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California Olive Ranch Olive Oil

By   /  January 26, 2013  /  Food  /  1 Comment

For the first time, in my opinion, a California grower is producing extra virgin olive oil that is comparable in price, quality and availability to the extra virgin oils produced in Greece, Spain and Italy. Less than ten years ago California Olive Ranch started planting high density olive trees that look and act like grapevines. [...]

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Wise Sons Deli

By   /  October 1, 2012  /  Food, Restaurants  /  1 Comment

Lord knows we need a Jewish deli in San Francisco and the Wise Sons have made it their mission to bring us one, first as a pop up, then in a booth at the Tuesday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and now as a brick and mortar self serve restaurant in the Mission. On the booth’s [...]

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Del Popolo

By   /  July 29, 2012  /  Food  /  No Comments

Jon Darsky, who apprenticed with Charlie Hallowell at Pizzaiola, went pro at Delfina Pizzeria, and became the much lauded pizza maker at Flour + Water, has struck out on his own. No, he has not opened a brick and mortar pizzeria. Rather he designed and had fabricated a pizzeria in a shipping container mounted on [...]

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Mendocino “Burrata” of Goat and Sheep Milk

By   /  June 23, 2012  /  Food  /  No Comments

Pennyroyal Farmstead, an adjunct farm of Anderson Valley’s Navarro Vineyards. has put out their first cheese, a soft, creamy combo of goat milk and sheep milk with the texture of burrata, and a flavor that I have only tasted once before, when I camped out in the French Pyrenees with shepherds.   They made a similar [...]

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Bastille Day Feast

By   /  June 21, 2012  /  Food, Travel  /  No Comments

This announcement came to me through Georgeanne Brennan, a fellow member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. A Bastille Day Feast Saturday, July 14, 2012 Wolfskill Ranch 4334 Putah Creek Road, Winters, CA Gathering time: 11:30 a.m. Tour of historic Wilfskill ranch:  11:45 a.m. Aperitif:  12:30 p.m. Feast:  1 to 3 p.m. All participants bring their own [...]

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Cold Soba at Nojo

By   /  June 15, 2012  /  Food, Restaurants  /  No Comments

We’re feeling the summer in Hayes Valley. While not quite as warm as the Mission, the sun is hot and people walk around in shorts. The urge for cold soba, buckwheat noodles, a summertime favorite in Japan, propelled me into Nojo, Greg Dunmore’s farm inspired izakaya. His chilled soba salad ($8.50), like nothing I’ve ever [...]

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Nibby Buckwheat Cookies

By   /  April 30, 2012  /  Food  /  No Comments

One of the best professional cooks I know, Catherine Pantsios, gave me a few of these understated butter cookies, the recipe for which she she found in a dessert book by Alice Medrich.  They hit me hard. I fell in love. Almost savory and kind of Russian, the cookies are made with buckwheat flour and [...]

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Tartine Bakery

By   /  April 27, 2012  /  Food  /  No Comments

Asked the ridiculous “last meal” question that every famous, and not so famous, food person must endure, Jacques Pepin came up with a good answer:  “the best bread with the best butter.”  The 80-something Pepin, a true cultural hero, has made a career out of teaching French technique on public television and publishing companion books [...]

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Bi-Rite Creamery soft serve window

By   /  April 20, 2012  /  Food  /  No Comments

Here’s my dirty little secret: I go for ice cream after eating Asian, or, as happened last night, vegetarian.  The most convenient spot always turns out to be the Bi-Rite Creamery soft serve window because there is never a line.  I park on the corner illegally, turn on the hazard lights, and run to the [...]

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Humphry Slocombe

By   /  April 16, 2012  /  Food  /  2 Comments

Humphry Slocombe, 2790 Harrison  (at 24th Street) San Francisco 415 550-6971 Whenever I go to buy fresh masa at La Palma, I somehow end up at Humphry Slocombe, the iconoclastic ice cream shop known for its wild  flavors. I never order them. I go for single flavored ice cream like nutty, toasty, black sesame, the [...]

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