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Inside the Kitchen

For some, cooking is therapeutic. For me, it’s watching people cook that soothes me—that’s why when I had cable, the Food Network was my go-to channel. I actually felt like Rachel and Giada were my buddies. But as TV chefs often lament, we still don’t have smellivision—or tastevision for that matter—which means we don’t get to experience the full effect of a well-cooked meal.


(Not So) Permanent Vacation


Courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive

Greetings and salutations
film nerds. I’m still on my much-needed sabbatical from the Reel. In the meantime, here’s a list of film happenings around town. Until we meet again, be bad and, get into trouble baby.

Happenings About Town:

Moving



We have to move apartments, not altogether a bad thing, just a pain in the you-know-what. The biggest problem for me is relocating my bar, which over the years had swelled to more than 100 bottles.

My old apartment had a built-in bar/buffet, which was large enough to accommodate everything. The new place has nothing like this. It took me hours to box up all the bottles (11 cases worth), put them in the car and take them up the stairs. I did this alone to avoid any sort of complaining from the wife about how sprawling the bar has gotten.

French Issues


Standard-style Bourdeaux label (left) versus the modern Chateau de Launay

Whisky Without Mystery



When this product first came out last year (or a littler earlier), I was a bit skeptical. It's blended whisky—but under this new brand, it cuts through the opacity of a lot of Scotch whisky labels. The brand is called John, Mark & Robbo, representing a few guys who describes themselves as "three mates (two of us brothers), who passionately believe that decent quality whisky should be enjoyed and not worshipped."

What you don't know might (not) hurt you


Alaska's answer to good food: Blackened halibut pizza.
In a word: delicious.

Clouse and Company

To kick off the first installment of the exclusive MusicBox live music series hosted by 7x7sf.com and Heineken, indie rocker Chris Clouse played an intimate set for a high-profile cocktail-sipping crowd at Notte.  

 

The Power of Green

SF Green Connect threw a party, sponsored by PG&E’s ClimateSmart, to launch newly installed solar panels at San Francisco Giants AT&T Park. After some cocktails and nibbles, guests stayed to watch the Giants play the Diamondbacks.

Me and My Berry Bowl

Does anybody out there have a berry bowl, or know what one is?

I had never even seen or heard of them until a few months ago. Over Memorial Day weekend, I reunited with my parents and close family in Vermont. It was my cousin Pete’s graduation from Middlebury (my alma mater) and former President Clinton was the speaker—all worth a cross-country trip. As my father ceaselessly reminded me, it had been 12 years since my graduation, however, much to my relief, not much had changed. In fact, it felt like I’d never left.
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