Category Archives: California

Spain and the New York Table

Back in 2006, Spain was riding high in the gastronomic world. elBulli was at its peak and Spanish restaurants in Spain were the darlings of the culinary cognoscenti. It was a golden age for Spanish cuisine. The culmination of this [...]

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Benu – Corey Lee’s New California Cuisine

The term “California cuisine” is most typically applied to a style of cooking and ingredients that reflect a Mediterranean tradition. That should not be surprising given the Mediterranean like climate that most of California enjoys as well as much of [...]

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The Docsconz 2014 Wish List

2013 was an unparalleled year for me in hitting restaurants on the top ten of my annual wish list. I managed to dine at a full 60% or 6 out of ten of them. Though I would love to return [...]

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The Cultured Pickle Shop – A Feast of Fermentation – The Photos

When one thinks of seasonal foods,typically it is the availability of fresh foods that comes to mind. At the Cultured Pickle Shop in Berkeley, California, I learned that foods don’t need to be fresh to be seasonal. While the actual [...]

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Cultured – A Pickle Shop in Berkeley – Part 4 – The Grand Tasting

It was a pleasure walking through the Cultured workshop with Kevin Farley and learning about his processes. It was an even greater pleasure, however, when I got to taste a wide variety of their work. It is not for nothing [...]

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Cultured – A Pickle Shop in Berkeley – Part 3 – Cabbages and More

In Part 1 of this Conversation and Tasting with Kevin Farley, we discussed kombuchas. In Part 2, Kevin talked about his Indian lime pickles. Here, the topic turns to the bulk of what he does – fermented cabbages and other [...]

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Cultured – A Pickle Shop in Berkeley – Part 2 – Indian Lime Pickles

In Part 1 of this Conversation and Tasting with Kevin Farley, we discussed kombuchas. Here, we moved on to one of his most popular items. It seems that he can’t make enough of his Indian style lime pickles.

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Cultured – A Pickle Shop in Berkeley – Part 1: Kombucha

Kevin Farley makes pickles, but not just any pickles. The pickles that Farley makes along with his wife are possibly the most creative and delicious across a wide spectrum of types that one is likely to find in the United [...]

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Sunday Photo – RIP Judy Rodgers

Judy Rodgers, the chef/owner of one of San Francisco’s most beloved and most iconic restaurants died this past week from cancer. She was one of the major driving forces behind the development and popularization of what has come to be [...]

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Aubergine – Carmel Cool

While by no means exclusive to the West Coast, cool jazz is the style of jazz most closely associated with it, especially the sounds of Dave Brubeck, Chico Hamilton and Gerry Mulligan amongst others. Cool is a more laid back, [...]

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