Musings on British Food

Some random thoughts on food and groceries in Britain, compared to San Francisco.  I'll add more as I come across them. One of the things that has shocked me most about buying groceries in England is the realization of how many preservatives must be in American food.  At home, I can buy a loaf of white … Continue reading Musings on British Food


Mmmm, pie…..

“It all started with Stilton cheese…” Thus did Stephen Hallam of Dickinson & Morris Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe begin the tale of how the famous Melton Mowbray pork pie came to be. According to tradition, in 1730 a local farm woman was making a savoury blue cheese that came to the attention of the … Continue reading Mmmm, pie…..

Ramsay’s Restaurant Deserves the ‘F’ word — Fabulous!

Don't go to Pétrus in London because it's a Gordon Ramsay restaurant... go despite the fact that it's a Gordon Ramsay restaurant! You'll be rewarded by a memorable meal, worthy of its Michelin star. (And I don't often say that...) My meal yesterday (7 'official' courses, plus an amuse bouche and a post-dessert treat) was one … Continue reading Ramsay’s Restaurant Deserves the ‘F’ word — Fabulous!

“People suck, food doesn’t”

It’s a point of view I can relate to, as expressed by the lead character in “Seared”, a play about people and food in its last few days at the SF Playhouse. For someone who is food-obsessed, the play is fun on a couple of different levels – for one, the characters care about food … Continue reading “People suck, food doesn’t”

Everybody Must Get Stone… Fruits

High summer is time to get stoned – stone fruit, that is. That was basically the theme of the Pairings presentation at this week’s After Dark Thursdays at the Exploratorium. Chef Loretta Keller, mixologist Clay Reynolds, Exploratorium Senior Scientist Julie Yu and farmer Bryce Loewen shared how to grow and enjoy the best plums, peaches, … Continue reading Everybody Must Get Stone… Fruits