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.
Spring is here, which means an explosion of all things green at the market. Although many greens can be found throughout the year, they are most abundant, lush, and tender in the spring, with over 40 types available, from spinach, arugula, and kale to nettles, cress, and pea shoots.
There’s an unassuming little dish we serve at our restaurant. The Greeks ask for it by its name: horta. Non-Greeks ask for “a side of braised greens” because they either don’t know the proper term for it or do know but are afraid to sound out the first, faintly phlegmy syllable in public.
San Francisco restaurants reviewed: Bella Trattoria (Southern Italian cuisine), Outerlands (Northern CA cuisine), Greens Restaurant (Vegetarian cuisine). Host Leslie Sbrocco shares her wine tips about Port.
The weather was unusually cooperative in Muir Beach on Saturday, a sun-dappled day to ring in the 40th Anniversary of the Green Gulch Farm. The farm, an outpost of San Francisco’s Zen Meditation Center, has long been a champion of sustainable food and agriculture. Saturday’s fundraiser event, “Feasting in the Fields,” paid tribute to that legacy with a menu designed by Annie Somerville of Greens and a powerhouse roster of speakers.
As important as growing and selecting produce is to a healthy diet and life, it’s pretty stunning how few of us really know how to pick the best fruits and vegetables when shopping. Sure, we might have heard about certain items we’re supposed to thump or squeeze, and we know to look out for obvious cosmetic flaws, but too much more beyond that is a big mystery for many.
Every Monday, Marin Organic’s Glean Team, an all-ages group of volunteers, meets up at a local farm. Their task is simple: go through already-harvested rows and pick the best of what’s left. By the next day, this organic and local bounty will be on the plates of Marin kids in schools and camps all across the county.
Maryland native Joshua Grannell is a fourteen year Bay Area resident famous in part for performing as the popular drag performer-emcee-actor Peaches Christ. Peaches’ reign over her Midnight Mass movie event series that started in 1998 came to a mascara laden end in 2009. He confessed via phone interview that his alt ego, Peaches Christ, would eat at Little Orphan Andy’s. “That is Peaches’ favorite!” Grannell said. “(I) can be in drag and eat there at 3 a.m. Peaches loves their Monte Cristo.”
After a few days of turkey sandwiches, the remains of the stuffing and pumpkin pie for breakfast, what I was craving was greens: tough, raincoat-textured winter greens, steamed to tenderness and tossed with lemon and garlic and hot pepper flakes, bright with B vitamins and minerals with just an edge of bitterness.
I know, fireworks and farmers aren’t usually uttered in the same sentence, but why not? In San Francisco you can have up close and personal access to both at these special events. Every year KFOG puts on a fireworks extravaganza. You can fight the crowds on the pier or treat yourself to an upgrade. Head […]