Archive for August, 2007

Luxury Bong Water Now Available

Luxury Bong Water Now Available

| August 31, 2007 | 5 Comments

Several months ago, our local bottled water purveyor brought two executives from Pellegrino into our restaurant for dinner. As they sat at the bar digesting their meals with alcohol and animated chatter, I stopped by to say hello. “Have you seen our new product?” the rep asked as she produced a bottle of water from […]

Continue Reading

Does Spruce Make the Bay Area’s Best Burger?

Does Spruce Make the Bay Area’s Best Burger?

| August 30, 2007 | 6 Comments

A provocative question, especially for a food-loving town in a beef-righteous nation. It’s a question that I can’t even answer, really, not having sampled every burger in the Bay Area, or even the smaller list of San Francisco cult favorites. But one thing I can tell you is that the burger at the newly opened […]

Continue Reading

Coffee is Culinary (so says Starbucks)

Coffee is Culinary (so says Starbucks)

| August 29, 2007 | 0 Comments

I’m fascinated with food and wine pairings. But I have to admit, I never really considered food and coffee pairings. I love the flavor of coffee, but I’m not a coffee drinker. Somehow the idea of pairing food with coffee sounds like something your grandmother would do when she eats at a diner. But maybe […]

Continue Reading

September 2007 Eat Local Challenge

September 2007 Eat Local Challenge

| August 28, 2007 | 1 Comment

Kadota figs from Hamada Farm, San Francisco, August 2007 Eating locally, and teaching others about the importance of eating locally, is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I am a founder of the Locavores (the group who originally invented the word “Locavore” in May 2005), and began the Eat Local Challenge […]

Continue Reading

Opening A Restaurant in San Francisco. {Part One}

Opening A Restaurant in San Francisco. {Part One}

| August 27, 2007 | 6 Comments

Opening a restaurant in San Francisco is not easy, especially right now, but not for the reasons why it was so difficult in the 90′s or five years ago. It can be said, opening a restaurant at all, in any city, is difficult. But because I have cooked professionally in other American cities, have seen […]

Continue Reading

Everyone loves donuts!

| August 26, 2007 | 1 Comment

So many fried doughs, so little time….

Continue Reading

Brini Maxwell: Drag Queen of Domesticity

Brini Maxwell: Drag Queen of Domesticity

| August 24, 2007 | 2 Comments

I wish I’d thought of that little tag line, but I didn’t. Sometimes, I think I spend far too much time sitting in front of my computer. Instead of doing something beneficial to myself, like exercising or cleaning my refrigerator, I troll sites like neatorama and thesuperficial.com. I’ve wasted hours online staring at folks making […]

Continue Reading

We Love Jam!

We Love Jam!

| August 23, 2007 | 3 Comments

Earlier this year, I read about a jam made by two guys from an apricot tree in their backyard. It was seriously small-batch — think 100 jars a year — and the only way to get it was to sign up for the waiting list. “A waiting list, for jam?” I thought to myself. “That’s […]

Continue Reading

Cook by the Book: Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook

Cook by the Book: Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook

| August 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

While I have only been to the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market once, the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook is a place I will return to time and time again. The San Francisco Ferry Plaza farmers’ market has inspired at least two terrific cookbooks that I know of, Fresh from the Farmers’ Market and The San […]

Continue Reading

Links Around the Bay

Links Around the Bay

| August 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

Alemany Farm tomatoes It’s been a busy time at my house this week. Between working full time and preparing for this year’s Eat Local Challenge*, I haven’t had much time to catch up on my favorite blogs. Perusing the sites this morning, I found several compelling posts from some of our Bay Area bloggers. In […]

Continue Reading

Chocolate Adventure Recipe Contest Ideas

Chocolate Adventure Recipe Contest Ideas

| August 20, 2007 | 2 Comments

Last week Tutti Foodie, Scharffen Berger, and Marcia Gagliardi of Tablehopper joined forces and unveiled The Chocolate Adventure Recipe Contest with a number of events at local restaurants featuring pastry chefs and chocolate. On Monday August 13 I went to Campton Place to see what Boris Portnoy {pastry chef of Campton Place, the restaurant) might […]

Continue Reading

Ze’ev Vered’s Garden

Ze’ev Vered’s Garden

| August 19, 2007 | 6 Comments

The pot of chives was waiting for me in Moraga. Little did I know there was an entire afternoon of wonder in store for me when I went to pick it up. With just his hands, a shovel and a wheelbarrow, 79-year old Ze’ev Vered has shaped seven terraces of gardens and orchards. Trees bearing […]

Continue Reading

The Mother of All Cooking Shows

The Mother of All Cooking Shows

| August 17, 2007 | 6 Comments

This week marks both the birthday and deathday, if there is such a word, of Julia Child. The fact that no one in my culinary circle has mentioned either event upsets me. Where are the parades? Is anyone laying a wreath of Bay Laurel on her grave? Some people old enough to do so talk […]

Continue Reading

Beach Blanket Picnics

Beach Blanket Picnics

| August 16, 2007 | 3 Comments

I grew up at the beach. While other kids were making do with garden hoses and sprinklers, I was cooling off in the salty waters of the Atlantic, whose surface shimmied a mere 15 minute drive from my house in suburban Virginia. I had my first swimming lesson when I was 10 months old, and […]

Continue Reading