Archive for April, 2013

All Hail the Chamomile-Honey Bar

Published on April 27, 2013

The San Francisco Bay Area is aggressively, teeth-baringly, button-bustingly proud of its local chocolate. But unlike some of the other reasons for which Bay Area people love themselves too much, this one is totally justified. Everywhere you turn within a few miles of SF, you bump into either another indie company making its own amazing [...]

If Your Life Depended on It, Could You Tell Me Three Things About Corsica?

Published on April 24, 2013

Corsica is one of those places whose name your average non-European might know … or not. And even those of us who know its name — how many of us could find it on a map? (Hint: It’s an island west of Rome, southeast of Cannes. But I had to Google it just now to [...]

They Don’t Eat Tacos in Peru

Published on April 21, 2013

Let’s play a word-association game. Brunch + Peruvian. What comes to mind? Nothing? Or this: We used to have a little joke around the Dibs house. One of us would ask what we should have for dinner, and the other would say: “South American food.” This was considered hilarious because (a) neither of us had [...]

Mexico City Is a Region Too

Published on April 19, 2013

Copita Tequileria y Comida, the modern Mexican restaurant in Sausalito, CA that is co-owned by iconic restaurateur Larry Mindel and celebrity chef Joanne Weir, is going local with a new series of seasonal and regional menus created by executive chef Gonzalo Rivera, inspired by his culinary journeys through his native Mexico. Introduced this week, the [...]

Smørrebrød: Danish Sushi?

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Order a sandwich almost anywhere and you’ll get bread on the bottom, bread on top and something in between. Smørrebrød, the closest Denmark comes to a national dish, are always called “open-faced sandwiches” in English. But do they even count as sandwiches when (by worldwide sandwich standards) they stop only two-thirds of the way up? [...]

Announcing the Re-Launch of Dibs!

Published on April 17, 2013

Welcome (back) to the newly remodeled Dibs, which starting today is devoted to scoping out local-isms — whether they’re sources of pride or shameful secrets or somewhere in between. We once went to Belgium thinking we knew about Belgium. Waffles. The Ardennes. Tintin. Then our new one-eyed Belgian friend invited us home and treated us [...]