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My Q&A at the Googleplex with Pastry Chef Bill Corbett of Absinthe

Monday, 12. May 2014 5:26

Yours truly, interviewing Pastry Chef Bill Corbett, at Google headquarters. (Photo courtesy of Google)

Yours truly, interviewing Pastry Chef Bill Corbett, at Google headquarters. (Photo courtesy of Google)

 

It’s not every day you get to visit Google headquarters in Mountain View.

But a few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be asked to do an event there with Pastry Chef Bill Corbett of Absinthe Brasserie & Bar at San Francisco.

Corbett is one of the more than 50 chefs featured in my cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table” (Lyons Press).

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Join the Food Gal and Chef Anthony Jimenez of The Table at Macy’s Valley Fair

Friday, 9. May 2014 5:26

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Burgers, meatballs, meatloaf — and all those delicious Americana foods.

You’ll learn the secret to making iconic meaty dishes like that when Chef de Cuisine Anthony Jimenez of The Table joins me for a cooking demo at Macy’s Valley Fair at 2 p.m. May 17.

The Table is a popular farm-to-table establishment in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood that was opened by long-time local chef, Jim Stump, of the Los Gatos Brewing Company.

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Five Top Bakeries To Get Acquainted with in San Francisco

Monday, 5. May 2014 5:26

The famed honey cake at 20th Century Cafe.

The famed honey cake at 20th Century Cafe.

 

Lovely fragrant honey permeates the 10 ethereal layers of honey cake and honey buttercream stacked high at 20th Century Cafe in San Francisco.

Not surprisingly, it’s the top-selling treat there.

That’s Pastry Chef-Proprietor Michelle Polzine hard at work, assembling a fresh one, layer by delicate layer.

Pastry Chef Michelle Polzine in her open kitchen.

Pastry Chef Michelle Polzine in her open kitchen.

The first slice.

The first slice.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Polizine’s charming Central European cafe, there’s no time like now, especially with Mother’s Day around the corner. After all, what better way to spoil Mom on her special day than with some impeccable baked goods?

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Meet the Food Gal at Two Events for Her “San Francisco Chef’s Table” Cookbook

Monday, 28. April 2014 5:25

Your chance to try Baker & Banker's sublime roasted white chocolate cheesecake that's featured in my cookbook. (Photo by Craig Lee)

Your chance to try Baker & Banker’s sublime roasted white chocolate cheesecake that’s featured in my cookbook. (Photo by Craig Lee)

Enjoy A Delectable Lunch With Me at Baker & Banker May 10

I’m beyond delighted to be the first author to kick off the new “An Epicurean Salon: Food Writers & Authors” series at Baker & Banker restaurant in San Francisco.

Join me at the restaurant at 11:30 a.m. May 10 for a multi-course lunch with wine in honor of my cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table” (Lyons Press).

Pastry Chef Lori Baker. (Photo courtesy of Baker & Banker)

Pastry Chef Lori Baker. (Photo courtesy of Baker & Banker)

Chef Jeff Banker. (Photo courtesy of Baker & Banker)

Chef Jeff Banker. (Photo courtesy of Baker & Banker)

Chef Jeff Banker and his wife, Pastry Chef Lori Baker are among the bevy of top chefs featured in my cookbook. In fact, you’re in for a real treat, as Baker will be serving her outstanding “Roasted White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cardamom Shortbread Crust,” the recipe of which is featured in my book. Having baked it last year, myself, I can honestly say it’s one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had. The texture is uncommonly smooth and creamy. It’s like no other cheesecake you’ll ever have.

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Hankering for Hawaii Part V: The Posh and The Pig

Friday, 25. April 2014 5:25

Broken surfboard art in the lobby of The Modern in Honolulu.

Broken surfboard art in the lobby of The Modern in Honolulu.

 

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OAHU, HAWAII — Most trips to Honolulu, I’ve stayed on Waikiki Beach. Close to the action, for sure. But touristy to the max.

For an alternative on this latest trip, the Hawaii Visitors Bureau offered to put me up a little farther out — but still within walking distance to that hotspot — in The Modern, which opened in 2011 on Ala Moana Boulevard not far from the mega shopping center there.

The Modern lives up to its name. Unlike so many other Hawaiian hotels done up in plenty of loud floral prints, this hotel is all soothing white and warm wood. It’s much more South Beach than Polynesia.

Behind the check–in desk, you’ll spy a catchy art piece of broken surfboards, many of them signed by the surfer sto whom the boards once belonged to.

The lobby also boasts a little subterfuge — a bookcase spanning one wall that pushes aside to reveal a secret space where guests can enjoy coffee in the morning or cocktails at night.

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