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 November, 2010
My trip to Italy got me thinking about why we don’t see chestnuts as publicly available in the Bay Area. I had a minor eureka moment and remembered that years ago the Chronicle had mentioned that you could collect chestnuts somewhere in San Mateo County. Upon my return I took a quick trip down to Skyline Chestnuts and did some gathering. Apparently, the chestnut season is fairly brief. It started mid-October and ends this weekend before Thanksgiving so if you are interested in DIY chestnut collection don’t delay!
The autumn harvest is here, brilliant with salads laced with pomegranates and red Starkrimson pears, poached quinces, shredded Brussels sprouts sauteed with pancetta. And chestnuts, lovely, shiny brown chestnuts, here roasted and pureed into a rich and elegant soup, perfect for starting any holiday meal.
So what did I miss most about Thanksgiving once I learned I was gluten intolerant? What was the first thing I just had to recreate so that I could enjoy this holiday like a normal person? You might laugh at the simplicity of my needs, but I’ll share anyways: it was the humble dinner roll.
Humphry Slocombe’s Jake Godby and Sean Vahey are known nationally for their cutting edge ice cream flavors and massive Twitter following. The two are both remarkably trim even though they “taste everything” made at the Mission District shop. Many eating and drinking favorites make both Godby and Vahey’s list. Vahey seemed amused that there is also a strong showing of their clients on the list.
Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5: episode 12 airs Thursday November 11 at 7:30pm on KQED TV 9HD. The twelfth episode of the season features these restaurants: Tropisueno Mexican Kitchen (San Francisco), Bobo’s (San Francisco) and Pisces California Cuisine (San Francisco).
Contrary to popular belief, Brussels sprouts are best when cooked al dente. Sautéed until slightly crisp, they have a lush taste that is both sweet and savory on the plate. If you sat in a hot bath you’d get all pruney, right? Well overcooking Brussels sprouts does the same thing, while also bringing out a sulfuric smell. But all this can be easily avoided if you keep your eye on them and DON’T OVERCOOK.
Highlights from SF Food Wars: Ultimate Potluck Cocktail Brunch with Amanda Hesser (a.k.a. the official West coast launch party for The Essential New York Times Cookbook)
Amanda Hesser talks with Stephanie Rosenbaum about her brand-new magnum opus, The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century, spanning 150 years, 932 pages, and a lot of recipes for meatloaf, chicken, and cheesecake.
Jacques Pépin recently filmed his new cooking series Essential Pépin at KQED, which will premiere in fall 2011 on PBS stations nationwide. It breaks new ground from previous series due to its thematic nature, with whole shows based on subjects such as poultry, shellfish, soup, and fruit desserts and easy recipes that are practical for the home chef.
Restaurants Reviewed: Pagolac: Mom’s Vietnamese Kitchen (San Francisco), Della Santina’s Trattoria (Sonoma), Zazie (San Francisco)