Archive for October, 2011

How to Eat Good Food: A Local Grocer’s Manifesto

How to Eat Good Food: A Local Grocer’s Manifesto

| October 31, 2011 | 3 Comments

For the food shopper who thinks, the positively indispensable Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food: A Grocer’s Guide to Shopping, Cooking, and Creating Community Through Food by Sam Mogannam and Dabney Gough released this month is the holy reference guide/blue book that clues consumers in to the real value of what’s on the grocery shelf.

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Tricked-Out Treats for Halloween

Tricked-Out Treats for Halloween

| October 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

I left the costume in the car as I scoured the city of San Francisco for clever Halloween treats that adults can claim as their own. After wading through what seemed like dozens of boring pumpkin cookies and ratcheting my blood sugar up several notches, I came away with three stops serving grown-ups the kind of treats that keep us feeling like big kids.

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Izzy’s Steaks and Chops, El Huarache Loco, Helmand Palace

Check, Please! Bay Area: Izzy’s Steaks and Chops, El Huarache Loco, Helmand Palace

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

The final episode of season 6 reviews these San Francisco eateries: Izzy’s Steaks and Chops, El Huarache Loco, Helmand Palace. Leslie’s last wine tip of the season is quite dramatic: Opening Champagne Using a Saber.

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Grandma’s Rugelach

Grandma’s Rugelach

Missing your grandmother’s wonderful, tender-crunchy rugelach spilling out raisins and nuts? Out here, you’ve got to make them yourself.

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What I Did At Wine Camp

What I Did At Wine Camp

| October 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Grape harvest is in full production and so are a number of Crush Camps, or harvest experiences, that give vinophiles a chance to do hands on winemaking.

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Trekking for Taro in the East Bay

Trekking for Taro in the East Bay

| October 24, 2011 | 5 Comments

Taro-obsessed writer goes on hunt for East Bay ethnic restaurants that cook up this tropical plant in various incarnations and details her Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Hawaiian discoveries.

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Gabrielle Hamilton: Blood, Bones & Bombshells

Gabrielle Hamilton: Blood, Bones & Bombshells

| October 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Reluctant chef and contrarian conversationalist Gabrielle Hamilton keeps Kim Severson on her toes at a City Arts & Lectures event.

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Cuisinett: French Cuisine Gets Casual

Cuisinett: French Cuisine Gets Casual

| October 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

French food tends to have the stereotype of being pretentious, formal, and expensive. But the owner of the newly opened Cuisinett in San Carlos, Geofforey Raby, and former Executive Chef of Menlo Park’s shuttered Marche, Guillaume Bienaime, want you to believe otherwise.

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Café Aquarius, Tanguito, VEGA

Check, Please! Bay Area: Café Aquarius, Tanguito, VEGA

| October 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

The eleventh episode of season six features these restaurants: Café Aquarius (Emeryville), Tanguito Argentinean Grill & Empanadas (San Francisco) and VEGA (San Francisco).

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Umami Burger Comes To The Bay Area

Umami Burger Comes To The Bay Area

| October 19, 2011 | 1 Comment

While some folks are willing to stand in line and wait for hours for the new iPhone 4s, I was committed to getting into the new location of Umami Burger, the famed mini-empire from Los Angeles.

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Rawdance Brings A Public Affair to Orson Restaurant

Rawdance Brings A Public Affair to Orson Restaurant

| October 18, 2011 | 2 Comments

The pair behind Rawdance bring their fresh moves to the restaurant scene in performances at Orson this week.

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Treasure Island Music Festival: Sounds & Tastes of Indian Summer (Slideshows)

Treasure Island Music Festival: Sounds & Tastes of Indian Summer (Slideshows)

| October 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

This year’s Treasure Island Music Festival couldn’t have been more heavenly: Indian summer in full swing, out-of-control views, scantily clad hipsters, and of course hours and hours of great music. Check out photos of the scene, from the colorful crowds to the 60-foot Ferris wheel to scene-stealers St. Vincent and YACHT. Post by Emmanuel Hapsis

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Words on the Waves: Litquake in Sausalito

Words on the Waves: Litquake in Sausalito

Rum, chowder, and literature come to the houseboats of Sausalito as part of Litquake’s Words on the Waves program.

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Q&A with the Boxing Room’s Executive Chef Justin Simoneaux

Q&A with the Boxing Room’s Executive Chef Justin Simoneaux

| October 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Cajun and Creole dishes of his native Louisiana influence Chef Justin Simoneaux’s cooking at the recently opened Boxing Room.

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