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This Week in Food: Off the Grid Market, Pickle Workshop, Chili Cookoff, and Bon Vivants

Today, Feb. 2

Matt Cohen, founder of Off the Grid, launches a fifth food truck market at Fifth and Minna streets in the Intersection 5M project at the San Francisco Chronicle building. Hapa SF, Seoul on Wheels, Southern Sandwich, Kung Fu Tacos, Curry Up Now, and CupKate's Truck will all be parked there from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Countdown to V-Day: Three Great New Locally-Made Sweets

I'm not much for sentiment or sap, pink or lace, carnations or roses, but Valentine's Day does one thing that I'm all about: Sugar. These locally-made treats have been taste-tested and approved by myself and a bevy of very enthusiastic 7x7 editors.

Super Bowl XLV Game Day: Where to Watch

Will it be the Steelers or the Packers? No matter who clobbers who this Super Bowl XLV, you'll need a comfortable seat, ice cold beer and snacks. Here's where the deals are at (outside your living room):

The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., 415-771-1421

Get front and center for the big game at the Independent, where they're showing all the action on a huge screen for FREE. There will obviously be plenty of alcohol, as well as pitchers of beer (which they don't do for concerts), and they encourage you to bring your own spread to munch on from one of the neighborhood's top-notch eateries, like ACME Burgers, Nopalito, Little Chihuahua, or Little Star.

Have We Reached Gridlock? Matt Cohen On Food Trucks in 2011

The street food scene has exploded in the last two years, with a new food truck being born every day. But just how far this trend can go? Is it sustainable? Are we witnessing gridlock? If there's one person who would have some thoughts on the matter, it's Matt Cohen, the 31-year old founder of the SF Cart Project and Off the Grid, the mobile street food market. We caught up with Cohen after listening to him speak on the future of food trucks at last week's Commonwealth Club event "SF Street Food Update."

Get to Know SF's Newest Brewers (And Their Beer)

SF has already cemented its reputation as a great brewing town, the home to Anchor, Magnolia, Social Kitchen & Brewery, 21st Amendment, Speakeasy, and other beloved craft breweries. For nine fledgling breweries, however, the journey is just beginning-- and if getting in on the ground floor is appealing to you, you'll want to mark your calendar for the Bay Area Nanobrewery Festival, to be held as part of SF Beer Week on February 13th.

The Rib Whip Truck Helps Fill a BBQ Void

You’re gonna need a bigger brisket.

This is what's going through my head as I peer out at the crowd swiftly forming in front of The Rib Whip, the latest sensation to hit what seems like the endlessly growing food truck scene. Parked in an empty lot on Ritch Street in SOMA,  the truck serves up Midwest-style barbecue to a city that’s clearly been deprived. By 11:15 am, there’s already 10 people in line, and they look really, really hungry.

Joy and Pain: The Making of the 7x7 Burrito Cover

Unlike some more, ahem, corporate magazines that plot things out a year in advance, 7x7—with our editorial staff totaling six, including the art department—is often executed on a wing and a prayer.

Let’s just say pulling together February’s 7x7 magazine “Food + Love” cover story and the cover that went with it was quite a feat.

Though it evolved out of such innocence.

Market Watch: Chef Jason Fox's Picks For Commonwealth's Spring Menu

Chef Jason Fox has been shopping at the market since his days as Executive chef at Bar Tartine. Late last summer he opened Commonwealth with partner and Mission Street Food co-founder, Anthony Myint and is once again supplying his kitchen with seasonal fruits and vegetables from the farmers at the Ferry Plaza. 

Bring Japanese Pub Grub Home

Emeryville’s Hodo Soy Beanery’s spicy yuba strips are made of the delicate and creamy sheet that forms on the top of heated soymilk. The strips are then marinated in spicy teriyaki sauce and pan-fried. Serve them warm with a nice cold Asahi. $5 at Rainbow Grocery, 1745 Folsom St., 415-863-0620.

10 Best Dishes Under $10 in the Lower Haight

Last fall, we published the 10 Best Lunches Under $10 in Union Square. It was so popular, we figured why not do every neighborhood? Rather than attack this subject as outsiders, we're approaching a hyperlocal dweller from each 'hood to give us their picks—starting with the Lower Haight.

No one knows this area better than Andrew Dudley, the editor of Haighteration— a blog about the news, events, personalities, and minutae of the neighborhood. From pizza to burgers, Dudley's picks show that he's a true man of the people.

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