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Arsicault Bakery

By   /  April 29, 2016  /  Food, Restaurants  /  1 Comment

Yeast-leavened French pastry or viennoiserie is a culinary miracle that traps the voluptuousness of  fine, rich, sweet butter in layers of air and crunch,  in the form of a golden croissant or a morning bun or a kouign amann. ( Kouign amann, a specialty of Brittany where some dishes keep their Celtic names, is puff [...]

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City of Gold

By   /  March 31, 2016  /  movie review  /  No Comments

City of Gold–A Documentary about Food Critic Jonathan Gold There aren’t very many of us who actually have worked as food critics for print publications. I did it for 15 years at the San Francisco Chronicle and for about 15 more years at the San Francisco Examiner. Way back when I started, no editorial wall [...]

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Tosca

By   /  November 1, 2015  /  Restaurants  /  2 Comments

April Bloomfield’s rich, big flavored, Brit-style Italian cooking works uncannily well at Tosca, the iconic North Beach joint she and her partner Ken Friedman took over last year.  Bloomfield and Friedman became the darlings of the New York food world ten years ago with their first restaurant, an Italian/British gastropub called The Spotted Pig, and [...]

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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  /  1 Comment

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  /  1 Comment

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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