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Gourmet Magazine, In Print, Goes Online!

Gourmet Magazine, In Print, Goes Online!

| January 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

About 16 years ago, right before I began cooking professionally, I met with a chef who gave me some advice about the path I was about to take. She said I had two choices: culinary school or just get into kitchens and learn from the bottom up. Behind curtain number two was a short list […]

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Cooking For People Undergoing Chemo & Radiation

| January 10, 2008 | 9 Comments

Writing about food and baking and cooking means celebrating joy. But there are many whose bodies and minds fight for and with daily sustenance. Whether it be because of one’s class or struggles with weight, food can often be seen as the enemy. For an alcoholic whose disease is sparked into action by alcohol, becoming […]

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Samovar Tea Lounge

| January 3, 2008 | 7 Comments

Sometimes it seems if you’re not up on the latest, newest restaurant, or are lagging behind while chasing San Francisco’s food wordsmiths about what’s happening right now, you might miss what’s incredible. In the Bay Area you could miss The Dish everyone’s talking about if you’re not in 30 places on one night. So many […]

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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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Chefs as Writers: What Does It Mean To Be Both?

Chefs as Writers: What Does It Mean To Be Both?

| December 27, 2007 | 10 Comments

As we inch towards the ledge that is 2008 I am taking a lot of time for reflection. I’m thinking about transition and change and how we never know exactly where we’ll land and how we’ll feel about arriving there, even though we think, with all our planning and list-making and contriving, we can control […]

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Menu for Hope: Just 2 Days Left…

Menu for Hope: Just 2 Days Left…

| December 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

You have until tomorrow, Friday December 21st, to donate to Menu for Hope, and bid on any number of priceless prizes donated by food bloggers all over the world. As you already know, Ms. Pim of Chez Pim has organized this impressive fund raising event for the past four years. This year she’s picked The […]

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Monterey Market: Always Worth A Visit!

| November 29, 2007 | 5 Comments

If you love produce as much as I do you know that living in the East Bay is better than living in San Francisco. I realize I could start a riot here, but I’ve lived in 3 out of four directions of the peninsula, in various neighborhoods and cities, and no matter where I was, […]

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Waitstaff Needed. The Mandatory Service Industry Draft

| November 15, 2007 | 25 Comments

I have a radical idea. It’s edgy. Cutting edge, perhaps. Or you could say I’ve fallen off the edge. Being in the restaurant business means every one I know wants to tell me their latest eating-out stories. They want my ear, they want to run something by me. They whisper me close and want to […]

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Hot Cocoa & Hot Chocolate

| November 1, 2007 | 11 Comments

Happy November! Happy cool weather, foggy evenings, cozy couch lounging, flannel sheets, soft scarves, cashmere sweaters, one pot meals, soup and stock simmering in the kitchen, and hot cocoa for breakfast. People often ask me what the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate is. I like to think the answer is something akin to […]

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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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Opening A Restaurant in San Francisco. {Part One}

Opening A Restaurant in San Francisco. {Part One}

| August 27, 2007 | 6 Comments

Opening a restaurant in San Francisco is not easy, especially right now, but not for the reasons why it was so difficult in the 90′s or five years ago. It can be said, opening a restaurant at all, in any city, is difficult. But because I have cooked professionally in other American cities, have seen […]

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Chocolate Adventure Recipe Contest Ideas

Chocolate Adventure Recipe Contest Ideas

| August 20, 2007 | 2 Comments

Last week Tutti Foodie, Scharffen Berger, and Marcia Gagliardi of Tablehopper joined forces and unveiled The Chocolate Adventure Recipe Contest with a number of events at local restaurants featuring pastry chefs and chocolate. On Monday August 13 I went to Campton Place to see what Boris Portnoy {pastry chef of Campton Place, the restaurant) might […]

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Slideluckpotshow in San Francisco!

Slideluckpotshow in San Francisco!

| August 13, 2007 | 2 Comments

This past weekend many of my favorite activities came together under one roof for one night only in San Francisco. On Saturday August 12, from 7 – 9 PM Slideluckpotshow brought handmade food, art, artists, friendliness, beautiful thought-provoking images, eating new things, seeing old friends and making new ones, giddy excitement at the spontaneousness of […]

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Peach Advice.

| August 6, 2007 | 6 Comments

Love is in the air: peaches are here, and all is right with the world. Yes, my sunglasses are rose- tinted, why do you ask? I’ve been on the road, taking my show with me. First NYC, then Portland and most recently, Chicago. It’s been fun, educational, hot, and delicious, but I’ve missed being home. […]

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