Archive for September, 2007

A Full Table at Vung Tau II: Random Vietnamese Food

| September 28, 2007 | 1 Comment

A recent lunch with a caravan of hungry friends reminded me of the insurmountable difference between eating in America and eating in Vietnam. Even when the food is excellent, even with folks I love, even when the weather is as freaky hot as it’s been this week. Expansive menus, with dishes numbering into the three […]

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Mexico DF

Mexico DF

| September 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

Despite the proliferation of excellent burritos and taco trucks worth chasing down, it’s hard to find a decent sit-down Mexican place in San Francisco. While Mexico DF isn’t quite perfect, it’s good enough to overlook the flaws and welcome its addition to the city’s restaurants. They say you never get a second chance to make […]

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Cook by the Book: The Breakaway Cook

Cook by the Book: The Breakaway Cook

| September 26, 2007 | 3 Comments

Last month I got a chance to see local personal chef and cookbook author Eric Gower do a cooking demonstration. I was sitting next to veteran culinary industry insiders, and we all marvelled at his creativity and at how truly delicious his dishes were. Eric Gower’s latest book, The Breakaway Cook is one that in […]

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Capay Valley Farm Shop at the Nut Tree

Capay Valley Farm Shop at the Nut Tree

| September 25, 2007 | 1 Comment

Have you driven Highway 80 lately? If you were traveling to Sacramento or Lake Tahoe, you may have noticed an exciting new attraction along the way. The Nut Tree in Vacaville — a part of the history of the area since the 1920’s — has reopened and has new retail stores, restaurants, and rides for […]

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End of Summer Lament and Ode to a Cranberry Bean

End of Summer Lament and Ode to a Cranberry Bean

| September 24, 2007 | 3 Comments

It’s that time of year again, the days start to get shorter, the sun no longer wakes me up before my alarm clock (now I actually have to start setting my alarm clock), and I must begin to convince myself that summer is on the way out. In fact, there is a distinct chill in […]

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The Communal Pot: Seafood and Soup among the San Juan Islands

The Communal Pot: Seafood and Soup among the San Juan Islands

| September 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

Old friends and wedding parties and extended families have a way of creating memorable meals. Place them all in a gorgeous locale overflowing with fresh ingredients — say the San Juan Islands on the Puget Sound during the last weeks of summer — and even the simplest pot of soup becomes sublime. We were gathered […]

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Kill It and Grill It

Kill It and Grill It

| September 21, 2007 | 4 Comments

… or The Carnivore’s Dilemma. Originally, I had thought to do a little post on yet another odd celebrity cookbook, this one by Ted (Cat Scratch Fever) Nugent and his wife, Shemane. I thought I might be able to write an entire piece on the cover photo alone. Or Her name. Shemane. I was immediately […]

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salmon cakes, mothers-in-law, and whisky?

salmon cakes, mothers-in-law, and whisky?

| September 20, 2007 | 4 Comments

I recently got married (and changed my name from Kim Goodfriend to Kim Laidlaw, in the off chance that there was any confusion) and my new mother-in-law and her partner, who I’ve only met on one other occasion, came to visit us…all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland. Now, I adore my mother-in-law, but I was […]

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Meet Eric Gower

Meet Eric Gower

| September 19, 2007 | 2 Comments

Eric Gower is a San Francisco-based personal chef and cookbook author. He is also has a blog over at Yahoo! Food. Here he shares his approach to cooking, ingredients as well as shopping and dining around town. 1. How did living in Japan influence your cooking?Japanese aesthetics, eating sequence, using chopsticks, caring about eating on […]

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Mediterranean Fruit Fly Affecting Solano/Yolo County Farms

Mediterranean Fruit Fly Affecting Solano/Yolo County Farms

| September 18, 2007 | 2 Comments

Several Mediterranean fruit flies, known as one of the most dangerous and destructive pests to fruit crops, have been found in Solano county which is approximately 70 miles from San Francisco. In an article in the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday, Solano County Agricultural Commissioner Jerry Howard called the fruit fly “The single biggest threat […]

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A Moving Feast

A Moving Feast

| September 17, 2007 | 5 Comments

I flew to North Carolina last week for my grandmother’s funeral. She was 87 and she couldn’t do anything for herself by the time she died. A woman named Tonya would come by the house every day, and later the nursing home, and feed her and bathe her and turn on Andy Griffith for her […]

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Voodoo and the Top Pot: Doughnuts Galore

| September 15, 2007 | 5 Comments

Two weeks of camping has a way of simplifying one’s needs. Or, at least, it should. I must admit that I was rather taken with a supply run at REI’s flagship store in Seattle. Amazing what we can schlep along with us as essential gear, but gone are the days — thank goodness! — of […]

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Valrhona: The Cultivation of Taste Seminar

Valrhona: The Cultivation of Taste Seminar

| September 14, 2007 | 1 Comment

This week, I was invited to a Valrhona chocolate seminar at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco. Since I’d never been to a chocolate seminar, let alone the Ritz, and since someone was kind enough to invite me, I decided to go. When I walked through the front door and into the lobby, I was […]

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Saints Preserve Us!

| September 13, 2007 | 0 Comments

In 2005, Garrison Keillor, that curmudegon of a Minnesotan, wrote a column in <a href=”http://dir.salon.com/story/opinion/feature/2005/09/28/keillor_work/index.html“>Salon stating: “Today, home canning has gone the way of the typewriter, the vacuum tube and the TV variety show. The Ball company sold off its jar division and now makes satellite sensors or something, and groceries stock fresh tomatoes all […]

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