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2008 Stories by Tamara Palmer

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  • Life's Rich Pageant

    published December 31, 2008

    Chinese New Year always conjures up the particularly San Franciscan memory of watching people animate fanciful paper dragons that dance through... More >>

  • Humphry Slocombe Challenges Ice Cream Conventions

    published Dec 31, 2008

    Notes and Photos by Tamara PalmerThis week marks the anticipated opening of Humphry Slocombe, an ice cream parlor featuring inventive flavors from owner/chef Jake Godby, who has worked as a pastry che... More >>

  • Localvore: Bay Area Cravings of the Now

    published Dec 30, 2008

    (Image via Food Gal)•Persimmons for late bloomers [Food Gal]•The great restaurant boom of 2009 [SFGate]•Sourdough starter [Bay Area Bites]•Gluten-free Whoopie [The Urban Housewife]-- Tamara Pa... More >>

  • Snacktion: Droga's Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy

    published Dec 30, 2008

    Name: Dark Chocolate Rocky Road CandyBrand: DrogaOrigin: San FranciscoFound at: Miette (449 Octavia)Cost: $4Ingredients: Chocolate, corn syrup, sugar, dry-roasted peanuts, xanthan gum, invert sugar, g... More >>

  • Alcademics: The School of Drinking

    published Dec 29, 2008

    (Camper English photo via Cramper)Alcademics creator Camper English would have been a great source for that New York Times article we just discussed. I've long been a fan of the San Francisco-based f... More >>

  • New York Times Salutes Our Spirited Culture

    published Dec 29, 2008

    (Alembic photo by Heidi Schumann via New York Times)Yesterday's New York Times weaves a magical tale of our spirited culture with Gregory Dicum's "In San Francisco Bars, a Cocktail Is Not Just a Drink... More >>

  • Last Night: Laughing Squid's Second Annual Unholiday Party

    published Dec 28, 2008

    (Mark Growden Trio perform live at the Unholiday Party) Laughing Squid's Second Annual Unholiday Party "SOMA Venue Without a Name" December 27, 2008 Words, Photos and Video by Tamara Palmer B... More >>

  • Lovin' Spoonfuls at Loving Cup

    published Dec 26, 2008

    Open for just over three weeks, Loving Cup (2356 Polk St.) specializes in rice pudding and frozen yogurt. The latter is sweet and not the tart variety that seems to dominate the dozens of fro-yo shop... More >>

  • Friday Sundae: Ici's Affogato

    published Dec 26, 2008

    Amongst all the temptations of Ici (2948 College Avenue in Berkeley) is the delicious affogato di gelato ($5.75), an Italian sundae of vanilla bean ice cream crowned with freshly brewed warm espresso ... More >>

  • Let Us Feed You

    published Dec 25, 2008

    We're beyond excited to be one of the latest food-related blogs to be added to the scrumptious feed that is the food section of It's a great way to have a birds' eye view of headlines fr... More >>

  • Drink of the Week: Sonoma Sparkler's Natural Blood Orange

    published Dec 25, 2008

    The newest flavor courtesy of Healdsburg's Sonoma Sparkler is this gorgeous sparkling blood orange juice. The bubbles are restrained but still manage to elevate the seriousness of the blood orange. It... More >>

  • The Restroom: Four Barrel Coffee

    published Dec 24, 2008

    Relative newcomer Four Barrel Coffee (375 Valencia) is getting a lot of attention for its coffee and its prices. But the joint is not receiving nearly enough praise for its very festive restroom.It i... More >>

  • This Saturday: Really Really Free Market

    published Dec 24, 2008

    Free clothes, free books, free knick-knacks, and free food! This month's installment of the Really Really Free Market takes place this Saturday, December 27 from noon to "5 p.m.-ish" at Dolores Park (... More >>

  • Localvore: Bay Area Cravings of the Now

    published Dec 23, 2008

    •The death of Sparks [SFist]•The resurrection of Mother's Cookies [Serious Eats]•Olive oil ice cream [SFGate]•Christmas movie sob fest menus [Bay Area Bites]-- Tamara Palmer ... More >>

  • Snacktion: Crunchy Foods' Biscotti di Suzy Lemon Almond Biscotti

    published Dec 23, 2008

    Name: Biscotti di Suzy Lemon AlmondBrand: Crunchy FoodsOrigin: OaklandFound at: Andronico's (1200 Irving)Cost: $7.49Ingredients: Enriched wheat flour, sugar, butter, eggs, almonds, lemon juice, natura... More >>

  • The Future of Disco

    published December 24, 2008

    New York–based DJ and producer John MacLean is best known as Juan Mac-Lean — which is also the name of his band. The group... More >>

  • Turning the Tables

    published December 24, 2008

    DJ Qbert (Richard Quitevis) is one of the most technically proficient hip-hop DJs to emerge from the Bay Area, a world champion who... More >>

  • Feed It Forward With Free Restaurant Gift Certificates

    published Dec 22, 2008

    Yes, it's now officially the last minute, but luckily is continuing its massive, $3 million Feed It Forward giveaway until the 25th. Register to the site (free) and it will allow you to... More >>

  • Grand Opening: Candy Darling

    published Dec 22, 2008

    Notes and Photos by Tamara PalmerSaturday was the grand opening of Candy Darling (798 Sutter), a confectioner that's been longer than 15 minutes in the planning. Okay, so that was a bad Andy Warhol re... More >>

  • Drink of the Week: Signs & Wonders Peanut Milk

    published Dec 19, 2008

    From hemp to rice, it seems one can get milk out of anything. Signs & Wonders Peanut Milk was invented at KK Cafe (252 Divisadero) and is currently the only place in the world to get it; previous... More >>

  • Last Night: Mission Street Food Mash-Up Night

    published Dec 19, 2008

    (Palermo vs. Tokyo by Chef Ian Muntzert)Notes and Photos by Tamara Palmer We've written previously of our love of Mission Street Food, the brainchild of Bar Tartine line chef Anthony Myint that bega... More >>

  • Secret Suppers: Cheaper Than The Real Thing

    published Dec 18, 2008

    San Francisco's underground food scene is alive and flavorful, and still thankfully peppered with secret affairs that even I'd never ruin by exposing. These tasty (and sometimes illicit) indulgences a... More >>

  • Marie Simmons and Things Cooks Love

    published Dec 18, 2008

    Things Cooks Love: Implements, Ingredients, Recipes is a valuable reference guide of foundational cooking knowledge, from what to keep stocked in the pantry to the best tools to make your ideas come a... More >>

  • What You Can Get For a Buck or Three

    published Dec 17, 2008

    A few months back, I blogged about my positive eating experience at the Taco Shop at Underdogs Sports Bar and Grill (1824 Irving), but I didn't know then about Taco Tuesdays, where small street tacos ... More >>

  • Snacktion: Popchips' Barbeque Potato Chips

    published Dec 16, 2008

    Name: Barbeque Potato ChipsBrand: Popchips Origin: Southern CaliforniaFound at: Other Avenues (3930 Judah)Cost: $2.69Ingredients: Natural potato ingredients (potato flour, potato starch), safflower o... More >>

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