Archive for June, 2007

What’s the Story, Morning Glory Chai?

What’s the Story, Morning Glory Chai?

| June 30, 2007 | 2 Comments

One sip is all it took to hook me. Intent on feeding my caramel fixation one recent morning, I stopped by the La Cocina stall at the Ferry Plaza farmers’ market for some alfajores. As I made my purchase, culinary director Jason Rose handed me a miniature paper cup filled with steaming Morning Glory Chai. […]

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Biodynamic Wines (sort of) explained

Biodynamic Wines (sort of) explained

| June 29, 2007 | 4 Comments

The first time I heard about biodynamic wine, it sounded, to me, like some odd French marketing gimmick. Not an unreasonable thought, considering the fact the bottle of wine being discussed was from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a place known for prohibiting flying saucers or, as the French call them les cigares volantes from landing in their vineyards. […]

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Rough and Red-dy: Mount Tamalpais Merlot

Rough and Red-dy: Mount Tamalpais Merlot

| June 28, 2007 | 2 Comments

Barely over my ecstasy from that first amaranth-hued glass, I decided to sample another grape-smeared offering from Marin Wines, their Mount Tamalpais Merlot. My god. My GOD! Now, yes, Merlot has been battered about by the Hollywood likes of Sideways and bad examples of the glass. And, because it had been at least five years […]

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Food Section Roundup

Food Section Roundup

| June 27, 2007 | 2 Comments

Which newspaper food sections do you read? I subscribe to the San Francisco Chronicle, so I always check out that food section, but I also like to peruse several others online. Here’s what you’ll find this week. Note: Each require registration, which is free. The New York TimesMy first stop on Wednesday is usually the […]

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Do you Grist?

Do you Grist?

| June 26, 2007 | 2 Comments

I have been finding my food news in some interesting places. When I only have a minute or two and need the most information possible, I check out the Ethicurean’s Daily Digest for the latest on food policy, industrial agriculture, and activist projects going on around the world. But when I have a little more […]

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It’s Still Strawberry Season

| June 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

As one of my colleagues said the other day, the farmers markets are “lousy with strawberries.” I don’t mind the glut, as my own last meal would be a bowl of strawberries, a taste of life short and sweet. The best way to eat the fruit is whole, out of hand, one after the other […]

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The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

| June 23, 2007 | 1 Comment

One of my favorite parts of cooking school was our time in the bread kitchen. There is something so tactile, immediate and rewarding about making bread. All your senses are activated alerting you that you are about to consume something so simple yet so profound. Alice Waters visited the French Culinary Institute and I was […]

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The French Laundry: Heavy on the Starch

The French Laundry: Heavy on the Starch

| June 22, 2007 | 6 Comments

There are some things in this world best left to the imagination; people, places or events so idealized they could never live up to the expectations built up around them — your wedding day or a menage a trois with a pair of identical twins or, in this case, dinner at what has been referred […]

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B Star Bar Attempts Burmese Fusion

B Star Bar Attempts Burmese Fusion

| June 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

Last week, a friend from cooking class tipped me off to B Star Bar, the month-old offshoot of Burma Superstar that’s located two blocks away on Clement Street. B Star Bar offers a blend of Burmese, Asian, and Western dishes, and though it doesn’t outshine the Mother Ship, it’s worth a visit if you can’t […]

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Cook by the Book: Mark Bittman’s Quick & Easy Recipes from The New York Times

Cook by the Book: Mark Bittman’s Quick & Easy Recipes from The New York Times

| June 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

Every Wednesday I head over to the New York Times online to peruse the food section, and Mark Bittman’s column, The Minimalist is the first column I turn to. I like Mark Bittman because he’s a bit like me when it comes to cooking. He is not a professional chef and makes no claims about […]

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Kermit Lynch Parking Lot Event with Paul Bertolli

Kermit Lynch Parking Lot Event with Paul Bertolli

| June 19, 2007 | 3 Comments

I’ve often heard about, but never made it to, the famous parking lot events held in the small parking lot of a Berkeley food triumvirate: Cafe Fanny, Acme Bread, and Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant. The most well known of these events is the Oyster Bliss celebration that takes place in the Spring. This past April […]

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Living Room Events Catering

Living Room Events Catering

| June 18, 2007 | 2 Comments

As I’ve said before, to have me in your friend circle means I am your go-to for all edible recommendations. Most of the time this means that, after contacting me, people walk away with new eating and adventuring possibilities. But sometimes I tell people where to go for selfish reasons. At weddings, for example. The […]

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Picnic in the Park: Bacon Bites

| June 17, 2007 | 1 Comment

We each need a good food buddy or two. Mine is a petite Filipina who can eat anyone under the table. Cindy modestly claims it’s all about the pacing, but those of us who’ve had the pleasure of dining with her know that it’s really 1) her absolute love of anything sweet, sour, spicy or […]

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Patricia Wells’ Vegetable Harvest

| June 16, 2007 | 2 Comments

In New York in early May, I found myself on a Thursday evening with cancelled plans. Thank goodness for Dorie Greenspan. She immediately invited me to her sit-down interview with Patricia Wells that evening at the Alliance Francaise. Patricia was in town promoting her new book, Vegetable Harvest. Dorie and Patricia are such good friends […]

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