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High hopes and vitamins

Hi-yo Silver!

The higher price of dining in SF

Viva Falletti!

Not too big, not too small -- and just right

One word: plastics

› paulr@sfbg.com These days it is hard to be sure if the American way is war or plastic. Probably both, and since plastic is a...

Starch Control

› paulr@sfbg.com While we wait to be instructed on the lessons of Iraq by James A. Baker III — the Bush family consigliere assigned the...

Over easy

› paulr@sfbg.com Changing public consciousness is an inglorious task that seems to involve a great deal of repetition. There is an art to repetition, to...

Turkey in the sky

› paulr@sfbg.com Airline food was a rich lode of material for jokery — until there was no more airline food. In the wake of Sept....

The clarifications

› paulr@sfbg.com Doctrines of infallibility are for popes and neocons, and need I say more? The rest of us lowly humans must make do with...

Fish in the balance

› paulr@sfbg.com When I write about seafood these days, I cringe a little, wondering whether, by describing the eating of fish, I am in effect...

Don’t block the box

› paulr@sfbg.com In the Thousand Years' War between beer and wine, beer has long enjoyed an advantage on the party battlefield, mostly because of the...

Our town

› paulr@sfbg.com A onetime San Franciscan now living in Manhattan recommended that we visit August, in the Village. "It's our Delfina," he said. Delfina is of...

Daytripper, yeah

› paulr@sfbg.com Among the many excellent reasons to do some daytripping in the Anderson Valley is to refresh one's sense of hope that the stranglehold...

The Michelin men

› paulr@sfbg.com Although the Michelin guide is no worse an offender than Zagat as a distant judge of our restaurants — its offices are farther...

Small change

Bruised, pitted, and withered leaves

Melons and melancholia

› paulr@sfbg.com There are those who spend the year passionately awaiting Christmas, and then there are those who spend the year passionately awaiting the arrival...

The viognier quandary

› paulr@sfbg.com The evening's menu was to include shrimp, marinated in paprika and lemon and grilled on skewers, and the issue was wine, as in:...

The revolution will be drunk

› paulr@sfbg.com We must now ask Rick Bayless, long the prince of high-end Mexican cooking in this country, to make some room at the pinnacle....

The halftrée

› paulr@sfbg.com Somewhere in the enchanted realm of West Marin stands the Olema Inn, and in its rustic-chic dining room, at the end of a...

Pea play

› paulr@sfbg.com Last week a friend presented me with a plastic bag full of English peas from her garden. A gift given from someone's garden...

Taps for tap

› paulr@sfbg.com The importance of water can't really be overstated, despite its low sexiness quotient. While we can get by without such voluptuous libations as...