Plus: Fake Klay Thompson
Hey there, San Francisco.
I walked into the Divisadero Street Bi-Rite this morning and noticed something incredible. Spikey, little red fruits near the deli counter that were selling for – get this – $59.99 per pound.
“Oh my god! What are those?” one lady said aloud when she noticed the price tag as well.
Yangmei is their name, and apparently, they’re quite popular in China. They’re also much cheaper in their native country.
“The general price of yangmei in China is probably more like cherries here,” Yunfei Chen, who’s Bay Area company is the first to commercially grow the fruit in the US, told me on Tuesday.
According to Chen’s website, twice as much farmland is dedicated to growing yangmei in China than is used to grow apples in the US.
The good news for us here in San Francisco? Chen said that his “production is increasing.” So, although he doesn’t fully control price tags on the shelf, “beginning next year, prices could drop.”
“I really think this fruit is wonderful and deserves a place in this country,” he said.
I bought five of them on my trip to Bi-Rite, which ended up costing me $4.20.
To touch, they were a bit sticky and prickly on the outside. And to taste, they’re sorta a mix between a raspberry and a red grape, at least to me.
I was surprised to find pits inside, and immediately tried to calculate how much the added weight cost me.
With that… onto the news…
Quick bits: News to know
👀 A YouTuber who resembles Klay Thompson (known as Fake Klay Thompson) apparently walked past five layers of security on Monday before the game and shot around on the court for 10 minutes. He is now permanently banned from the Chase Center. Here’s the video.
In other Klay Thompson news, in a press conference after Monday night’s 104-94 victory, a reporter asked about his recent dip in the bay. Thompson lit up.
🙈 Poor Spanish translation on Prop A ads could have contributed to the $400 million MUNI bond’s failure to pass, Mission Local’s Eleni Balakrishnan reports.
One chart outlining expenses read, “La fianza fonda estes prioridades,” which roughly translates to, “The tavern’s bail bond has thises priorities.” (Mission Local)
💸 The Bay Area Toll Authority, which oversees seven local bridges including the Bay Bridge, voted 6-1 last week in favor of recouping $50 million in unpaid tolls and $134 million in late fee penalties that have been adding up since the start of 2021. During the pandemic, such penalties were relaxed.
Most drivers – 396,135 – owe between $22 and $88.
101,000 drivers owe between $110 and $418.
And, some 13,000 drivers owe over $1,650. (Mercury News)
🚲 San Francisco voters may end up deciding the fate of JFK Drive and the Great Highway. Last week, a ballot measure was filed to open both stretches up to regular car traffic.
It needs 9,000 valid signatures to appear on the upcoming November ballot. (Examiner)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
San Francisco Sees 21st Homicide of the Year as 32-Year-Old Man Is Fatally Shot in Hunters Point (SFist)
Get a Sneak Peek of Tunnel Tops, the Presidio’s Incredible New Park, Before It Opens in July (SF Standard)
Jay-Z's Embarrassing Dad Moment With Blue Ivy at Warriors' Game 5 Goes Viral (SFist)
Corgi Con returns to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach this weekend after three-year hiatus (Hoodline)
And finally…. 1 photo to go
Brandon Jew, chef-owner of Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown, alongside his family on the red carpet at Monday night’s James Beard Awards in Chicago. Jew ended up winning for best chef in California.
He also won for best restaurant cookbook.
That’s all for today! Have a wonderful night y’all and see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B. 🕶