A popular topic at Bay Area Bites, East Oakland’s Lao cuisine has been featured in previous coverage. This roundup focuses on other fine Lao restaurants located throughout Oakland, San Pablo, El Sobrante and Albany.
Archive for September, 2010
In 1999, Jack Boulware and Jane Ganahl co-founded a literary festival that eventually became known as Litquake while drinking beer at The Edinburgh Castle. Today, Litquake has grown into the largest fest of its kind on the West Coast and will feature more than 500 authors during a nine day run that starts on October 1st. Boulware shared his picks for food spots, while asking folks to not visit his favorites.
When the weather reaches the 90s, I crave homemade ice cream. But as cool and refreshing as this cold treat can be, making ice cream custard is a bit of a hot and steamy affair. Normally I wouldn’t flinch from standing over a pot on the stove while I whisked eggs and cream together, but this week I just wanted the chilly result of creamy ice cream without the fuss.
In 1999 Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware co-founded a literary festival called Litquake over beers at The Edinburgh Castle, in the Tenderloin. Today, Litquake has grown into the largest fest of its kind on the West Coast and will feature more than 500 authors during a nine day run that starts on October 1st. Her picks for eating spots were shared via email interview.
Caleb Zigas is the Acting Executive Director of La Cocina and lives nearby on a block that he says “used to be called the Mission. Now it’s Noe Valley.” He organizes the programming for the business incubator, and is often called upon for media interviews. Among Zigas’ favorite foods are chicken soup, steamed pork buns, molletes (a bread roll popular in both Mexico and the Andalusia region of Spain) and nearly anything with miso.
I have a confession to make: I’ve been on a bit of a tomato bender.
I just can’t help it. They are just so irresistible. I’ve been popping cherry tomatoes like pills, sneaking slices and dices of heirlooms into every meal, and lusting after Early Girls. I recently came across this Mario Batali clip, and learned that there is a word for my ailment. The Italians call it Scorpacciata.
KQED celebrates master chef Jacques Pépin’s 75th birthday with a series of events, benefiting KQED and the production of his upcoming new TV series The Essential Pépin.
he stock of new, antiquarian and collectible cookbooks at Omnivore Books in Noe Valley is legendary, and the one of a kind store continues to be successful after opening in November 2008. One sweet touch is the blend of books coupled with fresh eggs for sale and occasional free apples from owner Celia Sack.
It’s been well over two years now since the hungry writers at Bay Area Bites mentioned Big Sur Bakery. I figured it was time. Now, I can’t quite pin down the exact moment I became obsessed with Big Sur Bakery. It was well before the recent Bon Appetit mention and even before the stunning My Nepenthe cookbook came out. I feel like it’s always been this legend-like place that I’ve been trying to get past relationships, friends, and family to tag along and try. But most folks always have the same reaction:
You want to drive 5 hours round-trip to go to a bakery? In one day?
I’m not talking about buying one of those birds encased in a plastic shield at the grocery store — the ones that were supposedly cooked on a rotisserie earlier that day — but really… who knows when it was roasted? I mean preparing a chicken that you cook in your backyard or on a deck — slowly with the seasonings you like. I’m talking about taking the chicken off the spit with your own hands and then eating it while it’s hot and juicy. Sounds primal but delectable, right?