Saturday, February 10, 2007

Under the Covers with Ryan Tate

Bay Area Blogger of the Week # 61

picture photograph  2007 copyright of ryan tate of covers blog

If Marcia is the Queen of Scoops in the Bay Area, then Ryan Tate must surely be the King. Ever since The Chronicle's Food Section's "Inside Scoop" column went down hill after the departure of its writer Amanda Berne, I have been looking to other sources for a more rounded view of local restaurant news.

Between Tablehopper and Tate's blog, Covers, which is in the business of writing about local restaurants and hotels, I've found a good balance. Since Tate writes about this stuff for a living, his blog has a drier less-gossipy approach. I'll let him tell it in his own words...
"I am a staff reporter at the San Francisco Business Times, a weekly newspaper where I cover hospitality and East Bay real estate.
At the Business Times, we aggressively pursue exclusive "scoops" through in-the-field reporting and extensive face-to-face networking.My reporting focuses on San Francisco's world-leading restaurants and hotels, which are fast becoming global businesses complete with celebrity chefs and owners. I also investigate political and business stories in the fast-growing cities on the eastern side of the San Francisco bay, including Oakland and Emeryville."
He's well worth the read. You are bound to find out some things that perhaps I already knew but maybe you didn't. Or let Ryan remind you about exciting things you'd read last year, but had completely forgotten all about. Or have him initiate a bout of depression with reports like this. If that's the direction San Francisco is heading in, I may as well move back to London. Whatever he's writing about, if you like to be one step ahead of the gossip, add his blog to your RSS reader right away.

PS - Do we have room for another San Francisco-based Dining and Gossip Blog? NYC-based Eater seems to think so. If you are a witty writer with your finger on the pulse of the local restaurant scene, who has always fancied yourself as a local food blogger but hasn't quite gotten round to it yet, Eater is looking for an editor to write and manage their forthcoming title, Eater SF. The job comes with some kind of salary and, I imagine, some kind of ready-made audience too. I'll be interested to see what develops from this since generally, unlike the Food Bloggers in New York who can come across as competitive and gossipy, Food Bloggers in the Bay Area seem gentler and more community driven. Which reminds me, I must wrap up this post shortly to attend the food blogger volunteer day at the San Francisco Food Bank...

Other Resources & Further Reading

I have split my google calendar (links can found on my blog roll) into two parts:

The first is a Food Events Calendar where I record details of any food events that catch my eye, like the 1st Annual Artisan Cheese Festival I picked up a flyer for this morning at the Ferry Building. Just because something is listed on this calendar, it doesn't necessarily mean I am going to attend the event.

The second is Sam's Personal Food Diary which is probably of interest only to weirdos who like to pry into other peoples' eating habits. OK, you're not weird, it's natural curiosity. Right now I use this calendar to make quick notes about restaurants I have visited and the food I have eaten there, and to list recipes I have tried out. When I am in a good place (January) I also note my daily food intake and if I remember (today!), I keep a note of my food spends because I want to find out more about the cost of my food.

Google's Calendar defaults to 'week' mode but I recommend 'month' mode for easier viewing. You can change the default under 'settings'.

Thanks to my friend Del who just emailed me to let me know her mother had contacted her with the news I just had a mention in French newspaper Le Figaro. C'est excitent!
Here is the quote she sent me:

"Sam,blogueuse culinaire basée a San Francisco,a trouvé un compromis.Sous chaque table chroniquée,elle indique le nombre de visites faites dans l'établissement"

2006 | A classic Fijian Dish - Kokoda
2005 | Music in My Kitchen

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Under the Covers with Ryan Tate


  • At 11/2/07 00:20, Blogger sallywrites said…

    Could you not edit that Sam?


  • At 11/2/07 06:03, Blogger ChrisB said…

    Sam please translate the quote, I get the gist of it I think.

  • At 11/2/07 07:46, Blogger Sam said…

    sally - i tried to give up writing for other people as my new years resolution. It sounds too much like hard work for me and I prefer to write for my own blog and do as I please.

    "Sam,blogueuse culinaire basée a San Francisco,a trouvé un compromis.Sous chaque table chroniquée,elle indique le nombre de visites faites dans l'établissement"

    Mum - I think it is something like: "Food Blogger, Sam, based in San Francisco found a compromise. For each restaurant review she indicates the number of visits made to the establishment."

  • At 11/2/07 11:46, Blogger cookiecrumb said…

    Hey, congratuleuse ("French!") on Le Figaro!!

    I'm loving reading Ryan Tate. Glad you found him too.

  • At 12/2/07 11:23, Blogger Ryan said…

    Thanks Sam!

    And thanks cookiecrumb ...

    I'll try to start blogging more often with wine in hand so it's not quite so dry ... but that would mean only sweet wines (har har)

    ... maybe I'll find some nice Burgundies as just revel in my dryness! ("Dry humor" ... you'll never really escape London, Sam)

  • At 12/2/07 11:29, Blogger Sam said…

    hey ryan - saying you were dry wasn't meant to be a criticism. It's nice to have a level headed approach to stand up against the hearsay and gossip. In an English analogy think of yourself as The Times of food, not The Sun. Very different papers, I love them both for different reasons.

    That said, shouldn't life in general be approached with a glass of wine in tow ;)

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