5 top foods to sample at the Disgusting Food Museum

Samuel West was singling out some food exhibited at the Disgusting Food Museum when he caught a whiff of something strong.

“What stinks over there?” he called out.

Across the room, a group was gathered at the tasting bar for select samples of the 80 foods now on display at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in downtown Los Angeles through Feb. 17.

First displayed in Sweden last month, the museum – a follow-up to West’s runaway pop-up hit Museum of Failure now a permanent fixture in Hollywood – challenge peoples’ views on what is and isn’t disgusting because these foods are enjoyed in other cultures.

Take the strikingly pungent smell of stinky cheese that filled the air, but was, in fact, the Icelandic delicacy of buried, rotten, fermented and dried Greenland shark meat.

It was available on this day for visitors to sample (if they dared).

Yours truly did not.

But publicist Darren Gold popped a piece into his mouth, chewed (while making faces) and then spit it out into his ticket – a barf bag.

“It’s so nasty,” he said.

Here are 5 more foods for the open-minded foodie to learn about:

Samuel West, of Sweden, brings the Disgusting Food Museum to Los Angeles’ A+D Architecuture and Design Museum on Thursday, December 6, 2018. West also founded the Museum of Failure. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Durian fruit from Southeast Asia at the Disgusting Food Museum at Los Angeles’ A+D Architecuture and Design Museum on Thursday, December 6, 2018. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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Balut from the Philippines at the Disgusting Food Museum at Los Angeles’ A+D Architecuture and Design Museum on Thursday, December 6, 2018. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Pictures of Ortolan from France at the Disgusting Food Museum at Los Angeles’ A+D Architecuture and Design Museum on Thursday, …read more

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2019 SF Beer Week opening gala tickets go on sale


The 11th annual iteration of SF Beer Week — the 10-day salute to all things suds — will be Feb. 1-10 at venues across the entire San Francisco Bay Area, from Santa Cruz and San Jose to Berkeley and beyond.

Tickets just went on sale for the festival’s opening gala, which will be held at Pier 35 on San Francisco’s waterfront from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Tickets just went on sale, so if you’re hoping to attend, don’t wait too long. The event typically sells out. Tickets are $80 for general admission and $125 for VIP entry at 5 p.m., available at sfbeerweek.eventbrite.com.

The SF Beer Week gala typically draws 120 independent Northern California craft brewers and showcases 300 different, including rare beers, new releases, experimental brews and classics. Five collaboration beers will be unveiled as well, one each from the Bay Area Brewers Guild’s North Bay, East Bay, South Bay, Monterey Coastal region and San Francisco chapters.

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In recent years, the opening gala has found a home in the large, open piers along the waterfront, which have room to accommodate all the participating breweries, food, music, entertainment and happy beer lovers.

The preliminary schedule of events for this year’s SF Beer Week should be posted shortly at sfbeerweek.org, with more events added daily. Last year, the lineup boasted …read more

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Multicolored vs. white holiday lights: The debate rages on

By Christen A. Johnson

Growing up, Christmas always consisted of begging my mother to add those fun, multicolored lights to our meticulously decorated gold, burgundy and ivory color-schemed tree.

“No, honey,” she’d say softly. “That’s tacky.”

According to a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research for BJ’s Wholesale Club, my childhood self isn’t alone in the desire for colorful twinklers. Of the survey’s 1,000 participants, 62 percent said they prefer multicolored lights, versus the 38 percent who opt for white lights.

Bill Cielinski, co-owner of B&B Holiday Decorating based in Des Plaines, Ill., says disagreements in households about what color lights to choose are common.

“We’ve had houses where we’ve done one set of lights, and then the wife overrules the husband, and we go switch the colors,” he said.

According to Cielinski, 90 percent of his company’s clients opt for white lights over multicolored. Based on his experience and observations, he thinks that socioeconomics play a factor.

“When somebody is hiring somebody — usually the upper class — they don’t like to think outside the box. They want that traditional look, that white twinkle-light effect with the white style of lights,” he said. “Maybe because they’re typically older, and that’s what they grew up on and what you see in the movies.”

Cielinkski said he sees closer to a 50-50 split with the company’s online decoration rental business, which caters to homeowners who want to put up the lights themselves.

Kelly Fitzsimmons, owner of Chicago decorating company Light Up Your Holidays, encourages people to join in the holiday celebration, whether their decor is “homegrown or professional.”

“It’s all personal preference,” she said about the multicolored versus white lights debacle. “There are really ways to satisfy everyone. It’s Christmas!”

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