Satsumas, Coffee & Tea, Catalina Offshore, and Julia Child
The dashing biography Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child ($30/Knopf), by Bob Spitz, is a fresh take on this larger-than-life woman, who adored the flavors and techniques of traditional French cooking, her Paul, and educating the American public about good food. Spitz clearly loves his subject and periodically verges on purple prose, but invariably pulls back just in time, giving the reader a rollicking, insightful portrait of the grand woman—not just “The French Chef”—who forever changed American cuisine.
At The Market
One of the joys of late fall and winter is the burst of citrus that hits the farmers markets. Satsuma, a variety of mandarin orange that originated in Japan, is the perfect fragrant little citrus package. It is usually seedless, has an easy-to-peel thin, loose skin, and is delightfully sweet and juicy. Beyond snacking, satsumas can be incorporated into salads; juiced for cocktails, vinaigrettes, and both sweet and savory sauces; added to vegetable stir-fries; and, of course, used in desserts.
Coffee & Tea Collective
Daniel Holcomb has a lofty goal for his loft-like North Park Coffee & Tea Collective: Offer great coffee and tea to bring people to the art-filled space for human interaction. But while he may be about creating community, Holcomb also offers some terrific java. Savor a cup there, or pick up house-roasted beans from Tanzania, Kenya, Indonesia, and Mexico. Or buy containers of fair trade organic tea—the basics, or house-made blends with locally sourced herbs.
2911 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park
Catalina Offshore Reborn
The chummy, underground warehouse vibe cultivated by manager Tommy Gomes remains, but the new remodel establishes permanent fish cases, shelves of spices and sauces, and produce from local farmers. Education also gets a nod with a small “seafood educational nutrition center,” where chefs will perform demos to teach kids and parents easy, healthful dishes. There’ll also be a daily $5 prepared food special.
5202 Lovelock Street, Bay Park