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Consuming Ambitions

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Updated: 2008-12-04T23:55:54-08:00


Is There Such a Thing as a Free Dinner?


My buddy Sam Shank has launched a new site focusing on hotel deals - Everyone loves to find a great deal these days, and has collected a lot of them - over 11,000 hotel deals for destinations in...

Top Chef Season 5 Premieres Tonight


Get ready for Quickfire Challenges, drama and tears in the kitchen, and of course, the hostess with the mostest, the lovely Padma Lakshmi (pictured here with head judge and famed restauranteur Tom Colicchio). Tonight at 10pm (9pm Central) on Bravo,...

Hamon Washoku Opens Today in San Carlos


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Because "Bad, Dirty, and Unjust" Somehow Isn't Appealing


This weekend Slow Food hits Baghdad by the Bay. With a slogan of "Good, clean, and fair," the international movement started in 1989 launches perhaps its finest moment to date with a shindig billed as the largest celebration of American...

The 11 Best Foods You May Not Be Eating


Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times did a piece recently boldly titled The 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating -- a bit presumptuous in that anybody who is at least somewhat health conscious is heeding the frequently heard advice...

Beer Brewing FAQ


Okay, last time we did wine, so now it's time to give beer some air time. I am fortunate to work with a bona fide beermeister, and by that I do not mean somebody with Animal House style binge tendencies,...

Things Get Ugly in the World of Wine E-Commerce. Very.


In the recent past, we've heard grumblings of frustration from management of leading wine e-commerce player, over the fact that many wine shops and other merchants were skirting the byzantine laws which govern the distribution and shipment of alcoholic...

For Those About to Carve


Just in the nick of time, my wife came through with a pointer to a very helpful article in the New York Times (registration required) describing an excellent turkey carving technique. She is hoping to save me from the ignominy...

The Big O: Organic Wines Versus Organic Grapes


Recently you may have read (or re-read) of the benefits of resveratrol, which we're pretty sure inspired you to administer some red wine immediately. Did you know, though, that levels of resveratrol are higher in organic wines than in non-organic...