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Shhhh: A Secret Beer From Almanac Beer Co. Arrives Today

Plus, Ayesha Curry is competing in a cooking competition and more


Ayesha Curry plans to compete in the arena of pork

The annual, roaming pig party, Cochon 555, is coming back to town and it features an all-star lineup. The competition pits chefs against one another in the quest to cook the best pork from heritage breed pigs, and this year that includes Ayesha Curry with International Smoke executive chef Jeremy McMillan. Curry, known for her homecooking empire and lifestyle chops, hasn’t gone head-to-head in a real life cooking competition; this time she’ll be up against tough competition like Sophina Uong (Bi-Rite Market), Scott Romano (Dry Creek Kitchen), Jennifer Puccio (Cavalier), and Howard Ko (Loews Regency San Francisco).

Almanac’s got a secret beer and it comes in a can

Fresh off the heels its grand opening, Alamanac Beer Co. has a new release straight from the brand spanking new brewery in Alameda. Aptly named, New Taproom Smell IPA is being canned and sold today, starting at noon in its Alameda taproom, and 3 p.m. in its SF taproom. There’s only 200 cases of the beer, which is “hazy, juicy 5.9 percent ABV” and brewed with Admiral Maltings Maiden Voyage and Pilsner Malts. When it’s gone, it’s gone, so act fast.

Kiss’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley bring rock ‘n roll restaurant to Bay Area

The crusty rockers known for their years of face-painted debauchery and pyrotechnics have brought their rapidly expanding restaurant chain to Vacaville (200 Nut Tree Parkway). It’s kid-friendly, pet-friendly, and offers a large selection of beers on tap, including many local options. The food runs the gamut of bar fare from wings to fish and chips, as well as the restaurant’s signature “Demon Chicken” sandwich.

Valentine’s Day is lame but eating alone is not

Dining alone is a singular treat that shouldn’t require sympathy or pity from others — sometimes you’re your own best company. So, just in time for the annual day of dining as a twosome, Eater National has published some relevant guides to dining alone, and an inside look at how some restaurants go the extra mile to make sure solo diners don’t get the short end of the stick. Read ‘em and don’t weep: Go grab a bite by yourself.

Spice of America has opened across from Zuni Cafe

A new restaurant has moved into the former home of sushi restaurant Shido at 1655 Market Street. Located right across from Zuni, it’s serving up specialties from India and Nepal, like chicken momos with sesame chutney and crushed tomato salad, biryani, and Himalayan lamb curry. Open now for lunch and dinner; check out the dinner menu below: