Hey, happy/unhappy Equal Pay Day! Women make 20 percent less than men, and the wage gap is even greater for most women of color. Did you know the date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year? Ugh. That’s a lot of work. Too much! Let’s get closer to January 1st, shall we? #20PercentCounts
Okay, let me kick my apple box to the side, let’s talk about some really cool things happening in the world of spring cookbook releases! Last week, I was happy to attend the launch party for Desmond Tan and Kate Leahy’s Burma Superstar, a beautiful cookbook that features many classic Burmese recipes (not just from the restaurant). If you want to join in on the fun, Green Apple Books is hosting a party/happy hour on Wednesday at 6pm, with snacks and drinks from Burma Superstar and, of course, books for sale. There is also a Cooks with Books event this Thursday at Burma Love.
This evening is a launch party at Heath Ceramics for Elisabeth Prueitt’s newest cookbook, Tartine All Day, with savory and sweet bites from Tartine Manufactory, live music from Gaucho Jazz, and wine from Uphold Winery (FYI, Uphold Winery donates 100 percent of net profits of Rosé for the Women to women’s rights!) and Manufactory Prosecco Punch. Tickets are just $10, and net proceeds benefit the Homeless Prenatal Program. Come buy a book and get it signed by Elisabeth! 5:30pm-7:30pm. See you there?!
Did you have a chance to peep the fantastic dishes I enjoyed at Dosa on Fillmore last week from their special Bengali menu, featuring many dishes from owner Anjan Mitra’s mother (be sure to scroll!)? They feature a special kind of spicing, with the levels dialed differently, like the clove-forward notes of the Bengali lamb curry. You can check it out from now through mid-April, with dishes like mustard chile halibut (so good with the lemon rice—and don’t be afraid to cut some of that green chile into the mix), the unique poppy seed potato (they’re an unrecognizable bright red in this dish), and the coconut-forward prawn malai curry. You can even come in for one of their excellent cocktails (OMG, the Snapchaat with snap pea!) and an appetizer, like the fried Baiguni eggplant fritters.
Lastly, I am finalizing my travel plans to Thailand in May/June (!!), and it looks like I’m going to be hitting the islands of Ko Tao, Ko Samui, and Ko Pha Ngan at the end of my trip. Would so appreciate any housing/travel/beach/food tips there! Whatcha got? Bangkok too. Thanks to everyone who already sent me intel. Mwah.
Oh, and I have some Passover/Easter hoppenings for you.