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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Green Pea Cookies: Vegan Cookies Made of Peas are Actually Delicious

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 9:03 AM

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What is small, round, salty, sweet — and green? That would be the new Green Pea Cookie, a vegan treat based upon a traditional Singaporean cookie.

On the Green Pea Cookie site, you can read the story of how three friends — Sean, Fiona and Larissa — had the idea of making these cookies here in the Bay Area, after Sean’s start-up colleagues devoured the cookies his mom sent from Singapore. Fiona, also Singaporean, is the baker; Larissa is the business whiz. After baking a lot of these tiny treats, the team shared their wares with strangers in Dolores Park and found that people really liked them. Trips to several other cities confirmed that green pea cookies were a hit with hungry and willing tasters.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sticky Rice Goes Vegetarian at Out The Door

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM

JULIE KRAMER
  • Julie Kramer
If you’re a fan of dim sum, you’ve probably seen rectangular packages of leaf-wrapped sticky rice pass by, nestled in a steamer. If you’re not a meat eater, you probably had to pass them up, as they are traditionally filled with chicken and pork. Out the Door at the Ferry Building, however, has come to the rescue with steamed vegetarian sticky rice. At $5.00 per packet, this is definitely a treat worth unwrapping.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Comfort Food Issue Hit Newsstands Today

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 2:17 PM

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Today saw the release of this year's Food Issue, in which nine local writers explore their ideas of  comfort food. John Birdsall tells the story of replenishment through Zuni chicken during the Winter of Love. Andrew Dalton spends hours in the Popeyes on Divisadero. Leah Reich reminisces about hopeless crushes during her college days in Berkeley, while Pete Kane remembers his lone indulgence during a poor spell.

Molly Gore shares the tale of the time her apartment burned down with all of her possessions inside, and Lou Bustamante recalls the lunchbox burritos that eased his transition into second grade. Lauren Sloss examines the reasoning behind her favorite hangover cure. Finally, news editor Erin Sherbert describes the tribulations of her elimination diet, while editor in chief Brandon Reynolds delves into his corn dog obsession.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Peek Inside Duende's New Casual Bodega

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Paul Canales in Duende's bodega. - MOLLY GORE
  • Molly Gore
  • Paul Canales in Duende's bodega.

"Nothing here was thought out at all," says Paul Canales, sweeping his arm across the massive, airy space of Duende. It's hard to believe. Duende in the mid-afternoon is beautiful--washed in daylight, the walls a raucous mash of beautiful and hectic Basquiat-esque canvases by Raymond Saunders (a friend of Canales), racks of house-pressed olive oil, and the rest an eclectic mélange of exposed brick, reclaimed wood, and roughed up stucco--an accidental byproduct of demolition that Canales loved. And there's something special about Duende, it's available in the daytime in a way few restaurants are. Meet the bodega: Duende's wine bar/café/social space that always feels like you've arrived to a friend's party just a little bit early.

See also: The Science of Shopping at the New Bi-Rite Market

The Evolution of Mission Chinese Food's New York Counterpart

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Mourad Lahlou Unlocks The Art of Moroccan Beghrir Pancakes at Home

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Mourad Lahlou plays guest chef in the SFoodie home kitchen. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Mourad Lahlou plays guest chef in the SFoodie home kitchen.

It's not every day that a renowned and dashing chef comes over to make pancakes, certainly not one named an international Culinary Ambassador by Hillary Clinton. But Mourad Lahlou, the owner of San Francisco's Aziza restaurant and author of the New Moroccan cookbook, was happy to make a house call to test out his new Moroccan Beghrir pancake mix, part of a full product line from Williams Sonoma, in a less-than-professional kitchen.

See also: Pancakes Are for Dinner at State Bird Provisions

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Raw Golden Healer Honey Sources Natural Candy From Stern Grove

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Stern Grove Floral honeycomb by Alla's SF Apiary and Raw Golden Healer Honey. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Stern Grove Floral honeycomb by Alla's SF Apiary and Raw Golden Healer Honey.

When we think of Stern Grove, we think of concerts and Shakespeare, but it's also a hidden source of some great natural candy. Raw Golden Healer Honey, in collaboration with Alla's S.F. Apiary, offers two sizes of honeycombs made from bees who chill in the park.

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- Jardinière Installs Rooftop Beehives

- French Bees Are Producing Blue Honey

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hodo Soy Beanery's 5-Spice Nuggets Transcend Tofu Concerns

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Five Spice Tofu Nuggets by Hodo Soy Beanery. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Five Spice Tofu Nuggets by Hodo Soy Beanery.

Oakland's Hodo Soy Beanery has single-handedly transformed our opinion about tofu being nothing more than a placeholder in a dish. Founder Minh Tsai left a life in finance to start this company after having a deep inspiration to create the kind of soft and versatile tofu he'd get regularly with his grandfather when growing up in Vietnam. This is the gateway company to help tofu skeptics open their minds.

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- Get New Respect for Tofu at Hodo Soy Beanery's Monthly Tours

- Sampling Hodo Soy Beanery's New Soy Milks and Smoothies

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

La Palma and Rancho Gordo Collaborate on Heirloom Corn Tortillas

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Corn tortillas by Rancho Gordo. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Corn tortillas by Rancho Gordo.
These new heirloom corn tortillas are the result of family-owned companies joining forces. San Francisco's La Palma, established in 1953 by the Haro family, makes them for Napa's Rancho Gordo, Steve Sando's farm mostly known for a wide variety of beans. The two are helping to keep a third endeavor on the path of tradition.

See Also:

- Berkeley Bowl Pasta Uses Beets as Magic Ingredient

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Berkeley Bowl Pasta Uses Beets as Magic Ingredient

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Uncooked and cooked beet pasta by Berkeley Bowl. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Uncooked and cooked beet pasta by Berkeley Bowl.

Among the in-house fresh pasta offerings at Berkeley Bowl are two varieties made with purple beets, including a fettucine-sized package and a slightly thicker cut noodle. After road testing them in the kitchen, we're comfortable declaring that this could be a great beet gateway for anyone who is shy on the root.

See Also:

- It's Winter -- Beet It

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fresh Sugarcane Is On Special at Wah Fa

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Sugarcane from Wah Fa market. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Sugarcane from Wah Fa market.

Sugarcane pops up at various farmers markets around San Francisco, including the Alemany and Heart of the City Farmers Markets, but it's not easy to score at permanent places. Fresh pressed sugarcane juice is even a rarer find. Ingleside Vietnamese restaurant Ha Tien Hut (1109 Ocean) may be one of the only places within city limits to find it following the closure of Irving Cafe & Dessert in the Outer Sunset, a spot that favored the grassy green variety of sugarcane for juicing (there are close to 40 different species in all).

Luckily, Wah Fa (2165 Irving), a tiny Chinese grocery store near the former Irving Cafe & Dessert, currently has burgundy-hued sugarcane on special for 99 cents per pound.

See Also:

- Fresh Sugarcane Juice, the Final Frontier of Sucrose Addiction

- Heart of The City's Soul

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