More Superbowl Foods, Part 2: Chef Michael Mina’s Cioppino

San Francisco Chef Michael Mina is one of our culinary titans, with 17 restaurants in 8 states. (For details, visit his web site here.)  He's also a big 49ers fan and is currently in New Orleans for the game. Also, as many top chefs do, Mina uses ingredients [...]

By | January 30th, 2013|0 Comments

Superbowl Poetry Slam? Why Not?

"If you want to do something really special on game day," John Gaines, who was at the helm of The Tradewinds in Cotati for several decades, writes in a message to me, "be the only one on your block to have a poetry slam." He is serious. "This [...]

By | January 29th, 2013|2 Comments

Don’t Call Me Ma’am!

It's really just a little thing but, honestly, I hate being called ma'am. The only person who can call me ma'am is a tall thin Texas cowboy with his thumbs hitchin' up his jeans and a cowboy boot brushing floor as he says something like, "Aww, shucks, ma'am, you're just [...]

By | October 22nd, 2012|13 Comments

Muffuletta Wars

The day after Christmas, I was walking along Decatur St. in New Orlean's French Quarter, heading to Central Grocery Co. for a muffuletta to take home to Hattiesburg. Just as I was realizing the famous store was closed, a scruffy guy about three-quarters of the way into a [...]

By | January 17th, 2012|1 Comment

TODAY ONLY: Beignets, Muffaletta, Gumbo and Etouffe in Healdsburg

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Healdsburg's Costeaux Bakery, where Chef Rob Lippincott of Louisiana Legacy will be making yummy NOLA nibbles, including hot and messy beignets

By | March 8th, 2011|1 Comment

A Yummy Bite of New Orleans

One of New Orleans' great dishes, muffaletta, is now available at Rustic, the restaurant at Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

By | January 26th, 2011|6 Comments

Happy Epiphany!

Today is almost the end of the Christmas season; tomorrow is Russian Christmas so it is not quite over yet. Do you celebrate Ephiphany? If so, please tell us about it here.

By | January 6th, 2011|1 Comment