Archive for June, 2007

Must See TV: Posh Nosh

| June 15, 2007 | 5 Comments

There is very little that needs to be said about Posh Nosh. It speaks for itself. Earlier this week, I was dining with friends at the most expensive restaurant in the universe when the topic of Posh Nosh came up. I had to fess up to my ignorance regarding the show, but I was intrigued. […]

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Essencia Shows Peruvian a Light Touch

Essencia Shows Peruvian a Light Touch

| June 14, 2007 | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I wrote that the culinary mafia had named Peruvian the new “it” food. With the mid-May opening of Essencia following closely on the heels of Piqueo’s, it’s starting to look like the pundits were right. Anne Gingrass, one half of the duo behind the former Hawthorne Lane, has partnered with Juan […]

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Chocolate Factory Tours

Chocolate Factory Tours

| June 13, 2007 | 0 Comments

I remember family car trips as a series of factory tours. Some were more interesting than others. The canned tuna tour was nightmare-inducing. The Hershey’s tour was much better. In the East Bay there used to be just one chocolate facility you could tour, but now there are two factories within spitting distance of each […]

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The Last Chinese Chef

| June 13, 2007 | 0 Comments

Nicole Mones reads an excerpt from The Last Chinese Chef on KQED’s Writer’s Block. The Last Chinese Chef chronicles food writer, Maggie McElroy’s journey to China one year after the untimely death of her husband. A paternity claim has been filed against her husband’s estate and the question surfaces whether her husband fathered a child […]

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Salinas Taco Trucks in Jeopardy

Salinas Taco Trucks in Jeopardy

| June 12, 2007 | 8 Comments

I will be eternally grateful to the participants at Chowhound because they taught me, many years ago, to love taco trucks. I now seek out taco trucks wherever I go and some of the best tacos I have eaten have been off of these mobile trucks in many different cities. My mouth waters to think […]

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New York City Eating

New York City Eating

| June 11, 2007 | 4 Comments

When you work in the restaurant business everyone you know, everyone you know’s friends, in-laws and children, and everyone you’ve not met yet, comes to you for restaurant recommendations. Needless to say I am extremely grateful that Chowhound also exists. For it gets quite tiresome to be absolutely everyone’s go to for breakfast, lunch, brunch […]

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Sharing the Sacred: Community Meals at Buddhist and Sikh Temples

| June 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

It’s been a long time since I’ve worshipped anything beyond dumplings or doughnuts on Sunday mornings, but this weekend I joined Stockton’s Sikh community at their historic temple on Grant Street. The act of sharing food as spiritual devotion has deep roots in many of the world’s religions. At Buddhist temples, serving vegetarian food to […]

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Getting Stuffed

Getting Stuffed

| June 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic lately, which isn’t terribly surprising considering the fact that I am usually found in a state of past-reflection. That’s not to say that I can’t focus on the present as well as others. I can, especially since paying close attention to the here-and-now comes in handy when, well, the […]

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Think Pink!: Mount Tamalpais Vin Gris

Think Pink!: Mount Tamalpais Vin Gris

| June 7, 2007 | 8 Comments

This past Memorial Day took me out of the cold, foggy city and up to sun-drenched Pt. Reyes Station to celebrate Cowgirl Creamery‘s 10th Anniversary. Cowgirls, Cowboys, and friends and families of both gathered under circus-peaked tents to listen to the inspirational words of The Cowgirls (Peg Smith and Sue Conley), Albert Straus of Straus […]

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Weekend Wine & Dine

Weekend Wine & Dine

| June 5, 2007 | 3 Comments

Looking for something to do this weekend? I’ve got you covered. I’ll be at the following events, supporting great organizations and you can too. SaturdayThe Golden Glasssupporting Slow Food San Franciscoat Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco2 – 6 pm Tasting$50Selected San Francisco Bay Area restaurants, artisanal producers, and local farmers will provide savory […]

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Links Around the Bay

| June 5, 2007 | 1 Comment

Whenever I am out of town or away from Bloglines for an extended period of time, as has been the case over the past couple of weeks, I go through a bit of triage reading in order to make sure I check in on my favorite people in the most efficient way. As I am […]

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Bay Area Baking Class: Seasonal Fruit Desserts

Bay Area Baking Class: Seasonal Fruit Desserts

| June 4, 2007 | 0 Comments

This Sunday June 10th I will be teaching my second Seasonal Fruit Dessert class in North Berkeley from 1 – 3:30 pm. Might you wish to join me as I conjure a number of sweets simple and complex, whose main focus is fruits at the peak of their early summer season’s best? Those who took […]

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Old Krakow: Going Out for Home Cooking

| June 3, 2007 | 0 Comments

My friend was planning to start his 37th year with a proper feast at his favorite restaurant, Old Krakow. Before the call, I was trying to decide what to do with a few random ingredients that were taking up space in my small kitchen: some spotted bananas, some milk chocolate, a bag of toasted hazelnuts, […]

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Le Pre Verre et Chef Delacourcelle

| June 2, 2007 | 2 Comments

Le Pre Verre is one of my all time favorite restaurants in Paris. I recommend it to anyone who will listen, and even those who won’t. Unassumingly self-characterized as a “bar au vin” or wine bar, it is much more than that. The man behind the stove is Chef Philippe Delacourcelle who spent many years […]

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