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 September, 2010
Highlights from the 14th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival: a tasting tent of nearly 200 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, dishes that push the envelope of cooking with tomatoes, best of show, and a Chef Challenge tomato throw-down.
So this year, instead of mourning the loss of my tree — as I’ve been expecting to do for quite a while now — I instead happily made my yearly supply of apple butter. Although this jam takes hours to simmer, the preparation is really quite simple. Apples are full of natural pectin, so you never have to worry about it setting or firming up. Just peel, core, chop, cook and can.
Left Coast Libations offers a bottoms-up snapshot of a particular moment in West Coast cocktail culture, one in which gin rules, elderflower liqueur flows, and bitters come in as many flavors as Jolly Ranchers.
Chef Gordon Drysdale is back in the kitchen, at the newly opened Café Des Amis, a Union Street restaurant project that he has been working on via his role as Chef & Partner for the locally owned Bacchus Management Group. Drysdale is also in charge of the kitchens at Pizza Antica locations, which recently opened a Santa Monica outpost.
So last week, when my family and I were in Kauai, I tried to seek out some food love on the Garden Island, Yelping, Chowhounding and asking around to find some alternate food opportunities that would allow me to feed my kids (and myself) a variety of local and fresh food that didn’t break the bank. View a list of my top finds.