San Francisco Archive

  • THE TWO-PART SECRET TO A GOOD STEAK / on the grill, in the broiler, or at a steakhouse

    THE TWO-PART SECRET TO A GOOD STEAK / on the grill, in the broiler, or at a steakhouse

    By Larry Levine – There’s a secret to a good steak: 1) Buy a great piece of meat, and 2) don’t mess it up. Number 1 isn’t difficult – expensive, but not difficult. It starts with “know your butcher and don’t be afraid to ask for advice.” And make sure the meat is USDA prime, […]

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  • MEMORY LANE / where old favorite restaurants go to retire

    MEMORY LANE / where old favorite restaurants go to retire

    By Larry Levine – Jonathan Gold’s excellent ode to Campanile in the L.A. Times food pages (Saturday, September 29, 2012) was enough to launch a trip down memory lane. Gold’s piece is warm, touching and human. Campanile, which will close later this year, clearly played an important role in his personal and his professional life […]

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  • LET’S TALK DELI / stop claiming what’s new is old

    LET’S TALK DELI / stop claiming what’s new is old

    By Larry Levine – Let’s talk deli – Jewish deli. It will be a discussion inspired by the latest edition of Bon Appetit. The cover of the September issue touts: “Holy pastrami. The Jewish deli is back.” That’s more than enough to pique my curiosity and send me hurrying to page 28, where I found a […]

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  • MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE / 12 memorable meals from the year gone by

    MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE / 12 memorable meals from the year gone by

    By Larry Levine – “You’re lucky, eating so many great meals in great restaurants.” I hear statements like that frequently from people who assume I created a restaurant web site (atLarrys.com) and this online food magazine as an excuse to eat great meals in great restaurants. They have it backwards; the great meals in great […]

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  • 37 QUINTESSENTIAL RESTAURANTS FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA

    37 QUINTESSENTIAL RESTAURANTS FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA

    By Larry Levine – What is the quintessential restaurant in San Francisco? How about Los Angeles? Sacramento? San Diego? New York? Chicago? Boston? We put those questions to the co-hosts of our sister web site – www.atLarrys.com, where we do restaurant recommendations – and quickly learned the answers get more complicated the more you think […]

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  • FOOD BOOK REVIEW – “Save the Deli”

    FOOD BOOK REVIEW – “Save the Deli”

    By Larry Levine – “Save the Deli” by David Sax tracks the history of Ashkenazi Jews – the plight they faced as they were chased around the globe, scapegoated, killed and survived for hundreds of years. And it is the story of the food they took with them and the delis they established to become […]

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  • FOUR BLOCKS AND 150 YEARS OF HISTORY

    FOUR BLOCKS AND 150 YEARS OF HISTORY

    By Larry Sheingold – All it takes is a short walk in San Francisco’s financial district to find undeniable proof that different generations can possess the same soul. No. It’s not Shirley McClain’s version of reincarnation. She could still be wrong about past lives returning in newborn bodies. But this brief walking tour will tell […]

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  • QUATTRO ITALIANA

    QUATTRO ITALIANA

    By Larry Levine – From south to north California boasts some outstanding Italian restaurants. As you travel the state this summer, you may want to consider a stop at one or more of the following. In the Brooklyn neighborhood, where I spent the first decade of my life, if you weren’t Jewish you probably were […]

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