Chuck Siegel, owner and chief chocolatier of Charles Chocolates, shows Bay Area Bites readers how to make their own easy and outrageously delicious chocolate truffles. Stephanie Rosenbaum tries out his technique at home.
One of the best parts about traveling is the exposure to new and exciting things. And it doesn’t always require busting out your passport. This little gem comes from one of my many trips to Texas. Austin, Texas to be specific. I am a SXSW regular, you see, and this little puppy has kicked off many a tequila-filled night while there. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
The Super Bowl will be here in just over a week and you are probably looking for some fun appetizer to wow the crowd with. Well, look no further! The great thing about these risotto balls (called arancini) is that they not only make a great starter but you can put them on a salad or have them as a side. Super versatile! And the fact that they are made with beer and cheese doesn’t hurt either.
The San Francisco Giants celebrated their 2012 World Series victory on Halloween with a festive parade down Market Street, which culminated in a massive celebration in front of City Hall. These images reflect the enthusiasm and diversity of the roughly one million fans who turned out to share some San Francisco pride with their heroes.
Who’s got it better than us? When it comes to good eating (and avocados) the answer is, Nobody!
Do Canadians eat anything that is distinctly Canadian? What, if anything, defines Canadian cuisine, let alone Canadian breakfast? Poutine? No, that’s Quebecois, which simply won’t do since, Olympically speaking, it smacks of Montreal and is therefore too 1976 for my tastes. I cornered a Vancouverite the other evening at work, asking her if she could help me think of anything that was distinctly Canadian and, more specifically, British Columbian I could prepare. All she could come up with were Nanaimo bars. At least it was something. I decided to stop asking questions when her boyfriend suggested Hawai’ian pizza might do, since it had Canadian bacon on it.
I’m excited about the Super Bowl, not just because the game should be good, but because party hosts all over the country will have such a stellar culinary tradition to mine for inspiration. The kitchen table face-off on Sunday will be as interesting as the on-field action: on one side, offerings from one of America’s most storied indigenous food cultures — and on the other, perhaps a cornucopia of delicacies from a less-celebrated bastion of gastronomic excellence…