Ladies' Food, No-Meat Mondays, Favorite Central American Restaurants
Frankly, I think the reason there aren't more women doing this kind of cooking has more to do with the smaller percentage of women who make it to the head of high-end restaurants -- for a myriad of other reasons. Or maybe I think the essentialist argument is bogus because the chef who opened my eyes to the many possibilities of sous-vide cooking was Seattle's Maria Hines. What do you think?
2. Meatless Mondays grows. On Civil Eats, Chris Elam just wrote about the rise of Meatless Mondays, which is half public-health campaign, half social movement. Elam, who's the campaign's program director, says that more than 150 bloggers now post Meatless Mondays features, and Oprah (!) has even given her approval. "In these polemical, partisan times, perhaps moderation is appealing," he writes.
3. Critic's pick changes. As we ramp up for the Weekly's annual Best of San Francisco issue, I'm taking on a side project: putting my stamp on the "Critic's Picks" section of our online dining guide, which you can also access on the SF Weekly iPhone app. There are currently 125+ critic's picks, all chosen by my predecessor and me. While the two of us share many favorites, last week I realized some of San Francisco's best Mexican and Central American restaurants weren't on the list. Ao I added Las Tinajas, La Santaneca, Gallardos, Taqueria San Francisco, and a few more. The list will keep evolving as I revisit old favorites. Is your favorite missing? Hit me up.