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Jamie Lauren Likes it Nonstick, High Heat

Oh, the interwebs. What will they turn up next? Today’s discovery is the inimitable Jamie Lauren, executive chef at Absinthe, shilling for Pam®cooking spray in a series of web cooking videos. And the recipes…we might’ve expected seared scallops, but blackened salmon with tropical fruit salsa? Ginger stir fry? Not likely to debut on the Absinthe menu anytime soon, I don't think.

A Little Sunday Rosé

It's a good thing to have a little Champagne every weekend. Keeps the joints loose and the mind balanced. It's also a very good thing to have very good Champagne, which I was fortunate enough to do this past weekend.

Now, I love a good rosé Champagne--who doesn't?--but I can't say that I will immediately roll over at the sight of one. Too many are sweet or excessively fruity, emphasizing "pinkness" in all its connotations, while deemphasizing the finesse, crispness and clarity that make great Champagne great.


Grubstake



Last week, I had my first experience of an SF tradition--late night dining at the Grubstake. In 6.5 years of living here, I'd never been. But last week, after getting off a shift at Cantina at about midnight, I went over there with my wife (who was also just getting off work) for a bite. We were starving, but stayed away from the Portuguese specialties like linguiça, the famous pork sausage. Instead, we just had a burger and some of those fried jalapenos filled with cream cheese. These were a novelty to Christie—who was disappointed not to find them more spicy—but were familiar to me, as they're common back in Texas, where I grew up.

DIY liqueurs, redux

All my talk of making home liqueurs, combined with the premature but tantalizing glimpse of sunny spring last week, prompted me to get into the act with a little home brewing. The project? Cherry-blossom liqueur. Right now, a bowlful of blossoms from the tree outside my house is steeping away in Everclear. I have no idea if it will turn  out to be tasty. But at least it sure looks purty…

Last Call: La Paulée de San Francisco

On March 1, there is an event in San Francisco that every true lover of wine needs to attend. Specifically, it's a Burgundy event, but you can't really call yourself a true lover of wine if you don't love Burgundy, because Burgundy is, quite simply, the best.

Eating Obama

Today is President's Day, and with Barack Obama on a roll for the Democratic nomination, it's a great time to ...  volunteer on a campaign? educate yourself? read up on your history? Nope. Eat chocolate.

Specifically, check out the delicious espresso-cognac nibble imprinted with Obama's mug, made nearby in Oakland by Cosmic Chocolate (which has one of the coolest websites ever). It's part of Cosmic's "Icons" series, which also includes Oprah (raspberry ganache), Madonna (red-hot cinnamon caramel), Bono (limoncello ginger) and, of course, Snoop Dogg (mint grapefruit).


7 Food Finds



7 Food Finds

Check out these seven events, all happening this week.

1. What it Boils Down To
Simply prepared, delicious meats (capon, brisket, oxtail, tongue…) served with an array of sauces and paired with Paolo Sartirano’s selection of classic Italian wines.  Where to find it:  Sausalito’s Poggio Trattoria will be serving traditional Italian Bollito Misto dinner all this week, February 19-23rd for a very reasonable $19 per person.

Terroir is Trés Cool

I walked into Terroir last night and had that moment—the one when you’re torn between wanting to spread the word about a place (to show you’re cool), but keep it all to yourself (to be even cooler).

Eating Your Way To Tahoe

Word on the street is that every San Franciscan and her brother are heading up to Tahoe to ski for the coming long weekend. Given that the drive can take five to six hours, depending on traffic, you’re going to need repast along the way. Every regular ski commuter has a few favorite stops. Here are three of mine:
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