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Champagne and Spices



I went to a bizarre little Szechuan restaurant in the Richmond the other day called Spices II. It was bizarre, not because of the food—which was quite interesting and good—but because of the goofy sort of “Hello Kitty”/schoolgirl-motif interior, and the robot-like schoolgirls who waited on our table.


New Zuni Wine Director



I love Zuni Café and could happily eat there every day of my life—if someone wouldn’t mind subsidizing me.

With the golden light that reflects off the towering white walls and the white paper tablecloths, the ambiance inside is wonderful. Furthermore, the food is consistently very good. The worst I ever have is something that doesn’t make me say “wow,” or perhaps a slightly overcooked chicken. Usually, everything is delicious. While in the past there have been some service issues, in the last couple of years I’ve had nothing but exemplary, warm service.

Saving the World

What does sustainability mean to you?

That was the question posed to these panelists on Sunday morning at the Gastronomy by the Bay roundtable entitled Organic Farming and the Food Chain.


Sustainability panel

Organic farmer, Andy Griffin, Mariquita Farm
Organic winery owner Julie Johnson, Tres Sabores Winery (organic since 1990) Julie Johnson

Rock the Bells After Party

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

No hip-hop show would be complete without a super stylish after party. For the Rock the Bells festival after party revelers danced and mingled at the latest night spot Temple, where special guests Mos Def, Questlove, and the Coup made cameo appearances.


Gastronomy by the Bay

I worked over Labor Day Weekend, but when work requires that one eat and drink and be merry, the line gets blurry.


Cooking demos outside the Ferry Building Marketplace

This weekend was the Gastronomy by the Bay event—the first international culinary event that brings together chefs and press from North America and Europe. I attended two of the three roundtables—one on sustainability, organic farming and the food chain and the other on gastronomic guides and the Internet.

Let’s Go Sailing


courtesy of Yacht

Ah, where to begin. My Labor Day weekend was great, how was yours?

Give the Anarchist a Cigarette


courtesy of Killer films

Cate Blanchett Shines In Todd Haynes’ Surreal Bob Dylan Chorus Line


Greetings and salutations* film nerds and nerdettes ...

Vacation Hangover

As hangovers go, it’s my opinion that the worst kind is not from Champagne or tequila, but rather from vacation. Even if you enjoy your everyday life and your work is your passion, the transition from all things new and exciting back to the same old (albeit good) thing takes some adjustment.

Like an alcohol-related hangover, the best cure is the hair of the dog—in this case, more traveling. Since most of us can’t ask our bosses for time off right after returning, the next best alternative is to treat yourself to your favorite vacation-like activities in your own hometown. The best thing about doing this is that you know all the good spots to hit.

Best of the West Rib Cook Off

photography by rickycphotography.com

Greetings meat lovers,

(Vegetarians can stop reading now.)



Sparks, Nevada near Reno is the host town this weekend for the Best of the West Nugget Rib Cook Off featuring tiptop rib cooks from across America. Now in its 19th year, this is regarded as the rib cook events of all rib events.

Ribs, ribs, ribs and more ribs. Yes folks people travel from far away just to show up here and eat!
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