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
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
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.
Nov 13, 2017
How I Staycation: San FranciscoKitchen
“Staycation” may seem like a made-up word for people who don’t have the time or energy to plan an actual holiday, but hear us out: A vacation in your hometown doesn’t have to suck. In fact, it can be pretty wonderful. Consider: You save on airfare and transportation, you don’t have to worry about outsourcing care of pets or plants, and you can sleep in your own bed (if you want). Win-win-win! This month, we’re exploring how five different people staycation.
Aug 12, 2016
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.
Feb 24, 2016
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
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.
Jan 23, 2014
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.
Dec 18, 2013
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?
Dec 17, 2013
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.
Dec 17, 2013
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.
Nov 18, 2013
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. Tam after nearby Mount Tamalpias.
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
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!
Apr 30, 2013
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.
Jun 28, 2012
Kimberley’s Food Blogging HavenKitchen
Kimberley lives in a rented home with a humble kitchen on Potrero Hill in San Francisco. She doesn’t let an ordinary space keep her from making extraordinary food on her colorful cooking blog, The Year in Food. Join me for a peek into this food blogger’s kitchen so we can collectively marvel at all the props and trimmings she uses to create beautiful images of food.
Mar 27, 2012
Unusual Ingredient: The Fried Chicken MushroomPeople
It seems like this is a good year for mushrooms, at least in Northern California. In Berkeley, you can find heaps of delicious looking wild mushrooms at fairly reasonable prices, especially chanterelles, which come in many colors (white, yellow, black.) But what caught my eye recently is the oddly named Fried Chicken Mushroom. Is it true? Does it really taste like fried chicken? At $8.99 a pound, I picked up a small handful for around $2, and took them back to my kitchen to find out.
Dec 14, 2011
Camino’s Fried Farro with Dark GreensPeople
Off the Menu: Staff Meals from America’s Top RestaurantsMs. Guggiana specifically looked for restaurants that had a strong farm to table connection or a special place in their communities, knowing that these establishments would likely extend that caring and respect to their staff. For six weeks she traveled across the USA to visit such places, entering through the back door with her camera and notebook in tow, and sitting down with the staff, and sometimes even the chef/owner, for a meal.
Nov 11, 2011
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?
Oct 28, 2011
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.
Oct 21, 2011
Simple Elegance: Cheese and Chocolate for DesssertPeople
While chocolate and cheese are an unusual pairing, they’re not as mutually exclusive as one would think. Consider chocolate cheesecake or the chocolate drizzled on cannoli, for example. This dessert, which pairs a wedge of double creme cheese with squares of dark chocolate and dead ripe figs, takes this concept to a whole new level. So simple, yet at the same time sophisticated and, well, pretty sexy, too.
Sep 30, 2011
Visiting the Ballard Farmers MarketGroceries
On a brilliantly sunny Sunday afternoon in Seattle, we hit up the Ballard Farmers Market, strolling through the tree-lined street, learning about the region’s seasonal specialties and sampling an impressive variety of artisan foods. There were sweet cherries and strawberries, curlicue garlic scapes, and the most incredible caramels we’ve ever tasted…Open every Sunday year round, rain or shine (and oh, the glorious blue skies we had yesterday!
Jun 27, 2011
Reinventing Coffee: A Visit With Coava & Their Kone FilterPeople
Reinventing something elemental — your morning cup of coffee, for example — takes creativity, tinkering and imagination. Matt Higgins and Keith Gehrke of Coava Coffee, have spent the past seven years honing their skills in the coffee industry and dreaming up their innovative (and ridiculously good–looking!) brewing equipment. Their Portland, Oregon coffee shop is gorgeous and the baristas intensely knowledgeable. Let’s learn how to brew the perfect cup of joe!
Feb 23, 2011
Kitchen Tour: Sasha and Michael’s Charming Aqua KitchenKitchen
Sasha and Michael renovated their kitchen a few years ago, with groovy aqua countertops acting as the guide for all other style and color decisions. The results of their hard work? A cheerful, vintage-inspired space, where friends, family and doggies want to hang out all day long! Sasha and Michael love to entertain casually, making big dinners for friends on impromptu weekday evenings. They are relaxed in their space and cooking style.
Feb 22, 2011
Steven Smith: On Brewing a Perfect Cup of TeaPeople
Steven Smith of Steven Smith Teas, has been expertly blending fine teas for the past thirty years. Steven and his wife, Kim, are both from the Portland, Oregon area, and after many different tea ventures and a few years of living in France, they’ve returned home. They’ve also opened a cozy tea shop. Pull up a chair, throw the kettle on, and join Steven and myself in a conversation about tea. Find out what this expert says about how to brew the perfect cup!
Jan 19, 2011
Slurp Loud and Proud: Stumptown Coffee Cupping in Portland, OregonPeople
Where in the world is it not only polite but a downright requirement to slurp up your coffee with vigor and tenacity? At Stumptown’s Annex, a tasting room in Portland, Oregon, you can drink several of their esteemed coffees and learn about the intense brews from the pros behind the counter. It’s the quintessential gourmand Portland experience, perfect for locals or out–of–town guests.
Dec 8, 2010
Selmilier Mark Bitterman: 5 Simple Truths about SaltPeople
A light sprinkling of salt on your comforting, mellow, bowl full of ice cream? My grandmother would be aghast. That doesn’t mean I didn’t immediately try it and love it, after my conversation with Mark Bitterman.Mark and his wife, Jennifer, own The Meadow in Portland, Oregon and just opened up a sister shop in the West Village in New York City.
Dec 1, 2010
Good to the Grain: 5 Questions for Kim BoycePeople
Kim Boyce comes from a long line of female home bakers and cooks. Her mother made Chinese food from scratch in the 70s, her grandmother was constantly pulling something fabulous from the oven. These ladies made honest, ‘not fancy’ food. Lucky for us Kim caught the baking bug in college, and never looked back. With a recent move from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, and Good to the Grain, her first cookbook, out now, Kim has cause for celebration.
Oct 28, 2010
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.
Sep 24, 2010
ApricotKing OrchardsGroceries
We are rather fiendish about dried apricots in our house. When we’re not eating them straight from the bag, we’re throwing them in everything from salads to scones. But if we were addicted before, our discovery of ApricotKing Orchards and their online store has elevated things to a seriously dangerous level.I first sampled these apricots from ApricotKing Orchards a few weeks ago at the house of two of my friends in Boston.
Aug 27, 2010
A Visit To Clauss Dairy FarmsHilmar, CAKitchen
I was recently invited by the California Milk Advisory Board to tour Clauss Dairy Farms in Hilmar, CA. I think it is important to approach food with a farm to table curiosity — to ask where it comes from and how it is produced. At Clauss, I saw how the cows lived and how they were treated, and I even got to pet them!Clauss Dairy Farms raises brown Jersey cows, and the farm raises over 3,500 cows. Clauss is a family-owned business started by Richard Clauss.
Jul 22, 2010
Bell’occhio: San Francisco and OnlineKitchen
Hidden away down a tiny side street in the middle of San Francisco, Bell’occhio is a sweet jewel box of a shop, chock full of odd and eclectic bits this-and-that. There’s plenty of unique things here for the kitchen, as well as large spools of red and white butcher’s twine and whimsical boxes shaped like fruit, flageolet beans, morels or trout.Also stocked are a lovely collection of ribbons, jewelry, custom perfumes and handmade papers.
Nov 16, 2009
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. Look for crab prices in the seafood markets around San Francisco, including Sun Fat Seafood, to decrease.
Nov 12, 2009
Storyville Coffee Company: Fresh Coffee at Your DoorGroceries
We recently had the opportunity to try out fresh coffee beans from Storyville, a Seattle coffee company that sends their beans direct to your door. But this isn’t just any mail-order coffee service. Storyville is on a serious mission: they are utterly determined to help you make a great cup of coffee, and they go to great lengths to see that happen. Here’s how.At first, we were rather skeptical of Storyville and its efforts to promote its beans. Why?
Mar 17, 2009
Summerset Farm: Santa Ynez Valley, CAGroceries
Lured by the sight of thousands of colorful winter gourds, we made an impromptu stop while driving through the Santa Ynez Valley last weekend. We found ourselves at Summerset Farm, a produce stand located just north of the towns of Solvang, Santa Ynez, and Los Olivos. Although the Valley is best known as wine country (this is where the film Sideways was set), at Summerset Farm the focus is on organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
Oct 15, 2008
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.
Oct 7, 2008
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
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.
Aug 1, 2008
Roundup: San Francisco Cooking SchoolsPeople
Want to learn better knife skills? How to cook Thai? Or just have something fun and different to do after work or for a party? Consider a cooking class or cooking party. In this post, we’ll list some cooking schools in San Francisco.If we’ve missed a favorite of yours in this list, please let us know!Kids Culinary Adventures – for kids951-5 Old County RoadBelmont, CA 94002(650) 440-0241 Tante Marie’s Cooking School – focuses on home cooking.
Jul 14, 2008
San Francisco Market: Ferry Building MarketplaceTools
The Ferry Building is a historic building that opened in San Francisco in 1898 and was a major transportation hub in San Francisco before the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge were built. Damaged in the 1989 earthquake, the Ferry Building was restored as a food market hall.Every store in the Ferry Building is related to food; from specialty markets to restaurants, to kitchen supplies and kitchen antiques, garden stores, and a Farmer’s Market twice a week.
Jun 13, 2008
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.
Apr 7, 2008
Sun Fat Seafood: San Francisco Market ReviewGroceries
I’m reluctant to talk about my favorite seafood market in San Francisco, but my mother taught me to play nice and share. And what a gem this place is!Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.Deep in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, Sun Fat Seafood Company is the kind of family-owned business where they remember the names and faces of their regular customers.
Feb 19, 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
Manila Oriental Market San FranciscoPeople
You know the fish is fresh when you watch the guy behind the counter stun it with a mallet before he takes it in the back to clean it for you.Manila Oriental Market just opened in the outer Mission a week ago and it’s a destination for fresh fish. They have tanks of live clams, oysters, crab and rockfish. There’s also quite a selection of shrimp, whole fish on ice and items like fresh sardines and fresh (not frozen) squid that rarely show up in supermarkets.
Nov 6, 2006
Rancho Gordo New World Specialty FoodGroceries
Rancho Gordo grows and sells New World foods – beans, dried spices, chiles and corn. The beans are grown in Northern California from heirloom seeds that company founder Steve Sando scavenges in trips to Latin America. If you don’t eat beans like these then you don’t know what you’re missing. They’re utterly delicious, an easy source of protein.You can buy through their online store, or check out their Northern California market schedule.
Sep 27, 2006