You can’t go wrong with burgers and beer in a college town, even a sophisticated foodie one like Berkeley.
So it makes sense that the chain Eureka opened up its first Northern California location in downtown just a few blocks from the University of California at Berkeley. (BTW, they put an exclamation point at the [...]
One thing I’ve learned about Chinese restaurants is that chefs don’t stay at one place for a long time, so consistency over the years can be a challenge.
I wanted to put that to the test at one of the Bay Area’s more popular dim sum tea houses – Koi Palace in Daly City. The [...]
Wine country has a bounty of first-rate restaurants for dining. But when I was looking for a lunch option during my recent Presidents’ Day weekend in Napa Valley, I found some of the buzzworthy places were only opened for dinner.
Still, you can count on something spectacular in Yountville – which in [...]
A couple of years ago, I noticed that a building around the corner of my Oakland apartment was up for lease. Formerly the home of a mattress outlet, I thought it would be a beautiful space for a restaurant with the building’s historic look and high ceilings.
Well, a restaurant didn’t move in, but probably [...]Read the full post →
ST. HELENA, Calif.
Napa Valley draws thousands of visitors every year, and wineries have to think of different ways to attract wine lovers to stop in, taste some wine, and maybe buy a bottle or case, or two.
One of the newest spectacles off the historic Highway 29 cutting through the heart of the [...]Read the full post →
If you’re not over the sweets after last week’s V-Day postings, you might check out this butterscotch pudding recipe from Chef Bradley Ogden of the Lark Creek Restaurant Group in the Bay Area.
It’s one of the recipes featured from many local chefs in the “San Francisco Chef’s Table” Cookbook, written by my friends [...]Read the full post →
Financial District workers in San Francisco have a range of food to choose form for lunch, from sit-down restaurants to sandwich shops to specialty food stands to gourmet takeaways. And now when they want a bit of Asian diner food, they can head to the Street Food Dojo kiosk.
Opened late last year, Dojo took [...]Read the full post →
The warm Homestead on Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue is among the restaurants playing with fire – that is, cooking all their dishes over a wood-fueled flame, typically in a brick oven.
Mastering the fire can be tricky since heat can be inconsistent, but when done right you have a meal rich in flavor and color. It’s [...]Read the full post →
I’m continuing my coffee education by visiting some of the city’s most popular coffee houses. And entering the jam-packed Four Barrel coffee house on Valencia Street in the Mission, I knew a lot of coffee gets poured day in and day out.
Even on a weekday afternoon, there was a line of coffee drinkers waiting. [...]Read the full post →
It’s nice to know that in San Francisco, the old doesn’t get tossed away. It gets recycled, or – in the case of the landmark Tosca Café – a second chance.
This 94-year-0ld North Beach drinking establishment has been known more for its speakeasy décor with dark corner tables perfect for the wheeling and dealing [...]Read the full post →
This weekend’s Super Bowl will be played in chilly New Jersey. So for my friends in the Northeast, I’m prescribing a nice hot bowl of chili.
But when deciding to cook up a pot of chili, I decided to add a twist and use one of my favorite new beef cut – beef cheeks.
I [...]Read the full post →
- A Review of Eureka Restaurant in Berkeley
- Review of Dim Sum at Koi Palace in Daly City
- Review of Redd Wood in Napa Valley
- Blue Bottle Brightens an Oakland Neighborhood
- Exploring the New Tasting Room at Hall Wines in Napa Valley
- Trying Out Chef Bradley Ogden’s Butterscotch Pudding Recipe
- Quick Look at Street Food Dojo in San Francisco
- Review of Homestead in Oakland
- Mission Cool at Four Barrel Coffee House in San Francisco
- Review of Tosca Café in San Francisco
- Warm Up with My Beef Cheek Chili Recipe
- Review of Dim Sum at China Village Seafood Restaurant in Belmont