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Calendar, Night&Day Sleigh Bells Sing

Sleigh Bells Sing

The days are shorter, the nights are darker, and even those of us in temperate climes feel a natural need to hunker own, share food, and sing songs to keep the gloom at bay. Western tradition sensibly provides moments of…
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Dining, Eat Machka: A Few Bright Spots with Turkish Flair

Machka: A Few Bright Spots with Turkish Flair

Meze, the tradition of small plates eaten with drinks that ranges from the Middle East to Greece, seems like a great direction to take a restaurant in the Financial District looking to scoop up some business from the post-work crowd.…
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Dining, Eat Troya: Traditional Mediterranean Gets Tarted Up

Troya: Traditional Mediterranean Gets Tarted Up

The eastern Mediterranean is the Lascaux, the Bethlehem, the Cooperstown of food. It was here that animals were domesticated and crops were planted for the first time. As a result, the concept of villages and kitchens and written recipes evolved…
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Dining, Eat Hits and Myths

Hits and Myths

I've never been to Greece, though I made a concerted effort one year when I was 16 and applied to a drama school in Delphi for a summer session. I think I was attracted as much to an imagined landscape…
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Dining, Eat Feta (Not Quite) Accompli

Feta (Not Quite) Accompli

"I haven't had a Greek meal since I moved to San Francisco," I said to Robert as we drove toward dinner at Estia, a new Greek place on Grant. Fifteen years ago, I explained to him, a very good and…
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Dining, The Mix

Passing Through

Divisadero is a street that transcends neighborhoods, running from the Haight through the Western Addition and Pacific Heights before making a final plunge into the Marina. Its bars tend to have a cozy feel, none more so than Club Waziema,…
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Dining, Eat A Welcome Homecoming

A Welcome Homecoming

Recently, I spent 2 1/2 weeks traveling through Greece, a land of stone, sun, aquamarine seas, and nights that caress the skin like warm, electric silk. It took about seven seconds for me to realize that 2 1/2 weeks isn't…
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Dining, Eat

Grecian Formula

When you walk in the door at Kokkari, you immediately see how the owners spent $5 million renovating and decorating the place. Never mind that the real Kokkari is actually a small fishing village on the Aegean Sea, or that…
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