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Book Giveaway: My Nepenthe

November 13, 2009 baking

It’s always tricky to write about a pal’s book, you don’t want to come off sounding like a fawning friend, frankly. So, in the case of My Nepenthe by Romney “Nani” Steele, I’m going to let others hand out the praise. Sunset describes Nani’s cookbook-cum-memoir as “a valentine to one of the most beautiful places […]

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Six Reasons to Eat in Sydney and Beyond

October 20, 2009 restaurants

Indulge me, if you will, just one more vacation/holiday post before it’s back to regularly scheduled programming. Well, as any of you who head home for the holidays know, spending time with your family and friends in your hometown is technically not a vacation. In my mind it’s a visit, a way to keep connected […]

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Friendship by the Numbers

October 9, 2009 restaurants

5 gals 2 become firm friends at age 8 12 the age we all get together and become great mates 4 years tanning our legs along the C block wall 7 countries, 4 continents 5 marriages 4 partners from overseas 3 exes 1 20-year union 10 babies, ranging in age from 3 to 18 1 […]

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What Kind of Diner Are You?

September 17, 2009 restaurants

I’d make a lousy restaurant reviewer. Here’s why: When I go out to eat I often choose the same dishes I know and love at a favorite eatery. If I’m trying a new (to me) joint, I’ll opt for recommendations from friends or scan reviews before hitting the dining spot to find the best picks […]

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Simply Delicious

September 16, 2009 comfort food

Dudley’s Rhythm & Motion dance class on Sunday. Yogurt, granola, and berries for breakfast — topped off with a fig, no less — from around the corner at the architecturally splendid Stable Cafe, once the site of the San Francisco mayor’s carriage house in the 1800s, now adding some sparkle to an otherwise scruffy stretch […]

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