Tamara Palmer

I'm a freelance writer/editor specializing in food and music, which is truly my dream combination. I'm the editor of The Feast San Francisco, a forthcoming site from NBC, and have written more than 1000 posts for SF Weekly's SFoodie blog. Music is an equal passion, and encompasses a wide variety of sonic territory. I am the author of the book Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip-Hop and a co-author of Singles: Six Decades of Hot Hits and Classic Cuts. Whether it's interviewing Eric Ripert or Stevie Wonder, my job never ceases to bring amazing moments to my life and I'm excited to merge my two great loves into my work for Bay Area Bites.

Tricked-Out Treats for Halloween

I left the costume in the car as I scoured the city of San Francisco for clever Halloween treats that adults can claim as their own. After wading through what seemed like dozens of boring pumpkin cookies and ratcheting my blood sugar up several notches, I came away with three stops serving grown-ups the kind of treats that keep us feeling like big kids.

Milkshake Madness: San Francisco’s Most Outrageous Sips

I’ve been a student of San Francisco shakeology (the science of city milkshakes) for my whole life, but I have noticed an in-town trend towards outrageousness just over the past few years. Many chills, thrills, and bellyaches have been experienced to be your Dairy Queen and bring you this survey of just how crazy it gets out there these days. Shake it up, baby!

Bay Area Chefs on How to Select Winter Produce, Part 2

Another sunny Saturday morning found us back at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the secret weapon of San Francisco’s thoughtful, creative chefs. The Bay Area has a wide variety of interesting fruits and vegetables growing here and near year-round, and while we’re surrounded by it all the time, you’re not alone if you have little to no idea what to look for when picking produce. We tagged along with four local culinary artists on their morning run around the various farm stands to steal their valuable tips.

Bay Area Chefs on How to Select Winter Produce

As important as growing and selecting produce is to a healthy diet and life, it's pretty stunning how few of us really know how to pick the best fruits and vegetables when shopping. Sure, we might have heard about certain items we're supposed to thump or squeeze, and we know to look out for obvious cosmetic flaws, but too much more beyond that is a big mystery for many.

Elmo Loves Wasabi and More Food For Thought

"Elmo loves wasabi," said an unmistakable voice over the phone. "Do you know what wasabi is?" Taking an invisible squeegee to the brain, we realized that this conversation was actually taking place. Elmo was on the other end of the line, explaining the difference between sometime foods and anytime foods, one of the big lessons of Sesame Street's new initiative Food For Thought: Eating Well on a Budget.

Essential Pepin: Behind the Scenes

Jacques Pépin recently filmed his new cooking series Essential Pépin at KQED, which will premiere in fall 2011 on PBS stations nationwide. It breaks new ground from previous series due to its thematic nature, with whole shows based on subjects such as poultry, shellfish, soup, and fruit desserts and easy recipes that are practical for the home chef.

BlogHer Food Conference, Day 2

Tamara recaps some highlights from day 2: “Recipe Writing” with Elana Amsterdam, Jennie Perillo, and Gaby Dalkin; “Do You Have a Cookbook in You?” with Shauna James Ahern, Nancy Baggett, Dorie Greenspan, Susan Russo, and Justin Schwartz; and “Food Photography: Think Outside the Plate,” with Penny De Los Santos.

Raw Like Sushi

Americanized Japanese menus throughout the country feature the Rock 'n' Roll, a maki made with eel and avocado, but the Bay Area gets considerably more intricate when it comes to incorporating music with sushi.

Eat The Beatles

From tangerine trees and marmalade skies to yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye, the lyrical language of the Beatles is laden with talk of food. In a humorous study called "Eat the Beatles!" conducted earlier this year, Beatles super-fan and humorist Martin Lewis discovered that the Fab Four "actually recorded more overt references to tea than drugs!"