They’re the ones who know your favorite bread or give you the best wedge of cheese. They call you by your first name and give a little piece of candy for little Jimmy.
They’re the neighborhood grocer right around the corner.
Sometimes I get a bit nostalgic and I think about a simpler time, and [...]
For the first time that I can remember, the Dungeness crab season in the San Francisco Bay Area started this year without much drama – no delay, no fishing boat strikes, no price disputes. That means plentiful, delicious fresh local crabs leading up to the holidays.
Last Friday night, I got my hands on my [...]
I’ve made it clear in the past that I’m not a big fan of Mexican cuisine because all the dishes seem to use the basic ingredients. But I do like a burrito now and then for a solid, no-fuss lunch.
So when people decide to play with the burrito concept, I get excited about some [...]
For a restaurant that took months to come together because of delays, you’d think the new Box and Bells would have a clear, focused format.
But from the beginning, I couldn’t figure out what Box and Bells is supposed to be. The restaurant in the former Somerset location in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood is the highly-anticipated [...]Read the full post →
If you’re staring at your huge turkey and dreading the idea of hours of watching the bird in the oven, why not chop up your turkey and make turkey paella?
I’m a big fan of paella, and while this isn’t an authentic Spanish dish, I like the versatility of paella where you can cook your [...]Read the full post →
There’s an old rule that the best months to eat oysters are the ones that end with “r,” such as September, October, November and December. That’s because oysters develop and taste best when the waters are cold.
But in the Bay Area, we can enjoy raw oysters year-round because our temperate cool [...]Read the full post →
The Mission Bowling Club is probably one of the most unusual places to grab some food in the Bay Area.
Building on the retro trend of upscale bowling alleys, Mission Bowling in the city’s Mission District is an intimate spot with six bowling lanes and a food program headed by Chef Chris Kiyuna. (When the [...]Read the full post →
The Castro has finally become a dining powerhouse in recent years, with restaurants like Frances and Starbelly moving in. And in the last year, new spots like Fable, Hi-Tops, Slider Bar, and Super Duper are bringing the variety.
The latest, Pesce, is a transplant from Polk Street and takes over the [...]Read the full post →
Michael Mina is one of San Francisco’s most esteemed chefs, and his Financial District restaurant is a shining star in a city where fine-dining menus (at price tags more than above $100 and closer to $200) are taking all kinds of form.
Mina, who has grown from his time at Aqua (which is now home [...]Read the full post →
I’ve been a tea lover for years, and in the last couple of years I’ve been obsessed with milk tea such as Hong Kong milk tea and Thai iced tea. So when I received an invite for a special event involving milk and tea, I was so there.
The event last Wednesday was sponsored by the [...]Read the full post →
When I visited my Mom last month in Honolulu, I planned to shoot a cooking video that I had wanted to do for years. I asked my Mom to show me how to make joong.
Joong is one of those Chinese delicacies that is often made at home, and rarely bought from the stores (although [...]Read the full post →
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- 6 Dungeness Crabs, 9 Diners, 1 Epic Meal
- Review of Torpedo Sushi in Oakland
- Review of Box and Bells in Oakland
- Thanksgiving or After, Try My Turkey Paella Recipe
- Fresh Oysters, Friends, and a View at Tomales Bay Oyster Co.
- Review of Dining Room at Mission Bowling Club in San Francisco
- Review of Pesce Restaurant in San Francisco
- Review of the Dueling Tasting at Michael Mina in San Francisco
- Tea, Cambrics and Cocktails Event in San Francisco
- How to Wrap and Cook Joong (with Video)
- Review of 12th Avenue Grill in Honolulu
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