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Summer 2019

Warm Apricot and Cherry Crisp

From: Wine Country Table: a book review with excerpts   Excerpt from Wine Country Table: With Recipes that Celebrate California’s Sustainable Harvest By Janet Fletcher How clever of nature to ripen apricots and cherries at the same time; the two fruits are so compatible. Toss them with a little sugar and tapioca to thicken their juices,…

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Wine Country Table: a book review with excerpts

WINE. FOOD. LAND Connecting the Dots a book review and excerpts Wine Country Table: With Recipes that Celebrate California’sSustainable Harvest By Janet Fletcher Photographs by Robert Holmes and Sara Remington in collaboration with Wine Institute Rizzoli Publications, Inc., 2019   Saturday June 22, 1–4pm Sonoma Summer Soirée SIMI Winery, 16275 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg Edible East…

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Misoyaki

From A Fish Monger You’ll Want to Hug By Kai Wada Roath Ι Photos by Austin Goldin   At JP Seafood, I often buy butterfish (aka black cod) for this Japanese/Hawaiian dish, which I fell in love with years ago at the historic Manago Hotel on the Big Island. Since the Manago keeps their recipe…

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Favorite Scoops of Summer

Illustrations by Margo Rivera-Weiss | Story by Cheryl Angelina Koehler What’s hot with ice cream this summer? Well first, let’s talk about what’s eternal, since a key ingredient in any icy summer delight is nostalgia. Here in the East Bay, we tip our cones to vintage businesses like Fentons (est. 1894), Dreyer’s (1928), Loard’s (1950),…

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Hot Lips

  From There’s No Poison at the Ivy By Mary Tilson | Illustrations by Margo Rivera-Weiss A signature cocktail at the Ivy, this one goes with the bar’s logo, signifying the giving of love to the people. These are definitely friendly lips. Note: The Ivy does not give out straws unless requested, so prepare to…

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Visionary in a Livermore Valley Vineyard

Gloria’s son Aaron (right), husband Bob (center), and daughter-in-law Salome Garau-Taylor toss the ball for Shadow on the tasting room green. Behind them is one of their certified-organic vineyards. Owls living in the owl box at left help keep rodent pests at bay. Photo by Scott Peterson Family connection and organic growing at Retzlaff Vineyards…

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Groundbakers

  A Mother-Daughter Cookbook Collaboration By Rachel Trachten When Mackenzie Feldman started at Cal in 2014, she was planning to major in business and play beach volleyball. In need of an afternoon class to fit with her practice schedule, she signed up for Edible Education 101, the course on the future of food and food…

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Meet JP Seafood

A Fishmonger You’ll Want to Hug Fresh fish and a friendly vibe keep locals coming to JP Seafood By Kai Wada Roath Photos by Austin Goldin   Joey Pucci chats with customers outside his Alameda seafood stand. At 5:45 on a rainy winter’s morning, I’m in a truck with Joey Pucci and Samuel Anderson, headed…

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Last Bite

Urban Sketchers at Picante Urban sketchers Cathy Raingarden, Vivian Aldridge, and Margo Rivera-Weiss have all spent time drawing and painting at the popular West Berkeley taqueria Picante. It’s easy to become inspired by the colorful papel picado (cut paper art) created by Enrique Martinez. We photographed him one rainy winter’s evening when his studio doors…

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At Flowerland

  Coffee and a Witty Marquee Illustration by Cathy Raingarden Tooling up Solano Avenue, it’s hard to miss the big and welcoming vintage sign for Flowerland. Constructed in 1947 by the Pleich family, the building has always been a nursery, and it has always been Flowerland. “I purchased the business from Bob Willson in October…

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