What is it: Kitchit is a startup that connects private chefs with people planning house parties, providing an easy website to search for chefs and check out potential menus. The per-head price can vary, depending on the extent of your bash, but you can find a restaurant-like experience without the fuss of reservations and waits.

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I love it when two of my favorite things come together, and for today that’s baseball and food.

When I was at AT&T Park recently to cheer on the San Francisco Giants, I also checked out the 2-month-old garden behind centerfield next to the bleachers. The lower section under the giant scoreboard was once a [...]

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The story: Alta CA is a restaurant that promotes itself as a neighborhood gathering spot in an area that’s still building a community. On Market Street in the proposed development area known as “mid-Market” (home of Twitter headquarters), the restaurant is the latest offering from Chef Daniel Patterson of San Francisco’s Michelin-star Coi and Oakland’s [...]

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HALF MOON BAY, Calif.
The story: Opened in 2006, Sam’s Chowder House is THE place to visit if you find yourself in Half Moon Bay. Its famous lobster roll has made the list of many magazines and was featured on NBC’s “The Today Show.”

Why I went: I recently visited Half Moon Bay for [...]

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Sometimes there is such a thing as TOO MUCH success.

Take the case of La Cocina’s San Francisco Street Food Festival. For the last five years, the Mission incubator for small businesses/food entrepreneurs has drawn thousands and thousands of people for a massive block party on the streets of the Mission District.

It’s going [...]

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The story: The people behind Sons & Daughters near Union Square opened a casual dining spot in North Beach, taking up the location that for many years was the fabled Washington Square Bar and Grill. The Square pays homage to that history, but the food is definitely an extension of the seasonal, local philosophy that [...]

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When it gets hot in the Bay Area with warmth reminiscent of my Hawaiian childhood, my first thought goes to shaved ice (not ice cream).

If you’ve been to Hawaii, you know shaved ice is that simple, colorful treat of shaved ice with syrup for flavor. It’s grown over the years to include things like [...]

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The story: San Francisco’s Japantown has seen an influx of ramen imports coming from far and wide after years of being bypassed by ramen diehards for the Peninsula and South Bay. The latest addition came last month in the form of Shalala Ramen, which is the second location of the three-year-old Shalala in Mountain View.

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