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Williams Selyem 2008 Tasting

This year’s fall tasting of the exclusive and coveted Williams Selyem 2008 vintage, nestled in the Russian River Valley, could not have have been more elegantly executed. The tasting featured four acclaimed ’08 Pinot Noirs, a Zinfandel, and a Chenin Blanc, … Continue reading

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Just Add Beer

You’ve never truly had pub food until you’ve had Rackhouse Pub food. And you’ve definitely never had mac n’ cheese until you’ve had Rackhouse’s beer-baked mac n’ cheese–composed of five different cheeses and amble ale and then baked into comfort … Continue reading

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It’s Tartine Time

San Franciscans are blessed with quite the competitive palate when it comes to coffee, pastries and breads. So the never-failing line that encircles SF Mission District’s Tartine Bakery & Cafe serves as some indication that this French bakery offers the crème de la crème … Continue reading

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Shhh, there’s espresso!

Nothing complements a coffee better than a book (okay, a pastry isn’t so bad either). Eugene Kagansky, owner of D’Espresso in the Lower East Side, had exactly this in mind when he opened another coffee shop outside the New York … Continue reading

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Chefs Get Their Hands Dirty

Napa chefs prove to be not only masters of the kitchen, but also that of the land. A group of chefs from 8 participating Napa restaurants have transformed the city’s neglected downtown gardens into a flourishing source of fresh, seasonal … Continue reading

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Hitting The Books To Make Gelato

Look no further to discover the true craft of gelato. Bologna, Italy is home to the world’s very first university inspired by the art of making gelato.  And who knew that such art required so much diligence and bookwork? The … Continue reading

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Can It

The newest trend in the kitchen dates back to Granny’s era. Traditionally cast as a country, grandmother craft, canning is now recognized as the hottest method to capture seasonal produce at their peak to be savored all year long. Canning … Continue reading

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