Archive for June, 2008

Homey Soybean Milk

Homey Soybean Milk

| June 30, 2008 | 1 Comment

My Midwestern parents live at the epicenter of the soybean industry, but tracking down whole beans still requires a 45-minute drive to the nearest Asian market. We all consume soybean in some form every day, yet few know what the bean even looks like. Tofu has come a long way in the US from its […]

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Road Trip Food

Road Trip Food

| June 28, 2008 | 1 Comment

I’ve always loved road trips. When I was a kid, my sister and I would lounge in the back of our parents’ blue Caddy: heads on the leather seat; feet propped up on the door near the open windows. We would nap, read, play the license plate game (where you got to punch your sister […]

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Summer Berry Pudding

Summer Berry Pudding

| June 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

Summer is a tricky thing in San Francisco. A morning in July here often feels like a morning in February, much to the consternation of shivering tourist. We grab what sun we can two days here, three days there, until the fog rolls in and we’re grabbing our sweaters and pashminas instead, shrugging our pasty […]

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Campfire Cobbler

Campfire Cobbler

| June 26, 2008 | 5 Comments

Sigh. Mammoth. I’ve been hearing about the wonders of this little tucked away part of California for probably 10 years. And for the past 6 years I’ve had an annual invitation to join a group of friends on their yearly trek to The Cabins. But for this reason or that, I’ve never managed to make […]

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Events: Umami Symposium & Dinner

Events: Umami Symposium & Dinner

| June 25, 2008 | 0 Comments

Do you know umami? It’s considered the 5th taste, the others being sweet, bitter, sour and salty. Umami is best described as savory. It’s that kind of meaty flavor you find in even non-meat foods like parmesan cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms and soy sauce. A hundred years ago Japanese scientist Dr. Kikunae Ikeda first discovered that […]

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SF Restaurants: Pace Yourself

SF Restaurants: Pace Yourself

| June 24, 2008 | 3 Comments

In a world of small plates and share plates, it’s typical that meals are ordered in a way that is atypical of traditional dining. I frankly can’t remember the last time that I was with a group who each ordered a salad, an entree and a dessert without sharing or splitting plates. More typical these […]

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HOC Farmers Market Faces Uncertain Future

HOC Farmers Market Faces Uncertain Future

| June 23, 2008 | 4 Comments

(Photo by trp0.) There’s been a lot of buzz lately in San Francisco about planting gardens at Civic Center and bringing in a special farmers market for Slow Food Nation’s big Labor Day blowout. No surprise that the farmers market just across the street, the one that’s been a neighborhood fixture for the past 26 […]

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On the Bubble with Golden Star Tea

On the Bubble with Golden Star Tea

| June 21, 2008 | 2 Comments

I’m a wino. I’m a wino, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I don’t consider my evening meal complete unless I have something red, white, or pink thumped in my glass. For me, leaving off the wine is like leaving off the salt. Having firmly established myself to you as a overly particular diner […]

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Tips: $3.75 and Worth Every Penny

Tips: $3.75 and Worth Every Penny

| June 20, 2008 | 13 Comments

Today’s post is directed at my waiter brethren, should there be any reading. The rest of you, of course, are most welcome to read. The other night, I waited on a rather handsome European couple. Spanish. First time in San Francisco. They were youngish, well-dressed, and very polite. They ordered wine, three courses of food, […]

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Growing Your Own Raspberry Patch

Growing Your Own Raspberry Patch

My gardening skills are mediocre, at best. Sometimes my plantings are successful, but more often than not, I get aphids or white flies, the cats pee on the lettuce, or I neglect to water something and rediscover its dried twig skeleton after it’s too late to revive. Between taking care of my kids, walking the […]

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Events: Sip, Savour & Solstice

Events: Sip, Savour & Solstice

| June 18, 2008 | 0 Comments

You gotta love a free event and this weekend there are no fewer than three good ones. Each present an opportunity for you to reacquaint yourself with a San Francisco original. Crushpad is do-it-yourself (with a lot of help) winery. Designed for non-traditional winemakers you work hand-in-hand with Crushpad staff and consulting winemakers to define […]

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Food & Wine Cocktails 2008

Food & Wine Cocktails 2008

| June 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

For the fourth year in a row, Food and Wine magazine has published a book representing new and innovative drinks from around the country. Of approximately 150 drinks listed in Food & Wine Cocktails 2008, 21 are from the San Francisco Bay Area. If you were to try all of these drinks, you would travel […]

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BassPro Shops: Shop, Hunt, & Eat Local

BassPro Shops: Shop, Hunt, & Eat Local

| June 16, 2008 | 0 Comments

I make it back to the Midwest two, maybe three times a year. Since I gave up my home address in Independence, Missouri, twenty years ago, I’ve seen the area’s fields and grasslands transformed into bustling Walmarts and Home Depots. The surrounding green has turned into asphalt as steadily and relentlessly as the graying of […]

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Sangria Blanca

Sangria Blanca

| June 14, 2008 | 1 Comment

Summer is a great time for cold fizzy refreshments. And drinks made with champagne, prosecco, or sparkling wine always seem the most elegant. Sangria Blanca — a Spanish sparkling wine drink infused with fruit — is just this type of libation (I love that word). And, with berries and mint, it’s really the perfect tonic […]

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