Tofu Disruption

For some people, the thought of tofu is enough to disrupt their appetite. But for others in the know, tofu is poised for the same geeky-chic disruption as so many other tech ventures. Minh Tsai, former investment banker turned tofu master, is leading that charge ....more

Join the Food Gal and Chef Pradeep Kumar of Vedas Restaurant For A Cooking Demo

Enjoy a taste of spice and all things nice when yours truly is joined by Chef-Owner Pradeep Kumar of Vedas restaurant for a cooking demo, 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at Macy’s Valley Fair in Santa Clara. With outposts in Milpitas, San Mateo and Pleasanton, Vedas restaurants offer up a bold taste of the various regions of India ....more

Bryan Voltaggio’s Baked Applesauce

The applesauce of my youth was light and bright, the taste of sunshine in the park. This applesauce, in contrast, is like autumn by a crackling fire. “Baked Applesauce” is by Bryan Voltaggio, chef-owner of Volt, Lunchbox, Family Meal, Range , and Aggio restaurants in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virgina ....more

Jeff Banker Makes A Splash at Bluestem Brasserie

It was a double treat for me when I dined as a guest of the restaurant recently at Bluestem Brasserie in downtown San Francisco. First, because my friend, the ever-talented photographer Craig Lee, who took the photos for my cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table” (Lyons), not only agreed to be my dining companion that night, but also offered to ...more

Discount on FallFest, Plus Happenings in the South Bay/Peninsula

Fall for FallFest in San Francisco If you’re mourning the end of summer, you’re sure to rejoice that it’s fall with FallFest, the outdoor foodie fest noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. Presented by San Francisco magazine, the event supports Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, which provides meals to home-bound seniors ....more

Mourad Soars in San Francisco

Chef Mourad Lahlou has had quite the journey. From his early days as an economics student at San Francisco State, where he started dabbling in the kitchen because he missed his mother’s cooking from his native Marrakech. To this self-taught cook’s opening of his ground-breaking Aziza restaurant in the city’s Outer Richmond neighborhood, which was named for his mother ....more

Halfpops Are Not Half-Baked

Halfpops are pretty much just what you imagine — half-popped popcorn kernels. Billed as the “curiously crunchy popcorn,” they are gluten-free, nut-free, corn syrup-free, preservative-free, and trans fat-free. They come in four flavors ....more

When Life Gives You Too Many Bananas, Make Bananamon

Bananamon? That’s bananas plus cinnamon in a wonderfully homey ice cream. With crumbled Nilla Wafers for added enticement ....more

Good Things Come In Three at Michael Mina in San Francisco

At Michael Mina’s flagship eponymous restaurant in San Francisco, tasty things definitely do come in threes. It’s been more than a dozen years since Mina first made serving composed trios a signature of his. Now, he’s brought that style back as an option at his downtown restaurant ....more

Get to Know Einkorn — The Only Wheat Never Hybridized

Chances are you’ve never heard of einkorn. I know it was new to me — until I received a sample of the intriguing flour, along with the new cookbook, “Einkorn: Recipes for Nature’s Original Wheat” (Clarkson Potter). The cookbook is by Carla Bartolucci, who started growing this ancient grain known as einkorn with her husband at their home in ...more