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It’s official: former eBay executive Meg Whitman is running for Governor of California. Her only Democratic competition at the moment is our city’s mayor.

Newsom has established a fund to help with medical costs for the little boy who was stabbed three weeks ago on the 49 at 19th and Mission. Does San Francisco Healthy Families not cover stabbings?

This is what Muni looks like as I watch it/chase it most nights. Only less pretty.

Tonight Foreign Cinema is throwing the kick-off party for this year’s Dine Out and Donate program. Every year the nonprofit organization Streetsmart 4 Kids partners with restaurants to raise money for local programs helping homeless children, giving diners the opportunity to contribute while paying their bill.

Foodies, rejoice! Chef duo Ryan Ostler and Kat Zaher are back in effect. Starting next month you can eat their food at Bruno’s, taking over for Chris Kronner who’s now at Bar Tartine. They’ll be doing their usual comfort soul food. I know I could use some comfort, soul and food. Mmm … po’boys …

Actually Day 2 of the Hunger Challenge wasn’t so bad. Okay I’ll admit it, someone gave me some fruit. I ate it and I loved it. What? People on limited budgets have friends with food. That’s what friends are for. Aside from my fruit transgression, I stayed within $4 budget by preparing a few meals on Monday night and packing them up in Tupperware for the day. Though these guys are probably fuller than I am.

Fun fact: Back in 1885 the Mission District had a winery.

Okay, just one more thing about food: there’s new kid on the underground street food block. Mai of the blog will be making banh mi, Vietnamese sandwiches. She’s making vegan ones too and there’s delivery!  The thing is, you have to order them two days in advance, so I am not sure how that is going to work. People don’t normally think about sandwiches two days in advance.  I do.

– Brooke

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Brooke Minters was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she developed a taste for culture and cuisine at an early age. A taquería connoisseur and documentary maker, she's eaten her way through most of L.A., Granada, Havana, and New York. It's only fitting that she finds herself on the food beat in the Mission.

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