The story: The team behind the SOMA wine bar 25 Lusk decided to focus on beer and decided to create a modern beer garden — inside a mall! General Manager Chad Bourdon and Chef Matthew Dolan last year opened Tap 415, a gastropub on the fourth floor of the Westfield San Francisco Centre.
Why I […]
The story: It’s no coincidence that the rise of Outerlands occurred when its kitchen was under the helm of Brett Cooper. Now the chef is back in a more elegant-but-still-casual dining room in the Mission with Aster, in cooperation with the Daniel Patterson Group.
Why I went: The Mission is a lot easier for me […]
When tasting the flavors of Southeast Asia, it’s pretty easy to find Thai or Vietnamese cuisine in California. But when hunting for the food of places like Laos, Cambodia or Myanmar (formerly Burma), one has to find the pockets around the Bay for a chance at authentic cuisine.
One pocket in Oakland nestled between the […]
The story: Chef Dominique Crenn, who garnered a Michelin-star for her high-end tasting menu at Atelier Crenn, has opened a casual French restaurant in the former Bar Jules space in Hayes Valley. With executive sous chef Aaron Thayer, Crenn invites diners to imagine eating at her mother’s and grandmother’s kitchen, transporting them to the French […]
The thing about being single is that you end up having leftovers. Even when I bought pork belly awhile back to make my jook topped with miso-glazed pork belly, the smallest package of pork belly I could get at the market still meant I had to put some in the freezer to make later.
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The story: Everyone knows that you can always find a good Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood, but there’s a dearth of anything else. So that probably explains the popularity of the Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company on Noriega Street. Since opening earlier this year, the large gastropub has been packed by neighbors looking for classic […]Read the full post →
It was summer in a glass at tonight’s CUESA Summer Cocktail Event in the Grand Hall of San Francisco’s Ferry Building.
CUESA, or the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, puts on the weekly farmers market at the Ferry Building. And tonight it joined forces with the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild to celebrate summer’s bounty […]Read the full post →
I’m more a wine than beer drinker, but there’s something about a warm, sunny day that makes me want to just chug down a cold, refreshing mug of beer. That’s exactly what I was doing yesterday when I visited the Westbrae Biergarten in the northwest area of Berkeley.
Westbrae is a popular new beer garden […]Read the full post →
The story: SOMA restaurant Radius emphasized the local sustainable dining movement, saying it got ingredients within a certain radius of the restaurant. But after five years, owner Jon Whitehead closed Radius and revamped the space into a Latin-Caribbean inspired small plates spot, which opened in March. He brought in Chef Mark Furr (most recently of […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
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 →
Snaps on the Go
- Review of Tap 415 Bar Bites and Happy Hour at Westfield San Francisco Centre
- A Review of Chef Brett Cooper’s Aster in San Francisco
- Searching for Laotian Food in this Review of Champa Garden in Oakland
- A Review of Petit Crenn in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley
- More Pork Belly with Peach Salsa Recipe
- A Review of Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co. in San Francisco