Thoughtful Gourmet Blog

Chef Michael Siegel of Mill Valley's Corner Bar restaurant in chef whites and a blue apron

Like any chef worth his salt, Michael Siegel of Mill Valley’s Corner Bar is an omnivore, chasing flavor across cuisine styles to find the essence of a dish. And then make it better. Siegel, who came up under Alex Ong at San Francisco’s much-missed Betelnut (the restaurant closed in 2015), dabbled with Indian and Indonesian […]

Pizza Night cookbook cover by Alexandra Stafford

Three pizza cookbooks. Three different approaches to make the most of Pizza Night. Plus a chance to eat World Champion Chefs’ pizza at an event series in Napa.

Cover of Low and No-Alcohol Cocktails book from Matthias Giroud with a drink and a pomegrante on the cover

Translated from the French by Katherine Gregor and written by cocktail savant Matthias Giroud this drink recipes book offers a tres français approach to the hot trend of low- and no-alcohol cocktails.

The fritto misto at San Francisco's Uccello Lounge is fried with rice flour and topped with fresh herbs

Chef Keller, whose cooking at Bizou, Coco 500, Seaglass, and before that, Stars, helped define San Francisco’s modern culinary style, is back with a restaurant near Davies Symphony Hall.

The package for Rise & Puff Gourmet Tortilla's gluten-free variety.

Thanks to the hard work of Philip Summe and his team at Rise & Puff, a business based on the San Francisco peninsula, tortillas that act like wheat tortillas – sturdy and bendable – are now a thing.

Forage.Gather.Feast cookbook cover, by Maria Finn

A foraging cookbook with author Maria Finn as your guide, “Forage.Gather.Feast” is an invitation to discover, cook and eat from the bounty of your surroundings.

all the chefs at Press restaurant in St. Helena, Napa Valley, surround the editor of Salty magazine, Geeta Barsal

A recent pop-up dinner event at PRESS restaurant in St. Helena offered the chance to experience an event sponsored by Salty magazine. And meet a few of the chefs who helped prepare the meal.

two lattes in cups on the patio at Tiburon's Malibu Farm

I had never heard of Caffe Luxxe before a recent dinner at Tiburon’s Malibu Farm. A Malibu-based brand with coffee shops around SoCal and elsewhere, the coffee roaster also sells coffee to fellow Malibu-based brand, Malibu Farm. After a full meal, I still managed to drink three cups, the coffee whispering sweet nothings and creamy […]