Archive for November, 2005

Satsuma Mandarins: A winter delight

Satsuma Mandarins: A winter delight

| November 29, 2005 | 6 Comments

People who eat seasonally often extol the abundance of summer as the epitome of the fruit and vegetable season. Sure, summer has it’s stars: tomatoes, berries, peaches, summer squash. But when it comes down to it, there are some gems of the other seasons that I wouldn’t give up for the world. In the past […]

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Thanksgiving in Paris, Trois Fois

Thanksgiving in Paris, Trois Fois

| November 26, 2005 | 6 Comments

Spices for the pumpkin soup–cinnamon, ginger, all spice, cayenne, paprika, cumin, cardamom seeds (not pictured coriander and curry) I should move out of the country more often. This year I celebrated Thanksgiving not once but three times! That’s three turkeys (or really big chickens), three stuffings, three mashed potatoes, and three pumpkin pies, among a […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area Online

Check, Please! Bay Area Online

| November 23, 2005 | 2 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED’s new local series featuring regular people reviewing Bay Area restaurants. The Check, Please! blog (kqed.org/checkplease) provides restaurant information, recipes and guest reviews of the featured restaurants. You can now watch all episodes online! Check out the new photo gallery to view behind-the-scenes shots. On KQED TV9 this Thanksgiving, Check, […]

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Sushi Ran

Sushi Ran

| November 21, 2005 | 1 Comment

I’m always in search of a fabulous sushi bar, but I find that I often end up sticking to my old favorites. So when Wendy’s birthday rolled around last week, I had the perfect opportunity to go on a sushi adventure. Now, when it comes to sushi, I tend to go for an educated adventure, […]

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Manger! Boire! Vivre!

Manger! Boire! Vivre!

| November 19, 2005 | 3 Comments

Manger! Boire! Vivre! ~ Eat! Drink! Live! Wise words to live by as well as the theme for this year’s 19th Annual James Beard Foundation Holiday Auction and Dinner. French chefs from around the world were on hand for this ‘Celebration de la Cuisine Francaise’ at The Essex House in New York City. One of […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Episode 3

Check, Please! Bay Area: Episode 3

| November 17, 2005 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED’s new local series featuring regular people reviewing Bay Area restaurants. Visit the Check, Please! Bay Area blog to experience the restaurants from Episode 3: 1) Isa: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe | 2) Antica Trattoria: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe | 3) Salang Pass: | […]

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Region Revisited

Region Revisited

| November 17, 2005 | 1 Comment

Well friends, it’s getting chilly in the Bay Area and it’s putting me in mind of — no, actually, it’s NOT getting chilly in the Bay Area. At all. And I’m peeved. Stop with all this warm sunshine crap already! I want sharp winds, chunky sweaters, pink cheeks, and hearty foods! If it actually WERE […]

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Noshing through West Marin County

Noshing through West Marin County

| November 15, 2005 | 4 Comments

When Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were in California at the beginning of this month, they spent a good amount of time in the Point Reyes area meeting with farmers, picnicking, and dining at local restaurants. They couldn’t have chosen a better place. It is surprising how many locals are not aware of […]

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Maverick

Maverick

| November 14, 2005 | 5 Comments

Texas seems to be following me around. I don’t mean in a scuffed-boots-wearin, rifle-toting, big-hair, scary kind of way. More like a “howdy, ya’ll!” kind of way. Let me explain. About a month ago I returned to Texas for the first time in 12 years, on my very own Texas Tour 2005 (I hit my […]

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Salon du Chocolat dans La Grande Pomme

Salon du Chocolat dans La Grande Pomme

| November 13, 2005 | 2 Comments

Chocolate Fashion Show Bonjour de Nouvelle York! Greetings from New York, the Big Apple, and the Chocolate Show. Yes, the Chocolate Show…again! Two weeks ago, four friends and I hopped the #12 metro toward Porte de Versailles, heading to the south west corner of Paris and the Paris Expo for an indulgence of chocolate the […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Episode 2

Check, Please! Bay Area: Episode 2

| November 10, 2005 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED’s new local series featuring regular people reviewing Bay Area restaurants. Visit the Check, Please! Bay Area blog to experience the restaurants from Episode 2: 1) The Lark Creek Inn: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe | 2) 1550 Hyde Cafe & Wine Bar: | restaurant information | reviews […]

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Cook by the Book: The Best Recipes in the World

Cook by the Book: The Best Recipes in the World

| November 9, 2005 | 0 Comments

Mark Bittman is my kind of cookbook writer. He manages to take complicated recipes and make them simple. The other thing I appreciate about Bittman is that he is not a chef. While I love what restaurant chefs do, it does not always translate successfully to the home. Or the home cook. Recently I was […]

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Ode to Canteen

Ode to Canteen

| November 7, 2005 | 5 Comments

On a dark and stormy night…ok, well, blustery anyway, we were blown in to the warm glow of Canteen, an urban-retro diner the size of a small chihuahua (postage stamp was just too obvious). Nestled in the heart of the “Tendernob” and adjacent to the Commodore Hotel (“near the Red Room!” my uber-social friend Davina […]

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Persimmons Please

Persimmons Please

| November 6, 2005 | 16 Comments

The first time someone asked me what a persimmon tasted like I paused for a long time. “It tastes like a persimmon,” was not going to do. I tried to run through all the fruits and vegetables I knew, but nothing seemed right. “It tastes like sex.” I finally replied. I was speaking of the […]

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