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Do you know the Michelin Man?

Michelin ManYou may know him as the Michelin Man, but his real name in his home country of France is Bibendum. His full-figured body and friendly wave grace the covers of all the domestic and international MICHELIN travel and restaurant guides from Shanghai to Chicago. 

Here are a couple other fun facts about the always smiling, symbol of both high-quality tires and recommended restaurant/travel guides from around the world.

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                      *In the year 2000 he was voted “Best Logo symbol of all time”

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*In 1894, the two founding brothers, André and Edouard Michelin, were visiting the Universal Exhibition in Lyon when they noticed a stack of tires on one of the stands. The overall effect was sufficiently evocative for Edouard to think that, with arms, “it would make a man” – Upon his invention in 1894, tires were actually white, not black – hence his white coloring – ere actually white, not black. bibendum - mika takeuchi

Along with giving stars to well-deserving restaurants around the globe, Bibendum has become quite the star himself. His marshmallow-resembling body can be found on vintage mugs, postcards, posters and magnets and lucky for you, I’ll be giving away some Bibendum swag along with a 2014 U.S. MICHELIN Guide of your choice this month.

Information on how to enter will be posted on Thursday, April 10

 

Sunset Magazine Garden & HQ Tour Celebrating their March All-Food Issue

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Yesterday, myself and other members of the media visited Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park, California for a tour of their exquisite gardens and work place. To say the least, it was impressive. When your work surroundings consist of exotic cacti, plump grapefruit trees, and a massive outdoor kitchen, we think you’ve got it quite good.

From mini Umami Hatch Burgers, to Chicken Tinga Tostadas, it was a night to remember. After all, this is the first time in Sunset’s 115 year history that they’ve dedicated an issue entirely to food. Although the first, I have a feeling this won’t be the last. With Food Editor Margo True, the staff at Sunset are pros when it comes to all things food and drink. Their wine cellar is a vino lover’s dream.

See more photos from the event HERE.

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Super Bowl Recipes by Super Chefs

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Super Bowl XLVI is right around the corner and we know that many of you are either hosting your own game day party, or attending a gathering as a guest. Even if you aren’t a big fan of football, we know you’re a fan of food, and there’s going to be plenty of that to go around on this very special football Sunday.

Food Fashionista asked some super Chefs to share their favorite recipes for the annual football festivities. Best part of all, you can easily create these unique and tasty recipes at home with the step-by-step instructions and ingredients listed by these professional chefs.

This year, forego being the friend who brings the bag of chips and jar of salsa, and impress your friends with one of the dishes below. We can’t predict if it’ll be the San Francisco 49er’s or the Baltimore Ravens who’ll be holding up the trophy this year, but we can guarantee that you’ll be a winner in the eyes of your Superbowl party comrades and foes if you make one of these recipes for this coming Sunday’s big celebration.

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Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo Recipe by Chef Justin Simoneaux (Boxing Room)

Chef Justin Simoneaux’s recommended recipe is Smoked Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo, because it’s hearty and can feed a group! Also, since the Niners are playing the Ravens in his home state of New Orleans, it’s like bringing a little taste of the South to San Francisco.

As you can tell from the photo, Justin’s team is the Saints!

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Roasted Chicken Wings in Fesenjoon Sauce Recipe by Chef Hoss Zare (Zare Fly Trap)

“My recipe is for roasted chicken wings in fesenjoon sauce. This is simple and uncomplicated, the sauce even matches my favorite team, the niners. This recipe is easy and a crowd pleaser. The color is reminiscent of the 49ers. Prediction – 49ers: 36, Baltimore: 24″ - Hoss Zare

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Curry Puffs Recipe by Kris Toliao & Yuka Ioroi (Cassava Bakery + Cafe)

Kris is more of a Manchester United Football fan, but he does like the 49er’s and Yuka really likes the New Orleans Saints because she says “their story is beautiful.

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Chipotle Chili Glazed Dungeness Crab Recipe by Chef Mark Dommen (One Market Restaurant)

I chose this recipe because I wanted to do something with crab, keeping the main ingredient local as the 49ers are in the Superbowl.  I also wanted to make it finger food and fun so that people had to use their hands to eat it.  I like to compare it to the shellfish version of chicken wings and something that would go really well with cold beer on Superbowl Sunday.  The crab could easily be substituted for head on shrimp in the shell.” – Mark Dommen

Mark’s favorite football team is the 49ers!

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Cioppino, Crab Toasts, and Crudite Recipe by Chef Michael Mina (Mina Group & CookTasteEat)

Chef Michael Mina is a 49er faithful and these are Chef Mina’s “San Francisco” recipes in honor of the 49ers going to the Super Bowl (crab, seafood, RED food…)

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Charleston Tacos with Braised Short Ribs Recipe by Chef Jet Tila (The Charleston LA)

“My favorite Team has to be the Jets because I was named after them back when they would win in the 70′s!  
 
Even though it’s labor intensive, these tacos can be done DAYS ahead and bring the Big game a fancy factor!.  Braise the beef days ahead, keep warm during the game, and guests can make their tacos during the breaks in the game!  These will definitely take your game to another level!” – Jet Tila 

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Chef Hogan BLEEDS green…meaning he is a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan (from his home town). He doesn’t dislike the Niners at all, but he believes “you have to stay true to your roots.”

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Sourdough Cheese Steak with Homemade Chez Whiz and Crisp Onions Recipe by Chef Thomas Weibull (Velvet Room at CLIFT)

“Why is this dish my favorite? Well coming from Philly you can’t watch football without Philly Cheese Steak. It’s like drinking water for us. I think I had my first Cheese steak when I was 5 and then once every weekend since then…well when I lived there that is, I can still smell those Amorosa Rolls though this version is more a West Coast style.” - Chef Thomas Weibull

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Chicken Katsu Sandwich Recipe by Chef Richie Nakano (Hapa Ramen) 

Chef Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen may be known as a die-hard baseball and San Francisco Giant’s fan, but he hasn’t forgotten that his city is represented in this year’s Super Bowl.


 

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Jurlique To The Rescue for the Holidays and New Year – San Francisco

Jurlique Fillmore Street San FranciscoDid you know that Christmas is less than a week away? Yes, you heard me right. The 25th is here in six days, and 2013 will be here in just about two weeks. With the year end and the holidays fast approaching, I’m sure most of you can relate to the twelfth-month stress syndrome! During this time, we are trying to connect with friends and colleagues at holiday parties, while coordinating those last-minute travel and family-visiting plans. On top of all this, we’re still not done with holiday gift shopping, and we’re attempting to tie up all those loose ends to start the new year off fresh.

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With all this going on, it’s no surprise that we aren’t looking quite as fabulous as we could be. With late nights come festive times, which translate to lack of sleep, and not-so attractive dark circles. We’re also probably not drinking as much water or getting as much sleep as we should be. I know I’m guilty of this. And like Madonna, my skin is screaming…”Rescue Me”.
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Good news, is that there is a helpful solution. For those of you who live in or near San Francisco, you can visit the Jurlique Wellness Day Spa and store at 2136 Fillmore. Enjoy a spot of tea and lavender cookies, while browsing all the holiday gift sets, or enjoying a much-needed beauty treatment. Jurlique gift sets are a true token of love, and your gift recipient (and their skin) will thank you for it. In addition to a flexible price point for every shopper, the gifts come beautifully wrapped and make quite the luxurious statement.
Now that I’ve helped with those last-minute gift ideas and beautifying-treatment tips, you’ll have to figure out who’s giving you that much-needed ride to the airport. Sorry, can’t help you there.
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Chevron Design Metallic Gel Nails – Mika’s Manis

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If you're going to get gel nails, you might as well rock a design that you won't get tired of looking at after a few days. Since my salon doesn't often do the fancy nail designs; I brought in a photo, chose three different metallic colors including a frost white base, gunmetal center, and a sparkling gold tip. My manicurist topped it off with a black outline to highlight the chevrons. 

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