The lines at this place continue to astound me. Good for its owners for knowing just mac 'n cheese would be so popular around these parts.
When I set out to talk to Larry Rand, I knew very little about him. I was going to do a 20 minute conversation about his new study. Ha. He told me 20 minutes wouldn't be enough, and he was right -- he knew he has an extraordinary story. This led to him inviting me for dinner with him and his partner Jonathan, who I've known for years. The result was this story, one of those that you really feel honored to be able to tell. Even better, Larry was really happy with the results, which always makes me happy, especially when someone opens up so much to you, as he did.
I was intrigued when I saw a Facebook acquaintance who is a Jewish studies high school teacher -- who happens to be straight -- start advertising his new blog, stylefordorks.com. Had to talk to him to find out more.
For this month's food column in j. weekly, I attended a goat-cheese making workshop at Urban Adamah. It was pretty adorable, though making the cheese was so simple! The kids (the human ones) really seemed to enjoy it, though several wanted more hands-on activities.
I wasn't aware of Kimberley Hasselbrink's blog before this, but this is a lovely book.
I have to admit, I'm a sucker for anything Top Chef-related. Paulie and I watch it religiously, even though we are still up in arms by who got the title last season. Anyhow, this restaurant sounds like it will be a fun place, and I'm excited to try it.
I'd been following Marty Perlmutter's efforts on behalf of African elephants on Facebook for awhile, now. He's been an acquaintance for several years, and a few years ago, he describes almost hearing an SOS from them while in India. It sounds crazy, I know, but he's really taken up the cause.
Now this was a first. A reporter named Alexandra who goes by Alix, who one summer went by Sasha, covered the wedding of a guy named Aleksandr, who goes by Sasha to his family, Alex to everyone else, and his bride Aleksandra, who goes by Sasha to everyone. Hilarity ensues ;)
These events are not so exciting to cover, but it was cool to see this massive empty space that will soon be a huge brewing operation in the East Bay. I brought Paulie with me, since he's the true beer lover in the family. No doubt, this will make San Leandro a major beer destination in the Bay Area.
I first met Avner Even-Zohar pretty soon after I moved to San Francisco. Both Jewish professionals, we used to meet for frequent lunches downtown between our offices. He always had me in stitches. He now lives quite far from here, but he's launched a second career as a motivational children's book author. Check him out here.
Alix is a personal chef and freelance writer in the SF Bay Area. You can keep up with her writing and cooking here.