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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bi-Rite Creamery's Kris Hoogerhyde: The SFoodie Interview, Part 2

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 4:22 PM

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In the first part of our Q&A with Bi-Rite Creamery's Kris Hoogerhyde, the pastry chef walked us back through the evolution of the newly expanded Mission sweets and ice cream shop, including the birth of salted caramel. Today, Hoogerhyde talks about the foods that inspire her, and the places she likes to spend her elusive free time. Tomorrow: Hoogerhyde's recipe for stone fruit galette.

SFoodie: What kind of things inspire a pastry chef in this town?

Hoogerhyde: I love cookbooks, I read them like novels. I can and do spend hours at Omnivore Books. And I have a weakness for cooking magazines: Nothing brightens my day more than finding a new magazine in the mailbox. It might sound a little trite, but I think Jamie Oliver is extremely inspirational. Everyone should be that passionate about cooking fresh foods and changing how people eat.

What about the places you like to eat and drink when you're not working? Love Nopa and Nopalito. Pizzeria Delfina is one of my favorite lunch spots. My husband [Nathan Matthisen] is a bartender [at The Slanted Door], so cocktails in our backyard is always a great time.

I lived at McAllister and Divisadero for 14 years and loved my breakfasts at Eddie's Soul Food on the corner of Fulton and Divisadero. They still remember me and my "usual," even if I have not been there in months, a true sign of a mom and pop shop.

Food people in this city deserving of more attention? Eric Adkins ― cocktails at Heaven's Dog are simply divine. Sara Spearin ― I could eat piles and piles of her doughnuts from Dynamo Donut. And Sharon Ardiana: Anything from her is wonderful. An egg to any pizza at Gialina makes me happy. They've all had some attention, but I think it should be shouted from mountain tops.

Name your guiltiest food pleasure. A rare cheeseburger and tater tots.

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