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Butterscotch Pudding, Once Removed

Last weekend, I attended what was affectionately called The Cousin Summit. It was hosted by Ann Marie, the family member who is not only closest to me in age but, conveniently, the closest to me in geographic terms, too. She … Continue reading

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Cutting corners: Tipping in a Down Economy

2009 was a rough year for restaurants in San Francisco and (if January is any indicator) 2010 isn’t going to be a bed of truffles and lollipops either. As a 20-year veteran of the restaurant industry, I cringe. Have you … Continue reading

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2009 Fancy Food Show: Well, Fancy That.

The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade put on their 34th Winter Fancy Food Show this week, allowing for exhibitors from around the world to do precisely that– exhibit themselves. Thousands of vendors and merchants descended upon the Moscone … Continue reading

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Rally, I do.

There is so much to say about this rally and what it signified for me that I can’t possibly fit it all into a blog post. This is one for my therapist, certainly, but it’s something I had to write … Continue reading

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You Say Tomato: A Very British Grocery

There’s more to urban hunting and gathering than visiting one’s local supermarket. Grocery shopping need not be limited to the likes of Safeway, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s. They’re just so… corporate, and this shopper is a bit bored with … Continue reading

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Brenda’s French Soul Food

My friend Mark, who knows about everything before I do, has been wanting to go to Brenda’s French Soul Food for months. He planned to take some people to brunch there a few Sundays ago. It was, however, closed. They … Continue reading

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If I Knew You Were Coming, I'd Have Baked a Cake

Well, I knew he was coming, but I didn’t bake one. I bought one instead. Do you think I could make a cake as precious as the one below? Perhaps, but not under stress. I thought about baking him a … Continue reading

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Blue Bottle Coffee Company

My friend Lyle is mildly obsessed with coffee. If it’s daylight outside, there is usually a paper take away cup filled with the black, caffeinated liquid within a two-and-a-half foot radius of him. I haven’t measured his wingspan. I’m just … Continue reading

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