Archive for March, 2012

Barinaga Ranch: Cheesemaking tradition from Basque Country to West Marin

Barinaga Ranch: Cheesemaking tradition from Basque Country to West Marin

| March 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Raw sheep’s milk cheese made in the traditional Basque style is a rarity in Northern California. We took a tour of Barinaga Ranch to learn about the ancient process directly from the source.

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Persian New Year Welcomes Spring with Symbolic Traditions and Treats

Persian New Year Welcomes Spring with Symbolic Traditions and Treats

| March 12, 2012 | 3 Comments

Persian New Year (Norooz or Nowruz) is a 3000 year old celebration, observed around the world on the first day of Spring. Its many traditions include a table of 7 foods that start with “S” in Farsi, and jumping over bonfires. Monier Attar of Zands Market is busily preparing everything her Persian patrons will need for the holiday, from a creamy pudding of sprouted wheat to flower-shaped chickpea flour cookies.

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Cottage Cheese Pancakes for Spring

Cottage Cheese Pancakes for Spring

It’s spring, and the chickens are laying again! Time to start (or end) the day with tender, eggy Cottage Cheese Pancakes.

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New Burger on the Block: Flipside

New Burger on the Block: Flipside

| March 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

In Oakland, the Lake Merritt food scene is starting to get crowded with a newish crop of burger restaurants that have opened recently like Kwik-Way, Trueburger and now Flipside.

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Chardonnay: The Queen of California Whites Turns 100 at Wente

Chardonnay: The Queen of California Whites Turns 100 at Wente

| March 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

Time to raise a glass to this country’s most popular grape. California Chardonnay turns 100.

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FoodWorks: Canning Company Preserves Marin’s Produce

FoodWorks: Canning Company Preserves Marin’s Produce

| March 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Canning queen Merrilee Olson lends her expertise to a new preservation project designed to help Marin farms — and county children fed by the Head Start program — by producing an artisan product from excess produce.

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Chloe’s Kitchen: An Interview with Vegan Chef Chloe Coscarelli on Her New Cookbook

Chloe’s Kitchen: An Interview with Vegan Chef Chloe Coscarelli on Her New Cookbook

| March 5, 2012 | 1 Comment

Chloe Coscarelli has taken the culinary world by storm since her victory on Cupcake Wars with her vegan confections. On March 6 Chloe’s first cookbook, Chloe’s Kitchen, launches with recipes ranging from sweet to savory, simple to complex, and, of course, featuring her award-winning baked goods.

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Mariangela’s Olive Oil Banana Bread Recipe

Mariangela’s Olive Oil Banana Bread Recipe

| March 5, 2012 | 1 Comment

This delicious banana bread (a.k.a. breakfast cake) is easy, fuss-free, and made with fruity olive oil and creamy yogurt.

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Chef Joseph Manzare’s Favorite Local Food Spots

Chef Joseph Manzare’s Favorite Local Food Spots

| March 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Hecho is Joseph Manzare and Mary Klingbeil’s latest venture, a Tokyo style sushi and robata with a tequila bar and mariachi bands. Manzare shared some of his favorite local food spots with BAB.

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The new Caffe 817 in Old Oakland

The new Caffe 817 in Old Oakland

Emily and Scott Goldenberg take Caffe 817 in a new, seasonally inspired direction for Old Oakland.

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Talking Story at Ravi Kapur’s Pop-Up, Liholiho Yacht Club

Talking Story at Ravi Kapur’s Pop-Up, Liholiho Yacht Club

| March 1, 2012 | 6 Comments

Chef Ravi Kapur, formerly of Boulevard and Prospect, has set aside his fine dining ways in favor of cooking the soul food he loves for his friends. He tests those waters at a new pop-up restaurant, Liholiho Yacht Club. Bay Area Bites attended the second in the series of four dinners: here’s what we ate.

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