Archive for April, 2007

Sourdough Tutorial. Local Bloggers Share Recipes, Information & Toast. Part 2

Sourdough Tutorial. Local Bloggers Share Recipes, Information & Toast. Part 2

| April 30, 2007 | 6 Comments

Continued from Part One on Monday April 16. In California we have more than our fair share of live yeast in the air. Catching it and turning it into “sourdough starter” or “natural starter” is pretty easy. All one needs to do is to feed one’s starter with cold water and bread flour every week […]

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Presidio Social Club: Hostess with the Mostest

Presidio Social Club: Hostess with the Mostest

| April 29, 2007 | 0 Comments

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia Woolf Maybe. But sometimes it’s more important to have fun. When it is, Presidio Social Club is the place to go. It offers revamped American classics, most of which don’t merit more than a shrug, but the atmosphere makes it […]

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Asparagus on a Bun

| April 28, 2007 | 2 Comments

My parents travel light, so when they told me they were waiting at the baggage carousel, I knew some food had made its way from Missouri to California. I’ve been treated before to freshly dug potatoes, bags of dewy herbs, a catfish with its whiskers still intact, gooseberry jam, homemade beef jerky, and a selection […]

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If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake.

If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake.

| April 27, 2007 | 7 Comments

Well, I knew he was coming, but I didn’t bake one. I bought one instead. Do you think I could make a cake as precious as the one below? Perhaps, but not under stress. I thought about baking him a cake, but I’ve been known to impart too much meaning into such baked goods before. […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 15

| April 26, 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 15: 1) The Grubstake: | restaurant […]

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Fat Tire: A Bodice Ripper (with Cheese)

Fat Tire: A Bodice Ripper (with Cheese)

| April 26, 2007 | 7 Comments

In the spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.In the spring, a young woman’s fancy lightly turns to thirsts for beer. Tennyson might not have penned it, but the fact remains. At least for this young woman it does. (Frankly, I prefer “chick” or “girl” or if you want to be […]

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A Moveable Thirst

A Moveable Thirst

| April 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

I’ve done a lot in my effort to learn more about wine. I’ve drunk and I’ve drunk and I’ve drunk, but to be honest I haven’t read all that much until now. Just recently several wonderful wine books have really caught my attention. A Moveable Thirst Tales and Tastes from a Season in Napa Wine […]

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72 Hours in Portland

72 Hours in Portland

| April 24, 2007 | 7 Comments

Vineyards outside of Portland When spending 72 hours in a food mecca like Portland, it’s necessary to plan carefully and choose your dining mates wisely. If you do so, or if you follow my suggestions below, you will be able to both eat well and enjoy the food sights of this Pacific Northwest food town. […]

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Good Germs

Good Germs

| April 23, 2007 | 5 Comments

I am what is known as a germaphobe. (See also: obsessive-compulsive disorder.) During cold and flu season, I never venture out without my purse-sized hand sanitizer. Sick friends know to bow out of dinner if I’m hosting, and I have been known to disinfect seatbelts and radio knobs after a cold-ridden colleague rides in my […]

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El Paisa Taco Truck

| April 22, 2007 | 4 Comments

I’m still in mourning for the afterhour taco stand that was once wedged in front of Taqueria Vallarta. Huddled outside, bundled against the night air and only slightly buzzed, I’ve enjoyed many a midnight snack. At first, I alternated my orders, enjoying beef and pork, grilled and fried, sausage and offal. Eventually, though, the tender […]

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Pres a Vi: The Black Sheep of the Family

Pres a Vi: The Black Sheep of the Family

| April 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

A small bit of research reveals that Pres a Vi, one of the new restaurants in the reinvigorated Presidio, has its roots in the suburbs. (Va de Vi, its older sibling, is located in Walnut Creek.) Unfortunately, a small bit of dinner will tell you the same thing. I made my way to Pres a […]

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Fungal Love

| April 20, 2007 | 5 Comments

As Shuna announced at the beginning of April, this is poetry month. Initially, that thought made me whince, but I enjoyed her poem and thought… hmm… perhaps I should contribute something. Ten days later, Amy mentioned a tofu haiku contest, which I entered (and will most likely receive an angry letter from the Soy Board). […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 14

| April 19, 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 14: 1) Buckeye Roadhouse: | restaurant […]

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Recipe Cards Redux

Recipe Cards Redux

| April 19, 2007 | 4 Comments

Let’s play a little word association. I say “recipe”. You say “card”? Recipe cards are so retro they might just be poised for a return to fashion. They actually take up a lot less room than cookbooks and are amazingly easy to sort and browse through. I really hadn’t thought very much about them until […]

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