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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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NAPA, Calif.
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).

One of them is Chef Matthew Lightner, a two-Michelin-star chef from New York’s Atera (and previously Portland’s Read the full post

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 […]

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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 […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
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 […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
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 […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
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 […]

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