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 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.
It’s Morocco vs. Moroccan on the cookbook shelves this week. Local Mediterranean-cooking expert Paula Wolfert revisits classic North African home cooking, while Mourad Lahlou, the tattooed, Moroccan-born chef of Aziza in the Outer Richmond, shares his cross-cultural restaurant inventions. Who will win your bookstore dollars?
Chef and Restaurateur Staffan Terje likes it fresh at his Perbacco and barbacco eno trattoria “authentic Italian” restaurants in San Francisco. Why would a Swedish-raised chef choose to craft traditional dishes and recipes from “la cucina Piemontese?” Terje explained, “Italian food is the food that talks to me. You don’t choose who you fall in love with. It just happens.” Terje shares his favorite Bay Area food spots on BAB.
Another sunny Saturday morning found us back at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the secret weapon of San Francisco’s thoughtful, creative chefs. The Bay Area has a wide variety of interesting fruits and vegetables growing here and near year-round, and while we’re surrounded by it all the time, you’re not alone if you have little to no idea what to look for when picking produce. We tagged along with four local culinary artists on their morning run around the various farm stands to steal their valuable tips.
Daniel Patterson is a self-taught chef well known to eaters and readers for his food, expanding Bay Area restaurant group, and writing. His fine dining Coi Restaurant opened in 2006 in San Francisco, and won two Michelin stars in 2008. Frank Bruni of the New York Times named Coi as a top ten new restaurant outside of New York, and the San Francisco Chronicle awarded Coi four stars. Patterson opened a more casual concept called Il Cane Rosso in the Ferry Building in 2009. Plum opened in Oakland last year. On December 1st, Patterson reported on his Twitter feed that he was the soup cook “at least for a little while” for the Plum lunch debut. Bay Area Bites caught up with Patterson soon after that via phone interview.
Highlights from SF Food Wars: Ultimate Potluck Cocktail Brunch with Amanda Hesser (a.k.a. the official West coast launch party for The Essential New York Times Cookbook)
The restaurant list for the 7th Annual Dine About Town has been announced. Dine About Town (DAT) was designed seven years ago to allow customers to try out new restaurants around the city at a reasonable deal. Modeled after restaurant weeks in cities such as New York, DAT features a fixed price lunch and dinner […]