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Picadillos at Piqueo's

Killing Me Softly


Joan’s on Third's veggie sandwich.

I sit within an arm’s reach of our arts and entertainment editor, Melissa Goldstein, and she feeds me the latest music—most recently a bunch of local bands that we’re featuring in our upcoming July entertainment issue. Of these, Von Iva is now on heavy Nano rotation. The rocking three-woman, PJ Harvey-esque band, has an upcoming August release, Our Own Island, and the first track, “L.A. L.A.,” has the refrain:

East of Eden


Now is the time of year when we East Coast expats begin to get homesick. Back in New England and the Tri-State Area, the evenings are balmy, the halter tops are emerging from storage and businesses are closing early on Fridays so everyone can get a head start for “the Shore”—where the water is warm enough to swim. Here, the fog is rolling in and we’re breaking out the fleece.

  
   The deck at Sam’s Chowder House.
   Photos by Kingmond Young.

Pimping the Shrimp


Louisiana Shrimp
photo courtesy of whitebootbrigade.org

Radio Ga Ga

Greetings chums,

Radio stations know how to throw a music party and the Bay Area's LIVE 105 does it bigger and better than most with its annual sonic explosion BFD.


Foo Fighters rock 2005 BFD

Happy Kikkoman Day!


Happy 50th, Kikkoman

If you’re craving sushi, today’s the day to fill up your soy sauce dish (and sake cup) and make a toast to Kikkoman, because this is Kikkoman Day.

Back on June 5, 1957, Kikkoman Soy Sauce launched its North American headquarters here in SF, and in recognition of the company’s success, Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin named June 5 Kikkoman Day.

Food Arts


The Great Tortilla Conspiracy in action.

A Friday night at a gallery in the Mission District can be, at the very least, an illuminating experience.  Who knows what might happen? Will there be performers naked save for body paint, a guerilla marching band or a fully stocked ice cream truck handing out free rocket pops and “subversive” literature? I’ve seen all of the above.

Ceviche Redux


Greetings from Mexico...

I recently spent time in Zihuatanejo, a small fishing village on Mexico’s Pacific coast that has starred in two movies over the years: In When a Man Loves a Woman, it’s where Andy Garcia takes alcoholic wife Meg Ryan in an attempt to lengthen their denial, and in The Shawshank Redemption, it’s where innocent convict Tim Robbins escapes to start the rest of his life.

Over the Velvet Rope

"Here's to gulping from the golden goblet of life that is our San Francisco adventure."

Hello, fancy meeting you here!

Well, here we are in blog-land. I hope we will meet often, maybe stay long enough for a cup of tea or a cocktail and a bit of a giggle.
 
So Who Am I?
I am still working that out, but here are a few of the hard facts. My life journey began in London in 1969. The son of Irish parents, I kissed the blarney stone at an early age so I consider myself an Irish-Englishman—how conflicting is that?

Tuesdays with Tori

Along the information highway, there are endless recipe stops, so it’s nice when someone takes control of the wheel and lets you kick back.

Tori Ritchie (my former boss from my days back at SF mag, the author of many cookbooks, the former host of Ultimate Kitchens on the Food Network and a regular guest cook on CBS’s Early Show), has just launched Tuesday Recipe, a website that’s very much like Tori herself: to the point, decidedly unfrou-frou and refreshingly free of bells and whistles.
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