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Organics

The Best Places to Buy Humane & Organic Chicken Online

With mounting concerns about mass-produced and factory-farmed poultry and folks trying to limit trips to the market, we looked into some alternatives, including the best certified humane and organic...
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Churn Urban Creamery | Portola District - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Churn Urban Creamery morphed from pop-ups to a storefront last summer. The location is the former Johnson's BBQ (https://www.chowhound.com/post/pays-listen-chef-johnsons-barbeque-20301), vacant sin...

Soft Serve Ice Cream at Ad Astra Bread Co. | Seaside - Monterey Peninsula

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

From the day that famed pastry chef, Ron Mendoza revealed his plans to open a bread bakery to explore the savory side, many of us quietly prayed that in due time he would experiment again with ice ...

"Labels Unwrapped"

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

"...What information is required on food labels? Who regulates food labels? And why are food labels important? Although most of us encounter food packaging on a daily basis, many of us struggle to ...

Swanton strawberries in Davenport [moved from San Francisco board]

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by walker 10 years ago

Last summer I picked (organic, of course) Swanton strawberries in Davenport -- have you been there? What's the best time to go? (Loved it.)

Vege Nian Gao at Sogo Tofu in San Jose

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 years ago

If you’ve been reading along the posts for Bund Shanghai and China Village, you’ve picked up on the tradition of chowing on nian gao (e.g., Shanghainese new year’s rice cakes) in celebrating the lu...

Harvesting Tips: Artichokes to Zucchini

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Tips on the optimum time to pick your garden crop from Joe Corso of Long Beach Organic.

April 20 - In the Grain Pit: Modern Missives from Small-Scale California Grain

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

"The small-scale grain movement in California has been growing and gaining steam for years, but the shifting market demands in the last year have certainly infused the grain community with new ener...

Catching up with Chef Rick Vargas at Sebastopol’s La Bodega in the Sonoma Wine Shop

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 years ago

News that Chef Vargas was cooking at La Bodega in the Sonoma Wine Shop, as reported here was cause enough for celebration, Sonoma: La Bodega Cheese and Pasta in the Sonoma Wine Shop? http://chowh...

Essential Chocolate Bunny by Volo Chocolate

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Well, i've already consumed my Easter bunny. Bean-to-bar producer, Volo Chocolate unveiled the Essential Chocolate Bunny complete with masks and injection site bandaid for the COVID-19 Easter s...

2021 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

New editions of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists.

Sonoma Swamp Blues farm closing sale, 12/24-?, Sebastopol (Sonoma County)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

Organic mature blueberry plants and farm equipment for sale starting December 24, 10am to 3pm, on days when it is not raining. 7000 Occidental Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Phone 707.293.4802

Bryant Lake Bowl | Minneapolis

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

This drone video to publicize Bryant Lake Bowl during the pandemic has won critical acclaim and gone viral. Checking here, the local 'hounds have recommended the spot for breakfast, birthday partie...

Growing Asian Vegetables in Cool Summers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

Thursday, March 4 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm "This workshop will cover the basics of cultivating different varieties of Asian vegetables in the cool summers of the Bay Areas coastline. We will explore...

Humid, mildewy smelling garlic?

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by joeelgringo 6 months ago

So I regularly buy a certain organic brand of garlic at my local Shoprite (NJ grocery store chain). Last month when I bought it I noticed that the garlic came from Spain instead of Mexico, where it...

Belcampo Bone Broth Subscriptions | San Mateo & Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

Belcampo's PR agency reached out with "Belcampo’s new 30-day and 90-day Bone Broth Subscriptions are making immune-supporting meals more accessible to residents in The Bay Area with how inexpensiv...

Minako Organic-ish Japanese Cuisine To-Go | San Mateo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

In September I finally had a chance to drop by Minako Organic-ish Japanese Cuisine in San Mateo, where it had reopened a couple years ago after a long run in San Francisco. My last taste of Minako'...

12/11 Hollister's Art of Eating: Pick-Up Dinner Benefit for the Arts

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

"The San Benito County Arts Council proudly presents a December Art of Eating: Pick-Up Dinner Benefit for the Arts . This farm to your table event will consist of a family style, pick-up dinner pre...

Ellen Straus’ Pie Crust Recipe

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

Sharing the rich pie crust recipe from the matriarch of the Straus family . . . if you can't get Straus butter where you're located, you'll need to find a substitute that matches the 85% butterfat ...

Estero Cafe | Valley Ford - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

Way back in February, in the before times, I started my day with brunch at Estero Cafe in the hamlet of Valley Ford. My mission was to indulge in the chicken fried steak, prepped in-house using Ste...