A few years ago, I discovered Thai iced tea and since then it’s my favorite drink to order whenever I go to any Asian restaurant that offers it.

There’s no doubt I’m a visual eater because I fell in love with the color, a sort of burnt amber that turns into this marvelous marbling swirl […]

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The story: New ramen spots are highly anticipated in the Bay Area, but Marufuku opened under the radar earlier this year. Still, word-of-mouth has created a lot of buzz for the Japantown ramen spot (opened in a former ramen restaurant on the second floor of the Japan Center Mall) and the lines are often long […]

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The story: The popular Belden Place is known for a handful of restaurants in an alley of San Francisco’s Financial District that on a beautiful day harkens to European nights when people ate outdoors in makeshift tables in an alley. Toy Soldier opened last month in the popular tourist spot in the former space of […]

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A museum dedicated to ice cream seems like a no brainer. Who wouldn’t love spending time  in a space that celebrates everyone’s favorite cold treat.

So it’s no wonder that the Museum of Ice Cream, which started as a pop-up in New York, would be a runaway success. After its initial sold-out […]

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I’d first heard about Ippudo in Manhattan, where its reputation for delicious Japanese ramen noodles translated into long waits of more than 1.5 hours. Its popularity spawned a Westside location, but lines are still supposedly long for the hakata tonkotsu broth.

I didn’t realize that Ippudo was a major chain from Japan […]

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It was another weekend of checking out a food festival, but this time it was closer to home as I explored and ate my way through Oakland’s Eat Real Festival 2017 at Jack London Square.

The annual food celebration that highlights food trucks often luck out with warm weather, and it hit […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Last weekend during my Feast Portland adventure in this Pacific Northwest culinary capital, I squeezed in visits to a few notable dining destinations in the city.

One thing I appreciate about Portland that I’ve learned in my last few visits is that this city loves to explore a lot of global flavors. […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Put a fork in me because I’m done.

Wait, on second thought, don’t poke me. I may just burst from all the food I’ve been eating the last four days at Feast Portland, the massive food festival here in the wildly weird and quirky city in the Pacific Northwest.

This is my […]

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Soon after the restaurant Finn Town opened in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, I visited with my friend Craig to check out its brunch. I fell in love with the restaurant’s handsome decor and the refined comfort food coming out of the kitchen.

Much as changed since then, with the major change being […]

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There’s no dearth of sushi restaurants in San Francisco, and lately there’s been a number of high-end spots focused on offering omakase, or a chef’s choice on the menu.

One of those places is Ju-Ni, a tiny neighborhood restaurant in the Divisadero corridor that only seats 12. When it first opened a year ago, it […]

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