Walking into Sweet Belly in Oakland’s Uptown district, it takes awhile to get a sense of what this place is all about.

The name is a big giveaway — Sweet Belly is a dessert spot selling sweets. But while it’s in a former dive Chinese takeout spot and is decorated like a space for afternoon tea, […]

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I’m a fan of Vietnamese food, and San Jose is said to have some of the best in this country, which makes sense because it has the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam.

During the holiday break, I drove down to visit my good friend Denise and her girls, and we met up at one […]

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Japanese food in America typically takes two extreme routes, either the traditional authentic approach or the crazy fun concepts that serve up things like dragon rolls.

But at the new Nomica by Yoshi Tome, owner of the popular Sushi Ran in Sausalito, Tome presents a middle road that draws on traditional flavors but presents dishes […]

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2016: My Year in Food Pictures

On December 27, 2016 By

So maybe 2016 isn’t a year people want to look back at fondly, or even at all. But for this food blog, it was quite a busy year and one that’s memorable as it marked my 10th year of blogging.

As the year comes to a close, I take one last look at some of […]

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High-end omakase menus continue to trend in the San Francisco Bay Area, and this past weekend I checked out the latest entry from noted Chef Masa Sasaki (Maruya) and his self-named Sasaki on the edge of the city’s Mission neighborhood.

The unassuming corner spot (across the street of the popular Flour + Water) telegraphs the […]

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The story: After establishing himself with Aziza out in the neighborhoods, Michelin-star Chef Mourad Lahlou opened his bold and brassy self-named Mourad restaurant in SOMA just south of San Francisco’s Financial District earlier this year. The large restaurant is housed in the historic Pacific Telephone building on New Montgomery.

Why I went: When my brother […]

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Santa might find a lot of snickerdoodles on the plate on Christmas eve, but surprise him with a subtle kick of chai like these chai snickerdoodles I baked for the holidays recently.

They’re a recipe from the Raw Spice Bar, which sells spices online. I used its chai spice blend that gives you that complex […]

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It’s been more than a year since Bon Appetit named Izakaya Rintaro one of the top 10 Best New Restaurants in America. But after a recent visit for dinner with my brother who was visiting, this San Francisco hot spot is still one of the best restaurants in the country, albeit not so new any […]

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Crab + Uni = Love; a Pasta Recipe

On December 7, 2016 By

I’ve been dying from seeing all the Dungeness crab posts on social media lately. Crab season in the San Francisco Bay Area only started last week and people have been eating up a storm without me. I guess they were all making up for last year’s disastrous, nearly non-existent crab season when warm waters made […]

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For the last five years, Chambers Eat + Drink has been anchoring the restaurant space at the hip Joie de Vivre’s Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco, following in the footsteps of Backflip, Bambuddha Lounge and briefly, Miss Pearl’s Jam House.

The space always had a bit of the rock scene, accentuated by the poolside dining and […]

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