MILLBRAE, Calif.
The story: Shanghai Dumpling Shop is a no-nonsense Chinese restaurant in the heart of the little downtown of Millbrae, serving up Shanghainese food, including the popular soup dumplings known as xiao long bao.

Why I went: I love Shanghai soup dumplings and when I noticed fellow foodie Foodnut Instagrammed a photo […]

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The story: Boulettes Larder opened in 2004 as a tiny specialty shop and restaurant in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, and grew a cult following for its breakfast dishes. Chef Amaryll Schwertner and her business partner, Lori Regis, expanded to an adjacent space two years ago to create the Bouli Bar (where I’ve already dined) […]

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The story: The Broadway corridor between Rockridge and Temescal in Oakland is undergoing a food transformation, with the arrival of a Blue Bottle Cafe, freshly opened Trueburger and adjacent Cafe Underwood. But one of the more prominent arrivals is Clove and Hoof, a butchery and casual restaurant at the corner of Broadway and 40th […]

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The story: Located in the far reaches of San Francisco’s Sunset District, Outerlands has been drawing crowds since it was a little cafe near Ocean Beach. It’s especially popular for weekend brunch, with long waits. Owners Dave Muller and Lana Porcello expanded next door, giving the interiors a fresh, reclaimed wood rustic decor. Last year, […]

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Since this blog is focused on photography, I thought I’d end the year with a look back at some of my favorite images along with some insider notes on how I created the image.

Most times, though, I do just point my Canon Rebel digital SLR with a fixed 50-mm lens and snap. But through […]

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The story: Restaurant owner David Deng opened earlier this year a spot in the Outer Sunset to truly serve the food of his birthplace, the central province of Shaanxi in China, known world-wide as the home of Xian and the famous terra cotta warriors found in the tombs of an emperor. Deng’s Terra Cotta Warrior […]

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For the holidays, I typically like to make chocolates but for the last few years the weather has been my foil. (When it’s too warm or the air too wet, the chocolate doesn’t set properly.)

In the midst of the rainy days we’ve been having in the Bay Area, I decided not to risk making […]

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The story: Bar Agricole in San Francisco’s SOMA district made a splash when it first opened, winning rave reviews for its interior design but also for the food of then Chef Brandon Jew. The chef has since left, and now diners are rediscovering Bar Agricole with the food stylings of Chef Melissa Reitz (formerly of Camino and […]

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