Archive for March, 2007

Great Moments in Cinematic Baking

Great Moments in Cinematic Baking

| March 30, 2007 | 6 Comments

I love food. I think the fact that I maintain a food blog might hint at that. I also happen to love film. If we suspend our disbelief for a moment and pretend that food and film were women and that I were somehow straight, my relationship with the two of them would go something […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 10

| March 29, 2007 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED’s local series featuring regular people reviewing Bay Area restaurants. Check, Please Bay Area was nominated for two 2007 James Beard Awards (pdf) in the Television Food Show Category! Visit the Check, Please! Bay Area blog to experience the restaurants from Season 2 Episode 10: 1) Pear Street Bistro: | […]

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Sarticious is Delicious

Sarticious is Delicious

| March 29, 2007 | 5 Comments

I’m a gin girl. Gin and Ginger, Gin and Sin, Pink Gin, Greyhound, Gin and Tonic — I love them all. Yet despite that, up until a year ago I was unknowingly depriving myself of an entire world of gins. Sticking primarily with Tanqueray, I treated myself every once in awhile to cold, elegantly aquamarine […]

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Restaurants Struggle with Sustainability

Restaurants Struggle with Sustainability

| March 28, 2007 | 3 Comments

Call it the triple whammy. Restauranteurs in San Francisco have to pay their workers a higher minimum wage than the state minimum. If their restaurant has over 20 employees they have to pay for health care expenditures. And now, they have to pay for sick leave for all workers. Needless to say this is all […]

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KQED TV: April Food Programming

KQED TV: April Food Programming

| March 27, 2007 | 1 Comment

This month on KQED Public TV 9, there are several television shows which will be of interest to those who love food. In addition to regular food programming like America’s Test Kitchen, Mexico: One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless, and Weir Cooking in the City, April brings us some special programming. American Masters: […]

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Sweet & Salt Relish. A Perfect Passover Garnish…

| March 26, 2007 | 2 Comments

“Sweet & Salt Relish” is a recipe entry dated March/April 2003 in one of my little recipe books. Each book corresponds to a time period, the restaurant I was working in at the time. The pages in this one reflect recipes I used in my first months at Aziza, a Moroccan restaurant with a particularly […]

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Fresh Turmeric

| March 25, 2007 | 3 Comments

Learning the true shape of our food sometimes comes as a surprise. The challenge of carrying ingredients across time and distance plus the reality of everyday cooking has transformed the look, feel and — most importantly — taste of many foods. That dry, yellow powder known here as turmeric is certainly one of them. Looking […]

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The California Report: Farm Bill

| March 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

On Friday, March 23, The California Report discussed the Farm Bill. Go listen to the stories at the CA Report website! Host: Scott Shafer Farm Bill Changes To Be a Lesson in Cascading ConsequencesEvery few years Congress tinkers with the Farm Bill, which determines how much federal money farmers get to subsidize their crops — […]

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Time to make the doughnuts

Time to make the doughnuts

| March 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

First of all, it’s doughnut not donut. Let’s give this pastry the respect it deserves. I suppose Mr. Doughnut is a bit much– this treat is far too familiar to most of us for such formality. By familiar, I mean taken for granted. We’ve invited doughnuts into our homes often enough and spent endless hours […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 9

| March 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED’s local series featuring regular people reviewing Bay Area restaurants. Check, Please Bay Area was nominated for two 2007 James Beard Awards (pdf) in the Television Food Show Category! Visit the Check, Please! Bay Area blog to experience the restaurants from Season 2 Episode 9: 1) Dõna Tomás: | restaurant […]

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Steele Wine Dinner @ Luella

Steele Wine Dinner @ Luella

| March 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

You don’t hear as much about Lake County as you do about neighboring Napa and Sonoma, but it’s an up and coming region that produces some wonderful wines. Though wines have been made here since before prohibition, its modern development as a wine region is relatively recent due in part to affordable property values. It’s […]

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Philippe, The Original. Los Angeles

Philippe, The Original. Los Angeles

| March 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

When I was a child growing up in Southern California, we went to a lot of LA Dodgers games. While the game was fun, my sister and I focused on the food. In addition to ballpark food, one of our favorite things about going to the games was the stop at the nearby Philippe, The […]

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Pastry Chefs in San Francisco: A Sudden Lack Therof?

| March 19, 2007 | 9 Comments

My birthday is tomorrow. Depending on whose age you look at in my family I am either not yet approaching middle age or will die in about 20 years. Supposedly this means I am to look at where I’ve been and where I’m going. Up until very recently much of who I was, was one […]

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Brain Food: Local Events & Exhibits

| March 18, 2007 | 1 Comment

In this age of Google and Wikipedia, it’s easy to forget the joy of getting lost for hours deep in the stacks of a three-dimensional library. To entice you back to these important anchors of our community, here’s a short list of culinary exhibits and events worth adding to your list of food adventures: READING […]

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