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.
Rachael Myrow hosts the California Report for KQED. Over 17 years in public radio, she's worked for Marketplace and KPCC, filed for NPR and The World, and developed a sizable tea collection that's become the envy of the KQED newsroom. She specializes in politics, economics and history in California - but for emotional balance, she also covers food and its relationship to health and happiness.
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We journey into the kitchen of Charles Phan, Vietnamese-American chef of The Slanted Door Group, to cook a dish served during Tet.
Bonné says he’s hoping The New California Wine brings attention to the state’s lesser known wine regions — and winemakers — that are just on the verge of blowing up in terms of consumer awareness.
Meskel is one of the biggest holidays on the Ethiopian Orthodox calendar. As with many religious congregations, the numbers of “casual” visitors swell on days like these, and the Medhani Alem Ethiopian Orthodox Church is ready to throw a big welcoming party.
“As the world shaped itself in different ways, people made their way to California, which became the safe haven of Armenians from around the world.” Western and Eastern Armenians speak different dialects, use different names for the same dishes — and make those dishes differently. What they all share in common is the challenge of keeping their language alive in America. That’s where food is at least the start of the conversation.
A trip to the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin for a Mindful Eating retreat can help retrain the brain to be a willing partner in living with greater consciousness.
Livermore’s Shiva-Vishnu Temple is a major touchstone for the Bay Area’s growing Indian American community. Vegetarian meals are prepared weekly and offered up for free to the gods and the public. Rachael Myrow visited the temple in September, during the 10-day celebration of Lord Ganesha.
In a time when people are cultivating their own yoghurt and milling their own flour, it’s a wonder everybody isn’t making their own bacon.
Most of us are familiar with two kinds of persimmon: the apple-sized, crunchy Fuyu and the bulbous Hachiya, best enjoyed when it’s so ripe, it’s gooey. I’m going to go out on a limb here and argue there’s an even BETTER persimmon, the Maru, or chocolate persimmon.
Black Rock French Quarter Organizers plan for an epic dinner to thank theme camp volunteers.
You may have to seek out the Oakland Fire Department’s corner of the People’s Choice category at the 2nd annual Bay Area BBQ Championship. But having tasted what Station 12 is bringing, I recommend looking for it, and saving some space. Recipes included.
In the heart of East Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, a handful of Mien refugees are growing vegetables from the home country at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park. It’s a sunny microcosm of California’s rich and complicated past and present, and when the crops are ready for harvest, the public will be invited to join in the feast that follows.
Unless something surprising happens, Californians will no longer see foie gras on restaurant menus starting July 1. A 2004 state bill enacted the ban, championed by then state Senate President Pro Tem John Burton, who told KQED’s Forum he doesn’t profess to be an expert on foie gras. He just wants to stop the force feeding of birds. “I don’t know why chefs can’t make something that tastes like foie gras that doesn’t mean they have to torture birds to do it.”