signs of spring.

As the crispness of a San Francisco winter slowly begins to fade, the first signs of spring appear the the farmers market.  My favorite farmers market in the SF Bay Area thus far is the one at the San Rafael Civic Center – many of the same vendors as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market minus […]

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new year, old traditions. {japan}

Let me preface this entry by saying, I’m not Japanese. Not one single solitary drop of Japanese blood in my veins, but in a way, I have a little bit of a Japanese heart.  I grew up in Honolulu, where at one time, 43% of the population was of Japanese heritage, and that enormous nihongo […]

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to russia, with love.

When I was in college, I had a serious love affair with Russia.  I took a year of Russian and immersed myself in Russian literature class (The Master & Margarita is still one of my favorite books), collected matrioshka and postcards from pen-pals in Moscow, watched documentaries on ballet during the Soviet era (The Children of Theatre […]

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chicken ratatouille stew.

As summer winds down for the rest of the Northern hemisphere, San Francisco hasn’t quite gotten the memo – we’ve been blessed with a spell of warm weather and the last of the summer crops are still available at our local farmers’ markets.  On Sunday afternoon, I found myself with a few zucchini, a half […]

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more tomatoes: chicken cacciatore

I seriously can’t get enough of tomato season.  My favorite tomatoes so far are the dry-farmed tomatoes from Tomatero Organic Farms in Aptos, CA.  (They are by far my favorite vendor at the Alemany Farmer’s Market in San Francisco, not just for their amazing tomatoes, but also because of their wonderfully flavorful strawberries and beautiful […]

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soupe au pistou

While it may be warmer than normal for “soup weather”, this light and fresh spring vegetable medley is a delicious transitional dish for those of us who can eat soup any time of year!  Pistou, the Provençal cousin of pesto, is stirred into this summer vegetable soup just before serving.  I adapted this recipe from the Les […]

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bistro bite: remoulade

To most Californians, green salads and are a “thing”.  We have salad bars, juice bars, raw diets, green smoothies, and will snack on carrot sticks and celery when trying to be healthy.  According to American-turned-Parisian pastry chef David Lebovitz, “Parisians don’t eat too many vegetables raw, with the exception of shredded carrots and celery root.” […]

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bucking the trend.

If you’ve never had buckwheat noodles in your life, you are missing out – soba (as it is called in Japan) contain a fair amount of protein and can also be consumed by many who suffer from wheat-gluten allergies.  These thin noodles are a staple in Japan, and are gaining popularity around the world because of […]

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