Tasting menus seem to be trending in San Francisco right now. And I’m not talking about the astronomically priced ones served up at places like Saison or French Laundry, but what I’ve noticed are the refined plates and casual settings for tasting menus at restaurants like Lord Stanley in Russian Hill.
More than a year old, Lord […]
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Fire pits adjacent to grape vines at a vineyard? It must be time for Heritage Fire by Cochon 555.
This annual food event brings together 50 chefs cooking more than 3,500 pounds of whole animals, from pigs to ducks to cows, to create tasting dishes served with wine in […]
The story: Salisa Skinner grew up in a traditional Bangkok home where the women filled the kitchen with delicious food and where Asian children were encouraged to pursue professional careers. So Skinner graduated with a law degree and clerked at a Silicon Valley law firm until her passion for cooking drew her to make a career shift and […]
I want to start a movement now to make gai lan the new kale.
Gai lan (pronounced GUY-LAHN) is also known as Chinese broccoli and you see them often at the Asian grocery stores. They’re a dark, leafy green with texture just like broccoli but they don’t have the mushroom-style caps of broccoli. This is […]
The San Francisco Bay Area has always had an affinity for Hawaii, and there’s a sizable Hawaiian contingent on the Mainland, as evident by the annual Aloha Festival. But replicating popular Hawaiian food (or “grindz” as the locals call it) has mostly been relegated to BBQ teriyaki plates or some kind of pineapple […]Read the full post →
The story: Jumping onto the poke bandwagon, the people behind sustainable sushi restaurant Tataki in San Francisco opened a poke eatery earlier this year, not too far away from the restaurant in Lower Pacific Heights. It’s called Limu and Shoyu.
Why I went: Growing up in Hawaii, I’m familiar with the local delicacy known as poke […]Read the full post →
I admit I’m not a big bubble tea drinker. I joke that people shouldn’t have to eat their tea (bubble tea gets its name from the boba pearls added to the sweet tea drink).
Apparently, I’m the only person that really thinks this because everyone is crazy for the Taiwanese-style bubble tea as demonstrated by […]Read the full post →
Omakase, the Japanese approach to dining at sushi restaurants where the selection is left up to the chef, seems to be all the rage these days when it comes to sushi dinners. Japanese restaurants like Ju-Ni and, of course, Omakase, are popping up serving omakase-only menus.
The latest is a quaint, […]Read the full post →
The story: It’s funny how many of the Burmese restaurants in the Bay Area have some direct or indirect ties to the popular Burma Superstar in San Francisco. Teni East Kitchen is no different. This new spot in Oakland was opened by Tiyo Shibabaw, who previously managed Burma Superstar’s Alameda and Temescal locations. […]Read the full post →
Months before the white hot Din Tai Fung opened its newest U.S. outpost at Santa Clara’s Westfield Valley Fair shopping center, everyone predicted – and expected – long lines and dumpling mania to ensue.
And right on cue, when the long-awaited restaurant serving up xiao long bao (those delightful Chinese soup dumplings) opened in May, […]Read the full post →
Today wrapped up the three-day J-Pop Summit 2016, the annual festival of all things Japanese pop — from anime to music to the arts. Of course, I focused on all things food.
J-Pop this year was primarily based at the Festival Pavilion in San Francisco’s Fort Mason (activities also took place at the Hyatt and New […]Read the full post →
The story: Chef Kyle Itani brought his Japanese twist to food at the Oakland restaurant Hopscotch, where he would explore his love for ramen with ramen nights. Last year he decided to make the ramen offerings a full-time thing with a new ramen eatery nearby, and after months of construction delays and anticipation (including several popular […]Read the full post →
Overlooking the 980 interchange and on the western edge of downtown Oakland is one of the oldest homes in California, where you can have afternoon tea that transports you to the early 1900s.
I’m referring to the Pardee Home, part of the Preservation Park area in Oakland, a cluster of historic homes in a quiet […]Read the full post →
I recently did something I haven’t done in years — deep fried chicken!
Regular followers of this blog know I have an aversion to deep fried foods, and generally avoid making them and even ordering them at restaurants. But last weekend I was going to a potluck with my food blogging crew — Sandy of Foodhoe’s Foraging, […]Read the full post →
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- Review of Tasting Menu at Lord Stanley in San Francisco + Video
- Summer Heats Up with Cochon 555’s Heritage Fire 2016
- A review of Thai Favorites at Tamarind Hall in San Francisco
- Whipping Up My Roasted Gai Lan and Forbidden Rice Salad Recipe
- Review of Hawaiian Brunch at Aina in Dogpatch
- A Review of Hawaiian Poke at Limu & Shoyu in San Francisco