Rainbow Grocery Now Delivers via Bay Area Startup Instacart

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Rainbow Grocery: All of this is now online.
File under: reasons to never leave the house. Instacart -- the app that delivers same-day groceries to your door from shops like Whole Foods, Safeway, and Costco -- has just added everyone's favorite organic, worker-owned grocery store, Rainbow, to its roster. Now you can click a button and access all your favorite bulk products like grains, legumes, oils, flours, cereals, teas, coffees, nuts, seeds, etc., along with the grocery's organic produce, excellent cheese selection, whole-grain and gluten-free breads, affordable and well-curated wine and beer, eco-friendly house cleaners, and more (no missing-bag-shaming involved!).

See also: The Amazing Disappearing Supermarket: Building the 21st Century Grocery Store

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Space-Age Food Now Available at MUJI

Categories: SOMA, Shopping, WTF?

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Pete Kane
MUJI is that affordable Japanese housewares chain full of pens, beige-colored things, and T-shirts vacuum-sucked into tiny cubes. It's often found in airports, but there's one in SoMa and another in San Jose, each bursting with modular cleanliness from the near-future. And now this cross between Uniqlo and the Container Store is selling Japanese foods, chiefly teas and other dry goods.

See Also: Umami Mart's New "Konbini" U-Mart Stocks Obscure Japanese Kit-Kats


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Great Bay Area Liquor Stores to Stuff Stockings or Cabinets

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The mighty shelves at Ledger's Liquors
Whether in search of a last-minute Christmas gift, host/hostess offering or party supplies for New Years Eve, chances are you will end up in search of a good liquor store.

Luckily, we have quite a few spots in the Bay Area that are helpful to both the cocktail geek and cocktail meek. Here's a list of some of my favorite spots to pick up a bottle or two of something unique or simply to restock your liquor cabinet in time for company.

See also: The Spirits of Christmas: Three Local Boozes to Sip By the Fire
Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Your Foodie Friends


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Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Your Foodie Friends

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Food-loving friends can be hard to shop for. They seem to already own every kitchen gadget imaginable, have shelves full of cookbooks and a stocked bar. Lucky for you, they're always hungry for more. So here's our last-minute gift guide that will satisfy your friend's never-ending appetite.

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Local Mission Market Set to Open Next Week

Categories: Mission, Shopping

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Anna Roth
A gleaming butcher case greets you when you walk in.
Local Mission Market, the ambitious new venture from Yaron Milgrom and Jake Des Voignes (of Local's Corner and Local Mission Eatery), is on track to open next week. The 2,700 square foot market, which prominently features a large commissary kitchen where a team of professional chefs will make all the store's products in-house, sources its ingredients from local farms, ranches, and fishermen, and packages everything on the premises. If all goes according to plan, it should be open Tuesday at 23rd and Harrison.

See also: The Amazing Disappearing Supermarket: Building the 21st Century Grocery Store

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This Jacket Is Made Out of Coffee and it Isn't Even Ugly

Categories: Coffee, Shopping

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Some people frequently wear coffee. For example, when picking up after my dog in the morning, I've been known to wear a lot of coffee.

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Trader Joe's Ex-President Wants to Waste Less Food

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Pete Kane
Will the Daily Table's staff wear uniforms like Hawaiian shirts?
Americans waste almost 40 percent of their food, and almost all of it is because expiration dates are a combination of confusing and outright terrifying. Does anyone grasp the distinction between "sell by" and "enjoy by"? Who hasn't held a bag of arugula that expired the day before and thought, "Did this thing descend immediately to Hades, and will I die of botulism if I make a salad?"

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Umami Mart's New "Konbini" U-Mart Stocks Obscure Japanese Kit-Kats

Categories: Oakland, Shopping

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Pete Kane
The crowd outside U-Mart's grand opening.
Old Oakland's Umami Mart threw a shindig on Tuesday in honor of U-Mart, its expansion into a Japanese convenience store (or "conbini," the first in the Bay Area). With KronnerBurger grilling on the sidewalk and drinks from Sutton Cellars inside, the party drew a crowd of first-time gawkers and devoted fans of ceramic shochu cups and wooden coffee mills.

See also: Cookin': Helping You in the Kitchen Since 1981
Bernal Cutlery Moves to Bigger Digs in the Mission
The Science of Shopping at the New Bi-Rite Market

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Bernal Cutlery Moves to Bigger Digs in the Mission

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Pete Kane
Like other businesses that germinated in the incubator that is 331 Cortland in Bernal Heights, Bernal Cutlery has made the leap towards a permanent digs after their three-year residency. Taking up in the former Pot + Pantry -- which was home to 18 Reasons before that -- owners Josh Donald and Kelly Kozak, along with additional guru Taka Tozawa, will be making fine adjustments to all your beveled edges. Just no shovels -- "they're a pain in the butt," Donald says.

See also: 331 Cortland: Entrepreneurs Share Space and Successes

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The Science of Shopping at the New Bi-Rite Market

Categories: Shopping

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Anna Roth
The deli counter at the new Bi-Rite Market on Divisadero.
Bi-Rite on 18th Street, a hot Friday afternoon, is bedlam. You'll hear conversations on beef cuts and see shoppers elbowing for real estate at the deli, standing before the wine shelves with a practiced look of helplessness in hopes of attracting an employee for help, and eye-gouging toddlers with the sharp corners of their messenger bags. As a member of society who never misses an opportunity to mock and scorn a stranger, I like to sigh with exasperation while pushing past new customers wandering the store devoid of clear intent.

See also: Bi-Rite Opens Second Location, Divisadero Will Never Be the Same
Bi-Rite Creamery's Secrets Revealed In New Book
Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food Brings More Than Recipes to the Table

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