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Zen and The Art of Vegetarian Cooking

February 9, 2010 – 6:54 pm
Food Illustrated page
Greens Restaurant in San Francisco has an outstanding reputation for fine produce and creative food.

Story by Wanda Hennig

This story was first published in Food Illustrated magazine, London, with photography by Richard Jung

A visit to Greens in San Francisco is a celebration of the senses. Dip your spoon into a bowl of butternut squash soup and delight in the delicate harmony of lightly caramelized onions and apple confit blended with a hint of calvados. Feast your eyes on a salad that marries fresh ripe figs with Kodata, Mission and Calmyra olives, melon, watercress and creamy goat’s cheese. Inhale and delight …

The Zen of Food

October 28, 2009 – 1:22 pm
TatooHead
It’s sometimes fast, always Slow, deafeningly quiet and a metaphor for life.

Story and Pictures: Wanda Hennig

First appeared: East Bay Edible

“In Zen practice we want our intuition — our universal self — to come forth,” says Berkeley Zen Center abbot, Sojun Mel Weitsman Roshi. “When you’re doing simple tasks [like peeling broccoli or breaking lettuce into bite-size bits], your body, mind, the broccoli, the knife, your hand, the breath, are all involved. When you keep bringing your attention back to what you’re doing — when you are simply one with your activity — it’s the same as sitting zazen.”

Eat Thiebaud, drink Blue Bottle, see Avedon at SFMOMA

September 8, 2009 – 3:36 pm
And slices from Mondrian.

Richard Avedon Photographs, 1946 – 2004, runs July 11 to November 29 at SFMOMA.
James Freeman’s newest Blue Bottle coffee shop …

Gay Pride — Ya gotta eat!

June 27, 2009 – 2:46 pm
Dykes on Bikes, Gay Pride 2009

Top 12 Castro dine-out hotspots

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration runs Saturday June 27 noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday …

Tomales Bay kayaking and oysters

June 17, 2009 – 2:20 pm
Go eat oysters at Tomales Bay.

A delicious adventure —

“Why am I living in a city?”
The question came the first time when I glanced upward …

Best Beaches Northern California: Flavors of Capitola and Santa Cruz

June 10, 2009 – 6:23 pm
View from the West Cliff Inn garden.
Which beach is best? Capitola with its cocktail cuisine has a party flavor — plus family appeal. Santa Cruz main beach has sea lions alongside the wharf, surfing beneath the cliffs and the famous Boardwalk.

Story and photos by Wanda Hennig
All travel has a culinary flavor, given that one has to eat. True culinary travel, however — I’d say what defines it is the focus. It’s about eating the specialties of a place. Learning about the food traditions of the people. It doesn’t imply eating lavishly, isn’t necessarily about haute cuisine, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Visiting a farmers market and creating a picnic from the produce stall … Read more

The Moss Beach coastal stroll — Highway 1’s best kept secret?

June 2, 2009 – 12:38 pm
Beach views from the cliff.

A breathtaking beach walk; a scenic cliff-top hike; a chance to see harbor seals up-close-and-personal; and if you keep your …

Insider guide to Fort Bragg: 20-plus delicious reasons to go there now

May 22, 2009 – 1:20 pm
Cheesecake at The Restaurant.
Could this be wine country’s new culinary hot spot?

Story and pictures: Wanda Hennig

Fort Bragg a hotbed of conscious creatives and sustainable agriculture activists? That wasn’t how I remembered it from previous visits. Good camping, yes, at the MacKerricher State Park three miles north on Highway 1; and the legendary Glass Beach that’s more interesting to read about than to visit; and unmemorable meals in the quaint harbor; and Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout at the North Coast Brewing Company. But now a foodie friend was telling me about their active Slow Food group and saying things like, “I went to Italy and saw what they were doing with agritourism in Tuscany and thought …

Wisdoms of A Culinary Traveler

February 25, 2009 – 2:10 am

She’s been called Alameda’s Julia Child and like Child, Weezie Mott is in a class of her own.
By Wanda Hennig
From …

Napa and Sonoma Cook

February 16, 2009 – 1:00 pm
Chef's kitchen, CIA.

You can too!
Have you thought of adding “culinary education and cooking skills” to your wine country travel menu?
Story and photos …