Hello newbies! If this is your first time here, welcome to In Praise of Sardines!
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I'm busily unpacking boxes from my move this past weekend, but I'll break for a few minutes to take you on a quick tour of my 2-year-old site. Follow me as I guide you down the righthand column of this page.
The inevitable first question is "Why sardines?" Follow the link below my picture to discover the answer. Next, click on the About link above my picture and read a little bit about me. There you'll discover I'm a chef and I'm opening a restaurant in San Francisco. You can read all about the ongoing saga in my series, Olallie Update, named after my future restaurant, Olallie. Olallie? That's a curious name. What's it mean? Read here to find out. Click here to see a slideshow of the kind of food I'll serve at my restaurant.
Other favorite posts are listed below my Categories and Archives menus under the heading "Take the Bait." One of my most popular posts is the true story of how I missed a flight for a slice of pizza. Check out the other stories, too. More recent posts you won't want to miss describe my journey to this year's Burning Man festival, my love for the kitchen I designed at my last house, and my girlish style of cooking.
Our next stop is the links to Slideshows on my FlickR page. If any thumbnail picture or topic grabs your attention, click on it to see more. The photos of my meal at Spain's El Bulli or my visit to the farmers' markets of Paris will surely whet your appetite.
You must be famished by now! If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you're in luck (if not, come visit soon!). Decide what you're craving, then check out my "Bay Area Shortlist" (the final item in the righthand column), follow the link, and go grab yourself a bite to eat.
I hope you enjoyed your tour. Thanks for visiting and come back soon! If you're curious about what goes on behind the scenes in the restaurant world, you won't want to miss my upcoming tales (and construction photos) of opening a little neighborhood bistro. Construction starts next month and the restaurant will open its doors 6 months after that!
Wow. That's soon. I better get back to unpacking my house so that I'm ready. Ciao!