Archive for November, 2007

Thanksgiving, Help!

Thanksgiving, Help!

| November 14, 2007 | 1 Comment

Did you know Thanksgiving is barely a week away? If the thought of preparing a Thanksgiving meal sends you to heading for the Turkey Talk-Line here are a couple of books to consider. How to Cook a Turkey and All the Other Trimmings from the editors and contributors of Fine Cooking magazine has plenty of […]

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San Francisco Oil Spill & Our Local Fishing Industry

San Francisco Oil Spill & Our Local Fishing Industry

| November 12, 2007 | 3 Comments

As Stephanie reported on Sunday, the largest casualty to our food chain due to the November 7 San Francisco Oil Spill seems to be the Dungeness Crab season. As each day passes, more information is learned about the effects of the oil spill. While the focus of the fishing disaster has been on the Dungeness […]

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No Crab for Christmas

No Crab for Christmas

| November 12, 2007 | 3 Comments

Between November 7th and 8th, the Bay Area saw an initial and completely erroneous report of 140 gallons of fuel oil dumped into the bay by the container ship Cosco Busan gush wildly up to a disgusting 58,000 gallons. While lawsuits and finger-pointing are pending, wildlife and beaches suffer and, following a decision made on […]

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Gracias por los Campesinos

| November 11, 2007 | 2 Comments

It’s that time of the year again. Shorter days, colder nights and the realization that yet another year is slipping away. For those of us who clutch to whatever hope we can find, it’s also the time to begin thinking about all the promises ahead for 2008. To help mark the months, calendars that inspire […]

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The Hangtown Fry

The Hangtown Fry

| November 9, 2007 | 4 Comments

Before I moved to San Francisco, I knew surprisingly little about the City, which suited me fine, since I have never felt the need for too much advanced knowledge about anything. And I had no desire to trade the fantasy I had of Carol Doda and a chorus of flannel-clad gay men singing the Rice-a-roni […]

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Chocolate + Whisky Tasting at WhiskyFest 2007

Chocolate + Whisky Tasting at WhiskyFest 2007

| November 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

In case you missed it, last week I shared some general musings on the first annual San Francisco WhiskyFest hosted by Malt Advocate. And as you can see from my first post, we tried quite a few whiskies. Throughout the evening, there were numerous seminars offered to attendees, beyond the tastings on the main floor–from […]

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Finding Ravioli

Finding Ravioli

| November 7, 2007 | 0 Comments

In the James Beard award-winning book A Thousand Years Over A Hot Stove, Laura Schenone told the stories of American women, primarily through food and recipes. Her latest book is a more personal memoir, The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken A Search for Food and Family. I haven’t read the whole book yet, but I […]

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100-Mile Thanksgiving, De Afghanan Kabob, King Corn and more

100-Mile Thanksgiving, De Afghanan Kabob, King Corn and more

| November 6, 2007 | 0 Comments

This post today is going to consist of several tidbits that I have to report — all a bit too small to warrant individual posts. King Corn Challenge. Meghan published an interview with Aaron Woolf, the director of the movie King Corn. Curt Ellis from the movie is taking a challenge which involves not eating […]

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Interview with Aaron Woolf, Director of "King Corn"

| November 5, 2007 | 2 Comments

“King Corn“ is a new film that premiered in the Bay Area this past weekend. In it, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis –best friends from college — plant an acre of corn in Iowa and attempt to track its path into the food chain. I caught up with director Aaron Woolf, whom I knew of […]

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Gyoza Stadium!

| November 4, 2007 | 3 Comments

When I first heard about the theme park called “Gyoza Stadium” I immediately thought of the Iron Chef TV show and “Kitchen Stadium”. What is with the Japanese and stadiums? Gyoza Stadium is nothing like a stadium. It’s inside an indoor theme park at a shopping mall. It’s like a very focused food court. Imagine […]

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Bitter Sweet: The Price of Sugar

| November 3, 2007 | 8 Comments

In London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is a small, silver sugar bowl from the late 1700s, complete with a tiny latch for a tiny lock. The mistress of the house would have kept the key herself, as sugar was far too precious to leave unprotected. Today, sugar flows freely at every table. No longer spice […]

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Hellenic American Imports

Hellenic American Imports

| November 2, 2007 | 1 Comment

Over the past several years, I’d wandered past Hellenic American Imports on Mission Street many, many times, never bothering to go in. Mental notes were made and promptly filed away. If I ever had the need for a Greek flag or an evil eye charm, I thought, I’d know just where to go. After lunching […]

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Musings from WhiskyFest 2007

Musings from WhiskyFest 2007

| November 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

First of all, let me just say that I am not a whisky expert. In fact, I’ve only just begun my whisky journey. But I’m learning fast, and I’m taking notes. And I am very enthusiastic about it. Recently, for my husband’s birthday, I bought tickets to Malt Advocate’s WhiskyFest. Now, my husband is part […]

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Hot Cocoa & Hot Chocolate

| November 1, 2007 | 11 Comments

Happy November! Happy cool weather, foggy evenings, cozy couch lounging, flannel sheets, soft scarves, cashmere sweaters, one pot meals, soup and stock simmering in the kitchen, and hot cocoa for breakfast. People often ask me what the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate is. I like to think the answer is something akin to […]

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