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a lady of spain, an american in paris: my food-driven vacation

Ten years of dreaming, six months of planning, 12 days of traveling, 11 days of being sick.

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First stop

Grand Central Oyster Bar

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Heaven in Venice Beach

Woke up early this Sunday morning to hit up Intelligentsia on Abbott Kinney before the beach throngs arrived. I’m in heaven as I sit at the coffee bar looking down to the main floor sipping a fine cup of Burundi Ngogomo, watching the uber-hip baristas do their magic.

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out of africa

Before I get into how I found out I was  making coffee the wrong way, I want to briefly mention two recent epiphanies. The first happened last weekend at my local java haunt, Beachside Coffee Bar.  I noticed they were pouring an intriguing Uganda Bugisu. In all my years of coffee drinking I can safely […]

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the wrong way

After 32 years of drinking coffee, 25+ years of making my own in a conventional coffeemaker, and 4 days of roasting and brewing the suggested professional way, I realized I’ve been doing it all wrong. More later…

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bean there, doing that

Can a person be in love with their kitchen gadgets?  Yes.  And I am.  Introducing my Hario manual coffee mill and Chemex drip brewer.  The grinder has ceramic conical burrs that don’t  generate potentially damaging heat to the beans and produces no annoying noises that you get with an electric grinder.  The brewer is not […]

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elvers

A gift from a friend who knows what my culinary dream is…baby eels in Spain. Though this is to baby eel as krab is to crab, it’s the closest i’ll get to the real deal served at Asador Etxebarri in Spain. Can’t wait to cook it up.

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the incredible edible

This morning I woke up with egg in my head.  They’ve actually been on my mind for the past few weekends. Last Sunday, I made a bacon and egg pizza.  My rolled out dough is getting better at being a little less amoeba-ish but still a far cry from being called a circle.  Nonetheless, the […]

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naan better

If it’s possible to be hidden yet be brightly painted the color a Meyer lemon AND have a sign that reads, “Indian Cuisine and Pizza,” then you’ve got my new favorite “pizzeria” aptly named, Golden Gate Indian Cuisine and Pizza Restaurant.  I must’ve walked by dozens of times since I’ve moved to this neighborhood six […]

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Domingo mañana

A lazy Sunday morning breakfast of sourdough French toast with caramelized bananas, toasted pecans and maple butter syrup.

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