Archive for June, 2010

Kara’s Cupcakes Converts a Nonbeliever

Kara’s Cupcakes Converts a Nonbeliever

| June 30, 2010 | 3 Comments

Kara’s Cupcakes Strawberry Cream filled cupcake will wow even the most jaded dessert lover.

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The Scene in Season:  Farmers’ Markets From Kentucky to California

The Scene in Season: Farmers’ Markets From Kentucky to California

| June 29, 2010 | 2 Comments

Whether I’m in Louisville or San Francisco, forays to the market are about people as much as produce, an opportunity to take stock of the swirling community. In this way, they’re all the same — regardless of what’s in season.

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“Green” Wine Trends on Food & Wine This Week

“Green” Wine Trends on Food & Wine This Week

| June 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Leslie Sbrocco and guests: Cy Musiker, KQED Radio & Bay Area Bites blogger and Jean-Charles Boisset, wine visionary; look at “green” trends in wine. Wineries are using updated packaging techniques and re-vamping traditional methods for serving and storing wine that bypass bottles completely and go straight to the barrel. By using modern versions of old techniques, the wine industry is joining the food movement to become more eco-friendly and sustainable.

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Las Camelias: Mexican Done Right

Las Camelias: Mexican Done Right

| June 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Everyone has their favorite tacqueria, taco truck, or sit-down Mexican joint. But Megan Gordon shares the very best authentic Mexican food this side of Jalisco. And it’s not in the Mission. It’s in San Rafael.

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Beef & Beefcake at the Pride Soiree

Beef & Beefcake at the Pride Soiree

Say gay food to me, and you know what pops up? Lesbian potlucks! But not so when you’re talking top gay chefs like Traci des Jardins and Gary Danko and supporters like Craig Stoll and Emily Luchetti, who came together to cook for a cause at Friday night’s SF Pride Soiree.

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Wine on Tap

Wine on Tap

| June 25, 2010 | 4 Comments

Wine on tap is sweeping into restaurants and bars around the Bay Area. It’s greener than bottles, and cheaper. And the wine always tastes fresh. Most restaurants pour their wine-by-the-glass selections out of bottles that sit for days, often long after the contents inside have staled. But restaurants with tap systems use an inert gas like argon or nitrogen to push the wine through the lines. That gas also protects the wine for weeks against oxidation.

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Steak Tartare: A Daredevil’s Lunch

Steak Tartare: A Daredevil’s Lunch

| June 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

If you are one of those people who wish to believe that this dish was inspired by the sight of Tatar horsemen placing pieces of meat under their saddles to tenderize it because they couldn’t find the time to stop and do it properly what with their hectic nomadism and all, you would be in the wrong. The Tatars did, in fact, placed meat under their saddles, but it was to help heal and guard against saddle sores for their poor, overworked horses.

Sweat-soaked, sore-healing meat. Sounds delicious.

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Even Glam-Pop Guys Have to Eat: Scouting Ejector’s San Francisco Food Stops

Even Glam-Pop Guys Have to Eat: Scouting Ejector’s San Francisco Food Stops

| June 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Ejector Report: Where do Ben Holder and Ricky Terry go to eat when they aren’t performing and producing a new album? Holder and Terry make up the local band Ejector, an electro-pop duo behind the original title song for Billy Clift’s Baby Jane? film that premiered at the Castro on Tuesday night, for San Francisco’s Frameline LGBT Film Festival.

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Firefly Restaurant: A Glowing Neighborhood Gem

Firefly Restaurant: A Glowing Neighborhood Gem

| June 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

Warm and homey, walking into Firefly Restaurant is like entering an enchanted cocoon of good energy. The lighting is soft, the décor eclectic yet elegant, and the staff is genuinely welcoming and knowledgeable.

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Dumplings: A Love Story

Dumplings: A Love Story

| June 22, 2010 | 4 Comments

Megan Gordon discusses the difference between Chinese buns and dumplings, and highlights a few of her go-to spots for both in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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Baby Jane? Scouting Billy Clift’s San Francisco Food Stops

Baby Jane? Scouting Billy Clift’s San Francisco Food Stops

| June 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Guess who’s coming for din din? Billy Clift is the director of the upcoming drag-parody film, Baby Jane, which is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, June 22, at the Castro Theater. Baby Jane is a definite wink and nod to the original 1962 cult classic with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford starring as a pair of miserable sisters.
Bay Area Bites caught up with Clift via phone interview to get his favorite San Francisco food-centric picks.

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Primo’s Parrilla

Primo’s Parrilla

Emeryville may have its charms–the world’s grooviest office, an Apple store with parking, Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe–but streetside barbecue was not among them.

Now, though, with the opening of Primo’s Parrilla, Argentine asado has come to the neighborhood, as authentic as it can get some six thousand miles from the pampas.

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Bottles and Books (Not Drugs) for Bourdain’s Ferry Building Visit

Bottles and Books (Not Drugs) for Bourdain’s Ferry Building Visit

| June 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Bourdain was in town this week to sign copies of Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook ($26.99 Ecco). It’s a follow up book, of sorts, to his best seller Kitchen Confidential that launched him from a financially struggling chef to famous “bad boy” celeb and TV star of the No Reservations show.

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Rising Star Chefs Afterglow

Rising Star Chefs Afterglow

| June 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

A recap of the Rising Star Chefs Revue tasting gala and awards ceremony, and unabashed love for Foie Gras “Neige.”

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