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2003 Stories by Meredith Brody

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  • Urban Explorer

    published December 31, 2003

    No two San Franciscans live in the same city. We all create our own metropolises by the patterns we trace, the choices we make, the landmarks that... More >>

  • Fish Story

    published December 24, 2003

    In everyone's private arsenal of restaurants (the spot you like to go for breakfast in the neighborhood, the best burger place, the celebration... More >>

  • It's All Good

    published December 17, 2003

    Certain words don't show up in my writing because they set my teeth on edge: "veggies," for instance, or "winners," as in "Other winners were the... More >>

  • Cheerful Cichetti

    published December 10, 2003

    The most heartwarming sight I've been privy to in ages was that of Stuart, our Thanksgiving host, crouching by the oven, affixing sausages and... More >>

  • Raise the Bar

    published December 3, 2003

    "Know thyself," the saying goes, and one thing I know is that the sensation of peace and calm that some people say they get in church comes over... More >>

  • Ghee Whiz

    published November 26, 2003

    I've been spending two nights a week in India lately, courtesy of the Satyajit Ray film festival at the Stanford Theatre (221 University in Palo... More >>

  • Piece 'a Pizza

    published November 19, 2003

    It started out as kind of a gag, after I stumbled across exactly the book I was looking for as a gift for my baby nephew: First Book of... More >>

  • The House of Sour Cream

    published November 12, 2003

    I was having trouble forcing myself to go see the Chagall show at SFMOMA. Except for one afternoon decades ago, I've never liked his work -- but... More >>

  • Country in the City

    published November 5, 2003

    There's one pair of food writers whose career I have always envied: Jane and Michael Stern, the Roadfood authors, whose life together seems... More >>

  • Silver-Screen Suppers

    published October 29, 2003

    Usually I pick the restaurant where I'm going to dine, and then choose my companions, which isn't as easy and automatic a process as you might... More >>

  • Am I Blue

    published October 22, 2003

    Hope springs eternal. When I read that the specialty of the Blue Mermaid -- the restaurant in the Argonaut, a new "boutique" hotel in Fisherman's... More >>

  • The Grill Most Likely

    published October 15, 2003

    I didn't have big expectations for our meal when I invited Ron and Dinora to dinner at the new Fillmore Grill, largely because of the... More >>

  • Hat Trick

    published October 8, 2003

    A.J. Liebling said that the primary requisite for writing about food is a good appetite. Well, that I have, although the daily renewing of that... More >>

  • I Am the Eggman

    published October 1, 2003

    I was complaining to Karen about the inevitability of having to wait in line for brunch at my goddaughter's favorite spot, Bette's Oceanview Diner... More >>

  • Cinema Synergy

    published September 24, 2003

    The standard calendar may identify January as the beginning of the year, but on mine it's always been September, and not just because it meant the... More >>

  • Best Mexican

    published September 17, 2003

    Susan, a friend who'd moved up to the Bay Area from Los Angeles around the same time I did, couldn't stop raving about a Mexican restaurant on... More >>

  • Eating at the Flea

    published September 10, 2003

    There is, to my mind, no finer way to while away a few hours on a Sunday than strolling through a flea market. You're getting fresh air and a... More >>

  • Meat Heaven

    published September 3, 2003

    Robert found the place by Googling around, after a colleague told him that her fiance was from Argentina and was pining away for parrillada. (Who... More >>

  • Millennium Approaches

    published August 27, 2003

    Let's get this out of the way straight off: I've always been happy with my position in the food chain. I hasten to point out that this position is... More >>

  • The Milky Way

    published August 20, 2003

    Not that we don't like ice cream when baby, it's cold outside, but this curiously warm summer (which started early and seems bent on disproving... More >>

  • Like Mamma Used to Make

    published August 13, 2003

    I love television. (I used to tell people, in all honesty, that I hadn't watched television before 1994. That got a laugh for maybe three years.... More >>

  • Sandwich Queen

    published August 6, 2003

    There's a lovely little list-as-essay by Bruce Cole titled "A summer manifesto -- sorta ...," a reminder to enjoy the foods of this season while... More >>

  • If You Knew Sushi

    published July 30, 2003

    Everybody who writes about restaurants has had the experience of somebody saying to him, "There's this amazing new place I'll tell you about, but... More >>

  • Take Me to the Casbah

    published July 23, 2003

    I knew I would be hoist with my own petard when I wrote last week that the décor of a restaurant isn't all that important to me. Just not... More >>

  • Monkey Business

    published July 16, 2003

    Some names are genius: Koh Samui & The Monkey pleased me from the first time I saw it, for a number of reasons. I had no idea what it meant, but... More >>

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