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More than just tacos: Lunch in the Mission #AAA 2012

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While spending long hours in a conference hotel listening to colleagues, networking, catching up with friends and engaging our minds is a priority for most AAA conference attendees, we all need to make time to eat. Why not take an extra half hour and escape the artificial lights and din of the conference to see some of the city and get a tasty lunch that will cost half as much as hotel food. Hop on BART and get off at the 24th Street Mission stop. San Francisco is all about neighborhoods. The Mission was traditionally a working-class Latino neighborhood but it has undergone some major transformations over the past twenty years. You can taste them for yourself.

On Mission Street, just a stone’s throw from the BART station, is La Taqueria. Although the number one taco shop is greatly contested in San Francisco, this little restaurant generally comes out in the top five. The Mission is also famous for its burritos, mainly for their ridiculous size. It is nearly unthinkable, but if you are not up for Mexican food, check out Rosamunde Sausage across the street for delicious sausages and beer.

Wander down 24th Street for more Latin American culinary delights at La Palma. You can watch the women in the kitchen making tortillas, and get some great takeaway food. Around the corner on Harrison Street you can indulge in a SF ice cream experience at Humphry Slocombe. Don’t miss the “secret breakfast” flavor. Too cold for ice cream? Hipster donuts and coffee are just down the street at Dynamo donuts.

As you stroll through the neighborhood after lunch, take note of the many murals that adorn sides of buildings and wooden fences in this area. They tell the story of Latino migrants and their heritage.

Balmy Alley mural

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Here is the line up of SAFN sessions at the 2012 AAA conference – #AAA2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

8:00 AM-11:45 AM

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EATING AS A BODILY PRACTICE: CONTESTED EATING, BOUNDARY-MAKING AND BORDER CROSSING
Rachel E Black, Bodil Just Christensen, Line Hillersdal, Heather A Paxson and Anne T Meneley

1:45 PM-3:30 PM

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4:00 PM-5:45 PM

3-0980
FOOD CONSUMPTION AND BODY IMAGE
Melissa Medich and Melissa Medich

Friday, November 16, 2012

8:00 AM-9:45 AM

10:15 AM-12:00 PM

4-0305
WOMEN, AGRICULTURE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Cornelia Butler Flora, Joan P Mencher and Anita Spring
4-0360

1:45 PM-3:30 PM

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THE WORLD FOOD CRISIS IS BOTH BORDERED AND BORDERLESS: REPORTS FROM THE AAA TASK FORCE ON WORLD FOOD PROBLEMS.
Lois M Stanford, Glenn Davis Stone, Solomon H Katz, Barrett P Brenton PhD, Joan P Mencher and Barrett P Brenton PhD

4:00 PM-5:45 PM

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WHERE DOES FOOD START, WHERE DOES IT END?: FOOD, BOUNDARIES, AND BORDERS IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD
Megan E Edwards, Christopher Grant, Megan E Edwards and Jolie N Nahigian

6:15 PM-7:30 PM

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SOCIETY FOR THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF FOOD AND NUTRITION (SAFN) BOARD MEETING
John Brett, Neri de Kramer and Helen Vallianatos

Saturday, November 17, 2012

10:15 AM-12:00 PM

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THE SUBSISTENCE ETHICS IN EAST ASIA
Stephanie Assmann, Yi-Chieh Lin and Theodore C Bestor

6:15 PM-8:00 PM

5-1160

Sunday, November 18, 2012

8:00 AM-9:45 AM

6-0120
PLEASED TO EAT YOU: EXPLORING THE SCOPE OF PLEASURE IN THE FOODSCAPE
Leigh Bush, Leigh Bush, Madeline A Chera and Deborah Heath

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Announcing the SAFN distinguished speaker for 2012 – Penny Van Esterik #AAA2012

SAFN is pleased to announce that our Food Anthropologist of the Year and distinguished speaker for 2012 is Penny Van Esterik. With work ranging from the politics of breast feeding to food culture in Southeast Asia, Van Esterik’s work in the anthropology of food has tread new ground and inspired a generation of young food anthropologists. Van Esterik is Professor of Anthropology at York University. She is the author of Beyond the Breast-Bottle Controversy (1989) and Food Culture in Southeast Asia (2008), and co-editor of Food and Culture: A Reader (3rd Edition, 2012).

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6:15pm at the SAFN Business Meeting to hear Penny Van Esterik speak about her latest research:

The Dance of Nurture

Van Esterik’s presentation takes a personal look at nurture and how its absence in food
studies and anthropology in general robs us of one opportunity to take the
discipline in new directions. She uses breastfeeding and young child feeding to
rethink the importance of nurture and examine how it challenges basic
assumptions in contemporary anthropology. While we are clear on how
anthropology contributes to food studies, how can nutritional anthropology and
food studies contribute to anthropology as a discipline? Van Esterik draws some tentative
answers from The Dance of Nurture, an unfinished interrupted manuscript that
provides a framework for exploring this subject.

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San Francisco Food Gawking

Looking for some food tourism and food gawking while you are in San Francisco for the AAA conference? Forget clam chowder in a sourdough bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf! Here are a few suggestions:

Within walkable distance from the conference, the Ferry Building is a great place to get a snack and enjoy some of the Bay Area’s finest food vendors (Hog Island Oysters, Cowgirl Creamery, Acme Bread, Blue Bottle Coffee, to name a few). It is open daily (10am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm Sat & 11am-5pm Sun). The same venue hosts the outdoor Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Tuesdays (10am-2pm), Thursdays (10am-2pm) and Saturday (8am-2pm).

Jump on BART and get off at 16th and Mission or take the historic F-Market tram up Market Street. Walk up to Valencia Street and take a left. There are lots of interesting shops and restaurants along Valencia. Walk two blocks and take a right on 18th Street. Pass Tartine Bakery and Delfina Pizzeria and continue on to the Bi-Rite Market, perhaps one of the best little grocery stores in the world. Grab a sandwich or walk across the street to the Bi-Rite Creamery for ice cream. Go and enjoy your loot in Dolores Park, just up the street. Check out Rachel Weidinger’s “We Are Very Hungry” exhibit at the 18 Reasons Gallery.

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AAA meeting in San Francisco – Start planning more than just dinner reservations

The American Anthropological Association meeting in San Francisco is only a few weeks away. It’s time to plan more than just your restaurant reservations.

SAFN members might be interested in taking time to check out the Ben Kinmont exhibit at SF MOMA:

“Existing somewhere between Conceptual art and “social sculpture,” Ben Kinmont’s artwork takes the form of gesture, conversation, and promise, as well as the things that support and document such acts: contracts, transcripts, prints, shared meals.”

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