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b. on the go

By   /  August 4, 2015  /  Restaurants, sandwiches  /  No Comments

A toasted sandwich, such as the iconic grilled cheese, delights because it is hardly a sandwich at all. A hot metal surface (and sometimes compression with a weight) transforms the bread into something thin, crisp and buttery, a sensual contrast to a soft, melted filling. At b. on the go, pastry chef Belinda Leong and [...]

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El Molino Central

By   /  July 26, 2015  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Tall, blonde, and larger than life, Karen Taylor Waikiki seems improbable as the chef/owner of the best taco stand in Northern California, but she knows exactly what it takes to cook luscious, fully realized Mexican food. At her destination taco stand in Boyes Hot Springs on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma, she starts [...]

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By   /  July 26, 2015  /  Uncategorized  /  No Comments

El Molino Central Tall, blonde, and larger than life, Karen Taylor Waikiki seems improbable as the chef/owner of the best taco stand in Northern California, but she knows exactly what it takes to cook luscious, fully realized Mexican food. At her destination taco stand in Boyes Hot Springs on the outskirts of the town of [...]

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The Breach–a movie about wild salmon

By   /  June 14, 2015  /  Food, movie review  /  No Comments

If wild salmon could talk, they might sound like the silvery stars of the documentary The Breach, who speak plaintively in a soft, feminine voice with an Irish lilt.  By the end of this documentary, intermittently shot from the point of view of powerful fish swimming in pristine streams and magnificent bays in the wilderness of [...]

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On the Fried Chicken Trail

By   /  June 1, 2015  /  Food, Restaurants  /  No Comments

The crunchy, spice-laden skin of good fried chicken may sell the dish, but a  juicy, tender interior seals the deal.  Great fried chicken has both, and our search for the ideal never ends. Fried chicken excites like no other iconic American dish, be it burger, pizza, burrito and yes, sushi.  Here are three versions of [...]

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On the Fried Chicken Trail

By   /  June 1, 2015  /  Uncategorized  /  No Comments

On the Fried Chicken Trail The crunchy, spice-laden skin of good fried chicken may sell the dish, but a  juicy, tender interior seals the deal.  Great fried chicken has both, and our search for the ideal never ends. Fried chicken excites like no other iconic American dish, be it burger, pizza, burrito and yes, sushi.  [...]

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Notes from Mexico City

By   /  November 2, 2014  /  Restaurants, Travel  /  No Comments

Dinner Most of my favorite Mexico City restaurants serve late lunch, the main meal of the day, and not dinner but Maximo in Colonia Roma, within walking distance of The Red Tree House, is the exception for a blow out meal in a bistrot that has been called the Chez Panisse of Mexico City.  It’s [...]

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Marla Bakery

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Food, Restaurants  /  No Comments

How can a $6 plate of toast in a bakery/cafe in the depths of the Outer Richmond arouse such universal love? I guess because it is perfect. At the new brick-and-mortar Marla Bakery, across the street from the Balboa Theater, extravagantly thick slices of ciabatta, sourdough batard and levain are lightly toasted in the wood [...]

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French Roots–an introduction to the cookbook by Jean-Pierre Moulle and Denise Lurton Moulle

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  Food, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

“Alors, we are having our picnic now,” announced Denise. She unfurled a table cloth over some wet logs in the middle of a meadow in the foothills of the French Pyrenees.  Jean-Pierre pulled bread, charcuterie, cheese and fruit from a wicker basket.  The Americans, kids and adults in sweat shirts and jackets, actually thought it [...]

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The Slanted Door–an Introduction to Charles Phan’s new cookbook

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

On my first visit to the Slanted Door sixteen years ago, then on a fairly scruffy block of Valencia in the Mission by now closed Bombay Bazaar, I fell hard for the Charles Phan experience. I had slurped noodles at hole in the wall pho joints and wolfed down the best sandwiches in the world [...]

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