Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
Archive for August, 2010
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is considering imposing a fee on alcoholic beverages, which would go to pay for programs associated with alcohol abuse. But critics say the fee would burden businesses in already tough economic times.
Get the latest scoop on the Bay Area dining scene from a panel of restaurant critics. Guests:Jan Newberry, food editor for San Francisco Magazine; Jonathan Kauffman, food critic for SF Weekly; Marcia Gagliardi, food critic for tablehopper.com; Stett Holbrook, food editor for Metro Silicon Valley
More than 500-million eggs have been recalled after outbreaks of salmonella nationwide. The head of the FDA says her agency needs more authority to prevent food borne illnesses. Forum discusses the weaknesses in food safety regulation and what should be done.
I should state clearly that these are not Neiman Marcus popovers. Since it was a Porky Pig cartoon that lead me to this post, I’ve decided to make them, well, porky– butter has been replaced by bacon grease and the addition of chopped bacon to the tops not only gives a bit of added oomph but, like a Western Diamondback’s rattle, serves to warn away unsuspecting vegetarian grazers.
From tangerine trees and marmalade skies to yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog’s eye, the lyrical language of the Beatles is laden with talk of food. In a humorous study called “Eat the Beatles!” conducted earlier this year, Beatles super-fan and humorist Martin Lewis discovered that the Fab Four “actually recorded more overt references to tea than drugs!”
This year’s 18th Street Block party happens on Saturday, August 28, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mogannam said, “We want to create some fun energy and bring people together. That’s what we’re all about.” The uniting factor will be food, as well as beverages of all stripes. Regalito will offer suckling pig carnitas, and Delfina will have porcetta pork loin for sale; no whole hog to ogle this time.
Megan Gordon has found the perfect excuse to feel good about eating cake for breakfast: Blueberry Buckle. Even better? Baking them individually in ball jars. An old-fashioned, rustic dessert baked right into a relatively old-fashioned and portable little container. Kiss your box of cereal goodbye.
The Greeks– at least the old ones– know about starvation. To let anyone who comes under their roof go hungry is to shame an entire culture. It would break the laws of philoxenia (hospitality) or, worse– it would break the heart of their dear, sainted yia-yias.
Perhaps that last statement was a little melodramatic, but it’s the Greeks we’re talking about here. I mean, they invented drama. I can’t say I blame them for overdoing it on the food.
Making brownies from scratch is easy and fast, so I’ve always been perplexed as to why so many people think they need to use a box mix. I know I’ve said this many times before on this blog — remember my macaroni and cheese, pudding and pancake rants? — but before you resign yourself to a lifetime of box-mix brownies, just try making some from scratch first. You’ll see that they don’t take much more time and taste far better than the box variety.