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Morphology

> paulr@sfbg.com The popular imagination supposes that restaurant writers are Olympians, dispatching thunderbolt justice to places that scorch their garlic (a sin smellable from several...

El butterball

› paulr@sfbg.com Marin is not my favorite county — it is the police state, bristling with bored and predatory officers of the...

Island in the sun

› paulr@sfbg.com Of the great Mediterranean islands, Sardinia is probably the least well known. Crete has its Minoan past and the mythic connection...

Forget me not

› paulr@sfbg.com The server who performs from memory is either a virtuoso or a show-off — and more likely the latter, experience suggests,...

Umlaut with that?

› paulr@sfbg.com A friend from LA said, upon stepping into Lettüs Café Organic, "I feel like I'm back in LA. On Rodeo ...

Tea rex

› paulr@sfbg.com Tea might be yang to coffee's yin in the morning land of Caffeination Nation, but despite the presence, in yin...

The fine print

› paulr@sfbg.com "People will sleep better not knowing how their sausage and politics are made," Otto von Bismarck said — and...

Get thee to a naanery

› paulr@sfbg.com Polk is a many splendored strasse, with lower lows and higher highs, socioeconomically speaking, than practically any other road in town,...

The gadget diarist

› paulr@sfbg.com As a confirmed gadgeteer, I naturally feel a pang of genuine sorrow — and sometimes real...

City on a hill

› paulr@sfbg.com It is noteworthy, though seldom noted, that Rome's claim to be the capital of Christianity is, you know, a little ......

Splitsville

Without Reservations › paulr@sfbg.com Split is a splendid little word, one of my favorites, at least when we are wandering...

Crazy on you

› paulr@sfbg.com Kookez looks like a name from The Epic of Gilgamesh, or perhaps the name of some lost city in ancient Persia...

Tossing the salad

› paulr@sfbg.com During the long weeks of this un-spring, I have often found myself looking out into the rain-swept garden and thinking:...

Deeper into sushi

› paulr@sfbg.comOpera Plaza doesn't look like restaurant heaven, and, for the most part, it isn't. The development's long-running success story is Max's Opera Café,...

A Twinkie defense?

› paulr@sfbg.com A question too seldom pondered in these parts might be put as follows: Do twinkies eat Twinkies? The latter, of course, is...

The burger hopper

› paulr@sfbg.com The hamburger has a certain Zelig quality in America: It turns up all over the place, in guises high and low,...

Wild Pepper

Do you know the way to San Jose?

Cuvee organica

Organic wine is on the rise, and the French, no dopes as regards marketing, are on the case. A recent tasting of organic and...

Shooting a pig

A good deal of blood gets spilled in Michael Pollan's intelligently gory new book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Penguin...

Heart of glass

One way to temper the shock of the new is to leaven it with bits of the old. The Europeans are expert at this,...

Dine review

A crude proposition