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Made in San Francisco, California.

Kitchen Work – Food writing’s quiet revolution

04.19.18 Posted in Food, Media by

Kitchen Work is a delightful food journal because it turns all the food media standards on their head. You won’t find it on most magazine racks, in fact the only place I’ve seen it is where I discovered it on the shelf at Ritual on Valencia tucked away among the rest of the merch. A […]


You shall know us by our billboards

04.18.18 Posted in Movies, San Francisco by

Hopping out of the Bay Area bubble is always an experience but this past quick trip to LA was a keen reminder of just how dominant technology has become here because the billboards are all completely different in LA. Here everything is about Apple’s latest iPhone campaign, SAS services, Internet security, and start ups I’ve […]


Next time you think of pitching something outrageous

03.13.18 Posted in Food by

I’m trying to imagine Jonathan Gold’s pitch to his editors; the one that got them to foot the bill for his trip to Copenhagen, a meal at the new Noma, and sundry other pursuits. There were moments when my trip to Copenhagen last week seemed like a stroll through a panopticon, with a sense that […]


He eventually turned to running marathons.

03.13.18 Posted in Obituaries by

And many other pursuits including piano but especially brain surgery. Read Charles Wilson’s obituary to get a glimpse at one of those amazing polymaths that I’m always reading about but never seem to meet in person. Here’s a sample: Dr. Wilson sometimes worked in three operating rooms simultaneously: Residents would surgically open and prepare patients […]


Obit du jour: Joe Frank

02.03.18 Posted in Obituaries by

Don’t know how I missed this one till now. I grew up listening Joe Frank on late night radio. It was  all about his dead pan intonation and minimalist sound design pulling you into these odd stories that just went and went. They still enthrall me. Life, Mr. Frank once said in a monologue, is […]


Obit du jour: Patton’s driver

02.02.18 Posted in History, Obituaries by

Francis ‘Jeep’ Sanza, Patton’s driver in World War II, dies in Napa at 99 From the preparations for D-Day, in May 1944, right up through the landing at Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and the final push into Germany, Sanza was at the wheel of an open air Willys-Overland with the four-star general in […]


San Francisco bar (non) memories

01.29.18 Posted in Food, San Francisco by

At least, memories that I wish I had. After getting something of a glam turn for a few seconds of screen time in Fincher’s Zodiac the M&M also has its own web page. I was schooled about this place repeatedly at the other SF Chronicle bar, the Tempest. Sadly I never got to know it.


Contramar still has it

01.26.18 Posted in Food by

After all of these years Contramar still has it all. Impeccable service by squads of waiters who are there in a second if you need anything. Mostly that’s not even necessary because they seem to intuit when you’ll want something and are already there as your head tilts up. The place is still packed so […]


2017 in music

01.25.18 Posted in Music by

I’m almost a month late but here it is, my favorite songs of 2017 in a nice little mix that will take you in a few directions. In contrast take a look at the bizarre assemblage of stuff that I listened to over the year. According to Spotify’s Wrapped feature, these are my ‘top songs […]


Cava goes upscale

01.24.18 Posted in Food by

I had a really fun time tasting through Codorníu’s line of cava over lunch yesterday. They poured their entry level Ann de Codorníu as we sat down but the highlights were the very high end Gran Reserva bottles. Each was very distinct, something to be savored outside of the normal ‘it’s a party, let’s have […]