Paul Lowry/Flickr There's a lot of talk about "food deserts" in food policy circles these days -- impoverished areas where residents have no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Corner stores in poor neighborhoods tend to be one of the major sources for food, but they stock nonperishables: chips, ... More >>
Sean TimberlakeHot right now: Thai chiles.Indian summer's come and gone, but it's not too late to capture a piece of the season's heat in a jar. Hot peppers are still lingering at the markets. Some of the more exotic varieties have passed, but common peppers like Thai chilies, pictured, are s ... More >>
thestevenscompany.netBecker Lane pork stars in dinner to benefit Food Not Bombs.Mission Street Food welcomes guest chef Thomas Martinez, last seen heading up the kitchen at Mission Beach Cafe, this Thursday, Dec. 3. Martinez's offerings for the menu are largely inspired by Becker Lane pork and fa ... More >>
M. BrodyThe chocolate ganache burger -- the bun's a hole-less doughnut.We still think the best thing about Hubert Keller's Burger Bar in Macy's (170 O'Farrell at Geary) are the sweeping views over Union Square. But, credit where credit is due, the two dessert burgers on the menu are cute, esp ... More >>
amorimur/FlickrThe sampler: From left, mango sago, mixed fruit, sago with coconut milk, and ice cream.A unique alternative for late-night cravings in the Outer Sunset, Golden Island Café serves a variety of traditional Hong Kong-style desserts. The specialty here is sago, tiny translucent ta ... More >>
M. BrodyGoldstein, serving chunky gazpacho -- but when does she sleep?A real treat: an intimate dinner chez Joyce Goldstein, aka the hardest working woman in the food business. Goldstein, veteran of Chez Panisse and her own San Francisco restaurant Square One, is the author of 26 cookbooks, a ... More >>
chandoo.orgAfter last month's mighty fried chicken battle, eating enthusiast Celia Sack has announced a new cooking competition. Bring your best personally-baked pies (cut into bite-sized portions) to Sack's shop Omnivore Books (3885A Cesar Chavez at Church) on Thursday, September 10, at 6 ... More >>
The Mu Shu Veggies taco: Sweet and chewy. "East meets South...of the border," claims Kung Fu Tacos, a new lunchtime taco truck that couples Asian-inspired flavors with a Latin twist. Kung Fu Tacos offers a menu that features multiple variations, including a vegetarian option, all heaped in fre ... More >>
M. Brody The communal table: Long waits at prime time? On Friday, only its second lunch service, the Castro's Starbelly already felt like the popular neighborhood restaurant and gastronomic destination it clearly wants to be. This is the second venture (after pizza-and-cocktails phenomenon Be ... More >>
Kevin Littlefield/FlickrLight yet potent.Before summertime comes to an end and the fruits of the season shrivel into luscious memory, satisfy your stone fruit desires one last time with a light yet potent champagne punch. Raid your local farmers' market for the juiciest plums, apricots, nec ... More >>
JonnyGdeCA/FlickrScore a prime example at Ramblas on Valencia.Sangria is as delectable and as open to experiment and interpretation as paella, its great culinary cohort of the Spanish table. This fruity, sparkling concoction is the perfect light-spirited libation for the summer months and is malleab ... More >>
chez pim via FlickrSyhabout: Prix-fixe collaboratorPeople line up for Jesse Kuhn's Little Gem lettuces at the Ferry Plaza farmers' market on Saturdays and at the Marin farmers' market in San Rafael on Sundays. At his 10-acre Petaluma farm, Marin Roots, he also grows baby vegetables -- carrots, beets ... More >>
If you think you recognize the executive chef of Scala's Bistro (432 Powell at Post) wihtout ever having eaten there, it's because Jen Biesty competed on the fourth season of Bravo's Top Chef in 2008, where she cooked meals inspired by penguins and the film Il Postino. SFoodie challenged Biesty to c ... More >>
Trickier than they lookWith strawberry season here, the creators of Heirloom Tomato Week and Dungeness Crab Week are gearing up for Strawberry Week, and they've brought friends -- lots of friends. Forty-four local chefs and 57 restaurants will participate in a week of berry-inspired revelry with sig ... More >>
Strawberry season usually peaks in late May or early June.
Just opened last week inside a Mission District liquor store, Pal's Take Away features salads and sandwiches made with fresh, local ingredients on a menu that changes once or twice weekly. On opening day, I picked up two sandwiches and had a hard time eating just half of each and saving the rest ... More >>
There's nothing better than perfectly fresh turnip greens.
Green, green, green!
Check out endive.com for recipes. Unfortunately, no such luck with rutabaga.com.
Favorite recipes for rutabagas, anyone?
elraigon.comSpring is here, and the city's farmers markets are brimming with fecund, fragrant, Technicolor abondanza: needle-thin asparagus fresh from the Delta; stalks of Pescadero rhubarb and Half Moon Bay snap peas; a dazzling array of Watsonville basil; loquats and fava beans and haricots vert f ... More >>
I'm not close to getting tired of asparagus yet.
Name: Potato Leek QuicheBrand: Artisan BakersOrigin: SonomaFound at: Rainbow Grocery, 1745 Folsom, 863-0620Cost: $3.25Ingredients: Pastry flour, butter, salt, baking powder, cider vinegar, eggs, white pepper, nutmeg, milk, cream, potato, leeks, mozzarella, herbs (as listed on bin, not in order of qu ... More >>
Signs of spring: salad mix, green garlic, asparagus, and fatter carrots.
Anchovies! Garlic! Hot pepper! How is that wrong?
Remoulade is arguably the best dish to make with celery root.
Beat-up, food-stained old cookbooks are usually the best.
100% tomatoes, no salt, preservatives, or seasonings.
Today's lesson: wild mustard greens need to be cooked a lot longer than broccoli rabe.
Via: Obama-Biden Transition ProjectThe Obama FamilyAlice Waters, who has been trying for years to get Presidents from Clinton to Obama to get on board with her vision of fresh, local, seasonal, organic food for all (read her letters to Clinton and Obama here), should be happy: it seems like her ... More >>
It's the best you can buy (though your grandma's might be better).
(S.F. sushi spots create specialties far more regionalized than just the California Roll; image via Flavor J) It's not that the California Roll isn't appreciated, but it sure is fun to see sushi joints naming their maki after the neighborhoods where they operate. Here are 10 that stand out: 1. Po ... More >>
Austrian pumpkin seed oil to the rescue!
Here's a fast and easy way to prep butternut and other smooth-skinned winter squashes.
Yep, the whole hog: belly, head, trotter, skin, ears, liver, heart, brain, tripe, kidneys, lard, blood, and spleen.
This mildly spicy pepper paste is a great addition to scrambled eggs.
My CSA box saved me over 30% compared with what the same items would have cost at the farmers market this week.
As we mentioned some time ago, Rachael Ray spent some time in the Bay Area putting together a show for her latest series, Rachael's Vacation, which aired last week and will run again February 6 at 11 p.m., February 7 at 2:30 a.m., and February 15 at 2:30 p.m. on the Food Network. But for those of y ... More >>
After reading an item about a local produce wheel in the San Francisco MenuPages blog, but not wanting to shell out the $12.95 to actually purchase one, we have the fortune to learn what exactly is in season here in San Francisco right now straight from the weekly e-newsletter of CUESA. In their wor ... More >>
From the Food Challenge
Success! I've picked up my Mariquita Mystery Box from Mariquita Farms near Watsonville, a supplier of specialty vegetables to some of San Francisco's most celebrated restaurants. The first thing I noticed as I neared the pickup location, which in this case was Piccino (801 22nd St.), was that it's n ... More >>
Based near Watsonville, Mariquita Farm supplies organic vegetables and herbs to acclaimed Bay Area restaurants. Its partial client list includes A16 (2355 Chestnut), Absinthe (398 Hayes), Boulevard (1 Mission), Chez Panisse (1517 Shattuck, Berkeley), Coi (373 Broadway), Delfina (3621 18th St.), Inca ... More >>
By Meredith Brody Is it just us, or do most of the suggestions tossed around the boardroom - peas, coleslaw, melon balls, prunes, mints, little gifts, poppyseeds, curds and whey, lake trout -- in the Jack-in-the-Box commercial for its new Teriyaki Bowls sound more appetizing than the real deal: "y ... More >>
By Matthew Stafford Christmas dinner is the great afterthought of the holiday season. So much time is spent shopping and card-writing and party-going and eggnog-sipping, there's barely enough time to think about what to eat for supper once the presents are unwrapped and the stockings are emptied. C ... More >>
By Meredith Brody On a recent trip to Costco to patronize their amazingly low-cost pharmacy - well, a second trip (note to self, and others: the pharmacy at the Richmond location is NOT open on Sunday!) - we wanted to stay as far away from the five-pound hunks of cheese and the six-pack of fresh ra ... More >>
By Matthew Stafford The first time I headed up to Lake Tahoe a decade or so ago, I figured the place would be lined with rustic, pine-timbered ski lodges where grizzled mountain men grilled trout fresh from the lake and served it on a plank with a few huckleberries and a mug of hard cider. Imagine ... More >>