2257 Days

2257 Days

February 25th, 2011 | Category: Travel


Or 6 years, 4 months and 11 days. That's how long it has been since the last time I've visited San Francisco. But somehow it really doesn't feel that long. I wonder if this is because even after all these years I still cruise Craigslist ads for rentals (both in San Francisco and Big Sur) or can't go to bed without watching my old neighborhood from the Exploratorium’s ...

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Vera’s Almodrote

Vera’s Almodrote

February 21st, 2011 | Category: Friends, Travel, Vegetable, Vegetarian


Here's the first dish Vera prepared with the ingredients we bought from the Alaçatı farmers market: Almodrote de Kalavasa. It is a zucchini flan with Sephardic origins and very close to the zucchini au gratin my mother used to make when I was a little boy. Actually, not much has changed since then; I still don't get excited about zucchinis (unless they're fried). So when Vera mentioned she ...

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Valentine’s Day Recipes

Valentine’s Day Recipes

February 09th, 2011 | Category: Dessert


Valentine's Day recipes, originally posted in 2008. Updated with new recipes and photos from my recipe archive... If you're looking for Valentine's Day recipes, here are some ideas: How about strawberries dressed in tuxedos? Maybe a Double Chocolate Bundt Cake with a sticky chocolate ganache glaze? If you have the time,  the Brownies I designed exclusively for Dolce & Gabbana will surely impress! Or you can try my favorite, ...

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Alaçatı

Alaçatı

February 01st, 2011 | Category: Travel


Alaçatı, also known as the windsurfers' paradise, is a small village with stone villas situated on the eastern shoreline of the Aegean Sea. The closest town is Çeşme, which is another popular holiday resort on the west coast of Turkey. Two very dear friends of mine, Mahir and Vera, bought an empty lot there a year ago and had been working on building their dream house. The ...

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