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2005 Stories by Meredith Brody

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  • Din With Dinner

    published July 6, 2005

    When I called the new North Beach Mexican restaurant Impala to inquire if I needed a dinner reservation that night at 9, the quick response was,... More >>

  • Red Square Meals

    published June 29, 2005

    I've always loved Eastern European food. My Lithuanian grandmother was a wonderful cook, with a constantly-in-use, steamy, pungent kitchen (I... More >>

  • Steak Out

    published June 22, 2005

    For the first week or so that I was in Russia, enjoying the food, some familiar (three versions of chicken Kiev; many diverse cabbage borschts;... More >>

  • Supping Theatrically

    published June 15, 2005

    Calvin Trillin has a ready answer when questioned about why he and his family chose to live in New York: "We're big eaters." I had a standard... More >>

  • Class Act

    published June 8, 2005

    Some tastes are acquired, but sometimes we fall in love immediately. Such was the case for me with the writing of Geoff Dyer, the music of Elvis... More >>

  • Feckless Eating

    published June 1, 2005

    When I read R.W. Apple's description of himself in the foreword to his new book, Apple's America, as "never a feckless eater," it was in... More >>

  • Eggs and Cheese, Cheese and Eggs

    published May 25, 2005

    One of my favorite things about appetite is also one of the most mysterious: the yearning for something specific, the certainty that I want fresh... More >>

  • Never a Feckless Eater

    published May 18, 2005

    When asked if I wanted to meet R.W. "Johnny" Apple Jr., the occasion being the publication of Apple's America: The Discriminating Traveler's... More >>

  • Banquet de Luxe

    published May 4, 2005

    The morning after you've feasted on frog's legs, snails, pig's feet, lobster, crab, beef tenderloin, quail, squab, and foie gras foie gras foie... More >>

  • Poetic Food

    published April 27, 2005

    In April my fancy lightly turns to thoughts of poetry. This is partly because all around me the Earth is bursting into bloom, brilliant orange... More >>

  • Patricia Unterman's San Francisco Food Lover's Guide, 4th Edition

    published April 27, 2005

    By Patricia Unterman Ten Speed Press (2005), $18.95 If a guidebook introduces you to one new place that you love, it's... More >>

  • Fat City

    published April 20, 2005

    Even though I do, as the lyric goes, love a parade, it's rare that I bestir myself to watch one in the flesh. My favorite parade memories are of... More >>

  • Slices of Heaven

    published April 13, 2005

    Usually my omnivorous friend Robert is quick off the mark when it comes to a well-recommended new eatery, so I have no idea why he still hadn't... More >>

  • San Francisco on $36.82 a Day

    published April 6, 2005

    On the whole, I don't have an envious bone in my body. I'm not bragging: It's just an accident of psychological makeup. But I do experience the... More >>

  • The Art of Eating

    published March 30, 2005

    Something recently came into my mailbox that seemed eerily apt, seeing as I was thinking about Chinese and Thai food: a press release whose... More >>

  • Pressing Issues

    published March 23, 2005

    I first fell in love with Cuban sandwiches in New York. There was a great Cuban coffee shop in the Broadway building that then housed the... More >>

  • Seconds

    published March 16, 2005

    There's something faintly illicit about a long, bibulous lunch on a workday, just as there is about going to the movies when the sun is shining... More >>

  • Secret Garden

    published March 9, 2005

    Carl, one of my favorite gastronomes, is back in town, and it's clear when he phones to set up a dinner date that he's in an Italian mood: "Have... More >>

  • Abandoning Control

    published March 2, 2005

    My eating-out ritual is simple: Several times a week, I dine at a San Francisco restaurant that I've chosen because it's new, or has a new chef,... More >>

  • Tiki Tired

    published February 23, 2005

    I can't say I missed having a convenient Trader Vic's when I moved to San Francisco, even though, if you poked around in the back of my china... More >>

  • Artful Italian

    published February 16, 2005

    The second Peter, Anita, and I ran into Robert in the lobby of 49 Geary on "First Thursday" -- the monthly late-opening night for numerous... More >>

  • Chocolate U

    published February 9, 2005

    My name is Meredith, and I am not a chocoholic. Oh, it's not that I don't enjoy the confection. In fact, at any one time, there may be as... More >>

  • Pasta Nostalgia

    published February 2, 2005

    San Francisco's reputation as a great eating town dates back to the Gold Rush, when miners dizzy with gold dust flocked to such places as the... More >>

  • Meat and Potatoes

    published January 26, 2005

    After hearing me rave about my meal at C&L, a well-meaning friend inquired if I was sure that it was, as I called it, "the best little steakhouse... More >>

  • Inspiring Thirst: Vintage Selections From the Kermit Lynch Wine Brochure

    published January 26, 2005

    By Kermit Lynch Ten Speed (2005), $40 A worthy follow-up to Lynch's irresistible, highly readable, picaresque... More >>

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