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Pimientos de Padron

Pimientos de Padron

| July 21, 2007 | 6 Comments

From the world of food writing, only a scant cup’s worth of articles slip into my unconscious and remain there year after year. Sometimes they’re so indelibly imprinted that I need no reminding they are there; it still smarts to think about Daniel Patterson’s declaration in the New York Times that culinary creativity was all […]

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Salumi Stars at Bar Bambino

Salumi Stars at Bar Bambino

| July 14, 2007 | 1 Comment

The thing that struck me speechless was the salumi. I know what you’re thinking. “Salumi?” you’re thinking. “That is so, like, 2006.” Maybe. But when it’s as good as it is at Bar Bambino, it never goes out of style. The small salumi plate ($9.50) was the first thing my boyfriend and I settled on […]

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Snack Attack

Snack Attack

| July 7, 2007 | 2 Comments

I have always been a snacker. When I was a kid, I preferred white bread spread with cold butter and folded in half, or an oatmeal creme pie. In high school, my snack varied according to whether or not I was on a diet; when I was, I munched Wheat Thins and grapes, and when […]

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What’s the Story, Morning Glory Chai?

What’s the Story, Morning Glory Chai?

| June 30, 2007 | 2 Comments

One sip is all it took to hook me. Intent on feeding my caramel fixation one recent morning, I stopped by the La Cocina stall at the Ferry Plaza farmers’ market for some alfajores. As I made my purchase, culinary director Jason Rose handed me a miniature paper cup filled with steaming Morning Glory Chai. […]

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B Star Bar Attempts Burmese Fusion

B Star Bar Attempts Burmese Fusion

| June 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

Last week, a friend from cooking class tipped me off to B Star Bar, the month-old offshoot of Burma Superstar that’s located two blocks away on Clement Street. B Star Bar offers a blend of Burmese, Asian, and Western dishes, and though it doesn’t outshine the Mother Ship, it’s worth a visit if you can’t […]

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Essencia Shows Peruvian a Light Touch

Essencia Shows Peruvian a Light Touch

| June 14, 2007 | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I wrote that the culinary mafia had named Peruvian the new “it” food. With the mid-May opening of Essencia following closely on the heels of Piqueo’s, it’s starting to look like the pundits were right. Anne Gingrass, one half of the duo behind the former Hawthorne Lane, has partnered with Juan […]

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Against the Grain

Against the Grain

| May 29, 2007 | 1 Comment

I’m a bit of a skeptic when it comes to whole grains. You know the ones I mean: Amaranth. Millet. Quinoa. Teff. They sound faintly exotic, like semiprecious jewels or new colors from the Pottery Barn paint collection. But they also have a hippie-dippy air about them, and I like my food full of flavor […]

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First Impression: Piqueo’s

First Impression: Piqueo’s

| May 18, 2007 | 2 Comments

Note: A write-up of any restaurant that has been open less than a month is considered a “First Impression.” Meaning, we want to bring you the latest and greatest from around SF but acknowledge that new spots may have some kinks to work out. We keep that in mind, and you should, too. Is Peruvian […]

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Cafe Majestic Lives up to its Name

Cafe Majestic Lives up to its Name

| May 5, 2007 | 6 Comments

When I received an email inviting me to a new restaurant with an unknown chef serving local, seasonal Cal-French cuisine, what did I do? I yawned. Shuffled a few papers. Clicked over to Perez Hilton to read about Britney’s rumored lipo. That kind of menu is a dime a dozen in this town. But then […]

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Presidio Social Club: Hostess with the Mostest

Presidio Social Club: Hostess with the Mostest

| April 29, 2007 | 0 Comments

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia Woolf Maybe. But sometimes it’s more important to have fun. When it is, Presidio Social Club is the place to go. It offers revamped American classics, most of which don’t merit more than a shrug, but the atmosphere makes it […]

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Good Germs

Good Germs

| April 23, 2007 | 5 Comments

I am what is known as a germaphobe. (See also: obsessive-compulsive disorder.) During cold and flu season, I never venture out without my purse-sized hand sanitizer. Sick friends know to bow out of dinner if I’m hosting, and I have been known to disinfect seatbelts and radio knobs after a cold-ridden colleague rides in my […]

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Pres a Vi: The Black Sheep of the Family

Pres a Vi: The Black Sheep of the Family

| April 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

A small bit of research reveals that Pres a Vi, one of the new restaurants in the reinvigorated Presidio, has its roots in the suburbs. (Va de Vi, its older sibling, is located in Walnut Creek.) Unfortunately, a small bit of dinner will tell you the same thing. I made my way to Pres a […]

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TWO: Second Time’s a Charm

TWO: Second Time’s a Charm

| April 17, 2007 | 5 Comments

I’ve always thought reincarnation is an interesting concept. You live, you die, and you return smarter and thinner and full of snappy comebacks that are always ready right when you need them. (Or something like that; check with the Hindus for a more complete explanation.) These days, restaurants are as eager for a second chance […]

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