Archive for July, 2010

Bay Area Coffee Roasters: Food & Wine This Week

Bay Area Coffee Roasters: Food & Wine This Week

| July 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

San Francisco and San Jose are two of the top 20 caffeinated cities in America, according to The Daily Beast’s online survey. This week, Leslie Sbrocco and her guests discuss the regions’ growing number of small specialty coffee roasters. Guests: James Freeman, owner of Blue Bottle Coffee and Denise Santoro Lincoln, Bay Area Bites blogger.

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My Life According To Oscar or, How To Make A Donald Crisp

My Life According To Oscar or, How To Make A Donald Crisp

| July 30, 2010 | 2 Comments

I considered other Oscar winners for that year, but they just didn’t inspire cooking. Yes, I could have made a Sergeant Yorkshire pudding, but that seemed ridiculous. And under no circumstances was I about to make anything with the name Suspicion in it. In terms of baking, I firmly believe that anything Joan Fontaine-inspired is to be avoided, since the result will either be weepy or worse, too bitter to eat.

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3rd Wave Coffee Roasting in the Bay Area

3rd Wave Coffee Roasting in the Bay Area

And, although you can still enjoy those rich dark roasts provided by Caffé Trieste and Peet’s today, the Bay Area is once again at the forefront of coffee roasting in the U.S., this time to a new generation of roasters who are myopically focused on finding the finest single-origin coffees, paying a more than fair price for the beans, and then roasting them for their own unique qualities.

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Nectarine and Raspberry Crisp

Nectarine and Raspberry Crisp

| July 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Fruit Crisp: The ideal, no-stress dessert. Instant home-baked goodness that looks like you spent way more time on it than you actually did.

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Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant:  A Warm Pot on the Edge of August

Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant: A Warm Pot on the Edge of August

| July 27, 2010 | 1 Comment

At that moment, I felt blessed by San Francisco, its ridiculous micro-climates. It was the edge of the city, it was the edge of August, the time when tomatoes just a few miles inland start to pucker and weigh down their vines, and I was going to eat a “warm pot” — not because someone on Yelp recommended I do so, but because it just felt right.

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Book Review: The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking

Book Review: The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking

| July 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

Award-winning author, Joseph Dabney, has done it again with new book The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking. This week, Megan Gordon reviews the book and provides her summery spin on a Southern recipe for Plantation Punch.

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Death of the Bees

Death of the Bees

“We’re trying to turn this into something positive,” says Karen Peteros, the founder of SF Bee-Cause, whose hives at the Hayes Valley Farm were recently sprayed with pesticide, killing all bees inside. Her hope? Creating a network of “bee ambassadors” who can do education and outreach all around the city, showing that there’s a place for bees in the city, and that supporting pollinators is a good thing.

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Guacamole And The Five Year-Old Chinese Woman

Guacamole And The Five Year-Old Chinese Woman

| July 23, 2010 | 2 Comments

Avocado (for dry skin), tomato (for those dreadful oily patches), and lime (for flavor and eye-irritation). Both the girls enjoyed mashing the ingredients together.

Zelly was game for smearing the mush on her face, but India would have none of it.

“But India, it’ll make your skin soft and beautiful,” coaxed Zelly.

“I already have soft, beautiful skin,” countered her sister.

I was about to explain that it would do her a world of good by making her look years younger until I realized that a five year-old might end up looking like a newborn and therefore wouldn’t find that appealing in the least. I let the matter drop.

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Incontro Ristorante, Auntie April’s, Butterfly

Check, Please! Bay Area: Incontro Ristorante, Auntie April’s, Butterfly

| July 22, 2010 | 2 Comments

The sixth episode of the season features these restaurants: Incontro Ristorante (San Ramon), Auntie April’s Chicken, Waffles & Soul Food (San Francisco) and Butterfly Restaurant (San Francisco).

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Orson Brunch and a Fleeting Love Affair

Orson Brunch and a Fleeting Love Affair

| July 21, 2010 | 3 Comments

Brunch at Orson: a Monte Cristo to end all Monte Cristos and a Pastrami Sandwich to sate any New Yorker.

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Dinfast at Yuet Lee

Dinfast at Yuet Lee

| July 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

As a general rule, I prefer going in when most people are going out, and for that, there’s no place like Chinatown after 9 p.m. I’ll never head across town for a burrito, even if it’s amazing, because I live in the Mission, but I will take two forms of public transportation in order to drink a Budweiser — the most ubiquitous of mediocre bar beers — in the right place. That place’s proximity to salt-and-pepper squid ensures subsequent visits will end the same way — with too many drinks and a few plates at 3 a.m.

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The Berry Bible: A Book Review

The Berry Bible: A Book Review

| July 19, 2010 | 2 Comments

A review of Jane Hibler’s new book, The Berry Bible, and an irresistible recipe for Berry Buttermilk Muffins.

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Double Berry Shortcake

Double Berry Shortcake

It’s berry time! And while nothing beats a juice-stained handful straight off the vine (or out of the carton), Double Berry Shortcake with Orange Biscuits and Honey Cream comes mighty close.

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Manhattan Sundae Melodrama

Manhattan Sundae Melodrama

| July 16, 2010 | 2 Comments

“What if I made a sweet vermouth caramel sauce?” I asked myself as I pretended to find the father’s joke about the hugeness of their dessert both amusing and original. “Would it be disgusting?” There was only one way to find out.

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