Archive for April, 2008

Foreign Food Affairs

Foreign Food Affairs

| April 30, 2008 | 3 Comments

Next Monday May 5th you can join the Cinco de Mayo crush at local Mexican restaurants, or you can meet the authors of celebrated Italian and French book on food, instead. We suggest the latter, besides, the best community celebrations will take place on the weekend, such as San Francisco Cinco de Mayo San Francisco […]

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The Rising Cost of Food, Part 2 of 2

The Rising Cost of Food, Part 2 of 2

| April 29, 2008 | 2 Comments

Two weeks ago, I mentioned the rising cost of food around the world. It’s been a hot topic lately, and reports are becoming more grim. Costs are starting to hit home in our supermarkets, and warehouse retail chains are even beginning to restrict volume (20 pound) rice sales due to supply issues. Most sustainable food […]

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Small Bites: Postcards

Small Bites: Postcards

| April 28, 2008 | 4 Comments

Black Tartarian Cherries: “Copyright 1910 – Edward M. Mitchell, San Francisco” In celebration of National Postcard Week, which spans the first week in May in the US and UK, be sure to send out a few notes to your favorite folks. An actual piece of personal mail, let alone hand-written thoughts for someone you know […]

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Green Chile Kitchen Revisited, Reranted

Green Chile Kitchen Revisited, Reranted

| April 26, 2008 | 3 Comments

Okay, Green Chile Kitchen? We’re going to have a little chat, and I’m going to talk and you’re going to listen, ‘kay? We’ve been going to and loving you for quite some time now. We are, quite possibly, your best customers. Hell, one of your checkout chicks commented to my husband, “You haven’t been here […]

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Coffee Bar

Coffee Bar

| April 25, 2008 | 0 Comments

This was supposed to be an easy-does-it post… Go to Coffee Bar. Go to Coffee Bar to get a beautiful, just-for-you cup of Clover-made coffee. Go to Coffee Bar because it is not Starbucks, which, not surprisingly, is just around the corner. And then, upon my second trip into the place, I bugged the barista […]

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CSAs and Farmers’ Markets

CSAs and Farmers’ Markets

| April 24, 2008 | 7 Comments

Ever since I visited Hidden Villa, I’ve been thinking of CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). CSAs are programs where subscribers can receive a weekly box or basket of seasonal produce in exchange for either a share in a farm (usually paid upfront at the start of a season) or a weekly or monthly payment. These programs […]

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Asian Culinary Events April & May 2008

Asian Culinary Events April & May 2008

| April 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the Asian American Journalists Association San Francisco Chapter is holding it’s annual fundraiser, East West Eats, An Evening with the Bay Area’s best Asia American chefs. Participating restaurants include Betelnut, Straits Restaurants, Butterfly, Junnoon, Namu, Poleng Lounge, Ponzu, Red Lantern, Three Seasons, Maharani and Hilton San Francisco. […]

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Honey Bees

Honey Bees

| April 21, 2008 | 3 Comments

I’m not sure my neural pathways for good ice cream and the future of agriculture have ever sparked simultaneously before, but a recent posting sure caught my attention. If you happen to know someone who recently received their Ph.D. in entomology, you can point them, too, toward Haagen-Dazs’ recently established fellowship in honey bee biology […]

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Giving Up Sunday Gravy: A Lost Food Tradition

Giving Up Sunday Gravy: A Lost Food Tradition

| April 19, 2008 | 60 Comments

Have you ever given up a long-held family food tradition? I have. Years ago I gave up Italian Sunday Gravy, which is basically manna for Italian Americans. Although I stand by my decision, I often regret it as well. Like many other Italian-American families, my mother made Gravy — a rich tomato-based sauce with numerous […]

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The Ice Cream Sandwich

The Ice Cream Sandwich

| April 18, 2008 | 2 Comments

It sounds like a pre-Beatles-era dance step requiring two partners. Can you do the Ice Cream Sandwich? I took a very, very long walk on the last day of our very brief heatwave last week. Like, all day. Though the blossoms on the ornamental plum trees told me it was mid-April, the sweat trickling down […]

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The Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant

The Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant

| April 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

I stupidly made our reservation for 7:15pm, not even considering the fact that we might have wanted to see the magnificent Big Sur sunset from our perch at Nepenthe. (Sunset is currently at 7:27pm). I know, I know, kind of a cliché Big Sur “thing to do” but it was my husband’s very first trip […]

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Dining Out for Life 2008

Dining Out for Life 2008

| April 16, 2008 | 1 Comment

Last year I dined at Acme Chophouse in support of Dining Out for Life, a fundraiser for the STOP AIDS Project and it was a blast. There were lots of people I knew in the restaurant and the atmosphere was festive and fun. This year is the 7th year in the row for this event […]

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The Rising Cost of Food, Part 1 of 2

The Rising Cost of Food, Part 1 of 2

| April 15, 2008 | 3 Comments

“You have to spend more money, because you have to live in this way … We cannot say, ‘OK, the price of pork rises and we won’t eat it,’ because that’s impossible, because we need that for daily life. So the only thing is we have to make more money to cover the expense. That’s […]

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Meat Cookies

Meat Cookies

| April 14, 2008 | 10 Comments

Breaking two cardinal rules in my kitchen–versatility and real-world functionality–my favorite new toy is silly, beautiful, and fun. It can only do one thing: make cookies in the shape of an obscure cut of lamb. A while back, while checking out the display cases at the excellent little butcher shop, Avendano’s, my friends spotted a […]

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