It’s magic mushroom season
Oakland just became the second city in the United States to decriminalize the use of entheogenic plants including psilocybin, or magic mushrooms, and more substances like peyote. City council members voted last night on a resolution introduced by councilman Noel Gallo, ending city investigations and criminal penalties for the use and possession of hallucinogens derived from plants or fungi. That doesn’t include drugs LSD and other synthetic hallucinogens, and it doesn’t make way for the sales of magic mushrooms in stores — although the city council envisions possible mushroom collectives. Oakland’s resolution follows a similar vote in Denver, and it looks like more cities could follow suit.
Beer that’s literally catnip
Speaking of illicit drugs in Oakland, Temescal brewing is dipping its toes into something out of the ordinary with a new pilsner made with Maine-grown cascade hops and... catnip. It’s a collaboration with their former head brewer, who is back from his new brewery and farm in Maine to test it out. Keep your cats away from this one.
Brown Sugar Kitchen for Dinner
Brown Sugar Kitchen’s big new Oakland flagship location is now open for dinner service during the week: Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (with dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.), and weekends from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner reservations are on Yelp, and for beating the lines at breakfast and lunch, they’re on Yelp’s waitlist.
A new German Bakery is heading to NoPa
Hadough, a permanent location from baker Ha Do, is coming to the 1221 Fell Street (at Divisadero), and Tablehopper has the intel. Do is taking over an old guitar store, and she hopes to open the brick-and-mortar extension of her popular farmer’s market stand by Oktoberfest, serving pretzels, stuffed berliner doughnuts, and bienenstich (bee sting) cake.
CUESA’s Summer Bash
This Sunday, leading SF agriculture and food nonprofit CUESA hosts its big Summer Bash, with 45 Bay Area restaurants in tow, including Brown Sugar Kitchen, Dandelion Chocolate, International Smoke, Reem’s, The Slanted Door, and Souvla. They’ll all serve bites at the Ferry Building highlighting bountiful produce, like Brokaw avocado dahi puri with spiced peaches by Farnoush Daylamian of DOSA.
Grand Opening’s grand opening
Melissa Chou, Mister Jiu’s James Beard-award nominated pastry chef, is now selling snacks from the pastry kitchen of Mister Jiu’s every second Saturday of the month. That means this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 28 Waverly Place.