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2004 Stories by Meredith Brody

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  • The Country at Steak

    published December 29, 2004

    After a lingering look back over some of the highlights of what I've eaten in 2004, I am lost in admiration for my colleague, Jonathan Kauffman of... More >>

  • Comfort Food

    published December 22, 2004

    Don't get me wrong: I love the holidays. And by holidays, I don't just mean the Thanksgiving-to-New-Year's marathon that we're in the middle of... More >>

  • Readers' Choice

    published December 15, 2004

    One of the questions I get asked frequently is how I choose the restaurants I go to, and beyond the obvious (covering the new places, my... More >>

  • From Aush to Bowlawni

    published December 8, 2004

    From time to time, a scrap of paper enters our lives that deserves framing (or at least temporary enshrinement by magnet on the refrigerator... More >>

  • For Health and Pleasure

    published December 1, 2004

    I've never had a more sustained period of dreadful eating than I did for two heedless weeks this fall, when I went from the Telluride Film... More >>

  • Irony Overload

    published November 24, 2004

    Warm pink light spills onto the sidewalk from Lime, a self-described restaurant-lounge (I would reverse the order) that opened on Market Street in... More >>

  • Whining and Dining

    published November 17, 2004

    "This is my favorite movie of the year," I realized as I watched Sideways for the third time with the same sense of delight and pleasure as... More >>

  • Not So Suite

    published November 10, 2004

    I felt secure in choosing La Suite for the final night's meal of my friends Jeff and John's trip to San Francisco because I'd enjoyed my visits to... More >>

  • Reconsider the Oyster

    published November 3, 2004

    "I'm thinking about doing a piece on oyster bars," I said idly to Jeff over the phone. "Wait for me!" he commanded, and I was willing, because he... More >>

  • The Raw and the Cooked

    published October 27, 2004

    For sentimental reasons, I knew just where I wanted to take my 11-year-old godson, Chester, for dinner a couple of months ago, when he was... More >>

  • Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003

    published October 27, 2004

    By Kevin Starr Alfred A. Knopf (2004), $35 Kevin Starr is our own Dr. Gibbons (though more prolific), chronicling... More >>

  • Reality Check

    published October 20, 2004

    My tastes in food have always been adventurous. I'm interested in trying every ingredient that man has ever enjoyed eating, as well as every... More >>

  • Indian Love Song

    published October 13, 2004

    Earlier this year I had a fabulous and uniquely interesting meal: an Indian tasting menu, idiosyncratic and chef-driven, in a small restaurant off... More >>

  • Con-Fusion

    published October 6, 2004

    Carl was in town on his annual visit from Tokyo, where he spends most of the year teaching and concertizing, and I wanted to take him someplace... More >>

  • Brilliant Bites

    published September 29, 2004

    My favorite thing to do in the entire world is travel. And one of my favorite things to do during trips is (big surprise) sample the local... More >>

  • The Egg and I

    published September 22, 2004

    "'When you wake in the morning, Pooh,' said Piglet at last, 'what's the first thing you say to yourself?' 'What's for breakfast?' said Pooh. 'What... More >>

  • A Delectable Discovery

    published September 15, 2004

    My dinner with Lee at Mangarosa, a brand-new Brazilian-Italian restaurant in North Beach, started out with several strikes against it. I had to... More >>

  • Cook's Tour

    published September 8, 2004

    Often when people ask me for restaurant recommendations, they preface their requests with an apology: "I know you must be sick of this, but ...."... More >>

  • Omnivorous

    published September 1, 2004

    When choosing a restaurant to please a mixed group of both carnivores and shunners of red meat, one's first choice would not usually be a... More >>

  • Things Change

    published August 25, 2004

    When I heard grumblings from friends and readers about the Slanted Door after it opened in the Ferry Building, its third and glitziest location, I... More >>

  • Fussy Fusion

    published August 18, 2004

    My education in Peruvian food was carried out, most enjoyably, at two modest restaurants in Los Angeles, one on the west side (but only just), one... More >>

  • Italian With Tears

    published August 11, 2004

    My friend Julie was in town for her second annual "pack up Berkeley-student daughter and move her back to L.A. for the summer" visit, and the... More >>

  • Feast of the Senses

    published August 4, 2004

    A year ago last spring, in this space, I somewhat incautiously said that though moving to the Bay Area had improved my life in all sorts of ways... More >>

  • Deco Dreams

    published July 28, 2004

    Last year the American Museum of Natural History in New York presented a crowd-pleasing show about chocolate (titled, neatly, "Chocolate: The... More >>

  • Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory: Hollywood's Genius Bad Boy

    published July 28, 2004

    By Matthew Kennedy University of Wisconsin (2004), $35 In a world where film buffs can choose from among 15 biographies... More >>

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