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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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