Earlier this month I helped my niece Margot celebrate her birthday with a dinner at San Francisco’s Octavia restaurant.

I’d been meaning to try this Michelin-star restaurant by chef/owner Melissa Perello for some time. Perello made a name for herself with her first restaurant in the Castro called Frances, which I’ve enjoyed dining at in […]

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When the weather turns chilly, people often turn to some comforting soup and stews. I mean, makes sense since you find yourself at home keeping warm, so might as well braise some beef, right?

But when you’re a healthy kick, stews and soups are not your friend. Salads, which is my go-to when I’m trying […]

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In theory a pop-up in the restaurant world is when a temporary restaurant opens in an existing restaurant, typically on the main restaurant’s off nights.

In the case of “permanent” pop-up Abstract Table (showing up on Friday and Saturday nights in Oakland’s Gastropig), it plans to stay. The only thing changing is the tasting menu […]

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The month-old Bardo Lounge and Supper Club is a refreshingly different dining experience in Oakland.

It starts with the decor, where Mid-Century Modern furnishings create a large lounge space on the first floor of the former Michel Bistro restaurant on Lakeshore Avenue. It’s almost like you’ve entered a time warp to another time (the hip […]

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Sacramento Street in Pacific Heights is old money San Francisco to me. With the multi-million dollar mansions on iconic rolling hills to tony boutique neighborhood shops.

All this to say I rarely spend much time in this part of the city. Except recently when I went to check out one of the buzzy new restaurants […]

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A Review of CDP Bar in Oakland

On October 31, 2018 By

CDP Bar is everything you would expect being the sister lounge of Oakland’s fine-dining restaurant Commis, which is still the only East Bay restaurant with a Michelin star (it has two).

The 1-year-old bar lounge on Piedmont Avenue continues the contemporary and sophisticated vibe of next door Commis, and diners can easily move from […]

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LOS ANGELES
My post-Greece weekend in Los Angeles turned out to be a busier few days of food tasting than my time in Greece, mostly because there is just so much happening in Southern California when it comes to food. I could barely squeeze in everything I wanted to try in the four days […]

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.
Celebrity Chef José Andrés has a reputation for curating some of the most technically inspired and Catalan-flavored tasting menus in the world, at restaurants from Washington, D.C. (minibar) to Las Vegas (é).

I’ve never had an opportunity to try […]

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ADAMAS, MILOS, Greece
One of my favorite meals from my recent Greece vacation was a place I discovered one night while lost.

I was in Milos, one of the tiny Greek islands probably not as frequented as tourist-popular islands like Santorini and Mykonos. My hotel was close to the port town of Adamas, and […]

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ATHENS, Greece
When looking for innovative and creative dining, the big city is an obvious choice. So during my recent vacation in Greece, I made sure to check out a couple of noteworthy spots, including the Michelin’s “bib gourmand” selection known as Nolan.

South of Syntagma Square and not too far from the touristy […]

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