Monday, December 3, 2012

Psst...Pass it On: What We Like Right Now

By Whitney Phaneuf
Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Even our leftist, Buy-Nothing ethos breaks down come December, and like the rest of America, we've got eating, drinking, and buying on the brain. Here's what our Express staff writers like this week:


Being a new dad means I hardly ever have time to read for fun anymore, which is why I appreciate the rare book I can breeze through in half an hour — like Oakland comic artist Thien Pham's new graphic novel Sumo, the compact, beautifully-rendered tale of an ex-football star who moves to Tokyo to become a sumo wrestler. (Full disclosure: I used to teach at the same school as Pham — he's a friend.) — Luke Tsai

I finally read This Is How You Lose Her last weekend, and yes, it really is that good. — Ellen Cushing


I have finally faced the inevitable and succumbed to the new Ke$ha. — Azeen Ghorayshi


YogurtLand now has peppermint bark topping. Just sayin’. — E.C.

Luke loves Raincoast Crisps
  • Luke loves Raincoast Crisps

I've been snacking like a mofo ever since a friend gifted me a box of Raincoast Crisps — specifically the cranberry hazelnut ones, which are freaking delicious smothered with Fromager d'Affinois or whatever soft cheese you like best. (These crackers hail from Canada, but I've seen 'em at Berkeley Bowl and Rockridge Market Hall.) — L.T.

Meanwhile, I was talking to someone the other day and realized that there are people who like ice cream and still don't know that Sketch has reopened. Its toasted walnut flavor has been blowing my mind. — L.T.


Late to the party here because I’m not a huge beer drinker, but I couldn't get enough of 21st Amendment's Spring Saison, served at Saturday's The Bay Brewed, a festival of local bands and local breweries. Spring Saison is an easy-drinking ale that would please the beer snobs and Bud Light drinkers (every friend group has both). — Whitney Phaneuf


Take the "buy local" mantra a step further and buy local band merch. For my brother, I picked up a t-shirt from San Jose stoner metal band Sleep, and I'm still deciding between the many designs from Oakland-based rap collective Hieroglyphics. For myself, I want this long sleeve shirt from local rapper Antwon. — W.P.

I'm always at risk of having doggie bags fall out of my pockets - and not the good kind of doggie bags. So I'm really, really happy to be currently sporting a Poop Chic doggie bag dispenser — the cutest, hand-knit, mini dog purse that slides right onto a collar or leash, and holds a whole roll of bags to use for picking up my dog's number twos. Made by local artist Lynn Hughes and sold on Esty, all proceeds of Poop Chic bags go to benefit San Francisco's Hats for the Homeless. Check out the dark blue Poop Chic with the sparkly bone - named after my very own Sebastian. — Alison Peters

This isn't really my M.O., but these gender neutral toy ads from Sweden are PRETTY COOL. From girls playing with guns to boys gingerly waving around blow-dryers, the Swedes again show that they've got life figured out. — A.G.


Burning Man finally picks an art theme that doesn't suck: Cargo Cult. — W.P.

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