Archive for July, 2007

QUEST: Napa Wineries Face Global Warming

| July 31, 2007 | 0 Comments

Hey y’all — there is a story on wine in Napa on QUEST tonight that you won’t want to miss. QUEST is KQED’s new TV, radio, web, and education project about science and environment in Northern California, and their latest science story has taken them to Napa Valley. The story is titled “Napa Wineries Face […]

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The Cost of a Flavorful Peach

The Cost of a Flavorful Peach

| July 31, 2007 | 9 Comments

Spend a couple of minutes poking around Google for “the $3 peach” and you will find multiple, tired complaints of the cost of produce at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market. At some point, instead of finding new reasons to complain about this nationally renowned farmers’ market, a lot of writers began to refer to the […]

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Plum Chutney: Tales from the Backyard

Plum Chutney: Tales from the Backyard

| July 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

Canning for me conjures up childhood memories of being in the kitchen with my mom and her friends, usually on a hot steamy Texas summer day, and “putting up” bread and butter pickles, fresh raspberry jam (with seeds!), and ripe whole tomatoes. Even with the sweat pouring down your face, there’s no better time to […]

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Peaches, Herb and Melba.

Peaches, Herb and Melba.

| July 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

Before getting to the meat of today’s subject matter, I’d like to explain something– the evolution of today’s post. I’m off to my 20th high school reunion this weekend so, naturally, the song “Reunited” by Peaches and Herb has been crowding my brain. The initial idea was to exorcise this R & B demon from […]

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My Nua Favorite Restaurant

My Nua Favorite Restaurant

| July 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

I have a love/hate relationship with wine bars. On the one hand, I love a good one. Give me a glass of something silky and bold, a plate of nibbles, and a comfy seat where I don’t have to read lips to hold a conversation, and I’m as happy as a paparazzo outside the LA […]

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Cook by the Book: 5 Spices, 50 Dishes

Cook by the Book: 5 Spices, 50 Dishes

| July 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

I met Ruta Kahate at an Asia Society’s Off the Menu dinner a few months back. I had just received a review copy of her book, 5 Spices, 50 Dishes and was eager to try some recipes. Even better, that night I got to try a dish from the book, prepared by the author herself. […]

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CUESA’s Coastal Harvest Farm Tour

CUESA’s Coastal Harvest Farm Tour

| July 24, 2007 | 1 Comment

Several varietals of Far West Fungi mushrooms On Sunday, I participated in the CUESA Coastal Harvest Farm Tour — a tour of Far West Fungi Farm and Yerena Farms in Moss Landing. Walking on to the Far West Fungi farm was like no other farm I’d other seen. It can as aptly be described as […]

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Clyde Common Restaurant. Ace Hotel, Portland

Clyde Common Restaurant. Ace Hotel, Portland

| July 23, 2007 | 6 Comments

Disclaimer: this is not an “Official Restaurant Review,” it is merely a mention of a place to eat I loved when I was in Portland last. Clyde Common is the name. Ace Hotel is its location. I ate there once for each lunch and dinner a few days apart. And I would go there tomorrow […]

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Japanese Tradition: How to Eat at a Sushi Bar

| July 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

During a discussion this past week about authenticity, someone asked me what I thought about Japanese restaurants run by Koreans, while another person asked my opinion about the Japanese government’s desperate fight around the globe to save sushi. There are lots of glib answers, but they all skip over some important issues about food and […]

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Pimientos de Padron

Pimientos de Padron

| July 21, 2007 | 6 Comments

From the world of food writing, only a scant cup’s worth of articles slip into my unconscious and remain there year after year. Sometimes they’re so indelibly imprinted that I need no reminding they are there; it still smarts to think about Daniel Patterson’s declaration in the New York Times that culinary creativity was all […]

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Fried Gallus gallus

Fried Gallus gallus

| July 20, 2007 | 1 Comment

Every summer, I become mildly obsessed with frying chicken. I think of the beautiful childhood picnics I never went on. Laying out my hand-stitched quilt on a grassy patch of park free of dog feces, the well-timed automatic sprinklers offering me a refreshing spritz of mist at 15 minute intervals, drinking freshly squeezed lemonade and […]

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What Are You Eating? CleanScores

| July 19, 2007 | 3 Comments

This past week, Joy over at Confessions of a Restaurant Whore pointed me to a disturbingly addictive new site. Based on official local inspections, CleanScores will tell you all the gory details about your favorite restaurant. It can tell you their cleanliness rating in current years, past years, and even give details about what Major, […]

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Meet Ruta Kahate

Meet Ruta Kahate

| July 18, 2007 | 4 Comments

Ruta Kahate is the Oakland-based author of 5 Spices, 50 Dishes. She teaches popular Indian cooking classes and leads tours of India. Check out Ruta’s Indian Kitchen to learn more. 1. Which do you love the most, teaching classes, writing cookbooks or leading tours to India?Oh dear, tough one. I do enjoy all of them […]

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Gluten-Free Crisp Topping

Gluten-Free Crisp Topping

| July 16, 2007 | 0 Comments

In a few hours I will be attending the wedding of a friend who has Celiac Disease. Her wedding will be a gluten-free picnic and all the guests will bring something in this theme. I know very little, almost nothing about what I call “alternative baking.” Luckily for me crisp topping is not really considered […]

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