Monthly Archives: April 2008

Rice shortage

Big bags of rice were going by in carts when I was at a warehouse store the other day.  There seems to be a rice mania around here that came about as a result of media coverage of the Australian/world … Continue reading

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Polenta ala Ina Garten

I made a great polenta dish today from Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten.  I love all of Ina Garten’s cookbooks because the recipes really work.  This is an older book – from 2002 – but I go back … Continue reading

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Smoked whitefish makes its way to Richmond Costco!

HUGE smoked whitefish news today.  I again have a reason to live:  Costco in Richmond, CA, is carrying 2-pound tubs of Acme Fish Corporation’s smoked whitefish salad.  It was all about serendipity this afternoon as I sampled some kind of … Continue reading

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Matt’s first brew

Matt’s first beer in a restaurant today!  Matthew ordered the brewer’s rack at Pyramid Alehouse (901 Gilman, Berkeley) this evening and was very pleased to show his ID to the server.  I captured his first sip with my cell phone … Continue reading

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Birthday dimsum

Matthew’s 21st birthday today!  Dim sum for eight at Asian Pearl in Pacific East Mall, what else?  Here’s a photo of the tripe and tendon as well as the celebrants after being plied with coffee and cake.  A good time … Continue reading

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Salmon in parchment

Salmon fishing on the West Coast will be drastically reduced soon, so I made some tonight as sort of a “last hurrah,” since I won’t be buying it much if it goes significantly up in price.  As a nod to … Continue reading

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Koreana in Richmond

We tried Koreana, the new Korean place in Pacific East Mall in Richmond.  (You know where the mall is, right?  It’s on Pierce not far from Central.  Central is the street Costco is on.  The intersection of Central and Pierce … Continue reading

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Iced tea on the cheap

Heat wave.  You might not think that 80-something Fahrenheit is all that bad, but to wimps like us in the Berkeley area, it’s pretty hard to take.  We have no insulation in our houses, no AC and not enough room … Continue reading

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Thai-style lettuce wraps

Make something easy and refreshing, like I did.  I had a 1 pound container of lump crabmeat from Costco on hand that I needed to use, as well as three heads of romaine lettuce.  What else would there be to … Continue reading

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The global economy

Check this photo out.  Matt took this in Hong Kong last year when he noticed a connection between the name of the shopping center and the fast food establishment in it.

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