Archive for January, 2010

Eat, Read, Look: Food Websites Worth Your Time

Eat, Read, Look: Food Websites Worth Your Time

| January 18, 2010 | 2 Comments

On one of the morning talk shows last week, a woman was discussing a New Years resolution to streamline her online life. She lamented how it’d taken over her “real life,” and had calculated how many hours she wastes on twitter and facebook alone. I’m sure we’ve all felt similarly at one time or another, although maybe you’re still guilty of whiling away an hour online on the office clock and spending more time catching up with your Google Reader than your significant other. So this week I thought I’d put together a post for you highlighting a few food MVP’s–online sites (many of which are local) where each moment you spend drooling, ogling, and researching will be time well spent. I promise.

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Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5! Apply to be a guest reviewer.

Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5! Apply to be a guest reviewer.

| January 16, 2010 | 2 Comments

KQED is seeking guests for Season 5 of Check, Please! Bay Area. Potential reviewers who would like to tell the Bay Area about their favorite local eatery–anything from a four-star destination to your local cafe or street food from a traveling truck–are encouraged to complete the online application. Applications must be received by Thursday, January 21, 2010.

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Labouyi Bannann: A Bit of Haitian Comfort

Labouyi Bannann: A Bit of Haitian Comfort

| January 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

I don’t much feel like being clever today. My thoughts are 3,286 miles away in Port-au-Prince– a city I have yet to visit.

Perhaps it is the fact that I live in a city that has been devastated by earthquakes in the past and will be, undoubtably, devastated again that the earthquake in Haiti has taken up so much of my attention. The thought of those people I love most in the world killed, or trapped alive by fallen concrete and steel is something I wonder if I would have the strength to bear.

Fortunately for us, we have strict earthquake-driven building codes. We have support and money and infrastructure– what little of that the people of Port-au-Prince had is destroyed or severely crippled.

Haitians need food, they need shelter, they need clothes, and they need medicine.

And, no matter what Mr. Limbaugh says, they need our sympathy and our money.

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Dining on the Lido Deck

Dining on the Lido Deck

| January 14, 2010 | 4 Comments

Food on a cruise ship comes in many different shapes and forms and from a variety of locations. For the most part, the food is free (well, it’s included in your passage price), and other than soda and alcohol, plus a couple of restaurants that charge a moderate fee for a finer dining experience, you can graze to your heart’s content (or detriment) at no additional cost. There are large buffet areas with everything from tri tip and beef pot pies to Indian curries and salad bars. Near the pool on the Lido deck sits a pizza and hamburger counter, an ice cream and smoothie stand, and a regular mixed drink bar. There are then numerous other bars set throughout the ship, plus six or seven sit-down restaurants. You can even have food delivered to your room. Basically, it’s impossible to starve on a cruise ship.

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Chinese White Cut Chicken with Ginger-Scallion Oil

Chinese White Cut Chicken with Ginger-Scallion Oil

| January 13, 2010 | 5 Comments

You see this dish at a lot of Chinese wedding banquets or New Year celebrations. As is customary for many Chinese foods, there is a special symbolism to this dish. The white chicken symbolizes happiness and purity, and if it is served whole, it symbolizes family as well.

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Burrito Blitz

Burrito Blitz

| January 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

Out-of-town visitors always want to know where to find a good burrito. By the time they get around to asking you, you’re wiser, over the course of weeks and months, a true aficionado. You come to understand that, while there are many very good burritos in your neighborhood, seeking out the perfect specimen is a impossible undertaking.

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Saying Goodbye, Sol Food Style

Saying Goodbye, Sol Food Style

| January 11, 2010 | 2 Comments

If you haven’t been to Sol Food, it’s owned by Sol Hernandez, an enterprising San Rafael native who decided to bring Puerto Rican food to Marin. She lived on the island for quite awhile with her boyfriend and his mother and spent her free time learning how to cook the local dishes.

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Easy Multi-Grain Bread

Easy Multi-Grain Bread

Sometimes, you don’t want the hard-crusted, rip-and-tug Euro-styled country loaf that’s become the city’s default daily bread. Sometimes, you and your jam want a bread that holds up to slicing and toasting, a bread without gaping jelly-dripping holes, ready for butter and honey or peanut butter and banana sandwiches, in short, a bread you can only have if you make it yourself.

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The Henri Bergson: Creative Evolution of a Sandwich

The Henri Bergson: Creative Evolution of a Sandwich

| January 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

As my mind turned to thoughts of lunch for the week, I couldn’t make up my mind as to whether I should make a batch of chicken salad or egg salad. The annoying old chestnut “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” came to mind? Frankly, I had no idea. It’s a frustrating scientific/philosophic question that has no business complicating my luncheon plans. But I thought about it some more.

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Marisma Fish Tacos

Marisma Fish Tacos

| January 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Once you taste those tacos you know why, in a city full of food, people stand in line for their lunch here. I started with the smoked marlin taco, which is served in a gorgeous red sauce that wakes up the tongue and makes it dance. I then went on to the house specialty: fish tacos. These are, in essence, perfect. Dorado covered in the simplest of batters, fried to perfection and then set inside a tortilla fresh off the grill with a topping of crema and cabbage.

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Residual Christmas Cheer

Residual Christmas Cheer

| January 6, 2010 | 4 Comments

Now that the holidays are over, the last thing you may want to see is another cookie. Don’t fret. Give it a day or two. It will pass. And when it does, bake up a batch of these addictive cookies.

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Service Rules

Service Rules

| January 5, 2010 | 2 Comments

In late October, as part of his start-up chronicle for the New York Times’s You’re The Boss blog, Bruce Buschel posted what he called “a modest list of dos and don’ts” for servers at the Bridgehampton, N.Y. seafood restaurant he’s opening on April Fool’s Day. He included the above nuggets, along with 96 others. Far from “modest,” the list, laid out in two parts, touched off frantic comment-slinging in New York Times-land.

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Calistoga: A Weekend in Food (and Drink)

Calistoga: A Weekend in Food (and Drink)

| January 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Calistoga is a small, sleepy town in the Napa Valley that literally sits on top of thermal hot springs, so its famous for its mineral waters and fortified mud (and thus, many resorts and spas have cropped up around the area). I hadn’t been to Calistoga and was pleasantly surprised that a lot of the pretension of restaurants and wineries in the Napa Valley is noticeably absent.

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Soup of the Evening, Beautiful Soup

Soup of the Evening, Beautiful Soup

Even when you know your idlis from your dosas, there’s something comforting about the familiarity of plain old curry powder, especially in this easy and excellent Curried Broccoli and Greens Soup.

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