Archive for October, 2007

Fall Fruit: Recipes from the Blogosphere

Fall Fruit: Recipes from the Blogosphere

| October 16, 2007 | 0 Comments

As we near Halloween, my seasonal fruit larder is changing. Gone are peaches, plums and nectarines replaced by pomegranates, apples and persimmons. Hamada Farms and Twin Girls Farm supply my pomegranates, and I choose apples from Hidden Star Orchards, Devoto Gardens and Flatland Flower Farm. As usual, I turn to my fellow bloggers for recipes […]

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Piercing the Heart of Fall: Cowgirl Creamery’s Pierce Pt.

Piercing the Heart of Fall: Cowgirl Creamery’s Pierce Pt.

| October 15, 2007 | 0 Comments

Ask five people what they taste when they suck a plush gobbet of Cowgirl Creamery’s Pierce Pt. off their finger and you’ll get five different answers. “Chamomile!” “Fennel!” “Coriander!” Personally, I always manage to pull out a flavor that reminds me of the big steaming bowls of oatmeal my mother used to dish out on […]

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A Bite of Autumn: Ginger Pear Tartlets

| October 13, 2007 | 2 Comments

Sometimes, the best of intentions go awry. Fortunately, there’s always frozen puff pastry. Emergency desserts during the summer are easy — who needs to gild perfect berries? — but as autumn settles in, it’s more of a challenge to impress VIP guests, say, eight culinary experts called for a special meeting. And you’re supposed to […]

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Philoxenia

Philoxenia

| October 11, 2007 | 5 Comments

In the months prior to this post, I’d been working extra shifts at the restaurant in an effort to save up some extra cash for my holiday in Greece. The closer I got to the date of my departure, it would seem, the further I removed myself from the guests entrusted to my care. As […]

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Move Over, Pierre Hermé!

Move Over, Pierre Hermé!

| October 11, 2007 | 6 Comments

Rose, lavender, and vanilla bean macaroons I didn’t like macaroons until I met Danielle Chong. She’s the founder of Macarune, a one-woman baking operation, and macaroons are the specialty of the house. A co-worker introduced me to Macarune’s light as air creations, and even through the deadened fog of a headcold, I could taste the […]

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Bay Area small Bites

Bay Area small Bites

| October 10, 2007 | 0 Comments

Some people might be growing tired of small bite menus. But when food is really good, a small bite is all you need. In fact, sometimes a small bite is so good, you find yourself daydreaming about it, days, weeks, even a month later. Here are some of the objects of my affection. Little somethings […]

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Frozen Yogurt: Coming to your neighborhood?

Frozen Yogurt: Coming to your neighborhood?

| October 9, 2007 | 7 Comments

“I thought we did the frozen yogurt thing 15 years ago,” my friend said to me recently. We had fond memories of calling the Malibu Yogurt hotline on a daily basis while in college to find out the flavors of the day, always hoping for peanut butter. Frozen yogurt, it seems, is back in Southern […]

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Fresh and Saucy: End of Season Tomato Sauce

Fresh and Saucy: End of Season Tomato Sauce

| October 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

Get ‘em while you can…Before tomatoes are gone for the season, do yourself a favor (you’ll thank yourself in a few months when you are longing for that delicious tangy-sweet tomato flavor and all you can find in the stores are red globe-shaped styrofoam replicas masquerading as tomatoes) and buy a big huge bag of […]

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Sharing Food Among the Sikh

| October 6, 2007 | 4 Comments

Every year, on the first Sunday of November, tens of thousands of Sikh from across the U.S. and Canada travel to Yuba City for the largest gathering of their extended community in North America. It’s the only public festival I’ve seen in this country where not a single piece of food is sold, yet I […]

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QUEST: What’s For Lunch

| October 5, 2007 | 1 Comment

We’ve all heard the latest health advice: Avoid transfats. Eat more fruits and vegetables. You may notice those changes on grocery store shelves, but for many school children, their cafeteria lunch menus haven’t caught up. This year, an effort to get healthy foods to the school lunch table is tied up in a much larger […]

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Sens Opens its Doors

Sens Opens its Doors

| October 4, 2007 | 1 Comment

On Monday, Sens opened to the public. It’s located in the old Monte Cristo Cafe space at the tippy-top of a curiously exhilarating spiral staircase at Embarcadero Center 4. It’s an odd place for a restaurant, but the cityviews from its windows — of the Ferry Building, beautifully lit at night, and the Bay Bridge […]

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Foodie Fight

Foodie Fight

| October 3, 2007 | 0 Comments

A few years ago I read a great book about Scrabble called Word Freak. My mom remembers when Scrabble was so popular people took the game to the beach. Being a bit of a Scrabble fanatic myself I can only imagine what that must have been like. But I came of age during the Trivial […]

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SPQR: A Preliminary Report

SPQR: A Preliminary Report

| October 2, 2007 | 4 Comments

“Thank you for ensuring that I never move out of my neighborhood,” I quipped to the server at A16 the last time I went for dinner. I had just found out that the A16 crew was opening a new restaurant — SPQR — mere blocks from my house. The restaurant opened about 10 days ago […]

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Pizza Maker Returns

| October 1, 2007 | 3 Comments

It’s been over two years since I first posted here on BAB about the trials and tribulations of making pizza at home and yet not much has changed in my pizza world. I’m still the obnoxiously opinionated, obsessive pizza lover that I’ve always been, rarely without some kind of criticism. My standards are high, I […]

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