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Oddbits: Turducken tonight at Magnolia in San Francisco, Lots of Noche Buena in Tijuana

By William Brand
Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 at 12:45 pm in Uncategorized.

Oddbits: Yes…still more food. Had to post this…a Twitter note from Magnolia Pub, 1398 Haight St. in San Francisco…They’re serving Turducken tonight. The deal is a three course dinner, each course paired with a beer. Butternut Squash Soup, Turducken with giblet gravy and Brioche stuffing and the third course, Pomegranate Sorbet. Called Magnolia, they’re not sure about their pairings, but for sure their Winter Warmer’s on the menu. Cost is $33. No reservations required. Info: 415-864-7468.

WHAT? You ask is Turducken. it’s a chicken, stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside a turkey. Here’s Wickipedia’s explanation:

  • A Turducken is a dish consisting of a partially de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The thoracic cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture or sausage meat, although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird.

Better, here’s a video from a true turducken champion: John Madden, the sportscaster.

Onward, but only briefly… a poster to this blog says Noche Buena, the primo, dark Christmas beer from Mexico is widely available in Tijuana. Sounds tempting, but the recent drug stuff there scares the hell out of me and when we lived in Mex

Noche Buena, a great Mexican beer.

ico, I used to come up to TJ a lot…

Noche Buena, a great Mexican beer.

Noche Buena can be found anywhere in TJ ($130 pesos a 12 pack) at OXXO, Kalimax, Costco, Soriana, etc.

(Pesos today are trading at about 8 cents U.S. each.)

The comment brought back visions of Mexico to me…
When I lived in Mexico it was always my favorite beer. Let’s see what were my faves?
1. Noche Buena. 2. Negro Modelo Oscuro. 3. tie between Bohemia and absolutely fresh Superior. We also drank a lot of Pacifico when we lived in Mazatlan, because they delivered it to your door and the deposit on the bottles was more than the cost of the beer.
Of course, if I lived there now, I’d strictly drink beer from the brewpub there and the craft beer that comes in from Mexico DF and Monterey. Happy T-day all.

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  • The Duke Of Dunkel

    “Turducken, got my chips cashed in…”

  • William Brand

    Yeah it’s like excess of excess.

  • bear

    I used to buy Noche Buena in the Mission District in SF back in the 70’s or early 80’s. Haven’t seen it since then. I assume I would have to cross the border to buy it now. Any reason why it’s not imported to CA ? Seems like it would be a good seller.

  • William Brand

    I checked into in great detail last year, made many calls. Wound up talking to someone at FEMSA, the conglomerate that owns Noche Buena, in Mexico. Basically, the problem is no American importer and FEMSA’s so large that Noche Buena isn’t noticed. It would require an American company willing to go through all the paperwork necessary to import the beer. Then they’d have to find distributors. Ergo – no Noche Buena for us.