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How Eastern Coachella Valley Used Egyptomania to Sell Dates

How Eastern Coachella Valley Used Egyptomania to Sell Dates

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Around 1900, as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to find crops from around the world which would grow well in the United States, “agricultural explorers” visited Algeria, Iraq and Egypt. They returned with date palm shoots, and after planting in a number of regions, found the Coachella Valley had the perfect climate for the crop.

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Food & Spirituality: Celebrating Meskel With Ethiopians in Oakland

Food & Spirituality: Celebrating Meskel With Ethiopians in Oakland

| October 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

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.

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Food & Spirituality: Fall Feast with Armenians in San Francisco

Food & Spirituality: Fall Feast with Armenians in San Francisco

| October 16, 2013 | 8 Comments

“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.

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Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, Turtle Tower, Copita Tequileria y Comida: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews

Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, Turtle Tower, Copita Tequileria y Comida: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews

| October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The final episode of Season 8 reviews restaurants serving American Regional cuisine in Healdsburg, Vietnamese food in San Francisco, and Modern Mexican cuisine and tequila in Sausalito.

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Food & Spirituality: The Science and Practice of Mindful Eating

Food & Spirituality: The Science and Practice of Mindful Eating

| October 9, 2013 | 1 Comment

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.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Live Sushi, Chavez Supermarket & Taqueria, Bistro Vis à Vis

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Live Sushi, Chavez Supermarket & Taqueria, Bistro Vis à Vis

| October 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

Restaurants reviewed: A sushi restaurant on Mission Street in San Francisco, a Mexican supermarket & taqueria in Hayward and a restaurant in Greenbrae serving Contemporary American cuisine.

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Food & Spirituality: Serving Up a Holy Feast at the Shiva-Vishnu Temple

Food & Spirituality: Serving Up a Holy Feast at the Shiva-Vishnu Temple

| October 2, 2013 | 8 Comments

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.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: HRD Smokin’ Grill, Buddy’s Bites and Brews, Metro Lafayette

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: HRD Smokin’ Grill, Buddy’s Bites and Brews, Metro Lafayette

| September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: HRD Smokin’ Grill (SF), Buddy’s Bites and Brews (Hayward), Metro Lafayette (Lafayette). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Sonoma wines.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Naschmarkt, Café  Tiramisu, Wood Tavern

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Naschmarkt, Café Tiramisu, Wood Tavern

| September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Naschmarkt (Campbell), Café Tiramisu (San Francisco), Wood Tavern (Oakland). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Oregon wines.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Little Shin Shin, The Refuge, Canela Bistro and Wine Bar

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Little Shin Shin, The Refuge, Canela Bistro and Wine Bar

| September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Little Shin Shin (Oakland), The Refuge (San Carlos), Canela Bistro and Wine Bar (San Francisco). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Central Coast wines.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Aslam’s Rasoi, Poesia, encuentro café and wine bar

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Aslam’s Rasoi, Poesia, encuentro café and wine bar

| September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Aslam’s Rasoi (San Francisco), Poesia (San Francisco), encuentro café and wine bar (Oakland). Watch Leslie Sbrocco shares her wine tips about Lodi wines.

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A Field Guide to Foraging: KQED’s Forum

A Field Guide to Foraging: KQED’s Forum

| August 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Foraging experts Connie Green, Hank Shaw, Iso Rabins, Kirk Lombard and Kory Stewart sat down with KQED’s Forum on Friday to talk about the basics of urban foraging. Listen and learn before testing our their recipes.

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Celebrating 35 Years of Garlic at the Gilroy Garlic Festival: Gastronomic Highlights

Celebrating 35 Years of Garlic at the Gilroy Garlic Festival: Gastronomic Highlights

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

This year marked the 35th anniversary of the ultimate summer food extravaganza— Gilroy’s Garlic Festival. It was a three-day event packed with…well, food. Lots of food. Specifically, garlic. 82 tons of fresh California garlic to be precise. View BAB’s photo gallery of the festivities!

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Explore the “World of Doughnuts” (& Vintage Cocktails) with BAB Contributor Stephanie Rosenbaum

Explore the “World of Doughnuts” (& Vintage Cocktails) with BAB Contributor Stephanie Rosenbaum

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The World of Doughnuts is vast and delicious. Doughnuts may initially seem like an American delight, but each culture around the world has tempting recipes that are included here: gulab jamun and jalebis (India), churros (Mexico), and banana-influenced sweeties from Guam. Mary Ladd learns that making these sweet treats at home can be fresh, easy and filling fun.

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