Christmas morning goes pretty much the same every year in the Kingston-Williams household. Wake up, make coffee, grill some ham and cheese croissants, mix up apricot jam, desiccated coconut, 1/2 sour cream 1/2 low fat yoghurt, and chopped crystallised ginger to taste, chop all sorts of fruit to dip into this apricot dip, and consume … Continue reading Pear pastries, apricot + ginger dip, cookbooks + family.
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house – people were lying spreadeagled on the floor or curled up in foetal position in the corner from eating too much dessert. We made a raspberry white chocolate cheesecake, a custard fruit tart with chocolate pastry, chocolate cranberry brownies, and a lemon curd tart. My … Continue reading An American-Italian-Australian Christmas Eve.
Berkeley is known as the home of ‘California Cuisine’, largely due to the pioneering of the Slow Food Movement in the USA by Alice Waters, who has run Chez Panisse in downtown’s ‘Gourmet Ghetto’ since 1971. Read about and watch my experience at Chez Panisse here. Berkeley is full of community spirit and art – … Continue reading Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, feeding squirrels + sad teddy bears.
San Francisco is full of culinary (and other) delights. From Boudin Bakery, the purported home of the famous San Francisco sourdough, to the gourmet markets held at the Ferry Building every day, there is enough to fill a foodie’s lifetime and more. What to wear when you go to San Francisco? Flowers in your hair … Continue reading Of chowder in sourdough bowls, cable cars + culinary bookstores.
Serendipitous moment in San Francisco. I was taking a photograph of the Ferry Building with the huge San Francisco sign, when all of a sudden through my viewfinder I see a tram glide into shot that looked like a Melbourne tram. I looked up and lo and behold, it WAS a Melbourne tram! It was … Continue reading A relic from home in downtown San Francisco.
Alice Waters has been called the mother of American food. Her restaurant, Chez Panisse, open in Berkeley since 1971, has been said to have pioneered Californian cuisine. As a supporter of organics for the past forty years, she has had a great influence on the local area and its focus on organic, local produce. Chez … Continue reading California cuisine + lunch at one of the world’s top restaurants.
One of Berkeley’s most popular brunch spots has a wait for a table on a Monday morning. La Note had couples, mums, groups, singles and uni students spilling out the door and lining up on the sidewalk. I set up in a window seat and finished off my postcards to home. I’d found a book … Continue reading Lemon-gingerbread pancakes and letters to home.
The pastrami. Reading review after review, I was continually confronted with raving fans of Saul’s house-smoked, spice rubbed pastrami. So off we set on a 30 minute stroll into Berkeley’s ‘Gourmet Ghetto‘, an area of Northern Berkeley in which the ‘pursuit of quality is absolutely uncompromising’. Alice Waters’ (the president of the Slow Food US … Continue reading Of house-smoked pastrami and toasted celery seed vodka.
Petaluma is one of those towns that not many people would think of as a tourist destination. But on the road back to San Francisco it was a great overnight foodie stop at the end of the Sonoma Cheese Trail. We were a little sick of cheese by the time we got there, so the … Continue reading Of pies, chocolate and heirloom seed banks.
Known as ‘the heart of artisan cheese-making country’, it’s been called the Normandy of Northern California. Artisan cheesemaking is experiencing a resurgence, and the Marin and Sonoma counties are home to the largest concentration of artisan cheesemakers in California. 22,000 acres of land are dedicated to making cheese and fermented milk products in the region. … Continue reading Sonoma County Cheese Trail.