Everybody’s writing about sweets and chocolates lately. Wonder why? Hmm, for me, while I do like making chocolates, I was thinking lemon instead.

Meyer lemons, more specifically, because this is the season for citrus, and Meyer lemon is the king of lemons for its beautiful color and slightly sweeter juice. I decided to try a […]

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The story: Chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski changed the San Francisco dining scene when they opened State Bird Provisions in the Fillmore, offering small plates in a dim sum cart format, and garnering long lines from those hoping to grab the few walk-in seats because they failed to get a coveted reservation. After winning […]

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The story: Lungomare is a restaurant that opened up in the former Miss Pearl’s space in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square, specializing in Northern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. The restaurant is the bold gamble of owner Chris Pastena, who co-owns the nearby Chop Bar and Grand Tavern.

Why I went: Along […]

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The emergence of Chantal Guillon is an interesting story. A few years back she made a splash into the local macaron scene by opening Paulette’s in a tiny shop in Hayes Valley, shipping in macarons made by the popular Beverly Hills bakery.

But then Guillon wanted to branch out on her own, so she cut […]

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The story: Chef Richie Nakano is one of the early chef pioneers on social media, known mostly as “linecook” through his blog about his early days working the line at San Francisco’s Nopa restaurant and then his Ferry Building farmers’ market stand, Hapa Ramen. After several years of planning and development, he finally opened his […]

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A lot is happening in the mid-Market area of San Francisco, long lost to the homeless and drug use from the encroaching Tenderloin. But when Twitter moved into a shiny new building known as Market Square, splashy luxury condos followed and now the first of many retail developments has arrived.

I’m talking specifically of The Market, a […]

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The story: Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop is a longtime cheese store across the street from a corner strip mall in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, but along with the cheese and specialty food items people come for Chef-Owner Jena Davidson’s creatively-named sandwiches and world-famous mac n’ cheese.

Why I went: I didn’t know about this place until […]

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MILLBRAE, Calif.
The story: Shanghai Dumpling Shop is a no-nonsense Chinese restaurant in the heart of the little downtown of Millbrae, serving up Shanghainese food, including the popular soup dumplings known as xiao long bao.

Why I went: I love Shanghai soup dumplings and when I noticed fellow foodie Foodnut Instagrammed a photo […]

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The story: Boulettes Larder opened in 2004 as a tiny specialty shop and restaurant in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, and grew a cult following for its breakfast dishes. Chef Amaryll Schwertner and her business partner, Lori Regis, expanded to an adjacent space two years ago to create the Bouli Bar (where I’ve already dined) […]

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The story: The Broadway corridor between Rockridge and Temescal in Oakland is undergoing a food transformation, with the arrival of a Blue Bottle Cafe, freshly opened Trueburger and adjacent Cafe Underwood. But one of the more prominent arrivals is Clove and Hoof, a butchery and casual restaurant at the corner of Broadway and 40th […]

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