Visiting the San Francisco Specialty Food Show is always a January highlight for West Coast food professionals. It’s like a giant no-host cocktail party but with samples of 80,000 foods and beverages but no cocktails. Although I don’t remember when I first attended a show, it was sometime in the late 1980s. At that time, the event was housed in the main hall at Moscone Center, and it was possible to walk the entire show, visit with vendors and eat yourself silly in one day. Walking even one full row meant required a certain amount of discipline, however. Chocolates, olive oil, lots of cheeses, more chocolates, olives, sausages, hard candies, scones and soda might all be in the same row. It took me several shows to remember that I didn’t have to taste everything, no matter how enticing, especially in random order. Fortunately, there were pitchers filled with water strategically placed to clear jaded palates.
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My last three blogs addressed some of the current concerns and dangers in our food supply as well as about Vandana Shiva, who is actively pushing back against genetically modified seed crops in India. Important information, but given that it’s the last day of November I think it’s time to celebrate the upcoming holiday season, so let’s talk once more about chocolate.
Anyone know where I can buy or barter extra hours? Working at both New Leaf and The Vanilla Company has left me short on time. For the past three weeks I’ve been dreaming about writing about chocolate but actually doing it has been a challenge.
I may be the Queen of vanilla, but chocolate rules my life. Whether dreaming of it, cooking with it, or allowing it to slowly melt on my tongue, savoring the sensations as it moves dreamily from one set of taste buds to the next, I’m surprised when a day passes and I haven’t eaten or drunk something chocolate. (Okay, I only use chocolate with real vanilla in it. Better?)
I’ve never been a coffee drinker. I tried when I was a Freshman in college, mainly because everyone else drank coffee. They served coffee and doughnuts in the morning in my dorm great room on the weekend. While I loved the aroma, I didn’t like the taste unless I poured in cream and sugar. Even diluted, coffee made me jittery. As I wasn’t a doughnut eater and given that the coffee made me feel strange, I let it go. It wasn’t until my forties that I started to drink tea in the morning, and more to warm me up than wake me up.
In recent years I’ve grown quite fond of tea, usually drinking green during the day and a decaffeinated tea in the evening such as Numi’s Vanilla Nights decaf. When I took the Pu’erh challenge I thought it would be an interesting way to learn more about a tea with a big history in China. I hadn’t expected that I would get hooked. I am.