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Check out the new CHOW

Check out the new CHOW

| September 17, 2006 | 2 Comments

I wanted to share with everyone the project I’ve been working on for the last few months: the online food magazine CHOW, which officially launched on Friday. (By “officially,” I mean publicly; it’s been open in beta for about three weeks.) Some of you may remember CHOW as a print magazine. Oddly enough, in today’s […]

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An Embarrassment of Squashes

An Embarrassment of Squashes

| July 2, 2006 | 0 Comments

For a dinner party last night, squash was on the menu. Also: pork tenderloin. But squash was the main guest, in many forms. This is because at the farmer’s market yesterday, I was frantically looking for squash blossoms — and all I could find were these tiny, beautiful unopened buds (and I’m sorry, I can’t […]

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Consider the Lobster

| June 25, 2006 | 2 Comments

The New York Times devotes quite a few column inches to the situation of the poor lobster today — does this hail a return to Howell Raines’ directive to “flood the zone”? Both the Week in Review and the Business section carefully consider the plight of the lobster. All this, of course, is predicated on […]

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Manka’s Inverness Lodge

Manka’s Inverness Lodge

| June 4, 2006 | 5 Comments

Like Kim, I’ve had a busy few weeks. And by “busy,” I mean decadent. Strange, isn’t it, that with so much eating out I’ve had no time to blog? Something wrong there, considering I’m supposed to be blogging about eating. A few weeks ago, we spent the weekend in Inverness. It was foggy, a little […]

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Double Cha-Ya

| May 14, 2006 | 0 Comments

I had never been to Cha-Ya, the much-vaunted vegan Japanese restaurant in North Berkeley. But this week, in a valiant effort to put as much pickled burdock in my mouth as possible, I tried not only the Berkeley Cha-Ya, but the new San Francisco outpost, too. The things I do for you. Regulars to the […]

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Eat Local, Near and Far

| May 7, 2006 | 2 Comments

I’ve been reading voraciously all week about the Eat Local Challenge and the brave souls who have committed to varying degrees of local eating for the month of May. My regular reading includes a whole bunch of Bay Area food bloggers, many of whom are taking on the challenge, including Sam, Pim, Catherine, Tea, Cookiecrumb, […]

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Ice Cream, Honey

Ice Cream, Honey

| April 30, 2006 | 1 Comment

Like Dave McElroy, featured in a story by Sara Deseran in the May issue of 7×7, my husband is somewhat of an “extreme home cook.” He relishes designing extravagant menus and wowing hungry guests with elaborate concoctions. (Though we don’t have the benefit of the lush-looking kitchen shown in the Deseran story, which is no […]

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Leftover Easter Candy

Leftover Easter Candy

| April 16, 2006 | 1 Comment

While a sizable portion of America is atoning for sins in church today, or something like that, another faction of sizable Americans is considering what, exactly, to do with all that Easter candy. Here are a few suggestions — revolving around two mainstays of the Easter basket, the Cadbury Creme Egg and the almost indestructible […]

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Love, Anniversaries, and Babies: Stalking the Blogosphere

| April 9, 2006 | 4 Comments

There’s something particularly compelling about the way we live our lives in this modern world, physically isolated yet intricately connected. I work at home, just me and the cats, and that isolation engenders a certain hunger for human contact — but it doesn’t have to be literal contact, face to face. I IM all day […]

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Michael Pollan, Predators, and Me

| April 2, 2006 | 1 Comment

The New York Times Magazine excerpted a piece of Michael Pollan’s forthcoming book, “The Omivore’s Dilemma,” last Sunday. Called “The Modern Hunter-Gatherer,” the article details Pollan’s first experience hunting, killing, and eating a wild boar. I’m a huge fan of Pollan’s, not least of all because he teaches a class at Berkeley called The Editor […]

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Destination Dishes

Destination Dishes

| March 19, 2006 | 3 Comments

I don’t usually get cravings for food. (Though this morning, the cornmeal pancakes at Just For You were a necessity.) If we’re going out to dinner, being asked what I feel like eating is one of the most irritating questions. I. Don’t. Know. How can I be expected to pick just one of the thousands […]

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Through the Bloggers, Curmudgeonly

Through the Bloggers, Curmudgeonly

| March 12, 2006 | 4 Comments

It’s cold outside. And that means that it’s cold inside, since this Potrero Hill apartment with the lovely view is magically able to concentrate the weather outside and — I don’t know how, but I swear it’s true — actually intensify the temperature inside. When it’s warm outside, it’s blazing inside; when it’s cold, this […]

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Sushi’s Global Takeover

Sushi’s Global Takeover

| March 4, 2006 | 2 Comments

The UK Observer’s monthly food section includes an article on sushi’s global takeover. The piece describes the origin of sushi — not as a luxury item, but as street food, and introduces Yohei Hanaya, “sushi’s Colonel Sanders,” who discovered quite a long time ago (approx. 600 AD) that a simple combination of fish, which was […]

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Empanadas

Empanadas

| February 26, 2006 | 1 Comment

Most cultures have some sort of traditional “pocket” or meat pie food. It’s quite simple — they’re very portable, easy to make, and can be a great way to use up leftovers. And, of course, they don’t have to be meaty. Empanadas are the traditional Latin version of the hot pocket (Hot Pockets, natch, are […]

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