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Pasta Comeback


Perbacco’s agnolotti filled with roasted veal and savoy cabbage
Photograph by John Benson
 
I fancy myself immune to food trends, but lately I’ve had to admit that the low-carb mania of a few years back has insidiously snuck its way into the deeper, more permanent layers of our collective psyche, including mine. There was a time when I ate pasta for dinner nearly seven days a week. With crusty bread. After eating a muffin for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch! I mean, who does that anymore? No one I know.

Sweet Treat


Tasty toffee tid-bits.

The lovely Mollie Lewis paid us the best kind of visit today—she came bearing sweet treats, and she came right before lunch when I’m at my snackiest.  Mollie is the mastermind behind “Matzel Toffee,” individual matzah crackers covered with toffee, dark chocolate and big chunks of almonds. Before you dismiss them (matzah kind of has a bad rap, I know) let me reassure you: This is one good snack.

Melissa's Playlist 03.28.07

courtesy of Illinois



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A Teaser


The mad scientist at work.

Who is this mad man, what the heck is he doing and why did I take his picture for 7x7's upcoming May issue? (Guess right and I'll tell you.) A look into the future of food in SF coming to a newsstand near you...

Washington's Wines


The line-up at Quilceda.

I flew up to Seattle last week to attend a special tasting of what most people consider to be Washington State’s finest wine and others even call it the best Bordeaux variety wine made in the country, Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.

Galleria Park's Roaring '20s Party

The Galleria Park Hotel threw a 1920s-era shindig last week celebrating its grand "re" opening following a multi-million dollar facelift completed last fall.


Chip Conley, Lauren Eastman    Mia Ousset, Jun Pinon         Jenny Georges, Bhuvan Sahney

The Newest Newsiest News

Spring has arrived in San Francisco (OK, so it doesn’t look like it has arrived yet today, but it’s definitely in the air) and with it a host of new restaurants we’re eager to try out. If I poke my head out the window of our office, I can see Rouge & Blanc (334 Grant Ave., 415-391-0207), the newest venture from Aqua Restaurant Group (Aqua, Café de la Presse). I popped in the door last week and was surprised to see executive chef Laurent Manrique and Café de la Presse GM Olivier Daridon chowing down on, fittingly, some chef salads. One of four “shake salads” on the menu, the ingredients are combined in a large plastic cup, topped with a lid and shaken until well-dressed.

Jewish Museum on the Move

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

The Contemporary Jewish Museum hosted a breakfast and private tour for the SF Consular Corp that brought together guests from all over the world—Israel, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, France and Hungary to name a few countries. Roselyne Swig, the Board of Trustees chair, gave a preview of the new CJM location due to open in downtown SF towards the end of spring 2008.

Kitchen Sisters


Everything is covered in chocolate at Kika’s Treats, including honey cakes and homemade graham crackers.

I recently attended the open house for La Cocina, “a nonprofit shared use commercial kitchen and business incubator… founded to serve as a platform for low-income entrepreneurs launching or expanding their food business.” (Thank god for websites and their business mission statements.)

Data Entry


Photo courtesy of Datarock
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