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Drinking Cachaca in Rio

Drinking Cachaca in Rio

| February 18, 2006 | 1 Comment

I’ve just returned from two and a half weeks in South America, a vacation with my husband and his family. We spent five days in Buenos Aires, then five days in Patagonia, south of the Lake District, and the final five or so days in Rio de Janeiro — leaving, shamefully, just days before Carnevale. […]

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The Price of Wine

| January 22, 2006 | 3 Comments

Wednesday’s food section of the New York Times presented a stunning photograph: the wooded hills of northern Sonoma County. But Eric Asimov’s story, titled “Making Wine in a Hostile Climate on Sonoma’s Coast,” wasn’t about those woods, it was about the acres of vineyards that would displace those woods. And the “hostile climate” wasn’t so […]

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Going Whole Hog

Going Whole Hog

| January 15, 2006 | 0 Comments

I came across Kate Hill’s French Kitchen Adventures sometime this week and, intrigued by her story — she lives on a barge docked in a canal in Southwest France — I spent a little time poking around. What kept me reading more than the barge thing is her clear adoration for all things Fergus. Fergus […]

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Food Writing Roundup: Tea Time

Food Writing Roundup: Tea Time

| January 11, 2006 | 2 Comments

Laundry: time for contemplation. Nothing goes better with contemplation than tea, though perhaps it’s the other way around — does tea promote contemplation? Tea, apparently, promotes many things, packed as it is with antioxidants. Sipping my cup of smoky Lapsang Souchong from Farley’s as the clothes tumbled in their dryers, I could feel the health […]

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Zagora

Zagora

| January 7, 2006 | 0 Comments

Don’t bring a Tunisian to a Moroccan restaurant: there’s bound to be a fracas over the couscous. That’s not meant to be any sort of statement about Tunisian-Moroccan relations. It’s merely a statement that our particular Tunisian (who, truth be told, is a little more New York than Tunis) has particular ideas about couscous. Zagora, […]

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Papa’s Restaurant

| October 9, 2005 | 1 Comment

As many Californians know, Los Angeles is often referred to these days as “Tehrangeles”, so great is the population of Persians there. So, it’s no surprise that there are dozens of Persian restaurants and Chelo Kabab-is to choose from. Sadly, the same is not particularly true of the Bay Area; good Persian joints are few […]

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Saying "hello" to Fall, with Food

| September 25, 2005 | 0 Comments

The end of September brings the first of the apples, quince and winter squash. For many folks, dishes like pork chops with cinnamon apples, butternut squash soup and roasted root vegetables keep the kitchen (and bellies!) warm as the weather cools. For me, though, the quintessential “first meal” of fall is Ab Goosht, a Persian […]

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California Vintage 2005

California Vintage 2005

| September 20, 2005 | 0 Comments

As you may know, the California winegrape harvest is underway. Not quite in full swing, but underway. Due to cooler than usual weather in most growing regions, the season is coming a bit later as well as more spread out than usual. This means that the grapes are able to hang on the vine longer, […]

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Muscat love

| August 18, 2005 | 0 Comments

Last week I went to the Ferry Building for some Hog Island oysters and a stroll around. As you might expect, I happened in to the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and browsed the aisles. Much to my delight, I came across a half-bottle of something most intriguing: Rutherglen Muscat by Chambers.I vaguely recalled reading an […]

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Stirring the Cauldron: Locavores

| August 8, 2005 | 1 Comment

The moon is new! We have moved into the lunar phase known as the Wort Moon in 16th Century England. Wort is the old fashioned, Old English word for herb. Late summer was the time of year when medicinal and culinary herbs would be harvested, dried, and stored for the winter. Tinctures would be made, […]

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Sweet Chenin!

| August 2, 2005 | 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I posted a piece about hosting a wine tasting. This past week my tasting group got together and tried the wines, coming away amazed at the versatility and elegance of a grape that is hardly seen at all in California.Around these parts, Chenin blanc suffers from too much heat. Our […]

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A Tour of Old Oakland

A Tour of Old Oakland

| July 31, 2005 | 2 Comments

In the early 20th century, the area now known as Old Oakland was the commercial nerve center of the East Bay. Today, after a few decades in the shadows, the blocks bordered by 8th, 10th, Clay, and Washington streets are bustling once again. Exploring the area may only take an afternoon, but the charm of […]

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Omelets and wine

| July 26, 2005 | 2 Comments

On a visit to Provence many years ago I was introduced to the omelet as a dinner item. Visiting friends one deliciously lazy summer evening, we watched the sun sink lower in the sky and the pleasure craft return to the harbor over glasses of wine until we decided that we all could do with […]

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Here’s the Beef!

Here’s the Beef!

| July 23, 2005 | 0 Comments

Do you ever get the urge for a big, juicy, over-the-top piece of beef? Last week my girlfriend and I donated blood and decided to rejuvenate ourselves by indulging in a meal at Cole’s Chop House in the city of Napa. Several of my friends have dined there and highly recommended it to me, and […]

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