Archive for August, 2007

Melissa’s Great Book of Produce

Melissa’s Great Book of Produce

| August 15, 2007 | 0 Comments

I like to think that I am pretty adventurous in the kitchen. But the truth is, there are plenty of fruits and especially vegetables I don’t have a clue about. So who might introduce me to these exotic treats? Melissa’s Great Book of Produce. Melissa’s is the largest distributor of speciality produce in the US. […]

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Chocolate Adventure Recipe Contest

Chocolate Adventure Recipe Contest

| August 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

What could be better than the opportunity to create an interesting recipe using chocolate? TuttiFoodie has teamed up with Scharffen Berger to host an exciting recipe contest that will take place this fall. THE GIST. Contestants create a recipe combining Scharffen Berger chocolate (cacao content 62% and above) and at least one “adventure ingredient,” which […]

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Slideluckpotshow in San Francisco!

Slideluckpotshow in San Francisco!

| August 13, 2007 | 2 Comments

This past weekend many of my favorite activities came together under one roof for one night only in San Francisco. On Saturday August 12, from 7 – 9 PM Slideluckpotshow brought handmade food, art, artists, friendliness, beautiful thought-provoking images, eating new things, seeing old friends and making new ones, giddy excitement at the spontaneousness of […]

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"Grilling" Fish Inside Your Kitchen

| August 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

My first summer in San Francisco, I bought a little Weber and installed it on my fire escape. Within two minutes of lighting its inaugural pile of charcoal, I answered my doorbell to find an irate neighbor pointing at the flames and reminding me that all the houses in our neighborhood were constructed of wood. […]

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The Old Clam House

The Old Clam House

| August 10, 2007 | 2 Comments

There are a number of restaurants in this city that have captured my imagination– restaurants about which I know absolutely nothing, apart from the clues given away by their often antiquated signs and odd locations. Russia House and Julius’ Castle come to mind. I am not typically curious about what’s new and exciting. I leave […]

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Luh-Luh-Luh-Laiola

Luh-Luh-Luh-Laiola

| August 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

When a new restaurant opens, it’s hard to know ahead of time how things will turn out. Some places get a lot of buzz but never live up to it, others turn out fabulous food but can’t make ends meet. Some places are packed night after night, even if the food isn’t anything to scream […]

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Cook by the Book: Impress for Less!

Cook by the Book: Impress for Less!

| August 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

Over the years I’ve raved to friends about The Secrets of Success Cookbook, Signature Recipe and Insider Tips from San Francisco’s Best Restaurants. What makes the book so great is that it translates signature restaurant recipes into workable home versions. Every single recipe I’ve tried actually has been a success. But it was published in […]

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Mariquita Farm Mystery Box

Mariquita Farm Mystery Box

| August 7, 2007 | 3 Comments

Last Thursday, I made my way to Piccino, a small new pizza restaurant occupying a street corner in Dogpatch, to participate in an interesting new San Francisco ritual. I looked for the minivan full of vegetables, handed over $25 for a giant box of produce, and then sat down to eat dinner with some friends, […]

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Peach Advice.

| August 6, 2007 | 6 Comments

Love is in the air: peaches are here, and all is right with the world. Yes, my sunglasses are rose- tinted, why do you ask? I’ve been on the road, taking my show with me. First NYC, then Portland and most recently, Chicago. It’s been fun, educational, hot, and delicious, but I’ve missed being home. […]

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The Art of Consumption: Arthur Huang & Mary V. Marsh

| August 5, 2007 | 2 Comments

The work of Arthur Huang and Mary V. Marsh, perfectly calibrated for this age of confessional eating and exhibitionist documentation, examines the minute rituals of food. Currently on exhibit at Mercury Twenty Gallery in Oakland, the two artists explore our culture of consumption, how we ingest ideas, relationships and expectations along with a few basic […]

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Eat This: 1,001 Things to Eat Before You Diet

Eat This: 1,001 Things to Eat Before You Diet

| August 3, 2007 | 1 Comment

Summer reading should be pleasant fare. Though I had found perverse comfort earlier this season in Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror– the wars and epidemics of our own century seem paltry when compared to the Hundred Years’ War and Bubonic Plague of the 14th– I felt that, just perhaps, I should read something slightly more […]

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Blue Cheese and Chocolate

Blue Cheese and Chocolate

| August 2, 2007 | 3 Comments

When I arrived at the San Francisco Chocolate Salon, I made a beeline for the Poco Dolce booth. Besides being madly in love with their salt-sprinkled burnt caramel and chocolate tiles, I wanted to say hi to chocolatier Kathy Wiley and her peeps since I’d recently written them up in Edible San Francisco. As I […]

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Cook by the Book: Fish Forever

Cook by the Book: Fish Forever

| August 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

Not long ago I had dinner at a place that specialized in fish. But oddly enough, there wasn’t that much fish on the menu. Weird Fish in the Mission is committed to serving “sustainable” fish and that limits what’s on offer. Catfish and tilapia are mainstays. But sustainability isn’t the only issue. While we tend […]

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