Archive for June, 2012

LGBT Pride Profile: Palomino Chef Adam Jones

LGBT Pride Profile: Palomino Chef Adam Jones

| June 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

In celebration of LGBT Pride month, Mary Ladd profiles Palomino Chef Adam Jones, who has spent 26 of his 38 years cooking. Jones shares what it’s like to be queer in the restaurant community.

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Bi-Rite Creamery’s Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: Review and Recipe for Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream

Bi-Rite Creamery’s Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: Review and Recipe for Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream

What to cook when it’s too darn hot? Ice cream, of course! This week, Stephanie Rosenbaum reviews Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones, a how-to guide from San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Creamery, with a recipe for Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream.

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Animals (and their Poop) Transform Gardens into Urban Farms

Animals (and their Poop) Transform Gardens into Urban Farms

| June 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

Raising rabbits and goats not only provides appealing pets, but their poop turns a garden into a sustainable urban farm. A recent tour of 7 East Bay farms sponsored by the Institute of Urban Homesteading demonstrated how even tiny backyards can produce prodigious amounts of food with the help of chickens, quail, bees, rabbit and goats.

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Hot in the Kitchen with Chef Ben De Vries

Hot in the Kitchen with Chef Ben De Vries

| June 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

Mary Ladd interviews Chef Ben De Vries, chef-owner at Luella, a Russian Hill restaurant that is celebrating its “seven year itch” with specials on chicken and ribs and bottles of wine. Chef De Vries dishes on why he makes La Venganza hot sauce, and what he’s up to in the kitchen.

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The girl & the fig’s Lavender Mojito

The girl & the fig’s Lavender Mojito

| June 11, 2012 | 2 Comments

A culinary staple of Sonoma County is Sondra Bernstein’s the girl & the fig, which is why it was my pleasure to spend the day farming, cooking and eating with the self-proclaimed “fig girl” herself. This lovely and fresh Lavender Mojito is just one of the many cocktails we made using biodynamically farmed ingredients from their plot at Imagery Estate Winery, located in Glen Ellen.

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KQED’s Forum: Farm Bill on the Table

KQED’s Forum: Farm Bill on the Table

| June 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote next month on a new farm bill, which would shape the nation’s food and agriculture agenda for the next five years. What might the legislation mean for California farmers and consumers?

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The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila: Review and Recipe for Homemade Wheat Crackers

The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila: Review and Recipe for Homemade Wheat Crackers

| June 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

Megan Gordon shares her thoughts on Alana Chernila’s new book, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making. And Alana agreed to share her recipe for Wheat Crackers with Bay Area Bites, and chats with us about the process of writing the book.

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KQED’s Forum: Marion Nestle: ‘Why Calories Count’

KQED’s Forum: Marion Nestle: ‘Why Calories Count’

| June 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

One in three adults in the U.S. is obese, and that doesn’t account for the simply overweight. But many people still don’t know what’s actually making people fat. KQED Forum talks with nutrition and food expert Marion Nestle about her new book, “Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.”

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Pick Your Own: Family-friendly U-Pick Orchards and Farms

Pick Your Own: Family-friendly U-Pick Orchards and Farms

Want to make jam? Fill your freezer with berries? Make peach pie for everyone you know? The fun, cheap way to stock up on local fruit is to pick your own, down the coast and out in the delta.

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Lavender Splash Cocktail, Fresh from the Medlock Ames’ Garden

Lavender Splash Cocktail, Fresh from the Medlock Ames’ Garden

| June 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

Located in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley is one of my favorite California wineries, Medlock Ames. They make some of the best wines you’ll ever taste. But what makes them really special is their commitment to quality and sustainability which extends beyond the production of great wine. This Lavender Splash Cocktail is just one example of that commitment. It’s made with lavender organically grown at the Medlock Ames Tasting Room.

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Cookbook Review: Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard, by Nigel Slater

Cookbook Review: Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard, by Nigel Slater

British food writer and passionate backyard gardener Nigel Slater is back, this time on the joys of homegrown fruit and nuts, with the newly issued American edition of Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard. Recipe for Crisp pork belly, sweet peach salsa included.

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Immerse Yourself in Asian Flavors at Richmond’s Pacific East Mall

Immerse Yourself in Asian Flavors at Richmond’s Pacific East Mall

| June 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

A shopping trip to Richmond’s Pacific East Mall Travel takes your palate on a trip to far-off lands with a huge array of Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Thai restaurants and foodstuffs. Lose yourself exploring the aisles of 99 Ranch Market, where you can buy almost any ingredient needed for an Asian meal.

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Truly CA Shorts: Plasticity

Truly CA Shorts: Plasticity

| June 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Plasticity by filmmaker Ryan Malloy leads a tour through three unconventional uses of urban space in San Francisco: a rooftop apiary, an occasional restaurant, and a mobile pizzeria. Watch the short film online!

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Best first date spots in San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties

Best first date spots in San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties

| June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Where’s the best place to take a first date? We round up ten varied, vetted spots to ensure your first dinner a deux is unforgettable.

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