.

Swing by the article to learn more about this unique–and fast-selling–cream liquor.

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Love With Food Product Review

I have another product review for you guys this week! One thing most foodies have in common is a love of variety. Love With Food is a company that offers just that for organic and/or all-natural snack foods with a changing selection of goodies delivered every month.

The Tasting Box

The Tasting Box

Love With Food gave me a tasting box for review, which is their smallest subscription option. It comes with 8 or more snack items and retails at $10 per month. Bigger snackers can choose the Deluxe box with twice as many snacks for $17, and there is a gluten-free-only option at $24.50 per month.

Now, as you can see, those snacks aren’t exactly gifted in large quantities.

Fruit Snacks from YumEarth--tiny portions, big flavor!

Fruit Snacks from YumEarth–tiny portions, big flavor!

So you should really think of Love With Food as more of a sampler pack than a month’s supply of snack items. But you can purchase many of their items in larger quantities at Love With Food’s store once you’ve tried them and liked them. My box came with coupons for two of the snack items, and every box order comes with additional bonus points that can be redeemed in the store. Plus, Love With Food offers a bonus feel-good donation of 1 meal to a food bank for every tasting box and 2 for the deluxe and gluten-free boxes. Many of the companies whose products are shipped have charitable pledges of their own as well.

I valiantly sampled each and every offering in my tasting box, most recently the Desert Gardens Spinach Dip Mix, a satisfying veggie dip currently providing a swimming pool for my diving carrots. The sour cream and mayo were not included with the mix.



The 180 Degree Nutty Rice Bites with Blueberries oddly didn’t list blueberries in its ingredient list, though the taste of them was strong.


I guess they must have been one of the “natural flavors.” The Zante currants, pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds, and sesame seeds combined with puffed rice were fun to eat but ultimately too sweet for my taste buds. I think their three different types of sugar may be two too many.

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