Archive for April, 2007

Virginia is for Eaters

| April 18, 2007 | 7 Comments

I’m having a really hard time writing about food this week. Frankly, I’ve lost my appetite. All my favorite foods turn to ashes in my mouth, and anything that does pass my gullet curdles with each additional reporting on the Virginia Tech massacre. With over thirty dead, it’s the deadliest shooting rampage in America, and […]

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TWO: Second Time’s a Charm

TWO: Second Time’s a Charm

| April 17, 2007 | 5 Comments

I’ve always thought reincarnation is an interesting concept. You live, you die, and you return smarter and thinner and full of snappy comebacks that are always ready right when you need them. (Or something like that; check with the Hindus for a more complete explanation.) These days, restaurants are as eager for a second chance […]

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Sourdough Tutorial. Local Bloggers Share Recipes, Information & Toast. Part 1

Sourdough Tutorial. Local Bloggers Share Recipes, Information & Toast. Part 1

| April 16, 2007 | 2 Comments

Almost 15 years ago, at the beginning of my career, I worked at Lulu (SF). Unbeknownst to my very naive self at the time, I would never work at another restaurant that would make all its own table bread. At Verbena (NYC), under the tutelage of Diane Forley, the pastry department was responsible for a […]

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Hong Kong Milk Tea

| April 15, 2007 | 4 Comments

A recent breakfast at T-28 Cafe in the Outer Sunset reminded me just how good a cup of hot, strong milk tea tastes on lazy weekend mornings. Although the richness of a well-aged pu-erh or the emerald sweetness of a spring shin-cha give me great pleasure as a tea drinker, neither have a place in […]

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April Fool

April Fool

| April 13, 2007 | 0 Comments

Yes, I know. It’s not April 1st. I’m not that stupid. I have a calendar in front of me. It tells me today is Friday, April 13th. I just choose to pretend it is otherwise. April Fool’s Day. I’d always wondered what was especially foolish about that particular day. I thought it might have to […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 13

Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 13

| April 12, 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 13: 1) Sonoma-Meritâge Martini Oyster Bar […]

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In a Fever for Tonic Water

In a Fever for Tonic Water

| April 12, 2007 | 1 Comment

I used to think I was a tonic water snob because I was hopelessly devoted to Schwepps. There is something about Canada Dry’s cloyingly sweet, glue-like flavor that makes it vastly inferior to the one John Cleese used to pimp. However as I trudged down the endless rows of food and drink and food and […]

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Food & Poetry Contest

Food & Poetry Contest

| April 11, 2007 | 2 Comments

Perhaps the world can be divided in two: those who love tofu and those who hate it. Frankly I don’t understand how anyone can hate something so benign. Tofu, a form of soybean curd, is mild and creamy and a tremendously versatile ingredient. I’ve made chocolate mousse with tofu, dips with tofu, entrees with tofu […]

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Mediterranean Spirit, San Francisco

Mediterranean Spirit, San Francisco

| April 10, 2007 | 4 Comments

(Update, 9/20/2007. I’m sad to say that Mediterranean Spirit has closed.) Nearly every week, you can bet on finding me at Mediterranean Spirit — a small, family-run restaurant at Polk and Bush in San Francisco. I was first lured into Mediterranean Spirit by some exuberant reviews on Chowhound, but I continue to return because I […]

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Devil’s Food Cake

| April 9, 2007 | 8 Comments

My favorite story illustrating the inventiveness of fans making requests comes from a Violent Femmes concert. The Violent Femmes made famous a number of songs suggestive or outright sexual in nature. But then they became Born Again Christians and had a hard time loosening up at the few shows they played since this transformation. One […]

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Morning Rituals

| April 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

There’s a table in my kitchen that I try not to hate. Whenever my husband boasts that it cost him all of $8 at a sidewalk sale, new friends laugh while old friends avoid my eyes. To his credit, he spent an entire day spray painting it egg-yolk yellow, so I hardly notice the scratches […]

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The Easter Egg

The Easter Egg

| April 6, 2007 | 4 Comments

This year, the East (Greek and Russian Orthodox) and the West (Roman Catholic and its breakaway Protestant faiths) have booked the same banquet room, as it were, for Easter. The last time this happened was 2004. It will happen again in 2010. That date sounds marvelously futuristic. 2010. As a child, I loved Easter– it […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 12

Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 12

| April 5, 2007 | 1 Comment

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 12: 1) Jardiniere: | restaurant information […]

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Chocolate News

Chocolate News

| April 4, 2007 | 2 Comments

“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.” Michael Levine, nutrition researcher, as quoted in The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars First up, save our chocolate! Did you know the FDA is considering changing the standards for what does and doesn’t qualify as chocolate? Right now cocoa butter […]

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