Maddy Douglass on 05/25/2014
Le Marais Croissant | Abbott & West Productions

Notes from the Kitchen: Oh la la, Le Marais Bakery

What do you get when you leave a Frenchman in California for too long? A Frenchman in desperate need of a good croissant. The San Francisco Bay Area may be known for having some of the country’s best bread, but baked goods worthy of a Parisian palate continue to be the El Dorado for which […]


Maddy Douglass on 10/01/2013
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Recipe: Le Marais Bakery’s Pain de Genes

To further tempt your tastebuds before revealing all – or maybe just some – of San Francisco‘s Le Marais Bakery‘s secrets in our upcoming interview with head baker Justin Brown and owner Patrick Ascaso, we have another quintessential (yet surprisingly doable) French recipe this week: Pain de Genes, a mouthwatering almond cake. Savor this light […]


Maddy Douglass on 09/27/2013
Quiche Lorraine | Le Marais Bakery | Abbott & West Productions

Recipe: Le Marais Bakery’s Quiche Lorraine

As a teaser for an upcoming feature, we’re pleased to bring you a classic French recipe from San Francisco‘s new Le Marais Bakery, one of our favorite eateries in the city. It’s surprisingly simple and straightforward; pair it with a mesclun salad and some fresh baguette and you might fool yourself into thinking you’re at […]


The Innocents Abroad on 06/18/2013
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Where the Innocents Have Eaten: Heirloom Café

Where the Innocents Have Eaten: San Francisco's Heirloom Café Runtime2:46 View count324   At San Francisco‘s Heirloom Café, a farm-to-table restaurant in the Mission, the food and wine are all about taking what’s fresh and local and complementing each other. Chef/owner Matt Strauss takes Kate and Nora on a tour of the Ferry Building Farmers […]


The Innocents Abroad on 06/04/2013
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Recipe: Heirloom Café’s Gnocchi

How to make gnocchi Runtime3:09 View count182 The Innocents Abroad went behind the scenes at San Francisco‘s Heirloom Café to learn how to make the restaurant’s popular gnocchi. Let chef-owner Matt Strauss show you how it’s done in the above video, then use his recipe to make your own: Heirloom Café’s Gnocchi You Need: Food […]


The Innocents Abroad on 05/15/2013
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Where the Innocents Have Been: San Francisco

Even if you haven’t watched our latest episode, at the James Beard Award-winning State Bird Provisions, (though we highly recommend that you do!) it would be no secret that we love San Francisco and the Bay Area. It’s Kate’s hometown, Nora’s spiritual home and we don’t trust anyone who doesn’t love it. (Kidding! Sort of…) […]


The Innocents Abroad on 05/13/2013
State Bird Provisions

Where the Innocents Have Eaten: State Bird Provisions

Perched on the border of San Francisco’s Western Addition and Fillmore neighborhoods, State Bird Provisions – the 2013 James Beard Award-winner for Best New Restaurant – is a restaurant steeped in Bay Area culture. Drawing on the bounty of surrounding farms and the Bay Area’s diverse immigrant population, the restaurant uses a dim sum serving […]


The Innocents Abroad on 05/13/2013
State Bird Provisions

Recipe: State Bird Provisions’ Rice-Crusted Trout with Mandarin, Hazelnut Brown Butter

Place of Origin: San Francisco, CA, USA 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice 1 small orange, preferably mandarin 3 tablespoons fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam) 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger plus 2 Tbsp. matchstick-size pieces 1/2 teaspoon finely grated garlic 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter […]


Kate on 03/15/2013
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Recipe: California Farmer’s Market Salad

As the weather slowly starts to get warmer and the sun sticks around a little more, my California roots start to come out (okay, let’s face it, they never go into hibernation) and I resent the photos of colorful flowers and ripe berries and tomatoes my mother sends me from the farmer’s markets. The New […]