Archive for March, 2005

Less Than Zero

| March 31, 2005 | 4 Comments

I’m really bummed. I hate when food lets me down. Let me just say upfront that I don’t like to complain at restaurants. Behind closed doors, within the relative safety of my various web sites, sure. Face-to-face? Not so much. Yes, I’m a wimp. Yes, I should stand up for my food rights, but I […]

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Take 5 with Jarrett Byrnes

Take 5 with Jarrett Byrnes

| March 30, 2005 | 0 Comments

Title: UC Davis Grad Student/Marine Scientist/Culinary Enthusiast/Webmaster of Food Porn Watch, the ultimate food blog aggregator (FPW updates which blogs have been published every hour, on the hour)Home town: Baltimore now living in Sebastapol 1. How long has Food Porn Watch been running?Since the Spring of 2004. The code is something I taught myself. I […]

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You Decide: Debated Food Issues

You Decide: Debated Food Issues

| March 29, 2005 | 1 Comment

KQED.org has a very cool online “devil’s advocate” activity called “You Decide.” The intention of the exercise is to foster critical thinking around nationally debated issues. Here are two food-related activities: Should fast food companies be held legally liable for the impact of their products on consumers’ health? YES | NO Should we all be […]

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Humble Rumbles

| March 26, 2005 | 1 Comment

After people learn I’ve gone to culinary school, and now edit cookbooks and write about food, they act a little intimidated about having me over for dinner. Do you want to know how I alleviate their fears? I tell them of the Thanksgiving of 2000. It was our first “Married Holiday” and I was deep […]

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The McDonaldization of Taste

The McDonaldization of Taste

| March 25, 2005 | 0 Comments

Which came first, the Big Mac or a consumer culture built on the need for immediate gratification in super sizes? In How We Eat: Appetite, Culture, and Psychology of Food, Leon Rappoport unveils social, psychological, spiritual, and political motivations for eating behavior. He initially became interested in the topic when he was learning the practices […]

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Take 5 with Belinda Leong

Take 5 with Belinda Leong

| March 22, 2005 | 4 Comments

Title: Pastry Chef, Restaurant Gary Danko Home town: San Francisco 1. How did you become a pastry chef?You know the happiness people get from good food? That’s what drew me to cooking. I fell into pastry. I went to culinary school at City College but I didn’t learn too much about pastry there. I did […]

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Food Talk Radio

Food Talk Radio

| March 22, 2005 | 1 Comment

Today at 10am on KQED Radio 88.5FM, Michael Krasny, the host of Forum is discussing Bay Area Food with Jan Newberry, food editor at San Francisco Magazine; Michael Bauer, food and wine editor at the San Francisco Chronicle; Narsai David, food and wine editor for KCBS Radio and the culinary expert at Macy’s. (If you […]

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Digging the Gravels

| March 21, 2005 | 0 Comments

It’s party time in New Zealand — that is, if you consider working twelve to fourteen hour days, seven days a week a party. We’ve begun harvest here at the Craggy Range winery, picking and pressing Chardonnay over the weekend and bringing in the first red grapes of the vintage in the form of our […]

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Pizza Hunter

Pizza Hunter

| March 19, 2005 | 11 Comments

My friends and colleagues don’t really like to bring up the subject of pizza in front of me. I have quite strong opinions when it comes to the topic, and some people might even think that I have a tendency to go off the deep end. Okay, well, most people. But truly, what is better […]

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Glutton Pie

| March 17, 2005 | 3 Comments

Oddly, this is a post I’ve been meaning to make for a while, but now it fits with Matthew in New Zealand. A few months ago I went allllll the way across the Bay to Alameda — not to see the “nuclear wessels,” as some out there might think — but to go to a […]

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Food For Art’s Sake

| March 16, 2005 | 1 Comment

Food is not just a source of nourishment, but also a source of inspiration and pleasure. We read books about food, see movies about food, so why not check out some art about food? Right now there is a terrific show taking place at the Studio Gallery, a tiny little shoe box space jam-packed with […]

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First tastes of New Zealand

| March 14, 2005 | 2 Comments

When I arrived in New Zealand three days ago, I didn’t head directly for one of the numerous sidewalk cafes or restaurants, but it didn’t take me long to end up in one. I quickly and happily discovered that the cuisine here ranks right up there with the climate, natural beauty, and friendly disposition of […]

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Making Chocolate: From Beans to Bars

Making Chocolate: From Beans to Bars

| March 13, 2005 | 2 Comments

I have to admit that I’m not as big a chocolate fan as one might expect from such a food-obsessed person. Likely it stems from my pre-pubescent inability to eat the “food of the gods.” I grew up with vanilla Easter bunnies (gross), Tiger’s Milk Bars, and carob powder in my milk. But once I […]

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Bay Area Bites in the SF Chronicle!

Bay Area Bites in the SF Chronicle!

| March 11, 2005 | 0 Comments

The San Francisco Chronicle featured Bay Area food blogs in Wednesday’s food section this week. Bay Area Bite’s blogger Amy Sherman was interviewed, talked about how she ended up blogging for KQED, discussed her personal blog, Cooking with Amy, and shared her OTT (Over the Top) Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. The beauty of the blog […]

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