The best way to enjoy the Bay Area’s food pop-ups is to embrace chaos

Will Kreznick

When you go to as many pop-ups as I do, you quickly come to realize that enjoying them means throwing yourself through endless hoops, all in the name of finally getting to buy a thing. You swim into the riptide of minute-long ordering windows and contact chefs via Google forms and direct messages. Then you hope you’re waiting in the right line in some random place, dropping everything in order to pick something up when someone else tells you to. You embrace chaos.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve persuaded friends and family to come with me somewhere

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Thomasina Miers’ recipe for savoy cabbage and fennel sausage ‘lasagne’ | Food

Will Kreznick

One of January’s great pleasures (along with spending long evenings in front of fires with cosy socks and plenty to read/watch) is to sink wholeheartedly into experimenting with new ways to cook with winter’s stellar crop of vegetables. I am still eating mushrooms and squash in November; in December I am wrapped up in Christmas recipes; so it is only in January that I can really enjoy the delights of those steely, green brassicas and soft, comforting roots. How do you eat yours?

Savoy cabbage and fennel sausage “lasagne”

This is a spectacularly delicious way to eat a savoy,

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Food Truck Tracker: Jan. 25-31 [Free]

Will Kreznick
For the Shell of It’s trailer is with steamer pots to cook lobster shipped live from Maine. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy For the Shell of It)

SOUTHEASTERN NC—The food truck tracker is a place to find Wilmington’s best food trucks. Events are subject to weather conditions and cancellations — so check back throughout the week.

The addresses of where the food trucks will be parked are alphabetized at the bottom of the article.

Run a food truck and want to be included? Send schedules every Monday morning by 8 a.m. to Shea Carver at [email protected]

FOR THE SHELL OF IT

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Online Food, Beverage Sales to Remain High Post-Pandemic

Will Kreznick

FMI – The Food Industry Association and NielsenIQ have jointly issued their 2021 industry forecast for online food and beverage sales at the ongoing virtual FMI Midwinter Executive Conference. Among the findings outlined in the presentation: A solid contingent of grocery shoppers are likely to continue their digital shopping habits more than they did before the pandemic.

Factors that grocers need to consider in regard to future grocery shopper behavior include economic recovery, consumer confidence and the pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Public-health officials continue to endorse mask requirements, physical-distancing measures and regular hand hygiene even after vaccination, which

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Overwhelmed new parents struggle to eat healthy food | Opinion

Will Kreznick

Dear Abby: I have a close friend who recently had a baby with serious health problems. Unfortunately, we live on opposite sides of the country, and I can’t afford to fly out there. I want to help, but short of calls and texts to let her know I’m thinking of her, I’m out of ideas.

She’s mentioned several times that with all the work of being a new parent plus the extra work involved with a child with special needs, she often doesn’t have time to prepare healthy meals and reverts to junk food that she can grab easily. Ordinarily,

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