Monthly Archives: July 2009

Starbucks’ banana walnut bread recipe

My mom came home the other day with a card from Starbucks containing their banana walnut bread recipe.  I thought I’d give it a try since it calls for buttermilk, which is not a common ingredient.  I have to say … Continue reading

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Downtown in Berkeley not up to snuff

I think it all comes down to the fried anchovy-stuffed olives in terms of whether or not I’ll ever go back to Downtown in Berkeley.  Six of us went there for dinner recently to celebrate a birthday and had a subpar … Continue reading

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PB&J breakfast

You’ve seen the lowly PB&J elevated in recent time by food people everywhere.  From Peanut Butter & Co., a restaurant in the West Village of Manhattan devoted to the 60’s lunchbox classic, to magazine features adding all kinds of crazy … Continue reading

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Elsie the Cow’s cookbook

I remember Elsie the Cow from my childhood in the 1960’s, when she showed up in all kinds of advertising pamphlets – made to look like “real” children’s books – we were given in school to extol the many health properties … Continue reading

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The new Berkeley Bowl

Matthew and I are not yet at 100% from our recent illness, but after two weeks we needed to get out of the house.  Since we had not yet checked out the new Berkeley Bowl (or, I should say, its … Continue reading

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Gay cook book

Here’s an interesting cookbook loaned to me by my friend, Paul.  This is a crazy book, combining the kitsch of 60’s cooking in all its urbanity and every gay stereotype known to humankind.  I haven’t been able to find much … Continue reading

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Ebony cookbook

This is one of my favorite retro cookbooks.  The 1973 version is not easy to find, and I was lucky to have paid only 5 bucks for it at Half-Price Books in Berkeley, one of my favorite places to buy old cookbooks … Continue reading

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Chicken wings have come to town

There have been numerous Wing Stop restaurants opening up in my neck of the woods in the last couple of years, and now there is finally one in El Cerrito (340 El Cerrito Plaza).  Wing Stop is not great, but … Continue reading

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Another day of figuring out WordPress

OK, I think I have some of this down. A little. I was able to get the blog to look better by editing the style sheet. More to go.

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Finally moving the blog to WordPress

I finally bit the bullet and am moving the blog part of Akitachow.com to WordPress.  This should be interesting.  Editing the thing to not look like crap will be a challenge, but I’m tired of spending so much time on … Continue reading

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