Archive for January, 2008

InsideStoryTime: Gourmets Reading in a Dive Bar

InsideStoryTime: Gourmets Reading in a Dive Bar

| January 12, 2008 | 1 Comment

This Thursday, InsideStoryTime will kick off its 2008 series of literary readings with a food-themed evening. Yours truly will join four other local writers: Julia Flynn Siler, Ron Saxen, Cameron Heffernan and my ramen king friend, Andy Raskin. Stop by Delirium and make your way to the back room to listen to our stories about […]

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Getting Blood from an Orange

Getting Blood from an Orange

| January 11, 2008 | 3 Comments

Are you as tired of 2008 as I am? The stock market is tanking as miserably as the housing market, winter storms have left us without power for days (and, in one case I know, without a roof), and I just might scream if I listen to any more caucus coverage. The general mood is […]

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Cooking For People Undergoing Chemo & Radiation

| January 10, 2008 | 9 Comments

Writing about food and baking and cooking means celebrating joy. But there are many whose bodies and minds fight for and with daily sustenance. Whether it be because of one’s class or struggles with weight, food can often be seen as the enemy. For an alcoholic whose disease is sparked into action by alcohol, becoming […]

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What’s Hot for 2008

What’s Hot for 2008

| January 9, 2008 | 2 Comments

According to the National Restaurant Association survey of chefs, the following are “hot” for 2008: 1. Bite-size desserts2. Locally grown produce3. Organic produce4. Small plates/tapas/mezze5. Specialty sandwiches6. Craft/artisan/microbrew beer7. Sustainable seafood8. Grass-fed items9. Energy drink cocktails10. Salts (e.g. sea, smoked, colored, kosher) Bite-sized desserts. Yay! Big portions force diners to share. Who wants to share […]

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New to the FPFM: Marin Roots Farm

New to the FPFM: Marin Roots Farm

| January 8, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market has a new vendor that I am very excited about. Marin Roots Farm is one of my favorite farm booths whenever I attend the San Rafael Civic Center market and I was really pleased to see them show up at the FPFM a few weeks ago. “How long have […]

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Soup Love

Soup Love

| January 5, 2008 | 1 Comment

What do you do when the rain won’t relent, when those gorgeous bay windows welcome in the wind, and when staying home in your pajamas is not only comfortable but life-saving? Why, make soup, of course! Soup of the Day Yesterday’s soup highlighted a lucky pantry find — a forgotten can of Italian white beans. […]

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Big Night Out: The Melting Pot

Big Night Out: The Melting Pot

| January 4, 2008 | 4 Comments

Last week, my friend Lyle invited me down to the Peninsula to have a big fondue dinner with him and our friend Jack at The Melting Pot. Why? What else can one do when one’s girlfriend is out of town except eat an enormous meal of melted cheese, bread, and hot oil-cooked meat? I took […]

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Samovar Tea Lounge

| January 3, 2008 | 7 Comments

Sometimes it seems if you’re not up on the latest, newest restaurant, or are lagging behind while chasing San Francisco’s food wordsmiths about what’s happening right now, you might miss what’s incredible. In the Bay Area you could miss The Dish everyone’s talking about if you’re not in 30 places on one night. So many […]

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Vacation Reads

Vacation Reads

| January 2, 2008 | 1 Comment

While on vacation in Hawaii I did not indulge in one of my addictions, watching food programs on TV. In fact, I watched very little TV at all on my trip. Vacation is my big chance to catch up on my reading. This time around I brought two books I had received review copies of–Best […]

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Wild Flour Bakery, Freestone

Wild Flour Bakery, Freestone

| January 1, 2008 | 0 Comments

This New Year’s Eve, as with many New Year’s Eves past, I spent several days with my best friend’s family in Sea Ranch, about 150 miles north of San Francisco. A few days ago, I hopped in my Zip Car and headed out on the windy road that would take me to this pristine area […]

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