Archive for October, 2007

Son of Scary Food

| October 30, 2007 | 18 Comments

Since I always start my posts with a warning, here goes: Don’t read this if you have an aversion to Sarah Silverman or food that resembles body parts or if you worship the ground that Martha Stewart stencils. I mean it. Move along now. Okay, for those of you who can hack it, my assignment […]

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Girls’ Weekend in San Francisco

Girls’ Weekend in San Francisco

| October 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

When two longtime friends decided to come to San Francisco for the weekend, the first thing I did was plan our meals. I had approximately a day and a half with them, and I wanted their food experiences to be memorable. I had an added benefit of knowing my audience very well and being able […]

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On Top of Old Smokey: Smoked Chevre

On Top of Old Smokey: Smoked Chevre

| October 29, 2007 | 0 Comments

I am not a fan of smoked cheese. I don’t like smoked provolone, smoked cheddar is just unnecessary, and I gag over the weird yellow dappling that smoking mozzarella brings about. Therefore, I didn’t expect to like Elk Creamery’s Smoked Chèvre. But I bought it anyway. I have an open mind and an open palate, […]

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Cook with Jamie

Cook with Jamie

| October 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

Gourmet magazine recently picked their top cookbooks for 2007. I agreed with some of their picks, but not all of them. One book that was missing from the list was Cook with Jamie. If you are a Jamie Oliver fan, and I admit I am, this book is a must. But if even if you’re […]

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Eating on the Street: Taco Trucks and Korean BBQ

| October 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

MAPPING TACO TRUCKS The next time that craving for carne asada hits, check out this new taco truck map for the nearest snack stop near you. It’s only a couple of days old, and already, the entire state of California is dotted with promising forks-and-spoons. Help the cause and add your own favorite source for […]

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Vincent Price Cooks

Vincent Price Cooks

| October 26, 2007 | 3 Comments

In case you didn’t know, yesterday marked the 14th anniversary of Vincent Price’s death. I hope everyone took a little time out of their busy schedules to remember him. Since this post falls conveniently between his death day and Halloween, there is no other possible topic for discussion, as far as I am concerned. As […]

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Ice Cream Decadence and Banana Splits

Ice Cream Decadence and Banana Splits

| October 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

What is the most decadent dessert you can think of? For me, and my childhood memories of trips to Wolfie’s in Miami Beach, Florida, it’s a tall ice cream sundae or a giant banana split, with no less than 2 scoops of ice cream, rivers of hot fudge, and a mountain of whipped cream (hold […]

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Zen Cooking: How to Cook Your Life

Zen Cooking: How to Cook Your Life

| October 24, 2007 | 1 Comment

The San Francisco Zen Center is a rich part of this city’s history. With their City Center on Page at Laguna, the Green Gulch Farm Center in Marin, and the Zen Center at Tassajara, the Zen Center has helped thousands of visitors further their Zen practice. In addition to meditation, the Zen Center has a […]

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San Francisco WhiskyFest!

San Francisco WhiskyFest!

| October 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

Tonight from 6:30pm to 10pm is the 1st Annual San Francisco WhiskyFest at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The event is sponsored by Malt Advocate magazine and will feature samplings of over 250 of the world’s finest single malt and blended Scotch whiskies, quality Irish whiskies, the best bourbons and Tennessee whiskies, Japanese, Welsh, Canadian […]

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Green Chile Kitchen

Green Chile Kitchen

| October 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

Comfort food is different for every person. It might be your mother’s meatloaf, a bowl of butter-padded mashed potatoes, or a vat of chicken soup. Personally, I never thought I’d be looking to a New Mexican restaurant as my comfort food source, but that’s exact what Green Chile Kitchen has come to mean for me. […]

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Breaking Fast

| October 20, 2007 | 1 Comment

The most important meal of the day is too often ignored, lost amidst the grooming and rushing, a mere afterthought to caffeine. It takes hungry, curious children to remind us to slow down (acorn pancakes!) or friends visiting from afar to convince us to unearth our skillets. As someone who grew up slurping big bowls […]

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Foraging for the Apocalype

Foraging for the Apocalype

| October 19, 2007 | 1 Comment

Last week, still heavily under the influence of jet lag, Shannon, my oldest friend in the world, whisked me down to Redwood City late Saturday night so that I might spend some time with her family, make breakfast, and later accompany my goddaughter to a community theater production of Annie Get Your Gun. Typical, wholesome […]

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Ghirardelli Square: A Love Story

Ghirardelli Square: A Love Story

| October 18, 2007 | 2 Comments

One of my favorite things to do is go to Ghirardelli Square for ice cream. I’m sure most of the locals just blanched at that sentence. The food snobs are horrified that I’d be common enough to let such “plebeian” ice cream pass my lips, and the regular snobs can’t see hobnobbing with the tourists. […]

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Cook by the Book: Cooking with Shelburne Farms

Cook by the Book: Cooking with Shelburne Farms

| October 17, 2007 | 2 Comments

I’ve never been to Vermont and frankly I’ve only recently developed much of a taste for maple syrup. Though I receive a fair number of regional cookbooks I usually don’t find them very interesting. So I really did not expect to fall in love with Cooking with Shelburne Farms Food and Stories from Vermont. But […]

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