It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
Don’t listen to what the New Yorkers say: you can find a good bagel in the Bay Area. Here are ten bagel options in the East Bay.
Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. For anyone except those of us who live in the Bay Area. For us, it’s the peak of summer. The weather warms, the sun shines, the fog lifts, and we relish those two or three balmy evenings where we can sit outside and have a proper summer barbecue.
Grilling meaty mushrooms, especially when brushed with garlic and herb oil, highlights their umami flavors. Tossing them into a kale salad graced with bacon and lemon will highlight your meal.
This weekend’s Outside Lands festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park was a whirlwind of overstimulation. The new GastroMagic stage further enhanced the mashup of food and performance that is so characteristic of Bay Area culture. Between meals there was music. Here is a collection of memorable moments from the festivities.
Outside Lands’ vendors offer an endless parade of imaginative pork creations, while the Queen of Bounce gets people twerking for beignets on the GastroMagic stage.
Buttermilk Pie? What? It sounds weird, but apparently it has a cult-like following in the longhorn state. It’s essentially a simple buttermilk and brown sugar custard pie, often flavored with a bit of vanilla and sometimes citrus zest. Kim Laidlaw decided to take it upon herself to come up with the ultimate version for the holidays.
Fight your fear of pie-ing! Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen takes you through a photographic step-by-step to make Better than Pumpkin Pie, the Thanksgiving classic made with fresh roasted squash. Plus, learn her secret shortcut for a no-fail, splendidly flaky all-butter crust.
Kim Laidlaw shares her elevated version of classic stuffing baked alongside the bird with the addition of creamy chestnuts, fresh sage, a leek and some sherry.
Here’s a basic recipe for greens that includes a lot of ideas for embellishments. You can change it each and every time depending on your tastes, what you have on hand, or how crazy you want to get.
Kim Laidlaw shares her special holiday version of braised red cabbage which is great alongside turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, providing the perfect sweet-tart counterpoint.
Generally, I make my gravy at the last minute, using drippings from the turkey along with the turkey stock I’ve bubbled away for hours and the shredded meat from the neck. But I thought I’d switch it up and offer a new option: wild mushroom gravy. This is a simple but chunky gravy, full of the deep richness of mushrooms.
Perhaps it is unthinkable to sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner without the ceremony of bringing a whole golden brown bird to the table and carving it to applause. But if it’s succulent flavor you are after, you really can’t go wrong with this version.
Hauntingly Beautiful Photos from San Francisco’s Celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
One of the most revered local celebrations, San Francisco’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), took place on Saturday, November 2 in the Mission District. Naomi Fiss’ photos reveal the beauty of the San Francisco community, the commemoration of lives, and the rich cultural tradition that the Mission District has held for decades.