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2003 Stories by Meredith Brody

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  • Absinthe Friends

    published July 9, 2003

    My friend Glenn, who lives in Santa Barbara but has season tickets to both the San Francisco and Los Angeles operas, called before coming up to... More >>

  • Double Play

    published July 2, 2003

    I've always liked baseball: the leisurely pace of the game, the grassy playing field, the uniforms (and the men who wear them), and, last but of... More >>

  • The Church of Trillin

    published June 25, 2003

    Over the years, I've met several people of whom I've later said, "If they started a religion, I would join it": Betsey Johnson, my friend Stephen... More >>

  • Innocence Well-Fed

    published June 18, 2003

    Potato pancakes$9 Pea soup$5 Boiled potatoes with quark$10.50 Wiener schnitzel$16 Apple strudel$6 Schnitzelhaus... More >>

  • Unterman on Food

    published June 11, 2003

    In my recent paean to guidebooks, I said that at the very least you need a Zagat, even if you only use it as a phone book or memory-jogger,... More >>

  • Urban Explorer

    published June 4, 2003

    I couldn't imagine living in a city, any city, without a full complement of guidebooks. And not just restaurant guidebooks (though the absolute... More >>

  • Cheeseburger Cheeseburger Cheeseburger

    published May 28, 2003

    It was way past dinnertime; I was on deadline and working late, and there were the makings of a pretty decent quesadilla in the fridge --... More >>

  • Readings and Eatings

    published May 21, 2003

    Looking for a pay phone after attending Amanda Hesser's reading last week at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, I saw that the new Fellini... More >>

  • Entrez au Jardin

    published May 14, 2003

    When a mutual acquaintance suggested at the last minute that I might like to meet with Amanda Hesser during her already-crowded book tour swing... More >>

  • Habana Good Time

    published May 7, 2003

    My friends Adam, Janice, and Chester were excited when they heard that a restaurant called Habana was opening in San Francisco. Determined foodies... More >>

  • Surreal Meals

    published April 30, 2003

    Sometimes the meals you remember most vividly are not the best ones -- or even ones you actually consumed. You might shudder every time you walk... More >>

  • Movie Meals

    published April 16, 2003

    It was with considerable excitement that I contemplated the program for the 46th annual San Francisco International Film Festival. Everything in... More >>

  • Eating With Lisa

    published April 9, 2003

    Lisa was always my best eating partner; she was willing to go anywhere and try anything, as long as I said the magic words: "I'll drive." (We had... More >>

  • Life During Wartime

    published April 2, 2003

    The plan was for my brother to meet me at a movie and then we'd have dinner after. I'd seen everything he wanted to see - Frida,... More >>

  • The Asian Collection

    published March 26, 2003

    Not that I need an excuse to eat in four different Asian restaurants in a week, especially in San Francisco, but anticipating the opening of the... More >>

  • Fumbled Catch

    published March 19, 2003

    In the bad old days (and they weren't all that long ago), despite the fact that San Francisco is surrounded by water, it was never a sure thing... More >>

  • Worth a Detour

    published March 12, 2003

    Without knowing a lot more about the French restaurateur Bernard Loiseau, it seems reckless to ascribe his recent suicide to the seemingly... More >>

  • The Same River Twice

    published March 5, 2003

    It's rare that I find myself thinking about the French writers the Goncourt brothers twice within 24 hours -- rare, in fact, that I find myself... More >>

  • Chow Fun

    published February 26, 2003

    "I screwed myself," I thought, fondly, when I couldn't stop thinking about German food long after I'd written my column last week. I'd eaten so... More >>

  • Berlin by the Bay

    published February 19, 2003

    I just got in under the wire to see the amazing Gerhard Richter show at SFMOMA. It was closing within days, and touring the many rooms was so... More >>

  • Museum of Food

    published February 12, 2003

    I hadn't planned on visiting Copia, the year-old American Center for Wine Food & the Arts (as it styles itself), in Napa that day. I wasn't... More >>

  • Read 'Em and Eat

    published February 5, 2003

    I have always been fascinated by the various mechanisms that arouse hunger. There's the whole array of sensory reminders: visual (that beauty shot... More >>

  • Antojitos Antics

    published January 29, 2003

    It's not really like I need an excuse to go out and spend a day eating around -- it's my job, after all -- but sometimes I do enjoy a nudge in a... More >>

  • Hail and Farewell

    published January 22, 2003

    I didn't hit town quite like the confused character played by Frank Sinatra in On the Town, who gets into Betty Garrett's taxi and asks her... More >>

  • Out of the Past

    published January 15, 2003

    I've always been attracted to the science-fiction mainstay of time travel. In fact, I practice it frequently. Pace H.G. Wells, I employ no... More >>

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