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Spice pot at Campton Place

Spice pot at Campton Place

Carolyn Alburger, Associate Editor: I celebrated my wedding and many work landmarks over Zuni Cafe's balsamic Bloody Mary. Its sweet-tart finish, and the sun streaming in through Zuni's Market Street-facing windows, make it the best Bloody experience in San Francisco. Now it's time to sip one in honor of Judy—her amazing life and unforgettable contributions to our food world.

Ellen Cushing, Senior Editor: This profile of the principal of Columbine High School will wreck you in the best way possible.

Sara Deseran, Editor-at-Large: It's been a while since I've picked up a book I loved quite as much as the intelligent yet quirky A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. The Washington Post deftly described it as being as "contemporary as a Japanese teenager’s slang but as ageless as a Zen koan ...". Ozeki also wrote My Year of Meats in 1998, which I read way back when it came out. Unlike so many of my books that have been traded in, that one has never left my shelf.

Katherine Guzman, Editorial Intern: I had an incredible dinner last night at Campton Place restaurant where they just revamped their menu to include some really interesting modernized Indian dishes with foams, airs and liquid nitrogen. A big standout is the Spice Pot. It's a take on the indian street food dish Panipuri, but if Chef Srijith Gopinathan didn't tell me himself, I would've never guessed it. Buttermilk foam, chickpea, spiced potato, toasted quinoa and tamarind, served in a terra cotta flower pot complete with rocks and moss in its drip tray! Master Somm Richard Dean, who runs their wine program, paired it with a lovely Diebolt-Vallois rosé Champagne. Definitely not your typical lunch-buffet Indian.

Scott Lucas, Web Editor: Over the break, I went to the Contemporary Jewish Museum and spent most of my time listening to the playlist at their Black Sabbath exhibition, which is a round up of black artists doing songs about the Jewish experience. I knew about Miles Davis's Israel, sure, but I never would have expected the Mishugana Mambo. I'm losing my mind over it now.

Caleb Pershan, Editorial Fellow: These headphones are solid gold HYPE and a TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY but their existence is incredibly funny and upsetting to me. Great XMas gift. I might buy them ironically idk jk mebe. 

Sean Pyles, Editorial Intern: The Slate podcast, Political Gabfest is a refreshingly irreverent, entertaining analysis of the "big events." Seven days before the crew comes to San Francisco, I'm packing in all the gab that I can.

 

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