Tamar Love

SF Station Writer

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A few good reasons to get out of bed on Sunday
By Tamar Love (Mar 04, 2016)
When I first moved to the Inner Richmond, I was dismayed. I'd relocated to the Bay Area to steep myself in city culture, and here I was, out in the Avenues, far away from anything even remotely resembling city life. Now, seven years later, I am quite delighted with my cozy rent-controlled one-bedroom apartment in the boondocks. It's quiet, it's relatively civilized, and-best of all-you don't have to wait an hour to get a scrumptious brunch on the weekend... More »
San Francisco's Best Dim Sum Restaurants
By Tamar Love (Oct 10, 2006)
On Sunday mornings, we wake up famished, cranky and dying for hot little portions of dim sum, a Cantonese term meaning "a little bit of heart." Steamed buns, I whisper, steamed bun stuffed with shrimp... It never fails to rouse my otherwise-recalcitrant partner, who would lie in bed until four o'clock if he had his druthers. So where do you get the best dumplings? More »
Jakarta spices up your Valentine's Day
By Tamar Love (Dec 21, 2004)
Indonesian is the ultimate in Fusion, due in no small part to the rampant colonialism of Southeast Asia. Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Middle Eastern and British influences are present in contemporary Indonesian cuisine, which also reflects the chili peppers, peanut sauces and stewed curries of Thailand, the lemon grass and fish sauce of Vietnam, the intricate spice blends of India and the cooking methods of Asia. Bringing together foods from the disparate provinces of Java, Bali, Sunda and Padang, Jakarta is a true melting pot of culinary tastes. More »
Le Soleil illuminates the Inner Richmond
By Tamar Love (Dec 21, 2004)
The decor is lovely, too. A far cry from the typical dimly lit hole in the wall, Le Soleil feels a little bit like Atlantis. Pale green and peach walls are offset by a gilded painted border, soft, bright lighting, nautical Oriental wall hangings and decorative greenery. A fish tank dominates the entryway. The whole effect is dreamy, gentle and extremely pleasant. More »
Manivanh Thai Spices Things Up
By Tamar Love (Dec 21, 2004)
Both dining rooms are well-lit, though not garish, and smell like hot, spicy food. In our book, all this fancy decor usually adds up to a hefty bill, but not at Manivanh Thai, where the most expensive item on the dinner menu is Plaa Pad Prig Khing, a rich filet of rock cod sautéed with green beans and onion in a red curry paste that hardly breaks the bank at $8.50. More »
North Star Restaurant puts a twinkle in our eyes
By Tamar Love (Dec 21, 2004)
"I just love this place," my dinner companion said to me with stars in her eyes. Looking at the soft, buttercream-colored walls, the "homemade" quilted ceiling hangings, the gorgeously clean bouquet of orange flowers at the reception table and the simple, elegant table décor, I had to agree. I, too, just love the North Star Restaurant. While I would recommend North Star for its food, décor and service alone, the restaurant's versatility makes it one of my favorite places to bring guests. The atmosphere is perfect for romantic dinners, pleasant evenings with a small group of friends, and soft-sell business dinners. More »
Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White
By Tamar Love (Jul 15, 2003)
In 2002, Michel Faber published Under the Skin, a sweet little book about aliens living incognito in the Scottish Highlands, where they kidnap alpha-male hitchhikers, castrate them, fatten them up, slaughter them and export them to their home world. As a delightful follow-up to this treatise on hypocrisy and vegetarianism, Faber's newest work, The Crimson Petal and the White (now available in paperback), explores the Victorian society of literature made popular by Dickens. More »
Books to Change Your Life
By Tamar Love (Dec 01, 2003)
It's January 1st ... the beginning of a whole new year, filled with hope, promise and the opportunity to bash yourself in the head for once again breaking every resolution you set for yourself the night before. This year, instead of making resolutions, make changes. More »
Local Chefs & Pretty Cookbooks
By Tamar Love (Nov 01, 2002)
As any true-at-heart San Franciscan will tell you, we live in the best food city in the world (Paris and New York be damned). This year, local chefs and restaurateurs prove this claim with their holiday offerings, a collection of gorgeous cookbooks perfect for gift-giving, all aimed at San Francisco's culinary elite. More »
A Celebration of the Possibilities of Language
By Tamar Love (Sep 15, 2002)
Now in its second year, The Living Word Festival is an annual community gathering of artists, educators, presenters and performers who take three days each Fall to focus on literacy education and literary performance. More »
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