Archive for March, 2007

Opa! for Nopa!

Opa! for Nopa!

| March 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Spicy Lamb Flatbread, Red Onions, Sumac and Pinenuts One of my all-time-favorite movies is My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I loved when the crazy aunt with the absorbed twin would hoist her shot glass, shout “OPA!” and slam back the ouzo. I want to be doing that at her age! I wanted to do it […]

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Blue Bottle Coffee Company

Blue Bottle Coffee Company

| March 16, 2007 | 2 Comments

My friend Lyle is mildly obsessed with coffee. If it’s daylight outside, there is usually a paper take away cup filled with the black, caffeinated liquid within a two-and-a-half foot radius of him. I haven’t measured his wingspan. I’m just telling you it’s nearly always within his reach. Or nestled in a cup holder inside […]

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Beer Floats

| March 15, 2007 | 8 Comments

With a Mayor whose life appears to need the same kind of control his gel exerts over his hair, and killer frogs stalking Golden Gate Park, spring has fully come to San Francisco. To honor St. Patty’s Day, I had to write about my newest out-of-body experience: Guinness Floats. I know there’s a lot of […]

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Take 5 with Heidi Swanson

Take 5 with Heidi Swanson

| March 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

Heidi Swanson the San Francisco blogger behind 101 Cookbooks, has just written her second cookbook, Super Natural Cooking. 1. How does Super Natural Cooking differ from your first book, Cook 1.0?Super Natural Cooking attempts to convince people that cooking with a palette of minimally processed ingredients can be inspiring, delicious, and better for your health […]

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Links Around the Bay (and Beyond)

Links Around the Bay (and Beyond)

| March 13, 2007 | 1 Comment

Eating local seems to be the focus of the hour, with the Eat Local Challenge blog and the local food movement getting press in Time magazine, Food and Wine, and E Magazine just in the past month. As a person who spends a lot of time thinking and writing about local farmers and local food, […]

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Citrus Celebration! Lemon Sherbet

| March 12, 2007 | 5 Comments

I heard a rumor from a farmer: we’re supposed to have very warm weather all week. Is it possible our government planned an environmental change? To coincide with our new, nice and early Daylight Savings Plan? Hey I’m not being paranoid, if I were them I’d warm things up a bit too. To encourage people […]

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Cultivating one’s garden

| March 11, 2007 | 2 Comments

It’s that time of the year again when I wish I had a garden. Little pots on a fire escape give me regular sprigs of thyme and shiso and, if I’m feeling ambitious, I might harvest handfuls of Sweet 100s. It’s nothing, however, like watching tiny pea shoots unfurl into astonishing vines or digging up […]

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A Jug of Wine…

A Jug of Wine…

| March 9, 2007 | 1 Comment

“A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread– and Thou” — Omar Khayyam. I am not going to dissect that line from the Rubiayat today. I just placed it in this blog to somehow justify the fact that I chose to photograph a $3.99 1.5 liter bottle of Carlo Rossi Burgundy and put it into […]

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Squid Jerky at Honolulu’s Side Street Inn

Squid Jerky at Honolulu’s Side Street Inn

| March 8, 2007 | 1 Comment

Our first Hawaiian meal — aside from that pineapple-drenched shave ice we treated ourselves to after hiking to the top of Diamond Head in serious heat — was at the Saveur-recommended Side Street Inn on Hopaka Street in Honolulu. Determined to try as much as we could that was unknown to us, we ordered about […]

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Cook by the Book: Everyday Food Great Food Fast

Cook by the Book: Everyday Food Great Food Fast

| March 7, 2007 | 0 Comments

There is so much I like about Everyday Food: Great Food Fast it’s hard to know where to start. For one thing, it’s the kind of book I wish I had written, filled with delicious recipes that don’t take forever to make. And it’s just what’s needed by all my friends who don’t know where […]

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Blue Fog Market, San Francisco

Blue Fog Market, San Francisco

| March 5, 2007 | 1 Comment

Residents of San Francisco’s Cow Hollow district may have noticed significant changes to the intersection of Green and Gough streets recently. A small liquor store on the Southwest corner of the intersection changed ownership in 2006 and reopened as a neighborhood gourmet food store called Blue Fog Market. The concept was developed by Andy Skov […]

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Bay Area Baking Classes: Foundation Basics by Local Pastry Chef

Bay Area Baking Classes: Foundation Basics by Local Pastry Chef

| March 5, 2007 | 1 Comment

It’s that time again: time for teaching, inspiring, educating, and eating delicious Spring and Summer produce. Who’s not looking forward to rhubarb, strawberries, cherries? Besides the obvious: eating them out of hand, fresh from the farmer’s market, wouldn’t you love to know how to whip up some Pavlovas, Angel Food Cake, creme anglaise, pannacotta and […]

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South Indian Rice Courses

South Indian Rice Courses

| March 4, 2007 | 7 Comments

Lest readers things that I only like to eat meat (and by meat, I mean, of course, pork) I’m dedicating today’s post to one of my favorite cusines: South Indian. After a recent crash course in using a Sumeet mixer-grinder, Ramach and Vidya introduced me to one of their standby eateries. I had planned to […]

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Tardy at Tamarine

Tardy at Tamarine

| March 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

“You’re late!” were the first words growled at us by the manager at Tamarine. We were only about 15-20 minutes late and my friend apologized profusely explaining that they’d been moving all day and lost track of time. We even called saying we were running a bit late. Now mind you our reservation was at […]

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