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Cook with Dave Lieberman!

Posted 26 October, 2007 at 2:58pm by Michael Chu

This just in (from Paige of Tools of the Trade):

As a lover and communicator of all things food related, I thought you might be interested in this contest from Tools of the Trade.

We are offering US residents 18 and older a chance to cook side-by-side with celebrity chef and cookbook author Dave Lieberman.

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Introducing Wear or Not

Posted 20 October, 2007 at 8:35pm by Michael Chu
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A couple months ago, Tina came up with an idea for a website that spawned from meeting James Hong, on of the founders of the incredibly popular Hot or Not website. After a few discussions, the website began to look less and less like Hot or Not and more and more it's own thing. When I started building the application for Tina, we couldn't come up with a name (with an available domain), so we settled (for the time being) on WearOrNot.com. The website would allow people to upload pictures of themselves wearing different outfits (or accessories, hairdos, whatever you can wear) and other people could vote on which one they liked better. In theory, if there's enough people who participate, it could be really cool.

I've still got a lot of work to do, but I decided to open it up for some public testing. If you've got a better name, suggestions or an opinion, please leave a comment or e-mail michael@wearornot.com.

Michelin Stars in the San Francisco Bay Area

Posted 15 October, 2007 at 1:59am by Michael Chu
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Because of the impending release of the new edition of the San Francisco Michelin Guide, I looked up last years recipients of the coveted Michelin stars. I realized that I didn't know of a website that compiled the list with all relevant information (most just had the names of the restaurants). After I compiled the list, Dave Lu suggested that I put up a Google Map to show where they were (instead of my original idea of linking to the Google Maps page). I tried this and managed to get it to work (for the most part) but found it really difficult to program with the editor that WordPress uses. So, I reimplemented it on Cooking For Engineers with all the restaurants. Go check it out.
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A few quickies

Posted 8 October, 2007 at 7:04pm by Michael Chu

A couple items that I came in my e-mail:
Vote for Joy of Cooking as Book of the Year

Just as Hollywood has the Oscars, TV the Emmys and Broadway the Tonys, the publishing world has the Quill Awards. The Quills celebrate the best adult and children's books in 19 popular categories, ranging from cookbooks to biography and children’s books to general fiction. The Quills Selection Committee for these 19 categories chose books that have received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and have held a position on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List.

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Dining out with an infant

Posted 5 October, 2007 at 9:23am by Michael Chu
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No, it's not me… but my friend Harold has written an extraordinary article on his recent attempt to eat out with his wife and baby daughter. The article is hilarious, endearing, and also (as I'm told by my friends who have kids) right on the money.

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Dining out with an infant