Browsing by Category: California


Wild nettle and pecorino pizza at Pizzaiolo in Oakland.

Without a geographic specification, the word pizza is completely generic. Of course, it conjures up the notion of sauce and melted cheese on dough. But there are exceptions that defy this definition and the texture of the crust, size and shape of the pie, cooking methods, and toppings can vary wildly from place to place. In Italy (more…)


Nectarine tart with rose ice cream.

Earlier this month I traveled to the Bay Area for my friend Erin’s wedding. Her husband Chris is a cook at Chez Panisse and he set me up with a stage in the kitchen, one of the most incredible places on the planet. There is a mixture of permanent staff and (more…)

I just spent an incredible week eating my way across northern California. The short amount of time wasn’t enough to do justice to one of the world’s best food destinations, but that didn’t stop me from doing some serious damage. Check out some of the things I ate this week above or on Flickr and check back soon for posts on all the great food experiences I had.

Last night I had dinner at Pinches Tacos on Sunset Blvd. with the cast and crew of Cities of the Underworld. (more…)

My faith in American food culture is restored with each meal I have here. This afternoon my friend Dave and I met up for some down-home BBQ at Baby Blues, a little slice of the American south on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice, CA. We both had pulled pork; he ate his on a bun with coldslaw and mac & cheese sides, I paired mine with ribs, cornbread and collard greens. We balanced out the savory with the sweet, finishing it all off with a slice of pecan pie. Outstanding.