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.
Mary Ladd interviews Yaron Milgrom, who employs 27 people at two Mission District eateries and strongly believes in food made from scratch that is locally sourced. Milgrom explains what community means and what it’s like to live and work in the ever-changing Mission.
Mary Ladd interviews Chef Mourad Lahlou, who recently accepted a position as a culinary diplomat in a program pioneered by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Lahlou details his favorite dining spots as well as what the local culinary “brain drain” is.
Mary Ladd interviews Chef Traci Des Jardins, who details the ups and downs of Jardinière Restaurant’s fifteen year history and what it’s like being a woman in the male dominated culinary industry.
Mary Ladd reports on the history behind the SF Chefs food festival, which is celebrating its fourth year this summer with a bounty of dinners, tastings, classes, and cooking demos. SF Chefs is the brainchild of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and celebrates our culinary community.
In celebration of LGBT Pride month, Mary Ladd profiles culinary artist Yasmin Golan, who lives in Oakland and has worked locally in the pop-up scene and restaurant world. Golan’s ideas on cooking and living are based around community and sustainability.
In celebration of LGBT Pride month, Mary Ladd profiles Preeti Mistry, who is opening Juhu Beach Club in San Francisco and has appeared on Top Chef. Mistry shares what it’s like to be female and queer in the culinary world.
While Middle Eastern restaurants abound, Zaki Kabob House in Albany is one of the few that serve specialties of Palestinian cuisine, like spheeha, maklouba and mensaf. Family-owned and run by Fayza and Kameem Ayyad and their children, Zaki offers tastes of another world, plus warm hospitality.
Eating with the hands is more than just a way to maneuver food to the mouth. It embodies cultural values including, a sensuous connection to the food, the feeling of sharing and community, practicality avoiding waste, even prolonging a delicious meal by enjoying the lingering aroma of it on the fingers. Many cultures, such as Indian, Arab and African have dined this way for thousands of years. In a video-clip, the writer receives a hands-on lesson in eating with the hands — Moroccan style.
Healdsburg’s newest wine bar, Bergamot Alley, focuses on hard-to-find Mediterranean wines and local, handmade snacks to accompany them.