Archive for July, 2010

Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5: episode 5 (505)

Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5: episode 5 (505)

| July 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

The fifth episode of the season features these restaurants: Chez Spencer (San Francisco), Broken Record (San Francisco) and Marnee Thai Restaurant (San Francisco).

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Chef Salad Reinvented: Fresh Buttermilk Dressing and Fried Chicken

Chef Salad Reinvented: Fresh Buttermilk Dressing and Fried Chicken

Served on rocket, the final result was a mix of everything I love on one plate. The sweet roasted tomatoes were the perfect foil to the salty prosciutto and bitter greens, while the fried chicken’s crispiness and the poached eggs velvety yolks added a luxurious decadence. Mixed with Sriracha sauce, the dressing added complexity and spiciness to the dish.

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Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, Maui

Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, Maui

| July 14, 2010 | 6 Comments

A journey to upcountry Maui, where Ali’i Kula Lavender is in the air…and everything else.

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Spilling my Soup:  A Recipe

Spilling my Soup: A Recipe

| July 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

Things don’t always fall apart. The process of creating something so simple and easy might have been unnecessarily tortured and chaotic, but the result, blessedly, was pure and refined, even serene — swirling green peace in the bottom of a soup spoon.

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Breakfast in Lake Tahoe

Breakfast in Lake Tahoe

| July 12, 2010 | 2 Comments

Megan Gordon reviews Rosie’s Cafe, one of her favorite breakfast spots in Tahoe City. In addition, she also gives a list of other standout restaurants and cafes for late, lazy vacation breakfasts.

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Chickens, Eggs, & Southern Corn Pudding

Chickens, Eggs, & Southern Corn Pudding

What do you do when you’ve suddenly got 9 cackling, egg-laying hens under your protection for two balmy weeks in July? Make Southern corn pudding, of course, the silkiest, sweetest taste of summer imaginable.

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‘Round The Corner, Fudge Is Made

‘Round The Corner, Fudge Is Made

| July 9, 2010 | 2 Comments

The other day, I heard someone utter a little children’s rhyme:

Milk, milk, lemonade.

Round the corner, fudge is made.

Instantly, I had this uncontrollable urge for fudge.

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Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5: episode 4 (504)

Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5: episode 4 (504)

| July 8, 2010 | 1 Comment

The fourth episode of the season features these restaurants: Memo’s Mexican Cuisine (Concord), Souls Restaurant (Oakland) and Flea Street Cafe (Menlo Park).

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Touring the Peets Coffee & Tea Roastery

Touring the Peets Coffee & Tea Roastery

Last week I was lucky enough to go on a tour at the Peet’s Coffee & Tea Roastery (their roasting and packaging facility in Alameda). As someone who drinks Peet’s Italian Roast every morning, I was excited to see how this home-grown Bay Area company handled and roasted their coffee beans and so jumped at the chance to get a peek inside.

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Wheat Berry Salad with Cranberries, Green Onion, and Feta

Wheat Berry Salad with Cranberries, Green Onion, and Feta

| July 7, 2010 | 3 Comments

Wheat Berry Salad with Cranberries, Green Onion, Toasted Pecans, and Feta: A healthy, flavorful, and fast dish for your next summer BBQ.

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Hotspots and Homes:  Not Always Good Neighbors.

Hotspots and Homes: Not Always Good Neighbors.

| July 6, 2010 | 2 Comments

The problem gets especially thorny when the offended parties — the light sleepers, neat freaks, and territorial denizens of the block — feel as if they’re a more intrinsic part of the city than the offender, particularly when the offender is a trendy, much-blogged, money-making food-service operation with a clientele neither reflective of nor rooted in the neighborhood — and the offended happen to be long-time residents.

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Summer Scones

Summer Scones

| July 5, 2010 | 3 Comments

The beauty of cooking and baking is altering recipes and making them your own based on the seasons, your taste, and what’s inspiring you at the moment. Now, I haven’t hidden my love for Kim Boyce’s Good to the Grain–I’ve baked from it extensively. But today, it’s finally become my own with this “adapted from” recipe that will surely become a permanent part of my repertoire.

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Strawberry Gazpacho

Strawberry Gazpacho

Heading off to a 4th of July barbecue? Make your hosts (and their guests) happy: bring gazpacho! And not just any old gazpacho, but a luscious version that adds ripe summer strawberries for that perfect balance of tangy and sweet.

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Scouting Michael Krasny’s San Francisco Food Stops

Scouting Michael Krasny’s San Francisco Food Stops

| July 3, 2010 | 1 Comment

Michael Krasny, the host of KQED Radio’s Forum shares his favorite SF eateries on Bay Area Bites.

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