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Castagnola’s is more than a restaurant - it’s a piece of San Francisco’s history. Thomaso Castagnola opened the first crab stand on Fisherman’s Wharf in 1916, selling fresh crabs to passersbys. Back then I imagine you could get a huge bowl of clam chowder or a big crab cocktail for a nickel! Eventually, this stand turned into a restaurant, which the Castagnola family owned and operated until it was sold in 1975. During their tenure, however, the Castagnola family played a major role in building San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf into the popular destination it is today.

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Do you know what a cucumber or a tomato tastes like? This may sound like a silly question, but with the way our diet evolves, and the contemporary food industry manufactures food, many Americans have no idea what a vegetable tastes like.

Many Americans, as well as their counterparts in the developed world, have never tasted a real tomato, a cucumber or a strawberry. For many, the only encounters with vegetables have been through an industrial mock-up food, which advertising presents as the real thing.

As kids, a tomato with a slice of bread would have been a wonderful part of... Read More

Culinary Schools are the best environment for learning the intricate methods for achieving perfectly prepared meals. That was the main reason I attended L'Academie de Cuisine, one of the top ten culinary schools in the United States, right outside Washington, DC. I wanted to turn out those gorgeous, divine French concoctions of confectionary perfection. Eight months of schooling, including about three to four months of simultaneous externship for Pastry Arts and I'd be ready to graduate.

During the second month of classes students are introduced to the complexities of cocoa beans, and... Read More

Sunlight through the little window draped with plain curtains dapples the chrome-edged kitchen table. A flour coated hand pushes back wisps of gray hair from a wrinkled forehead. The worn oilcloth floor crackles under foot. And the fragrance in the air ... Heaven. There is no memory more alive to me when I remove Grandma's recipe for Brown Sugar Cookies from its drawer than this one. Great-grandma was already very old when I was born - in her 80's - and my memories of her are few and fleeting, but that kitchen, and grandma ever-present and baking in it, are etched into my mind with a clarity... Read More

A German wine label can be beautiful but also confusing. Among the various terms included are vintage, vineyard site, grape varietal, ripeness level of that grape, and location within Germany. The name of the producer can be hard to find, while “banners” or “secondary titles” pose as that name. To start, I’ll explain the label at hand. This is a 2005 Riesling Auslese (“Auslese” meaning "a selection" of late-ripened grape clusters) from the vineyard site Graacher Himmelreich in the Mosel region of Germany (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, found on the label, is even too vague). In the bottom right-hand corner... Read More

Italy designates over 300 production areas as “Denominazione di Origine Controllata” (DOC) – classifications that specific wines come from specific regions and follow tightly-controlled standards. Only thirty-two areas are considered “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” (DOCG), meaning even lower yields and stringent tasting evaluations. Barbaresco is one of them, and to be labeled such is to be given a name and reputation known throughout the world.

Founded in 1859, the Gaja Winery has seen four generations of ownership. In Barbaresco alone, winemaker Angelo Gaja oversees... Read More

By November of 2005, winemakers and growers in Alsace, France, were selecting individual grapes from bunches of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat, and Gewurztraminer for their “Late Harvest” wines, known as “Vendanges Tardives.” The quality was to be exceptional. A rainy April with very high temperatures through July caused the vines to grow healthily. August became “unseasonably low,” says the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace, which “preserved very satisfactory levels of acidity.” By September, the sun returned, and October’s “low rainfall, misty mornings and sunny afternoons” set the... Read More

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Eight Superfoods For A Super Healthy Life

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