bacon milkshakeDid you know that if you try to say “beer can” in a pseudo-British accent, you’re also simultaneously attempting to say “bacon” in a pseudo-Jamaican accent?

Okay, that has absolutely nothing to do with the topic, but hey, we mentioned “bacon”, which is the star of this rather interesting bit of news that fast-food chain restaurant Jack In the Box has released to the public. We, the American population that is currently battling the debilitating effects of obesity and other sorts of lovely cardiovascular diseases, are now handed the limited offer of trying bacon milkshakes.

Vegans and vegetarians alike are already retching. The gagging sounds are echoing especially in the Berkeley community, where it’s almost an unforgivable sin to not know what a vegan is or eat cinnamon rolls that aren’t from Cinnaholic.

No, but really, we don’t think that you need to be vegan or vegetarian in order to be giving the computer screen a sideways look of mild disgust. Yes, yes, we get that bacon is revered by all you carnivores, that there are even bacon aficionados who somehow manage to come up with 20+ original ways to enjoy bacon. Apparently bacon milkshakes aren’t exactly brand-new either. Bacon is delicious, we have established that.

However, the Clog is giving a look of we-don’t-know-what-to-make-of-this rather than a look of rapturous delight. read more »

so happy

Attention all fast-food-complimentary-toy-lovers: San Francisco might just pass a measure that could really put a damper on your day … and on your complimentary-toy-collecting habit. You see, SF could potentially “become the first major American city to prohibit fast food restaurants from including toys with children’s meals that don’t meet nutritional guidelines.”

Why? Because fast food is disgusting (go read a chapter of “Fast Food Nation,” if you disagree) and those cute little toys that accompany it only encourage people, especially young children, to eat more. The city is taking a stand, and, quite frankly, we at the Clog are kind of excited about this one.

It makes sense—you wouldn’t reward your dog for eating your slippers, read more »

smart alecsWe noticed this sign on the door of Berkeley’s favorite “intelligent fast food” restaurant about a week ago and we figured it was merely temporary.

But today we noticed the sign was still up, but mysteriously, no repairs seem to have been made in the meantime. Which leads us to speculate that  ”closed for repairs” might be code for “closed for an abnormally high volume of A-paper forgeries leading to an excess of free fries and a subsequent profit loss.”

If anyone has the deets, shoot ‘em to the Clog, por favor.

Image Source: Ruby Lee

foodFor those of you a little short on cash who don’t want to miss out on the summer movie season, look no further.

You can enjoy a free showing of Food, Inc. in Berkeley next week.

The documentary explores food issues in America, and while it seems pretty likely to make you depressed/paranoid about all your past and future food choices, we’re still not ones to turn down a free screening.

The screening will take place at the Elmwood 6 Theatre at 7:30 on July 15, and similar ones are taking place throughout the nation.

Image Source: 2rms’ under Creative Commons
Food, Inc. [Chipotle]
Hungry for Change [Food, Inc.]
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Berkeley has an image to maintain. We like our people skinny (no chubby tortured-artists, pudgy street-urchins please), our businesses indie, and our bathrooms … plentiful.

In support of this image, back in ’99 the Berkeley City Council passed an ordinance barring carry-out and quick-service restaurants from upper University Avenue. However, while image maintenance takes precedence when times are good, priorities shift when the economy goes sour.  Hence, the city council decided yesterday to lift the ban on quick-service joints. read more »

Not every bear at Berkeley is a good bear, especially when this deceptively chubby and innocent panda (yeah, bamboo our ass) represents a commercial chain boasting scanty vegetarian entrees, not particularly environmentally friendly practices and downright shitty inauthentic Chinese food. Hey, at least they don’t have MSG right? That’s like one step away from going organic …

Last we checked, commercial fast food chains, especially ones offering food with copious amounts of grease and harrowing nutritional facts, not to mention styrofoam takeout boxes kind of defy Berkeley’s tradition of supporting small businesses, diversity, environmentally sustainable practices and somewhat healthy, kind of organic food (it is a college town after all). read more »

Most Berkeleyans know Alice Waters pioneered “California cuisine” through Chez Panisse, but her championing of healthy foods for school-age children is no less a historical achievement: Observe Berkeley’s public schools, where food is made using many ingredients grown locally.

But rising food costs have made it increasingly harder for schools to serve better quality food than pizzas that rate 5 or more napkins on the grease scale. read more »