Not too many people may have heard of Firebrand Artisan Breads, the Oakland-based bakery that has been making wood-fire baked breads for the last few years. Until now.
Firebrand, which has only done wholesale business to restaurants and select stores since it started, opened its first retail bakery and cafe last weekend. It’s a large and spacious […]
I’m probably not the first person who’ll say that Thanksgiving dinner is all about the sides. The big bird at the center of the table gets all the attention but it’s all the dishes that surround it that really makes it a meal.
Today I’m sharing with you two recipes: one from Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s […]
The story: Trestle has been regularly packed since opening its doors back in April, partly because of the food coming out of the kitchen, but mostly because of its $35 three-course prix fixe dinner price point at a time when dining out often empties one’s pocketbook.
Why I went: Who doesn’t like a deal? I wanted to check […]
I typically spend my weekends checking out food events or new eating spots, but this past weekend was an especially busy one, sending me down to San Jose on Saturday for some bacon and beer and then to San Francisco’s Fort Mason the next day for yet another chocolate salon.
Here’s a look at some […]
The story: Calavera is the new, grand restaurant in the buzzing new Uptown development known as The Hive. The restaurant is like a love poem to the regional cuisine of Mexico brought to life by restaurateurs Chris Pastena (Lungomare), Jessica Sackler and Miguel Iglesias (both of Coqueta and Oyamel).
Why I went: One of the […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This marketplace suddenly closed on 11/21/15 by management for undisclosed reasons. No word on when it will re-open and in what form.
The ambitious Grand Fare Market has been attracting a slew of curiosity-seekers strolling pass its deli section or wandering outside the large patio space since it officially opened a month ago.
A […]Read the full post →
I’ve been back home in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost two weeks now, but these posts about my Montreal vacation have made me feel like I’m still there. How I wish I were!
It was a fantastic trip discovering this quaint and stylish Canadian city, and the emerging food scene has […]Read the full post →
Half-way through my meal at the unpretentious but highly-rated Hotel Herman in Montreal’s Mile End neighborhood, I thought this could be my very first four-star rated review.
Back in San Francisco I’m always chasing the next hot restaurant opening, and that hunger didn’t change while on vacation in this cosmopolitan Canadian city.
One of the more highly anticipated restaurants in Montreal (at least according to Eater Montreal) is Montreal Plaza because of its young chef Charles-Antoine Crete. The restaurant […]Read the full post →
Last Sunday I took a morning stroll along Saint-Laurent, the major boulevard that divides Montreal between the east and west sides, past colorful murals, vintage stores, and boutiques on my way to brunch at Lili Co.
The restaurant opened earlier this year in the Mile End, but it’s well-known by locals because this is […]Read the full post →
Last week I arrived in Montreal late in the evening, and while part of me wanted to just jump in the shower and into my hotel bed, I was still partly on California time so 10 p.m. felt like dinner time. Luckily, in my pre-trip research, I knew there was a notable restaurant […]
Fair warning, this is going to be a long post. I can’t help it but there’s so much to say and show about my vacation in this Canadian city that’s so often called the Paris of North America.
I’m half way through my weeklong vacation, checking out the fall colors and trying all […]Read the full post →
I’ve been on a noodle discovery kick lately, and after experimenting with a different type of Vietnamese noodles, I ventured last week into Classic Guilin Rice Noodles.
That’s actually the name of the restaurant in Oakland Chinatown that sells exactly what’s in the name. Their specialty is the signature dish of the region, rice […]Read the full post →
I’m a fan of Vietnamese cuisine with its comforting pho noodles and fresh herbs. But much of my food experience has been restricted to Southern Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City (which is the only city I’ve visited in Vietnam).
Like any other country, Vietnam has a diverse culinary scene that differs from region to […]Read the full post →
Snaps on the Go
- First Look at Firebrand Artisan Breads in Uptown’s The Hive
- Thanksgiving Sides: Roasted Carrots with Chimichurri and Miso-Butter Mashed Potatoes
- A Review of Prix Fixe Dining at Trestle in San Francisco
- Foodie Weekend: Bacon & Beer Classic + San Francisco International Chocolate Salon
- A Review of Calavera in Oakland’s The Hive
- Figuring Out Oakland’s New Grand Fare Market