When he started kissing babies, I was convinced: Oakland restaurateur Charlie Hallowell, 40, is on a tear. Hailed for his first two hits, Boot & Shoe Service on Grand Avenue and Pizzaiolo in Temescal, he makes the rounds at Penrose, which opened in late November, with the charisma of a politician and the authenticity of a favorite local chef. And with rapier wit and the mouth of a sailor, Hallowell is as much a part of the experience as the food.
The chocolate babka at Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen is an unholy swirl of toothsome dough and cinnamon-y chocolate, topped with a streusel that is caramelized to perfection. The restaurant’s owners, Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman, have been peddling the classic Jewish bread since their pop-up days.
When restaurateurs Anna Weinberg and Jennifer Puccio invite you for a weekend tour of the Los Angeles food scene, you say yes. And so we did. Twenty-seven eggs were cracked, and countless new restaurant ideas were hatched. Here’s what happened. (And yes, it was delicious.)
Lovers, are you still searching for that most thoughtful, touching, sensuous gift for your beloved? Can you not possibly fathom a world in which your social media presence is not celebrated in all of its viral glory with every action you take? Have we got the Valentine’s Day gift for you.
Healdsburg’s bounty offers everything necessary (and then some) for hunting, gathering, and a feast of epic proportions.
Classical mythology and modern evolutionary theory both gazed into the flames of the cook fire and found there the same thing: the origins of our humanity.” So says Michael Pollan in his latest book, Cooked, a quarter of which is dedicated to the primal ritual of cooking with fire.
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