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 October, 2010
In the Bay Area, the skeletons and jack o’ lanterns of Halloween are always interwoven with the sugar skulls and marigold-strewn altars of Mexico’s Day of the Dead. So why not use goat as a base for this Halloween stew baked a pumpkin? Goat is a traditional meat for Day of the Dead dishes–and, with their spooky eyes and devilish implications, a perfectly haunting choice for Halloween, too.
While sticking to an all black wardrobe might be the easiest way to hide unsightly red stains, vampires cannot live in black alone. If you do happen to spill any of your liquid refreshment on your clothes, here are some handy tips on how to deal with the blotches.
The tenth episode of the season features these restaurants: Sichuan Fortune House (Pleasant Hill), Manor Coffee Shop (San Francisco) and L’Ardoise Bistro (San Francisco).
I used to think gnocchi was difficult to make. After numerous attempts, it seemed almost impossible to achieve the light and delicate texture I desired. I tried using both potatoes and butternut squash, but the results were always disappointing: heavy and dense dumplings instead of the tender pillows I craved.
According to Rosemary Ellen Guiley’s book The Complete Vampire Companion, there is some guy named Damien Vanian who is living la vida muerte in London. Damien Vanian, aside from having a name that’s the undead equivalent of Amelia Bedelia, is supposedly “London’s most famous living vampire.” I didn’t learn a whole lot about the guy, but I did learn that he came up with a blood substitute recipe.
Author Daniel Handler (who often uses the pen name of Lemony Snicket) and his wife author/illustrator Lisa Brown live with their young son in the same upper Haight neighborhood as Mayor Gavin Newsom. The duo is active in the arts community, and Handler is on the Board of Advisors for LitPAC, which uses noteworthy authors and lit events to support Democratic causes and politicians. Here are the food favorites of the literary power couple.
Restaurants Reviewed: Addis Ethiopian Restaurant (Oakland), Woodhouse Fish Co. (San Francisco), Panama Hotel & Restaurant (San Rafael)
When I’m weary and sick I want chicken soup. I don’t care if it’s fancy. Heirloom turnips and herb pistous are not necessary. Just chicken soup, please — nice and brothy with big chunks of chicken and minimal vegetables. Rice, pasta or matzo balls are all fine as long as the soup is homemade.
If you keep your eyes peeled at Mission cafes, you may spot writer Stephen Elliott. He rides his bike or walks everywhere (no car), and is a Mission resident who is all over the news for selling the rights to his Adderall Diaries memoir to James Franco. Elliott is also making waves for organizing against the possibility of a Blue Bottle cart in Dolores Park.
Elliott was at first hesitant to talk about his favorite food spots, citing the fact that “I’m not into food. I’m really not.” He doesn’t ‘do’ food writing and is more of the food is fuel camp.