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.
Max Garrone has lived in San Francisco for 15 years. He has worked for Salon.com and SFGate.com. Max has always been deeply interested in food, especially Northern Italian cuisine. The source of the Italian influence comes from his family roots in Piedmont where he frequently travels. Recently he's become obsessed with mezcal and writes the Mezcalistas blog with Susan Coss.
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My trip to Italy got me thinking about why we don’t see chestnuts as publicly available in the Bay Area. I had a minor eureka moment and remembered that years ago the Chronicle had mentioned that you could collect chestnuts somewhere in San Mateo County. Upon my return I took a quick trip down to Skyline Chestnuts and did some gathering. Apparently, the chestnut season is fairly brief. It started mid-October and ends this weekend before Thanksgiving so if you are interested in DIY chestnut collection don’t delay!