Chow I’ll Have the Hetch Hetchy, Please
posted by March 26 at 15:20 PMon
As noted on Slog last week in the Morning News, some Bay Area restaurants are now serving carbonated local tap water rather than imported bottled water as part of the New Sustainability. (I trust everybody’s riding the BART or their bikes to these restaurants to bubbleate/serve/drink this water.) A few years back at a schmancy Frisco restaurant (it makes them crazy down there when you say “Frisco”), the schmancy waiter offered me whatever-schmancy-brand bubbly water, whatever-schmancy-brand still water, or (gravely, seriously) Hetch Hetchy. The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, in Yosemite National Park, is the source of San Francisco’s tap water, said to be among the highest quality in the nation. I went (gravely, seriously) with the Hetch Hetchy.
The name means “grass-seed valley” or “acorn valley” in the Miwok language—the grass-seed or acorn valley long since flooded by the white man’s dam.