UNION SQUARE - With the advent of superfluous city lighting, fake trees, the Vince Guaraldi Trio and the birthday of the lord baby, come chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Single Guy Chef talks about where to get them, or at least smell them. [SGC]
TODAY IN FOUR LOKO - A batch of contraband grape rape flavor surfaces on Cragslist for $20 a can. But you can still get in certain bodegas for under $4 a pop -- this all smells so similar to the summer of kombucha, but this time there's no coming back. [Uptown Almanac]
THE SHUTTER - Rubio's closed in the Westfield, and SFoodie poses: "Is the closing of Rubio's and Baja Fresh [earlier] a sign that the Great Taco Wave is ebbing?" Maybe more a sign that the Taco Chain Wave is ebbing. Or that a taco's really gotta be just that: great, to survive in this town. [SFoodie]
BALLPARK - Le Truck that serves everything from meatball sandwiches to tacos and grilled peaches now has a perma-spot close to AT&T park. Great news if you work in the area or like to hang out on the sidewalks in the area around lunch time. [GrubStreet]
WARM STUFF - Someone seriously needs to turn up the heat in the 7x7 offices. The editors are writing chilly on the best hot chocolate spots and bowls of soup around here. We can almost hear the teeth chattering and "It's effing freezing" sighs over there. [7x7]
CHEF SHUFFLES - This one's a bar chef, if you will. Camber Lay, who's made some waves with her cocktails over at Epic on the waterfront, has moved over to Town Hall.
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