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Sea Forager

Sea Forager

If you’re looking for the best possible seafood, look no further than Sea Forager.  Kirk Lombard and his team at Sea Forager are some of the hardest working humans on the planet.  Every Wednesday afternoon (at least for my Bernal Heights/Mission hood), Kirk delivers to Chez Poulet a giant cooler..
College Avenue, Oakland

College Avenue, Oakland

I personally think that one of the best blocks of all College Avenue, Oakland, is its last – the 6300 block, especially the west side.  Teaming with a beautiful produce market, meat market, fish market, amazing bakery, Wood Tavern, and Southies, their bbq shop next door, you can’t go wrong..
Fort Ross Winery

Fort Ross Winery

If you find yourself up on the Sonoma Coast, take a detour to Fort Ross Winery.  Opened in the last few years, Fort Ross Winery is a breathtaking spot and a great place to taste the Fort Ross – Seaview AVA wines that are chardonnay and pinot noir.  The owner..
Kendall Jackson Winery

Kendall Jackson Winery

It’s hard to believe that the huge Kendall Jackson is still a family business, but it is.  Jess Jackson started his first 80-acre vineyard in Lakeport, CA in 1974 when he was still a practicing attorney in San Francisco.  Mr. Jackson was selling his grapes to other winemakers, but then..
Tofu

Tofu

As a big fan of tofu, I had to share this great article on tofu by Lynne Char Bennett published on 2/28/14 in the San Francisco Chronicle with five super tofu recipes. Here is an excerpt: Tofu. It’s usually not what’s for dinner. This protein powerhouse is typically used in..
Bourbon Barrel Foods

Bourbon Barrel Foods

Bourbon Barrel Foods makes the best pepper. It’s soaked in bourbon in an oak cask. Their soy sauce is, too. Their list of great products just keeps on growing. I got to meet the owner at the Specialty Foods Show, and they did a great job giving me a discount..
Beer Braised Short Ribs

Beer Braised Short Ribs

I love America’s Test Kitchen. They try a recipe 300 ways from Sunday and come up with the perfect, failsafe recipe. We love beer braised short ribs, and America’s Test Kitchen has the perfect recipe that is cooked the day before to skim off the excess fat and allow the..
Olivier’s Butchery

Olivier’s Butchery

Olivier’s Butchery is such a find. The trend over the past few years has been artisan butchers. We have a number of them in San Francisco – Avedano’s, Bryan’s, 4505 Meats, and the list goes on. But my favorite is Olivier’s Butchery in the Dogpatch. Olivier hand selects locally raised,..
1982 Chateau Haut Brion

1982 Chateau Haut Brion

Cigars and mushrooms. And that musty color that reflects the fine aging of a 32-year-old 1982 Chateau Haut Brion bottle of French Bordeaux. Pessac, where the wine is from, is in the Graves region of Bordeaux, France, where the most expensive Bordeaux wines are produced. Wiki can tell you all..
Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll

Jacques Pepin and Julia Child had a wonderful PBS series several years ago where Jacques cooked at Julia’s infamous house. They would pick a recipe like the lobster roll, and each of them would prepare some the same dishes made their own unique way. The book ‘Julia and Jacques Cooking..