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Kung Pao Chocolate

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I like the concept of crowdfunding but I hate the name. It’s too PC for me. “Guerilla financing” just sounds more revolutionary if not not outright dangerous.

Speaking of which, Kung Pao Chocolate Bars has started an Indiegogo campaign to launch the release of its first 10,000 candy bars. They’re a new confection that brings sweet milk chocolate together with a proprietary blend of chile and spices that to make an awesome candy bar.

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Salsa Roja Remembered

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Long ago there was an absolutely filthy-yet-magnificent taqueria called Mexico Lindo located on a dingy stretch of Euclid Avenue in my-then hometown of Ontario, California. For a kid raised on Taco Bell enchiritos (a bastardized enchilada, quite horrific actually) and Rosarita make-at-home taco kits as “authentic” Mexican, it was quite a revelation.

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The Four Horsemen of Super Bowl Barbecue

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During the Bare Bones competition at Meatopia Oakland last year, I couldn’t help but hear Chris Lilly talk to his Kingsford buddies about this year’s football season. Mostly because I was eavesdropping. That conversation mutated into the kernel of an idea which grew into a great question: what do some of the biggest and brightest in barbecue do for Super Bowl Sunday?