Archive for November, 2007

Nog

Nog

| November 30, 2007 | 7 Comments

It’s getting to be that special time of year again. I will leave the reasons behind its specialness open to interpretation. Holiday party invitations start showing up in one’s mailbox the moment the turkey baster has been dried and tucked away in a drawer. Concurrently, this is the time of year when egg nog starts […]

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Monterey Market: Always Worth A Visit!

| November 29, 2007 | 5 Comments

If you love produce as much as I do you know that living in the East Bay is better than living in San Francisco. I realize I could start a riot here, but I’ve lived in 3 out of four directions of the peninsula, in various neighborhoods and cities, and no matter where I was, […]

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Cook by the Book: Let’s Cook Japanese!

Cook by the Book: Let’s Cook Japanese!

| November 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

My last meal on a recent trip to Japan wasn’t anything fancy, it was a rice omelet, also known as “omu raisu”. I enjoyed this savory and filling dish at the Tokyo Narita airport and it left me even more sorry to be heading home than I was before. Fortunately the recipe for omu raisu, […]

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Bliss at Golden Gate Bakery

Bliss at Golden Gate Bakery

| November 27, 2007 | 1 Comment

Before I was a food blogger, I was a Chowhound. This occurred out of necessity when I first moved to the Bay Area over seven years ago. I had come from Southern California — a place where I had lived my whole life and where I knew numerous hole-in-the-wall, amazing restaurants. Once I got here, […]

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Vocal Local: Jen Maiser

Vocal Local: Jen Maiser

| November 26, 2007 | 3 Comments

One of the most exciting pieces of food news this year is that “locavore” has been knighted “word of the year” by the Oxford University Press. However, I absorbed the concept of the Eat Local Challenge before I did “locavore,” which, in all honesty, I thought had something to do with the phases of the […]

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Kitchen Vogue: A Taste of Luxury

Kitchen Vogue: A Taste of Luxury

| November 24, 2007 | 5 Comments

The guests are gone, the dishes done, and there’s yet another couple of days before Monday. I can’t help staring out my window at all the lovely parking available in our quiet, turkey-sedated city, but I’m avoiding the shops for now. The weekend after Thanksgiving is one my favorite times to stay in my pajamas […]

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What Else You Can Do with Leftovers

| November 23, 2007 | 5 Comments

On my way home from Thanksgiving dinner, I walked down Capp Street in the Mission, fully bloated and lightly buzzed from an over abundance of great food, good wine, and a mild case of self-satisfaction over having won two games of Celebrity. I had just spent the past eight hours feasting and laughing with friends. […]

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gobble gobble: what to do with your thanksgiving leftovers

| November 22, 2007 | 1 Comment

Happy Thanksgiving! This is my favorite holiday of the year (ok, I love Christmas too) because it’s a time when I get together with my friends and prepare a delicious feast (always a good thing in my book), and look back over the past year and think about how lucky and grateful I am for […]

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Meet Amy Kaneko

Meet Amy Kaneko

| November 21, 2007 | 2 Comments

Amy Kaneko is a Bay Area resident now, but she spent time living in Japan and earlier this year she published her first book, Let’s Cook Japanese Food! Her book details some of her favorite recipes for home-style Japanese cooking. How is Japanese home cooking different from what’s served in Japanese restaurants?Here we get a […]

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The Cost of the Average American Thanksgiving

The Cost of the Average American Thanksgiving

| November 20, 2007 | 4 Comments

The cost of an American Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is $42.26, according to the American Farm Bureau. This is up $4.16 from last year, when the cost was $38.10. In 1986, the Farm Bureau invented a “survey menu” based on what the typical American eats for Thanksgiving, and then every year they send out […]

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Eating Family Style

Eating Family Style

| November 19, 2007 | 5 Comments

Cassie Clemmons, 1942 I’ve always loved celebrity cooking stories. Maybe it’s because they’re proof that the starlets actually eat, or maybe it’s because it tickles me to think of them puttering around a kitchen with knives and saucepans just like us. Not that long ago, I hit a gold mine when I discovered Frank DeCaro’s […]

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The Things We Carry: Portable Chopsticks

| November 17, 2007 | 1 Comment

When an old friend from high school picked me up yesterday in her sparkling rental car, we were still trying to decide between taking in a museum or heading toward some fun shops. And when she finally nixed an afternoon of art and culture, I was more than happy to direct her to one of […]

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Wine: What to Do, What to Do

Wine: What to Do, What to Do

| November 16, 2007 | 4 Comments

The holidays are fast approaching, whether you like it or not. For many of us, that means a major spike in entertaining, either of the at-home or in-a-restaurant variety. In the course of all this entertaining, an increase in the amount of wine purchased and consumed enters into the picture. At least in my circles, […]

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Waitstaff Needed. The Mandatory Service Industry Draft

| November 15, 2007 | 25 Comments

I have a radical idea. It’s edgy. Cutting edge, perhaps. Or you could say I’ve fallen off the edge. Being in the restaurant business means every one I know wants to tell me their latest eating-out stories. They want my ear, they want to run something by me. They whisper me close and want to […]

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