March 09, 2006

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Best Wicked Indulgence for $4 It's time for the Second Annual Independent Food Awards. Five days of acknowledge of the best food in the world headed up by Hillel at Tasting Menu. Shopping as a regular routine at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market can make the locals grow fussy. Many of us are perpetually looking to experiment with new tastes and sensations. I know, we're quite a spoiled bunch of folks aren't we? But what this usually translates into is diving deep into favorite purveyors. Della Fattoria, an artisan bakery based north of San Francisco in Sonoma county, is a good destination for such an activity. This is an extraordinary family run operation with a client list that includes The French Laundry, and Sonoma Mission Inn, Without hesitation their wood-fire hearth-baked artisan breads made with all organic flours-- brioche, Meyer lemon rosemary, Kalamata olive, epi--are outstanding but if you can look long and quick enough (it's a fast, furious but friendly business on Saturday mornings) you'll find the most wicked delight, the peanut butter sandwich cookie. It's so simple and rich. Two shortbread like delicate rounds with a smooth peanut butter creme holding them together. Pair this with an iced coffee from Blue Bottle and you'll find nirvana. The name, translates from Italian for "from the farm" referring to owner Kathleen Weber's 14-acre Petaluma ranch originally owned by her husband's family. Weber has come a long way from selling bread from the back of her Volvo. For those on their way to the...
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Potluck Readings Vikram's Big Fat Indian Wedding New York Magazine recounts the marriage of Indian playboy, hotelier (Dream and Time) and actor Vikram Chatwal to Priya Sachdev, a model and actor--a multimillion dollar, 10 days, 3 cities and 600 guests from 26 countries affair. Guests included Deepak Chopra, Bill Clinton and Read the NY Times announcement. I dream of attending a traditional Indian wedding. Absolution in a Cup The real meaning of fair trade coffee. "High-end specialty coffees are the fastest growing sector of the industry, and Fair Trade is the fastest growing specialty coffee; demand for it has ballooned by around 70 percent annually for the last five years." Has the fair trade movement lost its way? Project Runway is over. I know. You're surprised that I watch this show. The attraction comes from the marriage of creativity and drama. I'm also a huge Tim Gunn fan. I've listened to the finale recap podcast twice. It's delicious. (This podcast is available through Itunes--search using 'Project Runway'.) How Oxo tools became the gold standard a downtown NYC location allowing easy access to customers and feedback, volatile meetings where "criticism is not just encouraged but venerated," and a lot of listening and watching. Recently I feel in love with the mango splitter which was devised by a minister who travels to underdeveloped countries. Street Art The ongoing discussion around graffiti and when it crosses over into art continues. I don't know the answer but I've been a fan for years--mostly work that is...

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