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Caught Red-Handed Stealing Santa’s Sleigh

No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men; courtesy of Paramount Vantage

The Best Cinematic Sugarplums of 2007


Season’s greetings and salutations* movie elves …

Dept. of Silly Wine Products Part 1

I gotta get one of these “wine enhancers.” I love the idea of using crystals and metals to “balance tannins and astringency of young wines,” but I’m even more excited that it has a similar application for coffee.

Gorgeous and Green 2007

Global Green USA celebrated its third annual SF benefit party at Bently Reserve. The event, which focused on "green design solutions to combat climate change and other environmental issues," attracted a host of pro-green celebrities including Jason Lewis, Josie Maran, Jason Behr, Michelle Branch and Kadee Strickland. Proceeds from that night have been funneled into projects such as the Green Schools Initiative and the Holy Cross project, the first sustainable low-income housing community in New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward.

Like Mother, Like Son



I promise I won't grow up to be a chef.

There are certain things that can make a mother’s heart melt—especially when you think you have something to do with it. Like the fact that my 2 ½ year old son, Moss, loves to “cook.” It must be genetic, right? He spends a lot of time in front of his little wooden “stovetop” and “oven,” from which the other day he proudly pulled out his stuffed piggy which he'd been cooking—the same one that he also sleeps with (in my head I was making whole hog jokes, but I didn’t think he’d get it).

The Notebook

I had a little holiday lunch with Daniel Patterson, the cerebral chef and owner of Coi, last week. We didn’t have any remotely foamy or fancy. He just sat in the tattered, faux-velvet chairs at Punjab Kebab, catching up with me and happily polishing off his very uncerebral chicken curry.

 
Daniel preparing for Madrid Fusion.

Christmas Cheer

Eating out is one of my favorite things to do, except on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day—that’s when I’ll actually make my way to the kitchen. While reading Four-Star Feasts, I couldn’t help thinking that while the menus of these acclaimed chefs sounds good (I’m definitely clipping the Cajun shrimp recipe), my family’s traditional meal—turkey, dressing (most call it stuffing), sherry sweet potatoes, sesame spinach and a few other dishes that change according to my mood each year—is equally deserving of the four-star feast title. I do the veggies and my mom takes care of the turkey. So, I’m off to cook and eat.

Hayley's Rocking Xmas Mix

Merry Christmas



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British-American Christmas Bash



Greetings,

Boy, do Brits know how to throw a Christmas party or what? They’re especially good here on American soil, and this past week British-Americans proved they know how to do it best.

The Westin St. Francis Hotel in downtown San Francisco was the setting on Tuesday for the 44th Annual BABC Christmas Luncheon, and it was Festive with a capital “F.”

Top 7 in '07

My favorite local dishes of 2007, in no particular order:

1.    At Ducca, gnocchi with chunks of oxtail, jus and … a genius move … red grapefruit.


Ducca's oxtail gnocchi.

2.    At South, the bushman’s plate, an Aussie version of antipasto: especially the tempura-coated mussels.


The bushman's plate at South.
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