Category Archives: California

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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Saison – Sublime Sensuality

Sensuality is oft equated with erotic sexuality and while they tend to go hand in hand, not all sensuality is sexual, or at least not overtly so. Sensuality is a state of pleasure due to stimulation of the corporeal senses. […]


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Some Serious Food in Sunny San Francisco

Sunny? San Francisco? Yes! My recent week in San Francisco and the Bay Area was marked by absolutely perfect weather. The clear blue cerulean skies and balmy, but not too hot temperatures certainly don’t hurt the pleasures of dining and […]


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Sunday Photo – Ocean Pacific

There is something primal and atavistic about the beach and the ocean. It’s allure for me is perpetual. I’m certainly not the only one for whom that is true. Surf was up at Carmel-by-the-Sea’s beach and these surfers took advantage of […]


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Sunday Photo – Salt and Pepper Crab

I love to eat crabs, but I had never eaten one quite like this one at R&G Lounge on Kearny Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Chopped up, battered and fried, this bundle of joy weighed in at around two pounds. A […]


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Sunday Photo – The City by the Bay

There are few cities in the world as alluring as San Francisco on a beautiful, clear day.
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Cocktails With Scents

Aroma is an important component of any worthwhile culinary experience. One cannot fully appreciate a meal without a sense of smell. Mandy Aftel, a Berkeley, California based perfumer and friend of such culinary luminaries as Daniel Patterson, Harold McGee, David […]


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Fermented Elements – Dinner With Matthias Merges and Kevin Farley (The Cultured Pickle)

Fermentation has been around for as long as humans have been eating food and drinking beverages other than water. Many cultures have used it to create their most iconic foods. It is only recently, however, that the techniques of fermentation have gained […]


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Musings – Where Are The Destination Restaurants of North America?

Three stars reward exceptional cuisine where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients. Worth a special journey. – the Michelin Guide
Restaurants don’t need to be difficult to get to to be “worth a […]


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