Today wrapped up the three-day J-Pop Summit 2016, the annual festival of all things Japanese pop — from anime to music to the arts. Of course, I focused on all things food.
J-Pop this year was primarily based at the Festival Pavilion in San Francisco’s Fort Mason (activities also took place at the Hyatt and New […]
The story: Chef Kyle Itani brought his Japanese twist to food at the Oakland restaurant Hopscotch, where he would explore his love for ramen with ramen nights. Last year he decided to make the ramen offerings a full-time thing with a new ramen eatery nearby, and after months of construction delays and anticipation (including several popular […]
Overlooking the 980 interchange and on the western edge of downtown Oakland is one of the oldest homes in California, where you can have afternoon tea that transports you to the early 1900s.
I’m referring to the Pardee Home, part of the Preservation Park area in Oakland, a cluster of historic homes in a quiet […]
I recently did something I haven’t done in years — deep fried chicken!
Regular followers of this blog know I have an aversion to deep fried foods, and generally avoid making them and even ordering them at restaurants. But last weekend I was going to a potluck with my food blogging crew — Sandy of Foodhoe’s Foraging, […]
So much activity is happening in Oakland’s Uptown district, it’s hard to keep up.
But the latest is something you can’t miss, especially since it’s prominently at the corner of 20th Street and Telegraph Avenue, across from the Sears building (aka future home of Uber). And that’s the new Tertulia Coffee and Sanchez Contemporary Gallery.
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Cala is the San Francisco restaurant by noted Mexico City chef Gabriela Camara (Contramar), and it’s opening people’s eyes to what Mexican food can and should be.
It definitely opened mine.
My friends know my often-quoted complaint about Mexican food: To me, it always seems to be the same basic ingredients (meat, beans, rice, […]Read the full post →
The story: Bon Marche is a French brasserie from the Mercer Restaurant Group, which brought us AQ and the now closed TBD. Opening last August, the spacious restaurant is in the so-called Mid-Market area in San Francisco in the Twitter building, and the kitchen is helmed by Chef Matthew Sieger (formerly Cafe des Amis).
Why […]Read the full post →
This upcoming weekend is the July Fourth holiday and as the original “Brexits,” why not celebrate with … salmon!
I know, not the most likely of proteins for an independence day table, but I love salmon so much I find any opportunity to grill it. In fact, I made this exact same recipe during the […]Read the full post →
There’s been a lot of activity in wine country lately, and a lot of chefs are creating quite some buzz (and not the kind you get from drinking too much wine).
Locol is the high-profile fast-food restaurant concept by Oakland resident, chef-restaurateur Daniel Patterson and LA food truck star chef Roy Choi.
The pair’s Northern California outlet of Locol has been highly anticipated after they floated the idea of opening affordable and “healthful” fast-food eateries in under-served communities. Their first Locol opened in Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood (and […]Read the full post →
I know it’s been awhile since I’ve done a cooking video, so when I realized I still had a package of pickled mustard greens in the refrigerator, I decided to whip up one of my favorite Northern Chinese-style dishes and filmed it for you all!
You’ll see this pork with pickled mustard greens noodle […]Read the full post →
Even though it’s been two weeks since I’ve returned home, I still look back fondly at my trip to Portland and continue to dream about all the food I ate.
And I’m not kidding when I say I ate continuously on this trip. This was a real foodie vacation (sure, I visited with […]Read the full post →
The story: Husband-and-wife team Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton (owners of the popular Ox Restaurant) loved combining appetizers when dining out, intrigued by the mashup of flavors. The couple, who says they love bold flavors, decided to open a restaurant built around the little bites with lots of flavor […]
Langbaan literally means “back of the house” in Thai, and it’s also the name of a unique dining experience in Portland offering a Thai-inspired tasting menu in a tiny 24-seat space tucked behind another Thai restaurant.
And to be clear, it was my favorite meal of my recent vacation here.
Portland has […]Read the full post →
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- Spotlight on Food at J-Pop Summit 2016 in San Francisco
- A Review of Itani Ramen in Oakland
- High Tea at the Historic Pardee Home in Oakland
- Frying Up a Hawaiian Favorite: Mochi or Mochiko Chicken Recipe
- Cafe + Gallery Concept at the New Tertulia Coffee in Oakland
- A Review of Modern Mexican at Cala in San Francisco