Archive for August, 2006

A Little Bit of Paris in San Diego: Cafe Chloe

A Little Bit of Paris in San Diego: Cafe Chloe

| August 31, 2006 | 4 Comments

As much as I adore, worship, and revere Region restaurant, Cafe Chloe in downtown San Diego sent me into a culinary tizzy. Decorated to its Victorian hilt in glossy licorice ebony and cool white marble, Cafe Chloe completes its Parisian portrait with surrealistic sprinklings of Man Ray photographs on the walls. Arriving in plenty of […]

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Joy of Sake

Joy of Sake

| August 30, 2006 | 3 Comments

Anyone who has eaten out lately will have discovered that sake is not just for sushi bars anymore. Sake menus have gotten longer and longer at Japanese restaurants but other restauranteurs have found that sake also pairs well with eclectic offerings from barbeque to pasta. If you want to learn more about sake, in addition […]

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Hoffman Farms. A Hidden Napa U-Pick Farm

Hoffman Farms. A Hidden Napa U-Pick Farm

| August 29, 2006 | 10 Comments

Hoffman Farms, a hidden gem in the crown of Northern California’s most famous wine grape growing region, is about sixty miles from the Bay Area. John and Margaret Hoffman have owned the twenty-three acre orchard located on Silverado Trail since 1949. U-Pick for over twenty-five years, the land is a study in small farming that […]

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Scenes from the 2nd Annual SF Food Blogger’s picnic

Scenes from the 2nd Annual SF Food Blogger’s picnic

| August 27, 2006 | 4 Comments

Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks It’s not often that over 50 food bloggers get together. Crowded under a shady bay laurel tree, hiding from the hot Lafayette sun, Bay Area foodies sampled each others best at the 2nd Annual SF Food Blogger’s picnic. Dishes like spicy steak salad, smoked pork, pate de campagne, local cheeses, […]

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SPARK: Bill Owens – Food Photography

SPARK: Bill Owens – Food Photography

| August 25, 2006 | 1 Comment

Bill Owens made his mark on the art world in the 1970s with “Suburbia,” a collection of photographs that documented suburban life in Livermore, California. After giving up photography in the 1980s, Owens turned to teaching as well as a variety of odd jobs and business enterprises to make ends meet. He even sold his […]

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Neato Burrito

Neato Burrito

| August 24, 2006 | 3 Comments

As a San Franciscan, when I say “California Burrito,” what do you think? If you’re like me — not a native Californian, but one who has come to her current lifestyle by happy happenstance — you may have learned that a California Burrito is stuffed full of healthy deliciousness. My first experience of a California […]

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Take 5 with Karletta Moniz

Take 5 with Karletta Moniz

| August 23, 2006 | 1 Comment

Title: Publisher of Culinary Muse and Cocoa TutorHometown: San Leandro, CA 1. What happens on your Chocolate & Knitting tour?We start off at a knitting store and take a lesson that lasts about an hour, then we have a lesson on how to taste chocolate, then we go for lunch. After lunch we stop at […]

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Temescal Farmers’ Market, Oakland

Temescal Farmers’ Market, Oakland

| August 22, 2006 | 4 Comments

In an area where we have one of the world’s renowned farmers’ markets, it is easy to overlook neighborhood markets. But the truth is that often we don’t have the time or the will to elbow through the crowds at the Ferry Building. On the weeks when you’d like to avoid the weekend farmers’ market […]

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Gazpacho. Shuna & Athen’s Late Summer Fruit Version

Gazpacho. Shuna & Athen’s Late Summer Fruit Version

| August 20, 2006 | 1 Comment

One late summer night a few years ago my friend Athen and I set out to what might have been a bold take on salsa. We started out with some amazingly aromatic mangos, cilantro, a few different pieces of stone fruit, various particularly great specimens of melon, and of course we had to get cucumbers […]

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California Connected: Corporate Greens

California Connected: Corporate Greens

| August 18, 2006 | 1 Comment

I thought I would share the most recent California Connected newsletter with you…this week is all about organic farming and the benefits of organic food. California Connected is a TV news magazine produced through a collaboration of four PBS stations: KCET-Los Angeles, KPBS-San Diego, KQED-San Francisco and KVIE-Sacramento. The show airs on KQED TV9 Friday […]

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Grill for a Thrill

Grill for a Thrill

| August 16, 2006 | 0 Comments

It’s the height of summer. But it’s not to late to brush up on your grilling techniques. Come to think of it, it’s never too late. From the multitude of grilling books, three are really smokin’ hot. 1. Grilling: Exciting International Flavors from the World’s Premier Culinary CollegePossibly the mother of all grilling books. You’ll […]

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Links Around the Bay

Links Around the Bay

| August 15, 2006 | 1 Comment

Seems that August is the time for Bay Area food bloggers to go on vacation! Tea went to Cortes Island.Pim and Brett both went to Spain.I’m in Massachusetts.Fatemeh’s in Philadelphia (albeit for work).Jeanne went to the Cape.Hedonia’s in Puerto Vallarta. For everyone who’s still at home, Sam has a great recipe for Amaretti. A while […]

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June Taylor Jams: Classes at The Still-Room

June Taylor Jams: Classes at The Still-Room

| August 13, 2006 | 1 Comment

If you have not already jumped on the bandwagon that is the June Taylor conserving class train, may I suggest that you sign up for one of her end of summer classes today? She has recently added three more days: Sunday August 27, Saturday September 23 and Sunday September 24. Get the details by clicking […]

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Moulin de Mougins

Moulin de Mougins

| August 12, 2006 | 0 Comments

I first washed up on the shores of France almost two and a half years ago to cook at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the start of a six month tour cooking my way around the country. Six months turning into eight which turned into a year which has miraculously morphed into two and […]

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