Monthly Archives: February 2008

Delights of the Cheese Board for pizza

Dinner tonight at a Berkeley institution, Cheese Board Pizza. Have walked past this place for several weeks, enthralled by its popularity. Each day this co-op makes one kind of pizza, and people queue around the block to buy it. Tonight’s … Continue reading

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Quest, the future of public media

Visited KQED, one of America’s biggest NPR stations. Their science program, Quest, is one of the best examples of integration I have seen. Each year the 15 staff produce 48 x 6-minute weekly radio segments and 20 x 30-minute TV programs … Continue reading

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Disease of affluence

I visit India about once a year. There, poor people are thin and rich people are fat. In the United States, it appears to be the reverse. Obesity is the disease of affluence in the western world.

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Finger food taken with a grain of salt

Went to a local restaurant the night before last. Ate tandoori chicken with my fingers. Next morning my digits looked like I had been smoking for decades, such was the extent of the yellow-brown stain. The stain would not go away despite … Continue reading

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Cup of coffee versus a newspaper

All Starbucks coffee shops closed across the country for 3.5 hours yesterday. The company’s share price has dropped 40 per cent this year. CEO Howard Schultz decided to re-train all barristas, as part of a plan to revitalise the company. People spend an … Continue reading

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Wonderful jazz at Yoshi’s

My Albany neighbour and friend Andy Gilbert, jazz writer for The Boston Globe and other papers, took me to the premier jazz venue in San Francisco, Yoshi’s in Oakland, to hear a fine Brazilian singer, Claudia Villela. Her band featured … Continue reading

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Sonoma pleasures continued

Final stop was Kunde Estate, on the Sonoma Highway at Kenwood. They charge a fee of $5 for tasting the estate wines, and $10 for the reserve wines.  This is odd compared with Australia, where tasting is mostly free. But … Continue reading

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