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Thanksgiving is a time for lots of food and gratitude.  In our home, it is also a time to celebrate birthdays.  Our family (thanks to my sister and her family) has a very popular birthday tradition.  The doughnut.  Yes, I admit it.   We get doughnuts early in the morning (while they are yummy and fresh) put a candle on top, and wake the sleeping birthday honoree with the “happy birthday song” and a yummy warm donut aglow.  There is nothing like the sweetness of a glazed doughnut pumping...

text-autospace:none">San Francisco is comprised of many eclectic and fascinating neighborhoods, each with their own flair and sense of enjoyment.  As you begin to explore these areas, you get a feeling of what each neighborhood is like -- at least as a visitor.  But what would it be like to actually live there, be a part of one of these San Francisco neighborhoods?

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text-autospace:none">Recently, we listed a property in Nob Hill … well … it’s on the edge of Nob...

The San Francisco Food Bank's third annual Hunger Challenge kicked off yesterday with several participants who have agreed to spend one week eating on just $4 per day.  The Hunger Challenge allows its participants to eat for one day or a whole week on $4/day to experience what it is like to have very limited means to feed and nourish ourselves.  The first year, several food writers and bloggers, who spend most of their time blogging about fabulous restaurants, gorgeous, fresh, local produce...

On a Saturday in August, I will be heading to the Masumoto Farm in Del Ray, south of Fresno to pick peaches.  This has become an annual event.  We head down on Friday, stop at our favorite taco stand along the way, relax poolside in the incredible heat and have a great dinner in the town of Reedley at Uncle Harry's.  What could be better?  Picking peaches at the farm, of course.  When we arrive at the farm on Saturday morning, we attend an orientation to learn more about the peaches...

 
In the last few years, there have been several proposals to use lots throughout the city of San Francisco that are slated for development as interim green spaces.  The idea behind this is that using land for temporary parks or public spaces while development is stalled (happening frequently in this economy) is better for the community than having a chain link fence marking off the boundaries of a lot.
I was very excited to see that the former freeway entrance bordered by Laguna, Fell and...

I've been loving the explosion of choices and awareness in the last fewyears regarding our food and how it is grown and brought to ourtables.  When I first got a CSA (community supported agriculture) boxin Boston almost 20 years ago, I had to help organize and enroll 9neighbors and offer my house as the weekly drop-off point.  I had tons of extra bell peppers and eggplant (which I am allergic to), but loved the experience.  Years later, after a cross country move, and several more CSA...

Last weekend, I went to pick peaches at our adoptive tree at the Masumoto Family Farm in Del Ray. This has become an annual ritual, including the taco stops on the way and dinner at Uncle Harry's restaurant in Reidley.   This year, the peaches have ripened quickly.  Got to run, making jam, canning salsa and giving peaches away.

A Street Food Festival to support La Cocina, a non-profit located on Folsom Street in the Mission that is a business incubator for food businesses in San Francisco.   I first learned of La Cocina at last year's Slow Food Festival--one of the businesses that started at La Cocina was at the event.  Serving food in City Hall Plaza.  The longest line.  It was worth the wait.

On August 22nd, Folsom Street will be closed between 25th and 26th Streets for an outdoor food festival featuring...

More people are farming in urban areas, a recent article in the New York Times reports about roof top gardening in cities throughout the country.  I have been fascinated in recent years about the boom in urban gardening.  I was looking for an article that I wrote a few years ago about urban gardening in SF (I think it made it's debut in an older print version of my newsletter).  At the time, there were two companies that were helping homeowners garden in their backyard.  Both companies...

Last night I attended a food and wine pairing, to benefit the Friends of San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program, hosted by a good friend (and attended by old friends and new friends).  It was great fun!

Gwendolyn Wilson, the manager of wine.com's retail store (4th Ave in Berkeley), is an incredibly knowledgable wine enthusiast.  She is really passionate about wine, and shares that energy and enthusiasm.  She served a sparkling Chardonnay, a Viogner, and two red wines (I don't...

Ok, not a pleasant, uplifting topic to discuss.  I am surprised at how many people in the Bay Area are hungry--and how they are supported by local food banks, including SF Food Bank

To read about the recent Hunger Challenge, where several Bay Area food bloggers agreed to eat all of their meals for $21--an average of $1 per meal.  Please donate money to the Food Bank and participate in the Tyson's Food Challenge.  Thanks.

Several food bloggers in the Bay Area recently participated in a Hunger Challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Food Bank.  They agreed to spend a week feeding themselves on $3 per day.  This is the amount of money that many in the Bay Area have on a daily basis to feed themselves. 

Please check out the blogs of all of the participants, their experiences and their recipes as they navigated through this challenge

And, of course, they wrote about their experiences--how to shop for the week...

While most of the news is dominated by the slow-down in the economy, I have two good things to report.

First, Slow Food.  The Slow Food Movement started in Italy in the mid-80s as an antidote to the fast food that was spreading throughout the world at the expense of good nutrition, food that is central to culture and sustainable food practices.  There are chapters all over the world today.  A few years ago, my friend Gayle Keck was attending a lecture on Slow Food, where she learned about...

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