When I was dining recently at The Dock at Linden Street, the casual brewpub by Chef James Shyabout, I tried an appetizer that included pickled cucumbers with avocado, sprinkled with furikake.
Furikake is the Japanese dried seasoning that is used often to dress up rice. But Shyabout’s furikake cucumber sunomono salad made me […]
The story: B-Dama, a Japanese izakaya (like a gastropub), originally opened on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, not too far from the owners’ longtime popular neighborhood hole-in-the-wall Geta Restaurant. But after maybe two years, owners Chikara Ono and Kosuke Muranaka closed the restaurant and decided to give the B-Dama concept a second chance as a counter-only food […]
The people behind the popular San Francisco speakeasy Bourbon and Branch went across the bay to Berkeley earlier this year to open their first bar on the East Bay called Tupper and Reed.
Tupper and Reed is right in the heart of downtown Berkeley on Shattuck Avenue in the former Beckett’s space. The […]
In some ways, you could say I’ve dined at Chez Panisse without stepping one foot into this famed Berkeley culinary institution.
That’s because California cuisine defined in the 1970s by founder and owner Alice Waters and Chef Jeremiah Tower as local, fresh and simple is now the epitome of dining in the San Francisco Bay […]
In the last few months when dining at modern Asian restaurants, I noticed a dish popping up often on the menu as an entree option. That dish is rice congee, also known as jook in Chinese.
So it’s not unusual to see jook on the menu of a Chinese restaurant, but for dinner? It’s traditionally […]Read the full post →
The story: Pucquio is a Peruvian restaurant that was one of the original pop-up restaurants that circled in and out of the Guest Chef space on College Avenue in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. When the Guest Chef concept ran its course, Pucquio became a permanent fixture, serving up what they call on its website as contemporary […]Read the full post →
Since Off The Grid launched it’s first food truck event on Friday nights at Fort Mason, it’s grown into a massive operation of traveling food truck pop-ups in neighborhoods all across the city. But one of its more unique events comes during the summer months and occurs every Sunday on the lawn of […]Read the full post →
The story: More than a year old, Palm House in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood wants you to feel like you’re on vacation but not. So perfect “staycation” dining with cuisine from tropical islands such as the Caribbean, Hawaii, Cuba and Brazil. Recently the restaurant changed chefs, bringing on Chris Ricketts, formerly of the nearby […]Read the full post →
The story: Chef Sachin Chopra opened a successful restaurant in San Mateo called All Spice, and then decided to make his mark in San Francisco by opening a restaurant called Game near the Union Square area. The restaurant specializing in unusual meats didn’t catch on, so Chopra reimagined the space into a second All Spice, […]Read the full post →
The story: In an effort to know more about where his food came from, Chef Alex Seidel purchased a farm in 2009 outside Denver and started raising Heritage breed hogs and honey bees, and growing fruits and vegetables. His Fruition Farms supplies much of the ingredients in his latest venture, Mercantile Dining and […]
The story: Opened in 2013, Acorn calls itself an eclectic, contemporary bar and grill, which is fitting since it’s inside the funky and hip The Source, a gourmet marketplace in a refurbished foundry. It’s one of the Denver restaurants leading the way in farm-to-table or seasonally sourced dining, featuring dishes cooked in a wood-fire oven.
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The story: The izakaya trend, the Japanese gastropubs known for small bites (typically grilled) to go with the drinking, has spread east to Denver, as demonstrated in the popular Izakaya Den. The conceptual restaurant, opened by the same owners of Sushi Den (which is right next door) calls itself “a sake house with […]
The story: Old Major is Chef/Owner Justin Brunson’s shrine to the swine, with a kitchen that produces its own charcuterie and butchers all its animals for the menu. But it’s not just meat, there’s seafood that’s locally sourced, just like the meats, to ensure a true farm-to-table approach to dining in Denver’s LoHi […]
I was in Denver this past weekend for my niece’s college graduation, and while Denver might seem like a nice place, there’s not much to do unless you’re into skiing or some other outdoor sport, which I’m not. So our days were mostly going from one family meal to another, trying some of […]
Snaps on the Go
- Summer Guacamole: My Furikake Guac Recipe
- A Review of AS B-Dama Inside Oakland’s Swan Market
- Tupper and Reed Brings Sophisticated Cocktails to Berkeley
- Tasting California Cuisine at Its Birthplace – Chez Panisse in Berkeley
- Pork Belly Jook aka Rice Congee Recipe + Video
- A Review of Pucquio Peruvian Restaurant in Oakland