Archive for March, 2008

Smoothie A Go Go

Smoothie A Go Go

| March 13, 2008 | 2 Comments

Ah… smoothies. What’s not to love about those frosty fruity drinks? Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a lover of all smoothies. It all started with my childhood addiction to Orange Juliuses, which were all the rage (at least in my childhood Southern California bedroom community) when I was a kid. I think […]

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Delicious Art at STUDIO Gallery

Delicious Art at STUDIO Gallery

| March 12, 2008 | 2 Comments

I couldn’t have been more pleased when STUDIO Gallery opened up on Polk street a few years ago. The gallery is unlike any other I know. First of all, it’s not airy and industrial, it’s a tiny and cozy storefront, and it showcases the work of only Bay Area artists. Art shows are accessible, sometimes […]

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Green Garlic: A Sign of Spring

Green Garlic: A Sign of Spring

| March 11, 2008 | 2 Comments

A sure sign of spring at local farmers markets is the appearance of green garlic. It arrives in late winter, but it is a sign of what’s to come: spring meals resplendent with fresh green peas, spring lamb, mushrooms, radishes and asparagus. Hard garlic bulbs come into season in June and July. At that point, […]

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World Snack Series: Books for Young Palates

World Snack Series: Books for Young Palates

| March 10, 2008 | 3 Comments

From Tricycle Press, that little imprint of our very own Berkeley-based Ten Speed Press, comes the World Snack Series, a cheerful set of children’s board books about sweet and savory treats enjoyed around the world. Author and illustrator Amy Wilson Sanger provides both the books’ sing-song text and the artful, colorful sculptures that grace their […]

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Ma Petite Chou: For the Love of Cabbage

Ma Petite Chou: For the Love of Cabbage

| March 8, 2008 | 1 Comment

Cabbage. This word often brings up images of drippy boiled leaves and pungent smells. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket and his family were so poor they had to live off a diet of cabbage soup each day, the idea being that cabbage soup was just one of the miseries Charlie and his […]

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Health Care Ordinance Infects Restaurant Industry

Health Care Ordinance Infects Restaurant Industry

| March 7, 2008 | 6 Comments

San Francisco restaurants are suffering from what Michael Bauer at The San Francisco Chronicle called “another 1-2-3 punch to their already slim wallets.” The first hit: a minimum wage increase to $9.36 per hour. The second: a sick leave law which states that employees receive one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours […]

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Whiskies of the World 2008: An Interview with Riannon Walsh

Whiskies of the World 2008: An Interview with Riannon Walsh

| March 6, 2008 | 1 Comment

The 9th Annual Whiskies of the World Expo takes place in San Francisco on March 28th and 29th. Recently, I spoke with Riannon Walsh, the engaging and energetic founder and organizer of this popular Bay Area event. So this year marks the 9th annual Whiskies of the World expo. It must be very exciting to […]

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Bake Until Bubby & Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Bake Until Bubby & Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

| March 5, 2008 | 0 Comments

When I worked as a counselor in a homeless shelter I gained an appreciation for casseroles. The shifts were long and dinner was often the main focus of the evening for counselors as well as guests. Churches and synagogues provided meals at the shelter, and casseroles were served night after night. Because we didn’t always […]

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Dongpo Rou: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pork

Dongpo Rou: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pork

| March 3, 2008 | 1 Comment

For those who love both poetry and pork, the recitation and the recipe, Dongpo Rou’s silken layers hold a potent blend of both. This famous dish of Hangzhou, a city tucked near where the Qiantang River spills into the Yangtze Delta of eastern China, is named for its creator, the celebrated Chinese poet, Su Shi. […]

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