Archive for September, 2005

Le Bilboquet & the Paris Blues

| September 30, 2005 | 5 Comments

So what do Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, and a little unassuming jazz club in Paris have in common? Turns out, a lot! Le Bilboquet, Paris Blues, and the history of jazz are intrinsically intertwined as the history of jazz was written in this inimitable Belle Epoque salon founded in 1947 right in the heart of […]

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Jai Yun? Jai YUM!

Jai Yun? Jai YUM!

| September 29, 2005 | 5 Comments

I do apologize for that title — it’s horrible, isn’t it? In this line of work, it isn’t hard to come across good food, great food, or even simply amazing food (*cough*Region*cough*), but coming across truly transcendent food is an entirely different animal (preferably roasted with rosemary salt and served with butter-grilled fingerling potatoes). I […]

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The Future of Farmers’ Markets

The Future of Farmers’ Markets

| September 27, 2005 | 4 Comments

Two years ago, Dr. Preston Maring had an idea: Instead of telling his patients to seek out fresh food, why not bring it to them? He worked with the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association and brought 10 farmers to a new farmers’ market at the Oakland Kaiser Permanente Medical Center where he works. It’s a […]

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Saying "hello" to Fall, with Food

| September 25, 2005 | 0 Comments

The end of September brings the first of the apples, quince and winter squash. For many folks, dishes like pork chops with cinnamon apples, butternut squash soup and roasted root vegetables keep the kitchen (and bellies!) warm as the weather cools. For me, though, the quintessential “first meal” of fall is Ab Goosht, a Persian […]

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Fry Me a Chickpea

| September 24, 2005 | 4 Comments

Last weekend my friends Max and Davina (of Pig on a Spit fame) rented a house on the Russian River. There were about 15 of us, a handful of which I consider culinary magicians. In the midst of the revelry, while sipping on our newly concocted “River Wine Spritzers” (oh, don’t knock it til you […]

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Fast Coq au Vin, My Way

Fast Coq au Vin, My Way

| September 23, 2005 | 4 Comments

A rainbow of peppers at the Place Monge market, Paris Allow me to dispel some of the intimidation or complication of French cooking. Coq au Vin (pronounced coke-o-van) is nothing more than a fancy-shmancy way of saying Chicken Stew or Chicken in Wine. But would you pay $35 for an entrée of Chicken Stew? I […]

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My Favorite Cheese. For Now.

My Favorite Cheese. For Now.

| September 22, 2005 | 2 Comments

One of the most frequent questions I get at Ye Olde Stanke Cheeseshoppe is — no, not “Where is the bathroom?” No, not even, “Where is the Slanted Door?” See, the question I get most often is, “What’s your favorite cheese?” Oy. The bathroom and Slanted Door directions I can give, but my favorite cheese? […]

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Take 5 with Jeremy Stoppelman

Take 5 with Jeremy Stoppelman

| September 21, 2005 | 1 Comment

Title: CEO & Co-Founder Yelp Home town: Arlington VA 1. What is Yelp?We capture word of mouth and amplify it. We’re actually the first site to build a community around reviewing. We bring together like minded people who are looking to share information. 2. How is Yelp different from other “review sites”?We have no editorial, […]

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California Vintage 2005

California Vintage 2005

| September 20, 2005 | 0 Comments

As you may know, the California winegrape harvest is underway. Not quite in full swing, but underway. Due to cooler than usual weather in most growing regions, the season is coming a bit later as well as more spread out than usual. This means that the grapes are able to hang on the vine longer, […]

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L’Ambroisie

L’Ambroisie

| September 19, 2005 | 15 Comments

This is the best meal I have ever had. In my whole life. Ever. Period. Three friends were in town and treated me to a late birthday celebration at L’Ambroisie, a 3-Michelin star restaurant in the heart of the Marais. We were also celebrating their victory in a landmark case against the UNITED STATES OF […]

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New Orleans

New Orleans

| September 15, 2005 | 1 Comment

The incredible outpouring of support that New Orleans has received from so many people worldwide has been phenomenal. It seems that everywhere I turn there are small businesses, large corporations, and individuals that are each trying to do something to help in the relief effort. Growing up in Texas, I was fortunate to have been […]

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Blogger Ethics

| September 15, 2005 | 14 Comments

As many of you noticed (and commented) Shuna’s most recent post reviewing Range generated a lot of controversy over the ethics of blogging, specifically regarding food journalism. I want to make it clear that as KQED’s producer of Bay Area Bites I reviewed and approved her post. The post generated a strong reaction, with both […]

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Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture

| September 14, 2005 | 5 Comments

What are you investing in this week? Berkshire Hathaway? Google? Pfizer? How about investing in one of your local farms? Through a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, program you can do just that. When you join a CSA program, you purchase a share of the farm’s crop and are in exchange provided with part of […]

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Martha, Martha, Martha!

| September 13, 2005 | 9 Comments

About a year ago, I wrote an article for MSNBC musing who would be the next Martha Stewart. Alton baby, as much as I love you, I must retract my conclusions. Martha doesn’t need a replacement. Martha, in her shiny gold clogs, is back. As I begin my sixth year writing for Television Without Pity, […]

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