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Belly Burgers Cometh; 2,012 Bitchinest Restaurants

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Cooking with Kitchen on Fire. [Photo: Courtesy of Kitchen on Fire]

POP-UPS — Tom Pizzica, a runner up for Next Food Network Star who landed his own series Outrageous Food, is bringing his Belly Burgers venture to the Mission for two nights this weekend. He'll sling pork belly burgers like Alabama Ma'amma (white BBQ sauce, crispy yams, sweet onion) and Side Belly (cumin slaw, crushed almonds, curried onion rings) for $5 at The Doctors Lounge 4826 Mission) on January 28 from 7 p.m. until he sells out and at Clooney's (1401 Valencia) on January 29 from 5-9 p.m.

BERKELEY — Fresh from the achievement of publishing its first book, Kitchen on Fire will open a second cooking school in West Berkeley at 2940 Seventh Street. There's an emphasis on basic and practical cooking skills taught by in-house as well as guest professors. The grand opening on January 28 from 7-9 p.m. is open to the public and features homemade bread and pastries from around the world. [EaterWire]

COMING ATTRACTIONS — Slow Food's annual The Golden Glass party will once again be held at Fort Mason, this time on February 4. With 200 wine producers pouring and the current food count at 26 restaurants and companies, pacing yourself will be required. Procure tickets here. [Tablehopper]

WEBSITE OF THE DAY — Here is Barely Digestible, a "webcomic for foodies, wannabe chefs and drunks.” The most recent comic on the site is their version of the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best List, which they call the The World's 2,012 Bitchinest Restaurants. "To be eligible, restaurants didn't even have to be real or serve edible food, but they did have to be something we were capable of drawing." Case in point: Thomas Keller's new restaurant Deus Ex, located smack in the middle of Vatican City. [Barely Digestible via Inside Scoop SF]

Kitchen on Fire

2940 Seventh Street, Berkeley, CA