Archive for January, 2008

Techniques of Healthy Cooking

Techniques of Healthy Cooking

| January 30, 2008 | 2 Comments

The Culinary Institute of America recently published the third edition of Techniques of Healthy Cooking. It’s a massive tome, almost 600 pages long and provides a broad overview of nutritional basics such as current dietary guidelines, recipes planning, and recommendations for minimizing fat, salt, sugar and even alcohol in recipes. There are nearly 150 photographs […]

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Grace Cathedral, The Forum Podcasts

Grace Cathedral, The Forum Podcasts

| January 28, 2008 | 0 Comments

Grace Cathedral is the eponymous “cathedral on a hill” in San Francisco. It’s located on Nob Hill, and many of us have been there to see the beautiful Keith Haring altar at the AIDS Chapel, or to walk the labyrinth inside the church. What I didn’t know until recently is that Grace Cathedral hosts a […]

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Grounded Groceries

Grounded Groceries

| January 28, 2008 | 4 Comments

As hard as I try to be a good diner, I try even harder to be a good customer. At my preferred grocery store, I wait my turn at the fish counter — often giving way to customers who were definitely there after me — I never go in the express lane with more than […]

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Bento Porn

Bento Porn

| January 26, 2008 | 0 Comments

On display through the wonderful internets are hundreds upon thousands of photographs of everyday lunches. No soggy PB&J’s here, though. One forum, the Mr. Bento Porn Flickr group, posts their collective creative efforts to make mid-day meals visually appealing, healthful, delicious and, yes, a little easier on the wallet. Their cousin site, Diet Bento, includes […]

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Russia House

Russia House

| January 25, 2008 | 2 Comments

For years, I’ve driven by Russia House– it’s large, red letters and neon-framed windows staring me down every time I head south on highway 101. I’ve wanted to go there for a long time, but just never got around to it. This week, I finally stared back. Very little information could be gleaned from a […]

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Burns Night and Ode to a Haggis

Burns Night and Ode to a Haggis

| January 24, 2008 | 6 Comments

Haggis. For some reason, that word seems to conjure looks of extreme disgust on the faces of most Americans. “Do you even know what it is?” I ask. Or, better yet, in between the “icks” and “ews” I question “Have you ever even tasted it?” Not surprisingly, most people answer with a sheepish “No.” Granted, […]

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Cook by the Book: Throw a Great Party

Cook by the Book: Throw a Great Party

| January 23, 2008 | 1 Comment

I love cookbooks. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t bother reviewing them. When I read them, I try to imagine who the book might appeal to, if not me, and I try to be as fair as I can. If I don’t think a book is worthwhile, I generally don’t bother to review it. I’d rather […]

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Revisiting the Heart of the City Farmers Market

Revisiting the Heart of the City Farmers Market

| January 22, 2008 | 2 Comments

Heart of the City Farmers Market located in the Civic Center. In 2006, I reported here about the Heart of the City Farmers Market, the oldest farmers market in San Francisco. Heart of the City has been in existence for 26 years, and is held each Wednesday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm and each […]

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Presidential Politicking Hits Bay Area Eateries

Presidential Politicking Hits Bay Area Eateries

| January 21, 2008 | 9 Comments

Seeing that the February 5th primary in California will actually matter for the first time in way too many election cycles, presidential candidates and their supporters are out stumping at key Bay Area cornerstones. Or, should I say that they’re actually paying attention to us, the Left Coasties, because maybe JUST MAYBE our votes are […]

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The Future of Chinese Cuisine in the US

The Future of Chinese Cuisine in the US

| January 19, 2008 | 2 Comments

(photo by Kevin Rosseel) The San Francisco Professional Food Society, the Asia Society and the Chinese Culture Center have all joined forces to tackle a question that lingers, like a greasy smog, over Chinese restaurants: Why is Chinese food so bad in the US? Four experts will discuss the topic this coming week in an […]

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Getting Serviced

Getting Serviced

| January 18, 2008 | 4 Comments

After a pre-shift service meeting at work the other night, a colleague of mine turned to me and said, “You know, when I go out, I don’t even expect good service anymore.” I found myself identifying with him. The following evening he came up to me with a revision– “Actually, I’ve come to expect bad […]

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Gourmet Magazine, In Print, Goes Online!

Gourmet Magazine, In Print, Goes Online!

| January 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

About 16 years ago, right before I began cooking professionally, I met with a chef who gave me some advice about the path I was about to take. She said I had two choices: culinary school or just get into kitchens and learn from the bottom up. Behind curtain number two was a short list […]

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Hungry Planet

Hungry Planet

| January 16, 2008 | 2 Comments

Hungry Planet takes a look at what the world eats, country by country, family by family. Photos show 30 different families posing with a typical week’s worth of food, and details include how much they spend on food, the breakdown by types of food, a family recipe and an essay about the family and their […]

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Food Blogging: Good Manners Cost Nothing

| January 14, 2008 | 5 Comments

Frankly, my natural politeness and desire to help my fellow foodist is wearing mighty thin these days. My website, The Grub Report, turned five this past August, and I realized that I am still answering unsolicited requests for recipes, San Francisco restaurant and accommodation recommendations, culinary school advice, and general food information. Honestly, I have […]

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