Archive for February, 2011

It’s Green Garlic Season: Celebrate with Pesto!

It’s Green Garlic Season: Celebrate with Pesto!

| February 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

Early spring in the Bay Area means that green garlic is about to start popping up in farmers markets. Here are some tips on how to cook with this amazing vegetable.

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Bay Area Chefs Talk Romantic Meals on Valentine’s Day

Bay Area Chefs Talk Romantic Meals on Valentine’s Day

| February 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Megan Gordon talks to local chefs about what they like to cook and eat with their partner on Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s Day with Sexpert Susie Bright

Valentine’s Day with Sexpert Susie Bright

| February 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Need a little inspiration for Valentine’s Day? We’ve got heart-tingling tips from Susie Bright, longtime sexpert, author, and pleasure aficionado.

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Berkeley’s School Lunch Program Makes its Big Screen Debut

Berkeley’s School Lunch Program Makes its Big Screen Debut

| February 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lunch Love Community, a series of short, shareable films documenting the Berkeley Unified School District’s school food makeover premieres on Sunday at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley.

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Valentine’s Treats and Food Secrets of Baker & Banker

Valentine’s Treats and Food Secrets of Baker & Banker

| February 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

The savory and sweet finds at San Francisco’s Baker & Banker quickly catapulted the space into a must-visit for food lovers. Opened in late 2009 in Pacific Heights, the bakery slash restaurant is in an old apothecary and is the lovechild of husband and wife team Chef Jeff Banker and Pastry Chef Lori Banker, who together have over thirty years cooking experience and have been married for ten years. Bay Area Bites caught up with Jeff Banker just in time for Valentine’s Day to inquire: “What are you baking and serving up for Valentine’s Day?”

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Vegan Resources for Beginners + Oprah’s Vegan Challenge

Vegan Resources for Beginners + Oprah’s Vegan Challenge

| February 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

A look at Oprah’s show on veganism plus a comprehensive list of helpful (and some local) resources for those interested in the lifestyle.

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Food Trucks: Curry Up Now Is Here To Stay

Food Trucks: Curry Up Now Is Here To Stay

| February 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

As one of the first food trucks to hit the Bay Area culinary scene, Curry Up Now has seen all the trials and tribulations that come with this niche business. They specialize in authentic Indian street food with some fusion elements thrown in for good measure. I sat down with husband and wife team, Rana and Akash Kapoor, to ask them what they’ve learned, what’s next, and why it’s all worth it.

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Butternut Squash Polenta: Meat-lovers v. Vegetarians

Butternut Squash Polenta: Meat-lovers v. Vegetarians

| February 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Polenta. It’s rich, creamy, warm, and comforting, and the perfect blank canvas to work with. Here I’ve added roasted butternut squash to the sweet cornmeal and paired it saucy, tangy pulled pork. For leftovers, take a look at our pretty polenta cakes topped with a roasted veggie spread.

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Will Write for Food: An Interview with Dianne Jacob

Will Write for Food: An Interview with Dianne Jacob

| February 8, 2011 | 5 Comments

Are you interested in expressing your passion for food, but don’t know where to start? Never fear, dear reader — Dianne Jacob, Oakland resident and author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More, is here to help. Today, she will answer the pressing question: “How can I get started in food writing if I have no formal background?”

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Small-Scale Cookbooks with Big Heart

Small-Scale Cookbooks with Big Heart

| February 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Megan Gordon shares a few recent finds in the world of small publisher’s cookbooks.

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Super Bowl Eating: Half-time Black Eyed Peas

Super Bowl Eating: Half-time Black Eyed Peas

Salad for the Super Bowl? Why not? Especially when it’s Texas caviar made with half-time-themed Black Eyed Peas.

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Organic Food Cafes: Emerging or Established Trend?

Organic Food Cafes: Emerging or Established Trend?

| February 5, 2011 | 5 Comments

Are organic cafes and restaurants an emerging trend or an established part of the Bay Area restaurant scene?

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KQED’s Forum: How Sustainable is Your Fish?

KQED’s Forum: How Sustainable is Your Fish?

| February 5, 2011 | 1 Comment

Many San Francisco restaurants often boast that the fish they serve is “sustainable.” But a closer look suggests that might not be the case. Forum talks with restaurant owners and fish wholesalers about the challenges of catching, selling and serving “sustainable” fish — and what it will take for your conscience to match what’s on your plate.

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Food Secrets of Chef/Author Tanya Holland

Food Secrets of Chef/Author Tanya Holland

| February 4, 2011 | 1 Comment

Tanya Holland is the Chef/Owner of Southern cooking hotspot Brown Sugar Kitchen (BSK) in West Oakland, where cornmeal waffles and fried chicken are among the menu highlights. BSK reflects her interpretation of soul food, with influences from her African-American heritage, formal French cooking training, and “a general appreciation of a wide variety of cuisines.” She shared her favorite spots to eat, drink and shop for food in the Bay Area.

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