Archive for May, 2010

Chocolate that Will Change You

Chocolate that Will Change You

| May 17, 2010 | 3 Comments

From rustic to misshapen to downright delicious, Megan Gordon shares her three new favorite chocolate discoveries.

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InDIYpendent Culture Faire and Strawberry Shortcake

InDIYpendent Culture Faire and Strawberry Shortcake

Summer is on the way, time for strawberries and cream & do-it-yourself art at the Napa InDIYdependent Culture Faire. And what to do with all the leftovers? Homemade strawberry shortcake, of course!

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What Makes A Great Waiter Great?

What Makes A Great Waiter Great?

| May 14, 2010 | 9 Comments

What the hell does it take to get a great waiter in this town? I have had so few. The only answer I could come up with is this:

Luck. Pure, unholy luck.

It doesn’t seem to matter much what type of venue you are patronizing. High end restaurants are no guarantee of great service, though one’s expectations are higher when there.

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Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5: episode 2 (502)

Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5: episode 2 (502)

| May 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

The second episode of the season features these restaurants: Pomelo, deedee’s and Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana.

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Scouting Joshua Grannell, aka Peaches Christ’s San Francisco Food Stops

Scouting Joshua Grannell, aka Peaches Christ’s San Francisco Food Stops

| May 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Maryland native Joshua Grannell is a fourteen year Bay Area resident famous in part for performing as the popular drag performer-emcee-actor Peaches Christ. Peaches’ reign over her Midnight Mass movie event series that started in 1998 came to a mascara laden end in 2009. He confessed via phone interview that his alt ego, Peaches Christ, would eat at Little Orphan Andy’s. “That is Peaches’ favorite!” Grannell said. “(I) can be in drag and eat there at 3 a.m. Peaches loves their Monte Cristo.”

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Wheat Berry Sunshine Salad

Wheat Berry Sunshine Salad

| May 12, 2010 | 2 Comments

Healthy, tasty wheat berry salad with summer squash, asparagus, corn, and butternut squash, in a miso vinaigrette.

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Coffee Bar Event: What’s Hapa’nin’ Now

Coffee Bar Event: What’s Hapa’nin’ Now

| May 11, 2010 | 5 Comments

When you arrive at a pop-up restaurant 35 minutes before service is supposed to begin, and there’s already a crowd milling around the outdoor patio, and a cheery host tells you to expect an hour-long wait — you imagine that the meal is the draw. When the food doesn’t measure up to your expectations — admittedly pretty high under the circumstances — you wonder if the kitchen isn’t playing catch-up to marketing — the sort of fashionable frenzy only a well-oiled social networking machine can generate.

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Hummingbird Cupcakes

Hummingbird Cupcakes

| May 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

While no one seems to be exactly sure about the origin of the Hummingbird Cake, one thing is for sure: it’s making a comeback, it’s easy, and knowing how to make the perfect cream cheese frosting is one of those life skills that ranks right up there with changing a flat-tire. Here’s a no-fail recipe for this delightful Southern dessert.

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Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids

I still remember the production-with-a-capital-P that making Mother’s Day breakfast in bed was for my two older sisters and I, with my dad hovering in the background to make sure we didn’t burn the house down with the toast.

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Urban Chef Report: Craig Stoll’s Favorite Bay Area Eats

Urban Chef Report: Craig Stoll’s Favorite Bay Area Eats

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Where does Craig Stoll like to shop and eat in the Bay Area? Stoll cued Bay Area Bites into his top picks via a recent email interview. He is the chef-owner of Delfina and Delfina Pizzeria(s), a growing mini-empire of San Francisco based Italian restaurants.

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Check,  Please! Bay Area Season 5 Premiere

Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5 Premiere

| May 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5 premieres Thursday May 6th at 7:30pm on KQED 9HD.

In addition to a slew of new appetizing local restaurant reviews, Season 5 is launching with a redesigned website. The new site provides improved navigation capabilities as well as social media tools. Starting with Season 5, in addition to the watching the entire program online, you will be able to watch short videos of each restaurant on the restaurant information pages.

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Avoiding Restaurants on Mother’s Day

Avoiding Restaurants on Mother’s Day

As you may have guessed by now, the last thing I want to do on a Mother’s Day is get all dressed up and go out for some big brunch with my family. As with Valentine’s Day, restaurants are the eye of the made-up holiday storm.

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Meals on Wheels Benefit: Star Chefs and Vintners Gala

Meals on Wheels Benefit: Star Chefs and Vintners Gala

| May 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Wine and dine for a good cause: indulge in the talents of 70 of the Bay Area’s finest chefs; imbibe in the goods from 75 of California’s leading vintners.

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Commis is Crackin’

Commis is Crackin’

| May 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

It all starts — literally — with the egg — this post, a life, my recent meal at Commis, a 10-month-old restaurant in Piedmont, Oakland.

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