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  • Tomorrow Never Dies

    published December 27, 2000

    "Maybe it's much too early in the game," muses Ella Fitzgerald from the depths of my stereo speakers, "oh but I thought I'd ask you just... More >>

  • Not-So-Silent Night

    published December 20, 2000

    A few evenings ago, driven by a combination of Joyeux Noël, a Chicago reverie of Proustian dimensions, and a base, wintertime craving for... More >>

  • A Temple to High Living

    published December 13, 2000

    Elisabeth Daniel belongs to the grand old San Francisco tradition of elegantly presented, nouveau riche excess that dates back to the opening of... More >>

  • Nosh Till You Drop

    published December 6, 2000

    Undulant masses of gloved, capped, parka'd people in pairs, trios, and alone edge forward with grim determination. Mounted police stand at the... More >>

  • Goop and Its Pleasures

    published November 29, 2000

    It took some doing, but a few hours before my dinner reservation at Blackberry Ginger I finally figured out where the hell the place was. The... More >>

  • Soup's On

    published November 22, 2000

    Just Won Ton sounds like something out of a Saturday Night Live routine, the culinary equivalent of the store that sells Scotch tape and... More >>

  • Tuscan Treasures

    published November 15, 2000

    Late in the 15th century a Florentine scholar by the name of Bartolomeo Sacchi gave the blossoming Renaissance a culinary conscience in the form... More >>

  • Well Seasoned

    published November 8, 2000

    Living in the San Francisco Bay Area one finds oneself surrounded by wise guys from across the country whose favorite pastime is regional griping,... More >>

  • Bye-Bye Bourbon Street

    published October 25, 2000

    When I first visited New Orleans back in 1987 I got a horrible sunburn and then I got mugged. Since then I've been back five times. There's no... More >>

  • Modern Classic

    published October 18, 2000

    In its own fluidly cosmopolitan way, Jardinière compiles and reinterprets what might be called culinary San Francisco's greatest hits. The... More >>

  • Say Cheesecake

    published October 11, 2000

    "The only great party," Groucho Marx once said, "is a boy and a girl and a cheesecake." Indeed. It's a wondrous thing, is cheesecake: creamy and... More >>

  • Home and Away

    published September 27, 2000

    Cafe J looks like the contents of a gaudily wrapped package spilled open on Christmas morning. A dozen tables in Kool-Aid red dot the narrow,... More >>

  • Mixed Up

    published September 20, 2000

    Back in his stand-up days, Dick Cavett told a joke about a trendy new Chinese-German restaurant where "the only problem is that an hour later,... More >>

  • The Long Hello

    published September 13, 2000

    When I was recruited to work on the Weekly's Best of San Francisco issue last spring I knew that somehow, somewhere, I would have to... More >>

  • Real San Francisco

    published September 6, 2000

    The Hyde Street Bistro is what you'd call a real San Francisco kind of place. It's one of those little neighborhood eateries you might see... More >>

  • Umbrella Drinks

    published August 30, 2000

    I was preparing for an evening of gulping and masticating when I happened to notice that I was putting on a necktie. Since I've donned a tie on... More >>

  • The Thais That Bind

    published August 23, 2000

    The curmudgeon's wife liked Your Place (a trim little Thai hideaway in Berkeley's northern reaches) as soon as she walked in the door and beheld... More >>

  • A Tall Cool One

    published August 16, 2000

    Difficult as it is for me to presently contemplate, there was a time in my life when I didn't love beer. In fact, during the 1987 National League... More >>

  • Some Hot Tamales

    published August 2, 2000

    The tamale is one of the most ancient of modern foods, a comestible of infinite variety, inspired kitchen craft, and unifying panculturalism as... More >>

  • Standard Order

    published July 26, 2000

    South Beach, as a concept, was unknown to me until I was invited to the grand opening of a restaurant -- the Barking Dog? the Braying Mule? -- at... More >>

  • All Aboard

    published July 19, 2000

    I've been a train nut ever since that signal spring day 15 years ago when I boarded the Zephyr at Oakland's decrepit old railroad depot and... More >>

  • Here's the Pitch

    published July 12, 2000

    When I was a kid growing up in the Western Addition we lived two blocks away from big, bashful Willie McCovey, everybody's favorite Giant. (Willie... More >>

  • Style Over Substance

    published July 5, 2000

    I went to OakTown the other night with three women versed in the intricacies of haute couture, and their first impressions were positive... More >>

  • The Show Goes On

    published June 28, 2000

    Show biz is an often overlooked factor in the world of pleasurable restaurantgoing. More than service or location or any other aspect except food,... More >>

  • West Coasters

    published June 21, 2000

    "How about we head out to the Cliff House and have ourselves a nice bottle of wine, some shrimp cocktail, a coupla steaks, some French-fried... More >>

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