Archive for 2008

I “heart” Boulevard Burgers: more San Francisco treats

Boulevard, San Francisco

Everyone has a favorite burger joint–In-and-Out, Pink’s, The Burger Joint, Daniel Boulud’s DB Burger (sirloin, braised short rib, foie gras and black truffle), Shake Shack, New Orleans’ late-night haunt, Port of Call…but when I went to visit my friend, Brian Garrido, in San Francisco he insisted I not leave until I tasted the burger at ...

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I “Heart” Donuts: More San Francisco Treats

Dynamo Donuts

I mentioned San Francisco’s Dynamo Donuts–the apple-maple glazed sprinkled with bacon, in particular, in an earlier blog post. Here are some more photos from that day and one of me feeding Donut-crazed author, John T. Edge. PHOTOS by Thayer Gowdy

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More San Francisco Treats: images by Thayer Gowdy

El Tonayense Taco Truck, San Francisco

I’ve been lucky enough to work with photographer Thayer Gowdy for several years now. Together we have crushed berries in Oregon, tasted wines in Paso Robles, as well as Buddha’s Hand citrus eggs, marionberry pie, roast duck, field greens, more wine, ricotta, chevre, pecorino, chocolate, donuts, tacos…Here are some images from a recent trip to ...

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Tortilla Espagnole/Spanish-Style Omelette

tortilla espagnole

I’ve been craving this Spanish-style potato omelette for weeks now. You’ll find smaller versions sitting out in Tapas bars all over Spain. I visited a friend in San Sebastian once whose mother always had one of these ready and waiting in her oven to offer up to unexpected guests. The trick is to not overcook the ...

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Last bites from le Comptoir du Relais, Paris

Choux Farci (Stuffed Cabbage), Le Comptoir du Relais, Paris

This was part of our last lunch at Le Comptoir du Relais before having to leave for Roissy. Stuffed Cabbage, Camborde-style, and sweetbreads with braised chestnuts and raisins. Roberto had the Poularde facon poule au pot (see post below) and Jennifer went back to her first love, deep and dark fork-tender beef cheeks with elbow ...

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A few more bites from Le Comptoir du Relais, Paris

toast de pain de mie, foie gras, le comptoir du relais, paris

I’m addicted to Le Comptoir. I need my comptoir lunch fix at least 3 or 4 times during a week’s stay in the city. I really do try to go elsewhere but I just can’t stay away from Yves Camborde’s cooking. A problem when I dine at restaurants is this: I have to order last ...

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At Market, Paris, marché maubert-mutualité

mesclun and haricots verts, marché maubert, paris

Winter lettuces are abundant and ready for the eating, raw and crisp with a simple vinaigrette (extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, fleur de sel and a crack of pepper) or topped with a poached egg and a few sauteed lardons.

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Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Pilgrimage to Paris, a French bistro Thanksgiving

Allard Bistro, Paris: sweetbreads with morels and cream

I am thankful for airplanes and pilots and hot fried chicken for open kitchens and French raw milk cheese. For running water and electricity for literacy and words and the dictionary. For my notebook and my pen and the Mac genius bar even though I would be more thankful if they served cocktails like Lillet blanc or mad Champagne. I am thankful ...

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French Cheese: le vacherin Mont d’Or, je t’aime

Clementine and Garlic

I love being in France this time of year when my favorite winter cheese is in season. (The Mont d’Or is best at room temperature served up with a spoon.) It’s also the time to celebrate Belon oysters and Tarte Tatin, clementines and chestnuts, marrons glacés and nougat glacé and salted caramel apples. Champagne, meslcun, ...

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Tuna Chic in Paris

Tuna Chic at La Grande Epicerie du Bon Marché

Even tuna, it seems, can be chic in Paris, especially if you are tuna turned into a Terrine with herbs and displayed at the equally chic La Grande Epicerie du Bon Marché. More tuna with tapenade and sauteed zucchini and green beans at Le Comptoir.

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First Bite from Paris…Le Comptoir du Relais

Toast de pain de mie grillé, foie gras: Le Comptoir, Paris

My favorite remedy for jet lag in Paris is to head straight to 9, carrefour de l’Odéon to LE COMPTOIR, a no reservations lunch spot. You can find past posts here It’s always good to hear that deep weathered voice of France as she smiles, kisses me hello with promises of a table toute de ...

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Just Steer Me Home: A letter on the closing of Cottage Living

A note from a friend of mine on the closing of Cottage Living. Dear Little Sweet Pea: I heard the bad news early on: The Old Girl fell over and died. Let me say that I was sorry to hear it…You were there from the start…so I can only guess that it is a watershed moment for ...

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The last days of Cottage Living

Cottage Living Staff

Someone sent me this link to Urban Grace Interiors. And I’ve received many emails about the closing of Cottage Living magazine. Yes, it’s sad. Yes, it seems to be true. We are closing our pages. It’s been a remarkable journey. I have been fortunate to work with a talented and passionate group of people who have continued ...

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San Francisco Treats: Bacon Donuts and Kyoto Iced Coffee

bacon donut

Day 1 continued: Julio, Thayer, and I are still tasting San Francisco, but took a break at Blue Bottle Cafe where Aaron showed us the art of the Kyoto Drip (photo below). It’s stunning to watch and even better to taste. The choice of single-origin Mexican beans enriched this coffee with deep undertones of chocolate. ...

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San Francisco: Breakfast at Boulette’s

citrus eggs

Eggs with Buddha’s Hand Zest at Boulette’s Larder, San Francisco I never have time for breakfast. For me, it’s one of those meals best taken on vacation when someone else can serve it to you, preferably on a terrace overlooking the sea, or in bed after a late-night romp. But, when I’m in San Francisco, one ...

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Happy Obama Day Jelly Beans

Happy Obama Day Jelly Beans

Something sweet to savor in San Francisco at Miette…

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Halloween Candy

Kim's Halloween Candy

As a child, my plastic pumpkin was always still full the following Halloween. Perhaps this explains my fondness for savory over sweet. This is what I could round up from my office candy pool at Cottage Living–Korean ginseng candy, Korean pumpkin and sweet potato candy chews(from my trip to Seoul back in May), and French ...

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Local Flavor: Hot and Hot Fish Club


I love to sit at the open counter here and watch recent James Beard nominee, Chris Hastings, and his talented chefs, Chris Zapalowski (formerly of Emeril’s and Peristyle in New Orleans), and Bill Schleusner (of Cafe Boulud) cook up everything from Henry Fudge’s pork trio to Shrimp and Grits. For a voluptuous dessert, they now ...

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Jitlada Thai Restaurant, L.A.


Watch Jazz of Jitlada, in Thai Town, on the border of L.A.’s Little Armenia, show me how to make Chicken Coconut Soup. Jitlada is one of the best Thai food restaurants I’ve been to in a long time. Jazz, co-owner with her brother Tui, welcomed me by first reading my palm: “You are going to be ...

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Wishing You Were Here…Photo Album from Zihuatanejo, Mexico

la fonda irma

October morning at the Paseo del Pescador in Zihuatanejo where locals come for fish fresh from the catch. Mexican Langosta La Fonda Irma, a loncheria, at the mercado–the place for a counter lunch of mole, chiles rellenos, hot corn tortillas and salsa picante. I’ve been craving agua sandia (fresh watermelon juice) and finally found it here, along with ...

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