Ad Hoc Block Party on Oct. 9 to Benefit Clinic Olé


Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc restaurant in Yountville is throwing a block party fundraiser on Saturday, October 9 from 5–10pm. There will be live music, a BBQ pit, wood-fired pizza oven, an Ad Hoc Open House, and four courses of food paired with wines. All proceeds benefit Clinic Olé, a community health organization that serves low-income […]

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IFBC, Seattle Food Porn, and the iPhone 4


Grilled Octopus with Chickpea Panisse and Preserved Lemon at Bastille in Seattle,taken with an iPhone 4. I was in Seattle last weekend to attend the 2nd annual International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC), but I was a very bad food blogger because I forgot to bring my trusty Panasonic Lumix LX-3 with me on both days. […]

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Street Cart Wars to Benefit SF Food Bank


UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! YOU CAN STILL DONATE BELOW OR AT SFFOODBANK.ORG IF YOU’D LIKE TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE. The blog’s been on hiatus for a few months, and I definitely have some fun things I want to write about, but right now, I’m promoting the annual fundraiser for the San Francisco […]

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Tocino Sliders with Atsarang Mangga


After making a large quantity of tocino in my previous post, I could’ve easily portioned out what I had on hand and kept the surplus in the freezer, but a friend was having a barbecue and sharing it was a much better plan. I started thinking of other ways to serve tocino since I wasn’t […]

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Homemade Pork Tocino


A few weeks ago, I got this urge to make my tocino, the sweet cured pork that’s a staple Philippine breakfast meat. It’s probably most commonly served as tosilog, which is portmanteau of tocino, sinangag (garlic fried rice), and itlog (eggs). (I discuss “silogs” in my Best Breakfast Ever post from a few years ago.) […]

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Eating Downtown Oakland – Cam Huong and Battambang


I know it’s been awhile since I’ve written, and I could offer any number of excuses for my hiatus, but I’ll go with this one… After more than five years of working in the sleepy suburban town of Livermore, CA, I started a new job in downtown Oakland last month, and this change of scenery […]

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Blog Away Hunger / Help Haiti


I may be on vacation, but that doesn’t mean I’m not paying attention to what’s going on in the world. The earthquake in Haiti has devastated the country, and the world’s eyes are currently transfixed on recovery, rescue, and relief efforts there. I’ve already donated money to Artists for Peace and Justice, and my wife […]

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Ted’s Bakery – Sunset Beach, HI


When people talk about Ted’s Bakery, they’re usually talking about one thing: chocolate haupia pie. I’ve had Ted’s famous pie before, and you can get their pies at almost any market on Oahu, but on this trip, I wanted to get one directly from the source. But Ted’s has a lot more to offer than […]

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Know Your Ribeye, a.k.a. New Year’s Eve at Ad Hoc


I know we were just at Ad Hoc 11 days before, but I made our New Year’s Eve reservations way before they put grilled short ribs on the menu the same day we were going to The French Laundry. And I certainly wasn’t going to turn down a special end-of-2009 dinner of Prime Ribeye and […]

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The French Laundry (with an Ad Hoc chaser)


We went to The French Laundry last year around this time and didn’t think we would be back so soon. But when our friend Simone said she had a reservation for four to celebrate her boyfriend Seb’s birthday on December 20 and asked us to join them, the only real answer was, “Hell, yes!” Seb […]

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