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Vacation Reads

Vacation Reads

| January 2, 2008 | 1 Comment

While on vacation in Hawaii I did not indulge in one of my addictions, watching food programs on TV. In fact, I watched very little TV at all on my trip. Vacation is my big chance to catch up on my reading. This time around I brought two books I had received review copies of–Best […]

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Ghirardelli Square: A Love Story

Ghirardelli Square: A Love Story

| October 18, 2007 | 2 Comments

One of my favorite things to do is go to Ghirardelli Square for ice cream. I’m sure most of the locals just blanched at that sentence. The food snobs are horrified that I’d be common enough to let such “plebeian” ice cream pass my lips, and the regular snobs can’t see hobnobbing with the tourists. […]

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Move Over, Pierre Hermé!

Move Over, Pierre Hermé!

| October 11, 2007 | 6 Comments

Rose, lavender, and vanilla bean macaroons I didn’t like macaroons until I met Danielle Chong. She’s the founder of Macarune, a one-woman baking operation, and macaroons are the specialty of the house. A co-worker introduced me to Macarune’s light as air creations, and even through the deadened fog of a headcold, I could taste the […]

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Sens Opens its Doors

Sens Opens its Doors

| October 4, 2007 | 1 Comment

On Monday, Sens opened to the public. It’s located in the old Monte Cristo Cafe space at the tippy-top of a curiously exhilarating spiral staircase at Embarcadero Center 4. It’s an odd place for a restaurant, but the cityviews from its windows — of the Ferry Building, beautifully lit at night, and the Bay Bridge […]

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Mexico DF

Mexico DF

| September 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

Despite the proliferation of excellent burritos and taco trucks worth chasing down, it’s hard to find a decent sit-down Mexican place in San Francisco. While Mexico DF isn’t quite perfect, it’s good enough to overlook the flaws and welcome its addition to the city’s restaurants. They say you never get a second chance to make […]

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A Moving Feast

A Moving Feast

| September 17, 2007 | 5 Comments

I flew to North Carolina last week for my grandmother’s funeral. She was 87 and she couldn’t do anything for herself by the time she died. A woman named Tonya would come by the house every day, and later the nursing home, and feed her and bathe her and turn on Andy Griffith for her […]

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The Candy Store

The Candy Store

| September 10, 2007 | 1 Comment

The Candy Store has but one decoration: candy. Despite its white walls, this tiny sugar-laden Russian Hill boutique is a veritable rainbow of color — giant yellow swirly lollipops, chocolate bars in vintage wrappers, shelves stacked with jar after jar of vivid red and green gummy cherries, hard candy in pastel wrappers, and champagne gumdrops. […]

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Oh Where, Oh Where to Take Visitors to Eat?

Oh Where, Oh Where to Take Visitors to Eat?

| September 6, 2007 | 3 Comments

When I was in college, my roommate introduced me to Kierkegaard’s theory of the despair of infinitude. It was complicated in an existential sort of way, but over the years, I’ve adopted a variation on the term — the despair of infinity — to refer to the overwhelming sensation I feel when faced with too […]

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Does Spruce Make the Bay Area’s Best Burger?

Does Spruce Make the Bay Area’s Best Burger?

| August 30, 2007 | 6 Comments

A provocative question, especially for a food-loving town in a beef-righteous nation. It’s a question that I can’t even answer, really, not having sampled every burger in the Bay Area, or even the smaller list of San Francisco cult favorites. But one thing I can tell you is that the burger at the newly opened […]

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We Love Jam!

We Love Jam!

| August 23, 2007 | 3 Comments

Earlier this year, I read about a jam made by two guys from an apricot tree in their backyard. It was seriously small-batch — think 100 jars a year — and the only way to get it was to sign up for the waiting list. “A waiting list, for jam?” I thought to myself. “That’s […]

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Beach Blanket Picnics

Beach Blanket Picnics

| August 16, 2007 | 3 Comments

I grew up at the beach. While other kids were making do with garden hoses and sprinklers, I was cooling off in the salty waters of the Atlantic, whose surface shimmied a mere 15 minute drive from my house in suburban Virginia. I had my first swimming lesson when I was 10 months old, and […]

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Luh-Luh-Luh-Laiola

Luh-Luh-Luh-Laiola

| August 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

When a new restaurant opens, it’s hard to know ahead of time how things will turn out. Some places get a lot of buzz but never live up to it, others turn out fabulous food but can’t make ends meet. Some places are packed night after night, even if the food isn’t anything to scream […]

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Blue Cheese and Chocolate

Blue Cheese and Chocolate

| August 2, 2007 | 3 Comments

When I arrived at the San Francisco Chocolate Salon, I made a beeline for the Poco Dolce booth. Besides being madly in love with their salt-sprinkled burnt caramel and chocolate tiles, I wanted to say hi to chocolatier Kathy Wiley and her peeps since I’d recently written them up in Edible San Francisco. As I […]

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My Nua Favorite Restaurant

My Nua Favorite Restaurant

| July 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

I have a love/hate relationship with wine bars. On the one hand, I love a good one. Give me a glass of something silky and bold, a plate of nibbles, and a comfy seat where I don’t have to read lips to hold a conversation, and I’m as happy as a paparazzo outside the LA […]

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