Archive for February, 2007

Sippin’ Ain’t Easy: Bourbon & Branch

| February 28, 2007 | 3 Comments

I went, I drank, I conquered. Although the reservation and password hoop-jumping smacks of exclusivity and a certain snobbishness, when you see the neighborhood you see why it might be practical. Right on the corner of O’Farrell and Jones, Bourbon & Branch is firmly in the Tenderloin. I haven’t exactly been taking advantage of restaurants, […]

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Michael Pollan & John Mackey

Michael Pollan & John Mackey

| February 28, 2007 | 3 Comments

Those expecting a brawl got more of a lovefest when Whole Foods CEO John Mackey met with Michael Pollan author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma at UC Berkeley last night. The feud, if you can call it that, goes to back to a time shortly after the publication of the book when Mackey took issue with […]

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Late February at the Farmers’ Market

Late February at the Farmers’ Market

| February 27, 2007 | 1 Comment

Between my vacation and a work trip to Southern California, my time in the Bay Area lately has been sporadic. The first thing I try and do when I return home to San Francisco is to visit a farmers’ market. Farmers’ markets ground me. Seeing the fruits and vegetables that are in season reminds where […]

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Culinary School Advice

| February 26, 2007 | 6 Comments

There appears to be no end to the amount of emails through Eggbeater I get on this subject. The irony is not lost on me. I am a self-taught chef. Trained on-the-job, my resume is my only certificate. It’s rare I meet other people like me in my age range. More rare still that I […]

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Memories of Philippine Kitchens

Memories of Philippine Kitchens

| February 25, 2007 | 2 Comments

Yesterday, I attended the best cookbook event ever. Book signings are now more a professional obligation than a fun diversion, but I’m very glad I stopped in at the Bayanihan Community Center to see Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan. This wasn’t your usual book event. Grandparents brought their grandkids, and Tagalog was spoken unabashedly. The […]

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Dorie Greenspan ~ Live and Online in Paris, Part II

| February 24, 2007 | 1 Comment

Last week I promised more Dorie and her heart-warming stories of life in France and cooking with Pierre Herme, Daniel Boulud and Julia Child. Voila….! It’s hard for me not to gush. I have found this oh so sweet culinary world to be acerbic so when one of the industry luminaries takes a moment to […]

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Mojito Coast

Mojito Coast

| February 23, 2007 | 4 Comments

The other night, I was having dinner at Boulevard with two friends who do not drink. One friend commented, “You know one of the things I regret about not drinking? I missed the mojito.” Missed the mojito. How can anyone miss the mojito? It’s everywhere. Everywhere. I examined the tables around us and noticed glasses […]

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Fix-it and Forget-it?

Fix-it and Forget-it?

| February 21, 2007 | 1 Comment

I’m not a Rachael Ray fan, but I don’t like the way everyone beats up on her. I think what she’s trying to do is to give people the confidence to get back into the kitchen and that gets lost in all the fuss about her goofy cheerleader-like demeanor and her growing empire. Her recipes […]

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Apples for Jam, Tessa Kiros

Apples for Jam, Tessa Kiros

| February 19, 2007 | 3 Comments

Apples for Jam is a book that gets under your skin. It beckons you, and seduces you to pick it up. The first time I saw it, I reluctantly put it back down. The over $40 price tag was hefty, and I decided I could live without it. It wasn’t 24 hours later that I […]

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Goose Dinner, A (Sumptuous) Belated Holiday Affair

Goose Dinner, A (Sumptuous) Belated Holiday Affair

| February 19, 2007 | 7 Comments

Every year you have the same holiday dinners. Turkey for this, ham for that. An odd crown roast or duck and maybe cedar plank fish if you have a house in the country. You like the same side dishes to go with these main proteins. With some meals a mixture of sweet and savory gracing […]

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Pani Puri

Pani Puri

| February 18, 2007 | 2 Comments

My husband and I were sad when Mahesh moved south to Santa Clara. No more midnight Scrabble runs, no more weekend hikes that end with naps in the sun. But you can’t blame a guy for falling in love, buying a beautiful home, and starting an adorable family. Luckily for me, the happy couple still […]

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Dorie Greenspan ~ Live and Online in Paris

Dorie Greenspan ~ Live and Online in Paris

| February 16, 2007 | 4 Comments

Part I of II The support and endless encouragement of accomplished women in the culinary industry is in a word or two, profoundly inspiring. Whenever I am lost, down on myself, confused, pity party for 1 please, I know I can zip an email off to Jerry DiVecchio (Sunset Magazine), Linda Carucci (Cooking School Secret […]

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A Cure for the Mean Reds

A Cure for the Mean Reds

| February 16, 2007 | 2 Comments

Happy St. Juliana’s Day. Her life, or at least, her martyrdom, sounds much more interesting than St. Valentine’s. She got to wrestle with the devil. She got molten metals poured over her naked flesh while tied between two pillars. She even got to act in a high drama courtroom scene in which the devil himself […]

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Fruits of Southeast Asia

Fruits of Southeast Asia

| February 14, 2007 | 9 Comments

I am a person who has tasted a lot of different foods during my life. Before my trip last month to Vietnam, I had only traveled to Europe and around the U.S. so my experiences are limited to those places, but we live in a global village and there are lots of foods available in […]

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