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.
Tag: stephanie lucianovic
I really wish I could write out Jacques’ voluptuous accent phonetically without it looking like I’m making fun of him. His cadence is just so enchanting, it makes you want to sit back with a glass of slow-sipping Calvados, close your eyes, and simply listen to all his stories.
This fall Jacques Pépin publishes his newest cookbook, Essential Pépin, and gives his hungry fans over 700 of his favorite recipes culled from his six decades as an apprentice cook, professional chef, and cooking school teacher. Get information about the TV series premiering on KQED Oct. 15 and view the just launched Essential Pépin website.
On rare days when all the scheduling stars align, I take a long walk during the day with fellow BAB-writer Stephanie. We use walk time to catch up on projects that we’re working on, and any other news worth reporting. For months now, Stephanie has been referring to her Library of Cheese project. While I […]
This past Memorial Day took me out of the cold, foggy city and up to sun-drenched Pt. Reyes Station to celebrate Cowgirl Creamery‘s 10th Anniversary. Cowgirls, Cowboys, and friends and families of both gathered under circus-peaked tents to listen to the inspirational words of The Cowgirls (Peg Smith and Sue Conley), Albert Straus of Straus […]
California produce has slain yet another one of my Hate Foods. There were quite a few groups things I refused to eat as a kid and peas were definitely one of them. I hated the mushy, tasteless, mean little things. If I piled enough butter and salt on them, I could just swallow them down […]
When it come to ginger ale, I’ve had only one opinion: drink it when you’re fluish. Since that was the childhood application for me, it’s pretty hard to separate fever, nausea, and vomiting from those emerald green bottles. Until now. After my last Fever-Tree musing, I was invited to participate in intimate Fever-Tree event at […]
This early summer heat has left me wilted and without much of an appetite for aught but cold salads and homemade fruit smoothies. However, it brought out a special request in my husband, “I want Hawaii in a cocktail,” he announced the other night when the temp was still hovering above 75° after 7:00. Knowing […]
I think I’m starting to show my age because I remember when the E! True Hollywood Story was interesting. It was gossipy, smarmy, histrionic, and total brain candy. Each commercial break was punctuated by a “And then it all fell apart!” or “But friendship alone wasn’t enough to keep her from spiraling to her destruction!” […]
I’m having a really hard time writing about food this week. Frankly, I’ve lost my appetite. All my favorite foods turn to ashes in my mouth, and anything that does pass my gullet curdles with each additional reporting on the Virginia Tech massacre. With over thirty dead, it’s the deadliest shooting rampage in America, and […]
I used to think I was a tonic water snob because I was hopelessly devoted to Schwepps. There is something about Canada Dry’s cloyingly sweet, glue-like flavor that makes it vastly inferior to the one John Cleese used to pimp. However as I trudged down the endless rows of food and drink and food and […]
I’m a gin girl. Gin and Ginger, Gin and Sin, Pink Gin, Greyhound, Gin and Tonic — I love them all. Yet despite that, up until a year ago I was unknowingly depriving myself of an entire world of gins. Sticking primarily with Tanqueray, I treated myself every once in awhile to cold, elegantly aquamarine […]
With a Mayor whose life appears to need the same kind of control his gel exerts over his hair, and killer frogs stalking Golden Gate Park, spring has fully come to San Francisco. To honor St. Patty’s Day, I had to write about my newest out-of-body experience: Guinness Floats. I know there’s a lot of […]
Our first Hawaiian meal — aside from that pineapple-drenched shave ice we treated ourselves to after hiking to the top of Diamond Head in serious heat — was at the Saveur-recommended Side Street Inn on Hopaka Street in Honolulu. Determined to try as much as we could that was unknown to us, we ordered about […]