Our Small San Francisco Container GardenPeople
We don’t really have a lot of room to garden at our San Francisco Edwardian row house. Our backyard faces north and doesn’t get enough light to grow vegetables, and our south-facing front stoop had very little real estate. We’re limited to whatever containers we can fit on our sunny front stoop.Last year, we had several container herbs, strawberries, and vegetables growing on the stoop and some sunflowers growing in the sidewalk.
May 12, 2022
Fresh Abalone from American Abalone in Davenport, CAPeople
We’ve mentioned before how we love buying fresh seafood direct from the source. On Saturday, we decided to check out an abalone farm we’ve seen several times when we’ve driven past on Hwy 1 between San Francisco and Santa Cruz.Abalone is a gastropod with one bowl-shaped shell that has a beautiful mother-of-pearl interior. They resemble a large snail or slug, and have a tender texture similar to a cooked shiitake mushroom. Their flavor is very delicate and extremely delicious.
May 12, 2022
Can You Get Good Pizza in San Francisco?People
Pixar’s Inside Out, nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, is a heart-warming tearjerker about the inner workings of the mind of 11-year-old Riley as she experiences one of life’s major upsets: moving.
Dec 17, 2019
5 Things I Brought Home from San FranciscoPeople
I’m not sure how it happens, but every time I travel elsewhere I seem to forget that I live in a place that has food. I leave Brooklyn with my backpack basically empty and return with a bag that is bursting with baked goods and coffee beans and chocolate bars. Such was the case this past Sunday, when I came back from a weekend trip to the Bay Area. Here’s what I toted home with me. Josey Baker’s real name is Josey Baker and he bakes bread — really, really good bread.
Dec 17, 2019
Samin’s Exuberant Berkeley KitchenKitchen
When I arrived at Samin Nosrat’s house, her front door (which, appropriately, also happens to be her kitchen door) was wide open. I could see her shuffling around inside with a rag underneath each foot as she hastily dried her freshly washed kitchen floor. With sparkling eyes and a wide smile she shuffled forward and welcomed me into her kitchen. Samin is a true treasure of the Bay Area.
Sep 5, 2019
Dungeness Crab Season 2009 San FranciscoPeople
Last Saturday, November 7th, was the opening day of recreational Dungeness crab season in California. This means that people like you and me can go fishing for our own Dungeness crab as long as we follow the rules! I’ll talk about the where and the how in this post. The commercial Dungeness season is expected to open this Saturday, November 14th.
Jul 22, 2019
Store Review: Cookin’ San FranciscoKitchen
We went to this store on a recent trip to San Francisco, led by a friend who knew we’d get lost in it. True, we could have stayed and browsed for hours in this dimly lit (excuse the grainy photographs), packed-to-the-gills, recycled French housewares shop…Leslie at AT:SF has covered Cookin’ before, and the comments reflect what we’ve read elsewhere: Some think it’s overpriced, and the owner is unpleasant.
Jun 4, 2019
From Ocean to Box: How Sea Salt Is HarvestedSkills
If you’ve ever flown into or out of the San Francisco airport, you have probably looked out the window and wondered about those weird red ponds scattered along the edge of the Bay. Wonder no more: they’re sea salt harvesting ponds!I was recently invited along on Diamond Crystal Salt’s annual sea salt harvest right here in the San Francisco Bay. Let me tell you, it was a fascinating trip from Bay to box. Oh, and why the startling red color in those ponds?
Jun 4, 2019
12 Pro Tips for Making Better Cookies from Jen Musty at Batter BakerySkills
Who: Jen Musty What: Professional cookie baker Where: Batter Bakery, San Francisco Today we have the pleasure of sharing holiday cookie baking tips from expert baker Jen Musty. Jen’s the genius behind my favorite chocolate chip cookie (chewy on the inside, crusty on the outside, big discs of quality chocolate and a touch of Maldon sea salt, oh yeah), so this interview and tour was of particular interest to me. (Inner dialogue: What is her secret?
May 30, 2019
How Dandelion Makes Their Chocolate in San FranciscoPeople
Who: Greg D’Alesandre of Dandelion Chocolate What: Bean-to-bar chocolate bars and pastries Where: Mission District, San Francisco, California What happens when a few friends, former engineers and tech industry pros come together over their love of chocolate? They create Dandelion Chocolate Company, a bean-to-bar chocolate factory in San Francisco.
May 30, 2019
Meat CSA’s in the San Francisco Bay AreaPeople
We love CSA’s because we believe in supporting our local farmers and we love getting fresh produce delivered to us direct from the farmer. Now, those of us in most Bay Area locations can have local meat delivered to us straight from the ranchers.Meat CSA’s are a recent development in the Bay Area and there are only a few of them at the moment. The prices (ranging from $5 to $15 per pound) are very reasonable for organic and grass-fed meat, and the packaging is minimal.
May 24, 2019
Tofu Tour: Hodo Soy Beanery in Oakland, CaliforniaPeople
Many people see tofu as a blank canvas kind of food, something that has no inherent flavor but can act as a vehicle for whatever you introduce it to. So they squeeze it and marinate it and toss it with all manner of spices and aromatics. But people who grew up in Asia may know a secret about tofu that many Bay Area citizens are just beginning to discover: if it’s well made, fresh tofu can be a delicious food in its own right.
May 24, 2019
Mom’s Pear Skillet Cake Cookbook Review & Recipe from Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good FoodPeople
So what’s a grocery store in San Francisco doing with a cookbook and why should you care? Take a peek at that lovely cake pictured above and then read on for my review.“Wendell Berry said that eating is an agricultural act; I say that shopping is a community building act.” — Sam Mogannam, owner, Bi-Rite MarketAt first glance it may seem like Eat Good Food is for Bay Area shoppers only.
May 24, 2019
Country Biscuits with Ham & Red Pepper Jelly Cookbook Review & Recipe from Cooking My Way Back Home by Mitchell RosenthalRecipes
Home cooks have to be a careful when it comes to a cookbook written by a restaurant chef. There often can be a disconnect between what it takes to get restaurant food onto our home tables when we don’t have exotic ingredients flown to our doors and a dozen employees to prep them, not to mention years of professional training and the extraordinarily high btu’s of a huge, multi-burner professional stove.
May 24, 2019
Modern Art Desserts by Caitlin FreemanPeople
When I was facing a significant birthday a few years ago (one that ended in a “0”) I began my celebration at SFMOMA, specifically at the Blue Bottle Cafe with a slice of Thiebaud Cake: a chocolate cake covered in strawberry buttercream and filled with Lillet- and vanilla-poached strawberries. Clearly it was going to be a good decade!
May 24, 2019
The Art of Simple Food II by Alice WatersPeople
Alice Waters’ last cookbook, The Art of Simple Food, made the top of many people’s favorite and most-used cookbook lists. Her newest cookbook, The Art of Simple Food II, is sure to follow suit as she continues her crusade to encourage and inspire people to cook at home. This volume take things one step further by highlighting the garden and by natural extension the importance of freshness and the seasonality of ingredients.
May 24, 2019
Tartine Book No. 3 by Chad RobertsonPeople
The long-awaited, much anticipated Tartine Book No. 3 is here at last! Are you already a fan of the two previous Tartine books and have been waiting patiently for this latest installment? If so, you will not be disappointed. Or maybe you’ve never heard of Chad Robertson or his San Francisco based Tartine Bakery or his previous cookbooks but are interested in making your own bread using ancient and whole grains? Then dive in: this book is a game-changer.
May 24, 2019
Chad Robertson’s 5 Essentials for Working with Whole and Ancient GrainsPeople
The release of Chad Roberson’s Tartine Book No. 3 this week has created quite a lot of buzz in the food world. Building on his previous two cookbooks, but especially Tartine Bread, No. 3 takes us on journey into the fascinating world of ancient and whole grains. Not a gluten-free journey, mind you, but a passionate, innovative exploration into the ways these long-forgotten gains can add flavor, texture and character to breads and pastries.
May 24, 2019
The Right Tea to Drink with a Tuna Fish Sandwich: And More Tea Pairing Tips from Jessie Jacobs of SamovarPeople
Who: Jesse Jacobs Where: Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco, CA The Question: What kind of tea should I drink with my favorite foods? Jesse Jacobs is a passionate, wholehearted tea-lover and the owner of Samovar Tea Lounge, a small chain of four tea cafes located in San Francisco. Samovar is noted for its top of the line tea offerings as well as its innovative pairings of tea and food.
Apr 3, 2014
Dandelion Chocolate’s Best Advice for Tasting ChocolatePeople
Yesterday we got a sneak peek at how San Francisco’s Dandelion makes their chocolate. Today co-founder and lead sourcer Greg D’Alesandre explains how to taste chocolate — not just Dandelion, but any chocolate, in order to fully realize the impact of flavor and texture. Follow those tasting instructions and you’ll be one step closer to understanding the complexity and deliciousness of chocolate!
Jan 24, 2014
5 Essentials for the Home Cook from Cowgirl CreamerySkills
Sue Conley and Peggy Smith opened Cowgirl Creamery back in the early 1990s. Both had strong backgrounds in the Bay Area restaurant scene, with Sue at Bette’s Diner and Peggy at Chez Panisse. Inspired by life in bucolic West Marin and ready for something new, they decided to open a food store in Point Reyes Station; and soon after that they developed their first cheese: the delicious, creamy, elegant triple cream named Mt.
Oct 16, 2013
Becca’s “Just Enough Space to Dabble” Oakland KitchenKitchen
“I feel like I’m on a boat.” These are the words I found escaping my mouth while spending time with Becca Piastrelli in her narrow Oakland, CA kitchen. She laughed and agreed her tiny kitchen is reminiscent of a ship’s galley —  cozy, bright, and a bit quirky! Becca and her husband Tim moved into their current apartment after occupying a much larger home in Sonoma County. They welcomed the change and the vastly shorter commute into San Francisco for work.
Jul 11, 2013
Store Review: Lehr’s German SpecialtiesSan FranciscoGroceries
If you’re in San Francisco and you have a hankering for Kinder eggs, elderflower syrup, some spaetzle, and a copy of Der Spiegel, have we got the store for you.In Noe Valley at the corner of Church and 28th, just a stone’s throw from the MUNI J-Line is Lehr’s German Specialties, a quaint little shop on a quiet street in San Francisco flanked by Victorian row houses. They have tons of German candies – Kinder eggs, marzipan, and other German chocolates.
Sep 12, 2008
Kamei Restaurant Supply: San FranciscoKitchen
Like a well-stocked bakery entices the passing sweets addict, the doublewide storefront of Kamei Restaurant Supply beckons kitchen junkies inside.With its unparalleled selection, this is one of the best kitchen supply stores in the city. It’s really two stores in one. There are rows of commercial goods like hotel pans, industrial stockpots and plain white, deep soup bowls.
Dec 11, 2006