People familiar with San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood know about the various smells you’re bombarded with when strolling the streets. But now if you’re anywhere near Larkin and Sutter, you’ll enjoy the smell of fresh coffee and pastries thanks to the new Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.

Opened last month, the tiny shop with white subway tiles and a […]

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HEALDSBURG, Calif.
The story: Chalkboard is a casual, wine country-inspired restaurant in the old Cyrus space inside the Les Mars Hotel in downtown Healdsburg. Opened less than two years, the food is spearheaded by Executive Chef Shane McAnelly, who worked at Va de Vi in Walnut Creek and was on the opening team of […]

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This is an exciting time in the San Francisco Bay Area, not because of the holidays or the welcoming drought-relieving rain. It’s because it’s Dungeness crab season in the bay, when crab boats arrive at the pier with their haul of delicious and snapping live crab.

Early reports indicate this is a bountiful season for crab, which […]

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The story: Crystal Jade Jiang Nan is a mega-chain from Singapore with more than 100 restaurants across Asia. This month, it opened its first U.S. restaurant in San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center 4 in the space that was once the longtime home of dim sum favorite Harbor Village.

Why I went: I was in the Embarcadero […]

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Thank You Notes for 2014

On November 26, 2014 By

I did this a couple of years ago, where I wrote thank you notes ala Jimmy Fallon. This year I’ve had some amazing food and tastes, so I thought I’d bust out the pen again and write some thank you notes to the food and dishes that made my tummy happy.

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Sometimes I see passion fruit at the farmers market but am turned off by the high price for this exotic tropical fruit that comes in a small package. But when you get a bag load from a friend, that’s a different story.

Recently I was lucky to get a bag of this precious fruit from my […]

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The story: Chef Jesse Koide has cooked for years at the popular pop-up Mission Chinese Food, which takes over the unpretentious Lung Shan restaurant in the Mission District cooking Chinese-inspired dishes. Now Koide has struck out on his own with a similar pop-up concept but creating Japanese-inspired dishes. His new Pink Zebra (the name comes from […]

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There’s no question that the East Bay food scene is on the upswing, especially in Oakland where there have been several prominent new openings. And many of them were featured Sunday night in the annual Taste of the Nation East Bay fund-raiser.

The event, which puts on similar fund-raisers in cities across the country including for years […]

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