Archive for February, 2010

Eating Haman’s Hat: Hamantaschen for Purim

Eating Haman’s Hat: Hamantaschen for Purim

| February 28, 2010 | 1 Comment

Happy Purim! It’s time to celebrate Jewish Mardi Gras, and these cute, fruit-filled triangular cookies are the way to do it.

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Food and Wine This Week: Chinese New Year

Food and Wine This Week: Chinese New Year

| February 27, 2010 | 1 Comment

Bay Area Bites bloggers, Thy Tran and Stephanie Im join Leslie Sbrocco, host of Check, Please! Bay Area in a new local food and wine segment on This Week in Northern California. This week, the conversation is about celebrating the food and traditions of the Chinese New Year.

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Lunar New Year Sweet Rice Dumplings

Lunar New Year Sweet Rice Dumplings

| February 26, 2010 | 2 Comments

In China, where they’re known as yuan xiao or tang yuan, the dumplings are traditionally served during the Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month. During an especially important season, the festival comes on the first full moon of the new year and marks the end of the new year festivities. Here in San Francisco, this is typically the time when the Chinese New Year parade winds its way up the streets of Chinatown.

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How Not to Serve Olives

How Not to Serve Olives

| February 26, 2010 | 3 Comments

Tapenade. I’ve been an enormous fan of it for years, since I discovered that it satisfies not only my near-constant hunger for salt, but allows me to honor my ancestors without having to try too hard. It’s a flavorful homage with a sharp, French twist, which suits me just fine. It is earthy and basic. Any sort of tarting up should be avoided.

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Quick Pantry and Freezer Soups

Quick Pantry and Freezer Soups

| February 25, 2010 | 2 Comments

I’ve created a few easy-to-make soups that can be made in less than ten minutes from foods most of us have on hand in our freezers and pantries. As any working mom can tell you, quick and easy is essential for a week-night dinner, and these recipes are both; yet I also love how these homey pantry soups are made almost entirely of vegetables, making them just as nutritious for my family as they are tasty.

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Pork and Shrimp Dumplings (Jiao Zi)

Pork and Shrimp Dumplings (Jiao Zi)

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chinese New Year celebrations come to a close soon, and with that, so does my dumpling stash. Resembling little purses stuffed with riches, it is tradition to eat plenty of dumplings during this time because they symbolize prosperity.

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Secret Post

Secret Post

| February 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

Last week, Bay Area Bites blogger Stephanie Im called attention to Secret San Francisco’s popular Facebook presence. A few days before Im’s post appeared, I myself joined the group with a few lazy clicks, galvanized into action by the droves of friends doing the same. At least, with its relentless updates regarding their statuses, Facebook made me feel like I was part of a movement.

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A Downtown Trek to Waffle Nirvana

A Downtown Trek to Waffle Nirvana

| February 22, 2010 | 3 Comments

I wanted to check out Waffle Mania this week, and I’d heard that the truck was spending more time in the city on a little side street in SOMA. I knew what this meant. That’s right, folks: I was going downtown. And I’m here to report that I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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Who Owns the Deli?

Who Owns the Deli?

| February 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

Is the 21st century deli still your grandmother’s deli? Can pastrami love and food consciousness coexist? The owners of Saul’s held a referendum at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay to find out.

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A Chipper Little Sunday Brunch

A Chipper Little Sunday Brunch

| February 19, 2010 | 4 Comments

A little while back, I received a phone call from my friend Lyle:

“Hey, uhhhh… Mike? So… Cybele and I just got back from Mexico and saw that Chipper just laid and egg. Cybele was wondering if you wanted to come over and eat it.”

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Not So Secret San Francisco

Not So Secret San Francisco

| February 17, 2010 | 3 Comments

Secret San Francisco Facebook group growing quickly…some things are just too good to keep to ourselves.

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Meals with Mom in the Mission

Meals with Mom in the Mission

| February 16, 2010 | 2 Comments

These days, I don’t feel like a teenager too often — except maybe when I’m home for the holidays. Now, when my mom comes to San Francisco for a vacation, good feelings swell to the surface. Our meals together are the highlights of her visits and I try hard to make them meaningful and pleasant.

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Marin Mondays at Picco

Marin Mondays at Picco

| February 15, 2010 | 2 Comments

Couldn’t get Valentine’s Day reservations? Make up for it with Marin Mondays, Restaurant Picco’s delectable weekly exploration of the edible bounty of Marin.

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Valentine’s Day at Home

Valentine’s Day at Home

| February 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

There are two ways to go on Valentine’s Day: cute and pink with the kids, or Goth and magenta, with your vampire lover. If you must go heart-shaped, do it with beets, bathing your fingers deeply in their magenta dye. Beets, blood oranges, avocado: this Heart’s Desire salad is actually full of encouragingly aphrodisiacs, especially vitamins B and E.

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