Tomato Confit, Pesto and Oven-Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Tomato Confit, Pesto and Oven-Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

November 02nd, 2012  | Category: Bread, Breakfast and Brunch, Preserving, Restaurants, Vegetarian


Finally, after what has felt like an eternity, I've stepped out of the house. Or, as my father puts it, I've finally left my lair. Of course, I'm not counting the instances where I rush to the grocery store - looking like Dexter right after he fillets his victim (it's pomegranate season) - snatch the missing ingredients for whichever recipe I'm working on and return - in ...

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Tartine Bakery, Bi-rite Creamery, Monument and Omnivore Books

Tartine Bakery, Bi-rite Creamery, Monument and Omnivore Books

June 06th, 2012  | Category: Ice Cream & Sorbet, Restaurants, Travel


One rushed afternoon in San Francisco, I took a bite of this croissant at Tartine Bakery, leaned back in my chair and thought: "How wonderful the world would be if there was a Tartine in every city." Of course, we would then need to clone Chad Robertson. Multiple times. An even more wonderful world. A somewhat selfish but definitely more reasonable version would be: "How wonderful my world ...

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My Chez Panisse Experience

My Chez Panisse Experience

June 23rd, 2011  | Category: Restaurants, Travel


Two years before opening Chez Panisse, Alice Waters, together with her friend from the Montessori Centre, started a journey from London and ended up in a remote village in Turkey. In the middle of nowhere, they ran out of gas and asked for help from a big-eyed boy. The boy mimed there wasn't any gas left to pump and when they asked for food, this time he ...

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Paris Continued

Paris Continued

December 06th, 2010  | Category: Restaurants, Travel


I never would have thought one day I'd visit Paris, come back and tell you about a place that serves chocolate mousse in plastic cups. But I really am going to. And please don't leave. Hear me out first. Here's how it happened: Paris/Day 2/Noon/Hotel Room - We are dropping off morning's treasures and about to head out. Friend: "I am so hungry. Let's grab a quick bite ...

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Baylan, Cup Griye and Snaps from Kadiköy Food Market

Baylan, Cup Griye and Snaps from Kadiköy Food Market

February 10th, 2008  | Category: Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine


I haven't been baking much lately. A terrible flu season just got started and I have had my share. As soon as I started feeling better, I kept a promise I made earlier and took two friends to Çiya for their first experience. After Çiya, we toured around the Kadiköy food market and stopped by Baylan Patisserie for their famous Kup Griye. Kadiköy, as well as Çiya ...

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