What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
One needs many lifetimes to enjoy all that the Crescent City has to offer. Alas, I only have ten days and one stomach. That hasn’t stopped me from trying, though. Here are just a few of the highlights from the past week…. If you’re here during the winter and if someone you know owns an […]
A chilly Spring has me longing for a tropical vacation. One way to get a little taste of the islands in our own backyard is to dine at Roy’s. Chef Roy Yamaguchi is one of the most influential and well-respected Hawaiian chefs. His style of fusion cuisine combines Asian, French and Hawaiian ingredients and techniques. […]
My friend Ed works crazy long hours making sure people are fed well. Fortunately, he also knows how to party. More to the point, he knows how to throw down one hell of a spread and mixes generous, powerful drinks. Thus, I blame him for my momentary lapse of politics. It’s been roughly a year […]
Old friends and wedding parties and extended families have a way of creating memorable meals. Place them all in a gorgeous locale overflowing with fresh ingredients — say the San Juan Islands on the Puget Sound during the last weeks of summer — and even the simplest pot of soup becomes sublime. We were gathered […]
My first summer in San Francisco, I bought a little Weber and installed it on my fire escape. Within two minutes of lighting its inaugural pile of charcoal, I answered my doorbell to find an irate neighbor pointing at the flames and reminding me that all the houses in our neighborhood were constructed of wood. […]
Not long ago I had dinner at a place that specialized in fish. But oddly enough, there wasn’t that much fish on the menu. Weird Fish in the Mission is committed to serving “sustainable” fish and that limits what’s on offer. Catfish and tilapia are mainstays. But sustainability isn’t the only issue. While we tend […]
Nothing evokes special occasions like a lobster with drawn butter, but there was once a time when they were considered poverty fare. Fed to orphans, prisoners and indentured servants, lobsters from the Northern Atlantic did not appeal to early colonists. It took the canning craze of the 1950s to spread the taste of lobster beyond […]