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Made in San Francisco, California.

Today’s the big day

04.30.19 Posted in Food by

It’s your last chance to indulge in Lucca’s (full name Lucca’s Ravioli Company) traditional Italian deli because they’re closing today at 6PM. I’ve paid my respects a few times since the announcement but it’s still a sad occasion because¬†resources like this never come back. New shops mean new visions and that old time idea is […]


My how times change

04.29.19 Posted in Food by

Things have been changing so much in SF lately that the old laments are just getting boring. Tomorrow Lucca’s closes. Jardiniere just closed. God knows how many other places have done the same in recent months. And then there are the changes within institutions. This past week we dropped into Cotogna partially because they made […]


The languages of cooking

04.24.19 Posted in Food, Italy by

It’s spring so my garden plot is overflowing with leafy greens. The nettles are making it dangerous for anyone in shorts, the favas are bursting to the sky, and it’s been difficult to keep up with the arugula. And that’s just half of it. Given the bounty I’ve been searching high and low for recipes […]


A hint of positivity in the book world?

04.20.19 Posted in Books by

Recently I couldn’t find two books in local book stores because they had sold out and they couldn’t back order them through their warehouses. Of course Amazon had copies but in chats with the bookstores I got a funny picture of publishing today that makes me wonder if the industry is actually doing well. Ottolenghi’s […]


Pastiche cinema

04.19.19 Posted in Movies by

I only managed to catch one movie at the San Francisco Film Festival this year and it was a doozy. Project Gutenberg sounded like a great way to dip back into Hong Kong cinema – all the crazy action and concepts that I used to spend hours watching at the Great Star Theater on Jackson […]


Dinosaur restaurants or nostalgia for those old time spreads

04.17.19 Posted in Food by

If you wander north of the Golden Gate through Western Marin and Sonoma you’ll run across the culinary remains of the immigrants who settled there from the late 19th and well into the 20th centuries. Dotting many of the small towns are classic Italian dining rooms that feature set ups, hearty pastas, and meats. Some […]


The art of digital invisibility

04.15.19 Posted in Art, Books, Media by

In an age where everything seems available, we’re actually being steamrolled by new creations as some of our most valuable movies, books, and music (let alone high art) are disappearing from view – many times they’re not physically available – but the bigger challenge is just keeping the important things front of mind. Otherwise you […]


Getting my radio groove back on

04.12.19 Posted in Music by

I grew up on a diet rich in local radio stations spanning college stations like UCSC’s KZSC to Cupertino’s KKUP¬†with some KPIG thrown in for sport so I’m always game for new ideas in radio and Radiooooo has it. Select a country from the map and an era and let it run. So far it’s […]


SF as a location

04.12.19 Posted in San Francisco, TV by

We’ve been working our way through the first two episodes of season two of the OA and – outside of it continuing as the creepiest and one of the best filmed things on TV – it really manages to take advantage of the Bay Area as a location. It has some of the obvious but […]


Putting your money where your maiz is

04.10.19 Posted in Food by

It’s great to see such a prominent local Mexican restaurant not only making their own masa but using Oaxacan corn. El Molino Central has been quite a project so it’s gratifying to see all those lines out the door. It’s even more gratifying to see them put their money into supporting native corn species in […]