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Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie in Oakland: Have You Seen Them?

Have you seen Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie or any of their small army of children? The Jolie-Pitt clan is hanging around Oakland these days while Brad films Moneyball, his new flick about the Oakland A's and the story Billy Beane, the team's manager.

Photoshop Disasters? Nope, it's the Bay Bridge

The SF Chronicle has a collection of photos relating to the Bay Bridge Closure online and they are really interesting. Particularly worth checking out are the ones showing the highways leading to and from the bridge, the bridge tolls, and the bridge itself eerily devoid of traffic. It looks like somebody Photoshopped all the cars from the pictures.

The Anonymous Restaurant Critic: Is It Even Possible Any More?

A couple of weeks ago, the Chicago-based Menu Pages blog posted an article entitled “Why Does Everyone Hate John Mariani?” It all started when Esquire critic—and author of the influential “Best New Restaurants” list—was in Chicago doing his rounds, which provoked some irate tweets from the likes of the chef de cuisine of Alinea about Mariani’s unethical ways—predominately about his decided lack of anonymity. Let’s just say the word “douchebaggery” was slung. (Why do bloggers and tweeters insist on using variations on this word?)

Chopped: What's a Critic's Responsibilty?

Michael Bauer pretty much took Acme Chophouse to the killing floor today. The last time he reviewed Acme was in 2002, seven years ago. And in one fell swoop he's lowered it's star rating from 2 1/2 to one (giving the food half a star) with a blunt headline for those readers that do nothing more than skim boldface: "Acme Chophouse Strikes Out at the Ballpark."

The Chron's Top 100: Are You Feeling It?

Now that we have a blog, I'm supposed to be writing about things the minute they happen—or at least within 24 hours. Which brings me to Michael Bauer’s annual “Top 100” that came out yesterday in the Chronicle. But I’m having a hard time stoking the fire within me to care who made the cut and who did not. (i.e. The Matterhorn is in it again! The horror! Sebo is not. The horror!) Certainly I have my opinion—much of which doesn't jive with Bauer's. But honestly, if I ended any statement with an exclamation point in reference to the Top 100, I’d be faking it. I feel similarly about the Michelin guide, and Zagat's for that matter.

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