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 March, 2012
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.
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.
Time to raise a glass to this country’s most popular grape. California Chardonnay turns 100.
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.
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.
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.