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Depression (Era) Food

Yes, I know. The word of the hour is recession but, frankly, I don’t know the difference. Nor do I much care, since I’ve never had much money to lose anyway. I do, however, smell a trend. On Tuesday, my … Continue reading

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French Icons Create Art

 Sort of. I have been aware of the collaborative genius of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot for years, having processed and then filed away their hit “Bonnie and Clyde” to the furthest corners of the garbage can I sometimes refer … Continue reading

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Brenda’s French Soul Food

My friend Mark, who knows about everything before I do, has been wanting to go to Brenda’s French Soul Food for months. He planned to take some people to brunch there a few Sundays ago. It was, however, closed. They … Continue reading

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Because I Just Had To…

Really.

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Health Care Ordinance Infects Restaurant Industry

San Francisco restaurants are suffering from what Michael Bauer at The San Francisco Chronicle called “another 1-2-3 punch to their already slim wallets.” The first hit: a minimum wage increase to $9.36 per hour. The second: a sick leave law … Continue reading

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The Hangtown Fry

Before I moved to San Francisco, I knew surprisingly little about the City, which suited me fine, since I have never felt the need for too much advanced knowledge about anything. And I had no desire to trade the fantasy … Continue reading

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Fish on Friday

Why is this fish sweating? He isn’t. Fish can’t sweat. They don’t have sweat glands. But he does look rather distressed. Why does he look distressed? Because he was painted that way. He’s not real. If he did have the … Continue reading

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From Lemons, Lemonade

At some point in his motivational speaking career, Dale Carnegie uttered the famous, if misguided words: “When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” The fault is not so much in the sentiment– making lemonade out of lemons is, naturally, … Continue reading

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The French Laundry: Heavy on the Starch

There are some things in this world best left to the imagination; people, places or events so idealized they could never live up to the expectations built up around them — your wedding day or a ménage à trois with … Continue reading

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Getting Blood from an Orange

Are you as tired of 2008 as I am? The stock market is tanking as miserably as the housing market, winter storms have left us without power for days (and, in one case I know, without a roof), and I … Continue reading

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