Category Archives: Food

Kids and Vegetarianism

11th June 2015

This video is pretty touching. Do any of you relate to this kid too? I remember finding meat so upsetting in childhood that I would have trouble finishing meals. His mom’s response feels so evolved compared to the response I got, which was more like, “Eat it.”

Fishy Cupcakes

17th February 2015

I made these for Hank’s birthday. I’m always on the hunt for cute cupcakes that require no ability to manipulate frosting.

I smooshed the Swedish Fish on with my fingers, and used tweezers to place the “bubble” sprinkles.

They’re a variation of this idea, which uses rainbow fishy crackers instead of Swedish fish.

Fishy crackers are not as delicious as gummy things. Love, Maggie.

8 Fun Places to Eat in San Francisco

19th November 2014

As part of my Life List goal of getting to know my city like the back of my hand, I’m collecting 100 of the best things to taste in San Francisco. These are 11-18:

Let’s go somewhere delicious and fun.

1. Pork Shumai at New Asia, $4.50
New Asia is a kitschy Chinatown banquet hall, and their weekend brunch features rolling steam carts with endless, reasonably priced dim sum to ease your hangover. The mostly Chinese patrons are an excellent sign, but the pace can intimidate if you’ve never cart-ordered dim sum before. Research what you’d like to try, and ask the waiters zooming by to send it your way. Otherwise, you can just nod when they show you something appetizing.

2. Happy Hour Oysters at Waterbar, $1.05 each
Fresh oysters and bubbly with a view of the Bay Bridge, this is among the best reasons to live here, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

3. Dessert Soufflé at Café Jaqueline, $30
Café Jaqueline is a romantic, all-soufflé restaurant tucked off the main strip in North Beach. Call ahead to secure a spot at one of the five or six tables, and settle in for a nice slow dessert or savory soufflé with a bottle of wine. Use the restroom so you can peek at the little kitchen, where you’ll find a bottomless bowl of eggs resting on the counter.

4. Burger at Mission Bowl, $15
Burgers that are simple, juicy, and with some kind of magic sauce — all to the soundtrack of pins toppling.

5. Half a Fresh Cracked Crab at the Swan Oyster Depot, $20
San Franciscans will queue for absolutely nothing but great food, so a line is a sign. You will always find a line at this tiny seafood diner, especially now that it’s crab season. Wait in line. Take a seat on a swivel stool at the counter and enjoy a plate of oysters on ice. Grin at the suckers in line, and order another glass of white wine while you crack into your crab.

6. Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Carlton Lounge, $65
I feel calmer just thinking about this place. If you’re going to take tea, there should always be a harpist at hand.

7. Ribeye at Alfred’s, $32
Alfred’s was founded in 1928, and it still feels like you should be able to smoke a cigar at the table. The steaks are exceptional, and reasonably priced for a San Francisco steak house, but I love it because the cocktails are perfect and the place is so cozy. Especially good for a rainy or foggy night.

8. Nebulous Potato Thing and a Breakfast Milkshake at the St. Francis Soda Fountain, about $10 for both
This soda fountain has been around since 1918, and was run by three generations of the same family until 2000. In 2002, the current owners renovated the 1948 dining room and installed a kitchen, making it my favorite diner in the city. Everything is good, but I like the Nebulous Potato Thing – a mound of potatoes fried with onions and whatnot, smothered in melted cheddar with sour cream on top. Your choice of thick breakfast shake on the side, tin included.

Piccolo in Minneapolis

14th July 2014


Bay scallop crudo with coconut, golden raisins, hot pepper and citron vinegar

Thanks so much for the Minneapolis tips, everyone! I’m exploring like crazy and the food and cocktails here are so good. I made a reservation at Piccolo to celebrate our first night in town, and it was a huge treat.


Rabbit liver tart with caramelized onions, compressed strawberries, olive oil and sorrel

I bit into this before I thought to take a photo, but that snowy dust is olive oil, which they powdered presumably using magics.


Monterey Bay squid with fresh dragon beans, manila clams, smoked pork shank and fresh okra

They have a 5-course tasting menu for only $55, and our waiter Xan made great suggestions for wine to pair with the courses.


Hanger steak with butter poached radishes, tomato and Calabrian pepper jam, white anchovies and horseradish

The room was so sunny and happy. One of the nicest meals I’ve had.


Rabbit loin with summer truffles, artichokes, tortellini, turnips and parmigiano-reggiano

Also, and maybe this sounds odd, but the bathroom was charming. Navy blue walls with a gold peacock feather wallpaper on one wall and lots of attention to detail. I liked it so much that I asked the waiter who designed it, and apparently it was the proprietor of a local boutique called Honeyshine. So if you go, make sure to stop into the loo.


Sweet corn panna cotta and bourbon corn cake with blackberries and caramel

Piccolo
4300 Bryant Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN

Sun-Mon 5:30-9pm
Weds-Thurs 5:30-9pm
Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm
Closed Tuesday

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Dinner Party Ideas

1st July 2014

I’d like to improve my dinner party repertoire. Are dinner parties still a thing? I met an older woman when I was in college who mentioned that she had several meals memorized in case she needed to host an impromptu dinner party. Magician.

Years later, I read a piece in Vogue (I think) about a woman who was known as one of the best hostesses on the New York social scene. She would make a giant pot of stew, pick up some crusty bread, and overfill wine glasses while people ate cross-legged on the living room floor.

One of the best dinner parties I ever attended was hosted by my friend Pableaux, who put everyone into service chopping, grating, running for ice cream, and then shooed everyone toward a giant table in the kitchen. He kept the conversation running late into the night, and I’ve rarely felt more welcome.

I’m working on building out my recipe tin, and I added a section for dinner parties. So far I have one go-to: Homemade Guacamole and chips, Fish Burritos, Cucumber Salad, Strawberry Shortcake, Sparkling Wine.

So I want nine more solid meals. What do you serve when you’re having people over, either casually or for a more formal dinner?