Archive for March, 2008

Corn Art: The Great Tortilla Conspiracy

Corn Art: The Great Tortilla Conspiracy

| March 30, 2008 | 3 Comments

After successful runs last year at the DeYoung Museum and Galleria de la Raza, The Great Tortilla Conspiracy returns for another fantastic show at SomArts Cultural Center. Self-described as “the world’s most dangerous tortilla art collective,” the father and son team of Rene and Rio Yañez explores a wide swath of themes in their unique […]

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Cold Comfort Charm: Fondue

Cold Comfort Charm: Fondue

| March 29, 2008 | 2 Comments

The weather is still dropping cold in San Francisco, so I see no reason not to dip into a new fondue book. Written by fellow Cowgirl, Lenny Rice, and her friend Brigid Callinan, Fondue is witty, cute, and perfectly delicious. Dropping allusions to Laverne and Shirley and Hawaii 5-0, this cookbook takes you through fifty […]

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Depression (Era) Food

Depression (Era) Food

| March 28, 2008 | 3 Comments

Yes, I know. The word of the hour is recession but, frankly, I don’t know the difference. Nor do I much care, since I’ve never had much money to lose anyway. On Tuesday, my cousin Stephanie sent me an odd little collection of cookbooks from the 1930′s– all three of them product-related (Heinz 57, Royal […]

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The Ahwahnee Dining Room

The Ahwahnee Dining Room

| March 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Ahwahnee is a special place for me. My husband proposed to me while cross-country skiing in the Yosemite Valley meadow and we ate at the Ahwahnee that night. A year or so later we then got married at the Ahwahnee and had our reception in the Solarium behind the Great Lounge. I love the […]

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Burgers or Steak?

Burgers or Steak?

| March 26, 2008 | 1 Comment

We may not be in a recession yet, but you wouldn’t know that from the way we’re eating. According to Allrecipes, an online cooking community with over 35 million unique visitors annually, the economic downturn might just be causing Americans to cut back on food spending. Traffic to recipe pages using low-cost ingredients, such as […]

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Starbucks acquires The Clover: Good news or bad news for the independents?

Starbucks acquires The Clover: Good news or bad news for the independents?

| March 25, 2008 | 1 Comment

In coffee circles, a lot of noise has been made recently about the Clover Brewing System — a coffee machine which reportedly comes close to brewing the perfect cup of coffee. The machine costs $11,000 and achieves cup-by-cup perfection via computer chips, Internet connection, and programming capabilities for every part of the brew process including […]

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BO-DE-GA: Food Choices at the Corner Store

| March 24, 2008 | 0 Comments

Bodega: The Bronx Laughs are few and far between for anyone who works in that tough corner of the food world where food security, public health, and urban development issues intersect. Fortunately, the dynamic duo of Dallas Penn and Rafi Kam have been making short, sharp, and extremely funny documentaries about shopping and eating in […]

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Easter Bread

Easter Bread

| March 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

This weekend is Easter, so in addition to coloring eggs and having our annual Easter egg hunt, I wanted to make a nice loaf of Easter bread. I had a problem, however. I couldn’t figure out which type of holiday bread to make. Many cultures have breads that are traditionally served during Lent and the […]

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The Pavlova

The Pavlova

| March 21, 2008 | 4 Comments

Oh, it’s Spring. What joy. In honor of this turning of the seasons, I bring you a light little piece of fluff– the Pavlova. When I was cooking at a little restaurant in the Mission called the Moa Room, my favorite Kiwi and boss, Chef Jan Gardner often let me run off and do my […]

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A New Kind of Barfly

A New Kind of Barfly

| March 19, 2008 | 4 Comments

Photo by Jen Maiser Casual drinkers beware, cocktail nerds have a new way of ordering drinks in San Francisco. No longer satisfied with set menus or even with drink specials du soir, the true cocktailian now knows how to order custom-made drinks, and it’s definitely the In thing to do. Don’t believe me? Next time […]

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Toasts, Tastes & Tapas

Toasts, Tastes & Tapas

| March 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

There are so many great food events going on in the next few weeks, it’s hard to choose. Here are three that particularly caught my eye and whet my appetite. Next Thursday March 27th, 2008 is the Wine Enthusiast Toast of the Town. Attending will be 70 domestic and international wine producers including Trinchero, Mumm […]

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Engaging Food: Do you remember?

Engaging Food: Do you remember?

| March 18, 2008 | 4 Comments

When Catherine of Food Musings announced her engagement to Mr. Food Musings last week, she told us all what she ate for lunch right after the engagement. “… I said yes. Then we went and ate lunch. He had a chicken taco and a veggie taco Nick’s way and I had a taco salad with […]

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Fortune Cookies and Starving Cyborgs: Sweetness on Film

Fortune Cookies and Starving Cyborgs: Sweetness on Film

| March 17, 2008 | 2 Comments

With SFIAAF 2008 in full swing, I’ve managed to munch popcorn with yeast for dinner more times than I care to admit during the past few days. And with another week of films ahead, it looks like I’m going to need to restock my supply of dental floss. Fortunately, it’s been worth it. Over the […]

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Brenda’s French Soul Food

Brenda’s French Soul Food

| March 14, 2008 | 5 Comments

My friend Mark, who knows about everything before I do, has been wanting to go to Brenda’s French Soul Food for months. He planned to take some people to brunch there a few Sundays ago. It was, however, closed. They don’t do Sunday brunch. Who can blame them? Unless drag queens are somehow involved, the […]

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