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Indian Food on YouTube: The Vah Reh Vah Chef

| December 29, 2007 | 4 Comments

Chef Sanjay Thumma is my current favorite time suck. It’s refreshing to watch someone demonstrate mouth-watering dishes with uninhibited joy, a matter-of-fact globalism and minimal make-up. It helps that I love so many cuisines in India, but what immediately appealed to me is his stance as a teacher. It’s a very different experience to learn […]

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Shrimp to Die For

Shrimp to Die For

| December 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Jewish Delis: Eating at Schwartz’s and Saul’s

Jewish Delis: Eating at Schwartz’s and Saul’s

| December 15, 2007 | 2 Comments

The documentary film, Chez Schwartz, enjoyed a quiet if savory U.S. premier at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center earlier this week. It has yet to be picked up for wider distribution, but keep an eye out for it. Or, if you can’t wait, order a DVD and see for yourself why this little “Charcuterie […]

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Intuitive Tamales

Intuitive Tamales

| December 8, 2007 | 2 Comments

When I was in college, in the dark days before email and Facebook, my roommates and I passed our time with more mundane matters. Like food. From Juli, I learned about Japanese-style curry. Rie taught me how to blanche green beans perfectly, while Ed opened my palate to an entire pantheon of slow-simmered soups. Pierrette’s […]

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Donuts to Diesel: SFGreasecycle

Donuts to Diesel: SFGreasecycle

| December 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

As someone who keeps containers of bacon fat, duck fat, chicken fat, lard and butter along with rank-and-file bottles of olive oil, sesame oil, chile oil, grape seed oil and good ol’ peanut oil always handy by her stove, I was delighted to learn a new term this week: FOG. No, not the lovely mist […]

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Kitchen Vogue: A Taste of Luxury

Kitchen Vogue: A Taste of Luxury

| November 24, 2007 | 5 Comments

The guests are gone, the dishes done, and there’s yet another couple of days before Monday. I can’t help staring out my window at all the lovely parking available in our quiet, turkey-sedated city, but I’m avoiding the shops for now. The weekend after Thanksgiving is one my favorite times to stay in my pajamas […]

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The Things We Carry: Portable Chopsticks

| November 17, 2007 | 1 Comment

When an old friend from high school picked me up yesterday in her sparkling rental car, we were still trying to decide between taking in a museum or heading toward some fun shops. And when she finally nixed an afternoon of art and culture, I was more than happy to direct her to one of […]

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Gracias por los Campesinos

| November 11, 2007 | 2 Comments

It’s that time of the year again. Shorter days, colder nights and the realization that yet another year is slipping away. For those of us who clutch to whatever hope we can find, it’s also the time to begin thinking about all the promises ahead for 2008. To help mark the months, calendars that inspire […]

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Bitter Sweet: The Price of Sugar

| November 3, 2007 | 8 Comments

In London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is a small, silver sugar bowl from the late 1700s, complete with a tiny latch for a tiny lock. The mistress of the house would have kept the key herself, as sugar was far too precious to leave unprotected. Today, sugar flows freely at every table. No longer spice […]

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Eating on the Street: Taco Trucks and Korean BBQ

| October 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

MAPPING TACO TRUCKS The next time that craving for carne asada hits, check out this new taco truck map for the nearest snack stop near you. It’s only a couple of days old, and already, the entire state of California is dotted with promising forks-and-spoons. Help the cause and add your own favorite source for […]

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Breaking Fast

| October 20, 2007 | 1 Comment

The most important meal of the day is too often ignored, lost amidst the grooming and rushing, a mere afterthought to caffeine. It takes hungry, curious children to remind us to slow down (acorn pancakes!) or friends visiting from afar to convince us to unearth our skillets. As someone who grew up slurping big bowls […]

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A Bite of Autumn: Ginger Pear Tartlets

| October 13, 2007 | 2 Comments

Sometimes, the best of intentions go awry. Fortunately, there’s always frozen puff pastry. Emergency desserts during the summer are easy — who needs to gild perfect berries? — but as autumn settles in, it’s more of a challenge to impress VIP guests, say, eight culinary experts called for a special meeting. And you’re supposed to […]

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Sharing Food Among the Sikh

| October 6, 2007 | 4 Comments

Every year, on the first Sunday of November, tens of thousands of Sikh from across the U.S. and Canada travel to Yuba City for the largest gathering of their extended community in North America. It’s the only public festival I’ve seen in this country where not a single piece of food is sold, yet I […]

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A Full Table at Vung Tau II: Random Vietnamese Food

| September 28, 2007 | 1 Comment

A recent lunch with a caravan of hungry friends reminded me of the insurmountable difference between eating in America and eating in Vietnam. Even when the food is excellent, even with folks I love, even when the weather is as freaky hot as it’s been this week. Expansive menus, with dishes numbering into the three […]

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