Archive for October, 2006

Trick Or Treat?

Trick Or Treat?

| October 30, 2006 | 2 Comments

Halloween feels very different in California than it did where I grew up, in New York City. Tomorrow night I’m wishing for a cool, crisp, clear evening so my felted wool sailor suit will not stifle me. October 31 is always cold in the Northeast. Tomorrow night I’ll help make a dinner that will include […]

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Top Chef: Lycheegate

| October 30, 2006 | 1 Comment

Wednesday night’s Lycheegate on Top Chef goes way beyond whether Otto Borsich was the only one to blame on Team Korea for the grand theft lychee from a LA Korean grocery store. (And by the way, he TOTALLY wasn’t!) First of all, one issue is the correct pronunciation. Some of the cheftestants pronounced it “lie-chee,” […]

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Poulet et Aubergines

Poulet et Aubergines

| October 28, 2006 | 4 Comments

Monsieur Poulet at the Nice farmers market. The colors of the feathers were the most vibrant I’d even seen. I never thought of a chicken as beautiful until I saw this one. And some shiny purple-striped eggplant at the Maubert-Mutualite farmers market just down the street. Who knew this beautiful purple globe could be the […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area Season 2: Episode 5

Check, Please! Bay Area Season 2: Episode 5

| October 26, 2006 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED’s local series featuring regular people reviewing Bay Area restaurants. Visit the Check, Please! Bay Area blog to experience the restaurants from Season 2 Episode 5: 1) Bill’s Place: | restaurant information | reviews 2) Cafe Rouge: | restaurant information | reviews 3) Le Colonial Restaurant: | restaurant information | […]

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Steel Cut My Cranachan

Steel Cut My Cranachan

| October 26, 2006 | 3 Comments

I love steel cut oats, as you may recall in my ode to ye olde pinhead a while back. So, when a traditional Scottish dessert containing said oats was being dreamily described by an equally dreamy Scotsman, I knew I had to make it. Now, some of you might conjure up visions of haggis and […]

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Artisan Pepperoni Pizza?

Artisan Pepperoni Pizza?

| October 25, 2006 | 7 Comments

Text reads: Crafted with creamy, fresh mozzarella, 100% organic tomato sauce, zesty Primo pepperoni, marinated roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, fresh basil and Roma tomatoes. All on a thin, crisp cornmeal dusted crust. None of this is surprising until you consider who is selling this pizza, the franchised chain, Round Table Pizza. Ok, what is going […]

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Danny Meyer at The Commonwealth Club

| October 21, 2006 | 6 Comments

There are few restaurant owners I have worked for who have inspired me more than Danny Meyer. About ten years ago I worked at Gramercy Tavern, then his second restaurant. Mere weeks after I was hired, Danny called an all staff meeting, closing both establishments for lunch, and seating us in the loft-like dining rooms […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 4

Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 4

| October 19, 2006 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED’s local series featuring regular people reviewing Bay Area restaurants. Visit the Check, Please! Bay Area blog to experience the restaurants from Season 2 Episode 4: 1) Pasta Moon: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe 2) Town Hall: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe 3) Suppenkuche: | restaurant […]

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Take 5 with Rachel Thieme

Take 5 with Rachel Thieme

| October 18, 2006 | 0 Comments

Title: Program Manager, San Francisco Food BankHometown: Seattle 1. How did the food pantry program come about?When the food bank moved into a large warehouse we realized we didn’t have enough agency partners to distribute all the food. After reviewing census information, we saw there was a real lack of services available to people who […]

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Pt. Reyes Station Farmers’ Market

Pt. Reyes Station Farmers’ Market

| October 17, 2006 | 2 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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In Remembrance of Laura Trent, Tip Top Farm

In Remembrance of Laura Trent, Tip Top Farm

| October 16, 2006 | 18 Comments

On Thursday August 31 I visited Tip Top Farm in Vacaville. I went with Michael Dotson, then the chef of Evvia and Jim, a sous chef at Kokkari. We left the East Bay early in the morning so as to catch Laura Trent still in the field and before she would have to journey back […]

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A Mother Obsessed

A Mother Obsessed

| October 12, 2006 | 3 Comments

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar Just like desk surfers the world over, my mother uses her work Internet access to troll the web. However, she now uses it to watch Check, Please! Bay Area. In a matter of a week, my Minnesotan mother had watched all of season one and got caught up with season two. […]

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Southern Comfort Food

Southern Comfort Food

| October 11, 2006 | 2 Comments

Judging from the number of places in San Francisco that are serving fried chicken these days, I’d say Southern food is due for a revival. We may not experience the full range that Southern food has to offer, but certain items, such as biscuits, can create a frenzy around these parts. Somehow the food of […]

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Dining at the Bar, San Francisco

Dining at the Bar, San Francisco

| October 9, 2006 | 1 Comment

There’s an episode of Sex and the City where Carrie Bradshaw is “dating New York” — she is between boyfriends, and decides to use the time alone to go out to eat, go to museums, and enjoy her city. At one point, she walks into a diner. “Singles at the counter. SINGLES, COUNTER!” shouts the […]

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