| Apr 18, 2013
| 9:14 AM
"I need a piece of plastic with some money on it!"
So said the bartender as she set our drinks on the bar for what would be a 30-minute wait for our reservation on a Saturday night.
Oak Tavern is that kind of place. Can't decide if it wants to be a...
| Apr 25, 2013
There are many things I don't understand about the restaurant business. I don't see why small plates are "shareable." I don't get the appeal of communal tables. And I don't understand why Storefront Company isn't crowded all the time.
| Apr 24, 2013
| 3:42 PM
It's probably no surprise that a 90-seat neighborhood restaurant is packed on a Saturday night. But on a Wednesday night? In late April?
Even more surprising is that Timo this month celebrates its 10th anniversary. If you want to see a successful...
| Apr 28, 2013
The first few times I cooked polenta, I followed recipes that called for endless stirring, and as much as I enjoyed the result, I wasn't keen on making polenta very often.
All that changed when I tried the technique described below, which requires...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 6:33 PM
In my Spreecast with organic gardener Christy Wilhelmi, author of the new book "Gardening for Geeks," I learned a lot: that white mildew can be treated with lactic acid, that you should never buy tall vegetable seedlings at the nursery and that...
| Apr 13, 2013
The best thing I've made with Parmesan broth recently was a kind of cross between a stew and a pasta that paired goat cheese ravioli and spring vegetables. I used asparagus tips and sugar snap peas for this recipe, but I've also made similar dishes with...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 6:00 AM
You just can't keep a good cannibal down.
More than three decades after he first murdered and chomped his way to pop culture infamy, sophisticated serial murderer Hannibal Lecter is back, alive and well-fed. And although he has gone from the big...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Springtime may be the time for our first taste of just out-of-the-garden asparagus, peas and fava beans. Sweet strawberries seem to pop up in markets everywhere. What I am particularly aware of is the spectacular array of colorful citrus that I see in...
| Dec 26, 2011
| 4:33 PM
This year brought the cookbook "Mourad New Moroccan" from acclaimed San Francisco chef Mourad Lahlou of Aziza....
| Feb 25, 2012
| 9:32 PM
Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a cocktail reception for Women In Film's annual pre-Oscar bash, attended by her mom, Blythe Danner; Octavia Spencer; Vanessa Hudgens; Selena Gomez; and more....
| Apr 30, 2012
| 4:33 PM
The never-ending (let's hope) search for the perfect oyster wine...
| Apr 28, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Did you know that during Prohibition whiskey boats from Canada would anchor offshore of Venice and row their whiskey barrels to utility tunnels and catacombs under the Venice Pier that led to the tony hotels and bars that lined the......