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Hedonia
San Francisco, CA
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So I turned 45 last week. The salt has nearly overtaken my pepper. I'm fatter than I'd like, for reasons that are not even remotely mysterious. I make less money than I'd like at this stage, but as a result of deliberate decisions I've made over the past few years that I wouldn't change on a bet. I skidded into my 46th year on the tails of an inspiring trip to New York to bond with my colleagues at About.com, a fabulous week-plus of sun and relaxation with friends in Playa del Carmen, and a whirlwind conference in Las Vegas where I had a couple speaking enagements. So, all things considered, I'm right where I want to be. And now,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Hedonia
Apparently, the good folks over at Anchor Distilling (by way of Wagstaff Worldwide) know I like booze. Good booze, specifically. And lately they've been gracious enough to invite me to a few events to sample some of their wares. Back in August we went to Wingtip, the très swank private club in the Financial District, to meet a cocktailian legend, Alessandro Palazzi of the DUKES Hotel in London. The DUKES garnered a fair bit of fame by being the regular haunt of none other than Sir Ian Fleming himself, and it is believed that it is where he acquired the inspiration for James Bond's propensity for martinis "shaken, not stirred." (Though, in fact, Bond is at least as famous for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Hedonia
I recently was invited to check out the new Steep Brew Taproom at Whole Foods SoMa as a guest. It's the second taproom in a Whole Foods in the city, probably the last. (The other is in the Potrero Hill location.) I enjoyed chatting with curator, Wesley Anderson (yes, that's his real name, and no, no relation) about his philosophy for the place. Wes is aiming to keep the selection mostly local, strongly focused on small-batch and featuring brews that are not available in the cold case. In particular, I enjoyed the Faction Brewing Summer IPA, with crisp notes of grapefruit zest. But mostly, I was intrigued by the way Whole Foods blurs the line between simple marketplace and community... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Hedonia
Happy Friday, kittens! I'm just back from a few days in Sacramento for a fun and informational trip with Muir Glen. I lived there for a relatively brief stint 24 years ago, and was really blown away by how the city has changed. With a maturing food scene and non-crippling housing costs, I almost wanted to move there. Almost. Anyway, enjoy today's installment of auditory morsels from the City by the Bay and beyond. (And be sure to click through on the eatsdroppers' names to see who some of these cool people are!) Bus rider 1, to bus rider 2, reading a bible: "Is that the Old Testament or the New Testament?" Bus rider 2: "Dianne Feinstein's chocolate chip cookies... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Hedonia
Hey, if I can convert my husband and a few cilantro-averse friends, I think I may be on to something. Great to meet you as well!
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2014 on Cilantro Mousse at Hedonia
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I'm a member of the San Francisco Professional Food Society, a local networking group for folks engaged in all aspects of food, be they chefs, producers, writers and whatnot. Within the organization we have various Special Interest Groups, or SIGs, where we can meet up to socialize and learn. These SIGs really are worth the price of membership. Today the food photography SIG met at the beautiful Berkeley home of Erin Scott of the blog Yummy Supper, and the soon-to-be-released book of the same name. Although self-taught, Erin has become an accomplished and skilled photographer, and she had us over to share some tips and talk about her process. She's got a clever setup in a room off her kitchen,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Hedonia
Perish the thought! Tarragon is the queen of herbs.
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2014 on Green Goddess dressing at Hedonia
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My friend Tabitha, proprietor of Friend in Cheeses Jam Co., lives on a charming property up in the Santa Cruz mountains, about an hour south of us. Surrounded by redwoods, she lives in a quaint cottage on a one-acre clearing on a winding road in a hollar, filled with grapevines and a decrepit barn dating from 1860. It also has several massive black walnut trees, from which I've harvested the nuts in green state to make nocino and pickled walnuts. It's a charming spot, and begs to be entertained on. In years past, she's hosted a big shindig, roasting a whole pig, to share with her fellow cadre of chefs, winemakers, artists and other misfit toys like myself. With the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Hedonia
Yes, friends, it's the triumphant return of the Eastdropper, wherein I will be collecting delicious morsels of overheard conversation about food or in a food setting. I'm just beginning to collect these again, so this installation is a mere amuse-bouche, though it does have the added luster (or is that Sheen?) of a celebrity sighting, er, hearing. Got a tidbit for me? Shoot it over to eatsdropper at seantimberlake dot com. Bon appétit! Woman 1: "Are you dairy free?" Woman 2: "I try to avoid it, yeah. It has so much ... everything in it." - Eatsdropped by yours truly at Whole Foods Noe Valley Diner: "My mom wore a wig her entire life. It was like a beehive. But... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Hedonia
What a coincidence! Reese has continued to bring us great joy for more than 7 years now. Best of luck to you!
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2014 on Reese has two daddies at Hedonia
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One of the funny and marvelous things about blogging is the way you develop relationships with people well before you meet them in the flesh. Case in point is Gabi Moskowitz of BrokeAss Gourmet, who was a line item in my blogroll for years before we actually attended the same event a few years ago. We became fast friends. Gabi is affable, with a bubbly personality and an endless stream of fun stories. (It's worth noting that there is no relation to the other Broke-Ass, Stuart, though they are friends.) Aside from her blog and other writing avenues, Gabi has turned out a couple cookbooks, one stemming from the blog (The BrokeAss Gourmet Cookbook) and another all about clever uses... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Hedonia
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I have a theory about cilantro. Though it is well known that a distaste for the stuff has genetic foundations, I find it's not quite as cut and dried as that. Take dpaul (please! har.). The tiniest corner of a leaf in a huge bowl of pico de gallo will revolt him. Yet, one time we dined at a friend's house, and she served cilantro pesto as a dip for crudite. And he liked it. So my theory goes: When cilantro is in something, it overpowers the palates of the haters. When cilantro is the thing, it simply stands on its own and paradoxically tastes less overwhelming. I came to this deep, philosophical conclusion after going to Tequila last year.... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at Hedonia
How marvelous, Melissa! I've gotten more comments (in person) from friends who are from Ventura and environs. And isn't Ojai more a destination these days?
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2014 on Notes from Ventura at Hedonia
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I've lived in California for 24 years this year, and despite no small amount of traveling throughout the state, there remain countless corners and crannies which I have not explored. In fact, despite having driven to and from San Diego dozens of times, there are entire communities which I've seen only through the windshield, having never taken the time to stop and pay a visit. Ventura was one of those towns, until last week. I'd been tapped by one of the organizers of Craftcation to present*, and it seemed not only like a good opportunity to meet and mingle with crafty types, but to experience a coastal California community that was new to me. I carpooled down with my friend... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Hedonia
OMGWTFBBW??!
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Sande and Josh -- just at ambient temperature. No need to refrigerate.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2014 on Baby Jesus pee (milk liqueur) at Hedonia
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Oh I didn't -- that's the barista's handiwork.
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2013 on Wordless Wednesday: Sightglass Coffee at Hedonia
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Give it a go, Alicia. I can't wait to hear what you think! And why wait until next year? Make it whenever, and it'll keep until the holiday.
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2013 on Baby Jesus pee (milk liqueur) at Hedonia
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Remember when I told you about the awesome Azorean cookbook we got from our neighbors? Well, I've dabbled in a thing or two beyond the molha. One of the recipes that intrigued me from the beginning was one for a milk liqueur. The name alone is enough to pique one's interest. But lest you think this is a creamy drink like Irish cream, let me disabuse you of that notion. Rather, the idea here is that milk is combined with liquor and other ingredients, most importantly citrus. The acid from the citrus causes the milk solids to coagulate, and the milk liquids that are left behind give the liqueur a viscosity and weight that you cannot get from alcohol and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at Hedonia
I can't think of the last time I bought commercial egg nog. The very thought of it was sort of gag-inducing for a long time. As a child I loved the stuff, but at some point my tastes changed, and the last grocery store nog I remember drinking was sickly sweet with a thick, gloopy texture that evoked a mixture of molasses and Elmer's glue. In the intervening years, we've made our own nogs, including a recipe that involves separating the eggs and beating the whites to soft peaks, which are then integrated back into the custard. The resulting egg nog is light and fluffy, and somehow tricks you into believing that you're not drinking a dozen eggs and a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Hedonia
We are fortunate to live in an area that, despite an exorbitant cost of living, still manages to support a vibrant scene of artists, artisans, craftsmen and craft food purveyors. So this season I encourage, nay implore you to shop micro-local and support the folks who put their heart and soul into their handiwork. Here's a list of upcoming events where you can find the best and brightest. Hit up the Bayview Underground Food Scene Community Pop-Up Market tomorrow and each Thursday to get your hands on some serious indie eats. Pick up some organic beauty products from Beautiful You organic beauty products, grab sweet stuff from Earl’s Bread & Brittle, SF Honey & Pollen Co. and Yvonne’s Southern Sweets... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Hedonia
We get a lot of food-related books, in large part because I know many of the authors. This has been a rather spectacular year for them, and here's a few of the ones that we allow to occupy precious space in our pantry shelf. If you're here in San Francisco, please trek down to Omnivore Books and pick a few up, won't you? Cookbooks: Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese When I heard Stephanie and Garrett were working on a mac and cheese cookbook, I did not imagine that they would literally redefine the concept. Forget elbow macaroni and day-glow orange cheese sauce. With erudite information on artisan cheese and pasta, this book will make you think about the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at Hedonia
Can someone explain salad forks to me? It boggles the mind how something so fraught with design flaws can have survived in our society for so long, unchallenged. Let's start with the tines. Foreshortened and squatter than a regular fork, they seem to actually repel foods rather than grab them, most especially lettuce. Often one of the tines on the side sports a jaunty flair, as if made to actively kick food off of it. And in the center, a widened gap between the tines that appears to be designed to grab and hold more food, but in fact does not, since food never, ever makes it that far down the fork. I'm calling for the abolition of these pointless,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Hedonia
A friend and colleague recently accused me of being very organized. While I'm thrilled that those are the appearances I keep up, it's a bald-faced lie. I have always thrived in chaos. My desk habitually resembles the scene of a natural disaster. Over the years, any tendencies I had toward ADD have only been exacerbated by the fast-paced, information-rich world we live in. But somewhere, deep inside, there is a methodical, organized person screaming to get out. His domain is in the wardrobe. I have a strange compulsion to order my clothes by color and pattern. In what ways are you organized versus not? Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Hedonia