I can safely say I’ll probably never taste the $5,000 burger at Fleur in Las Vegas, or even the $1,000 pizza at Nino’s Bellissima in New York (no matter how much caviar you pile on that pie). But I never thought I’d see the day when a plate of barbecue brisket […]
The story: Chef William Lue has a long history of dishing up Burmese food in the Bay Area, starting out in San Francisco’s Richmond district in the same spot that was eventually taken over by the insanely popular Burma Superstar, and lately doing some cooking from a food truck. But last month he landed in an […]
The story: Bistro Jeanty is an often-recommended restaurant in Napa Valley, having been around since 1997 and the reputation of Chef-Owner Philippe Jeanty, who was born in Champagne, France, and came to California in the late 1970s to cook in fine-dining restaurant Chandon. Over the years, other restaurants sprouted around Bistro Jeanty, […]
The story: AL’s Place on the edge of San Francisco’s Mission District is named after Chef/Owner Aaron London, who previously helmed the kitchen of the now-defunct, vegetable-focused Ubuntu restaurant in Napa. At his own place, London continues to celebrate the greens, and all the good things that go with them.
Why I went: I made an […]
The story: Lazy Bear had a cult following when it was an underground pop-up restaurant, notifying newsletter subscribers of upcoming dinners via email. Last year it finally established itself as a full-fledge restaurant when it opened its doors in the Mission, but still continued to break ground by creating a dining experience with a pre-paid […]Read the full post →
San Francisco is in the midst of a bakery renaissance, with several new shops opening up to large crowds and long lines. Just drop by Mr. Holmes Bakehouse on any given day around 9 a.m. and you’ll know what I mean.
And across town in the emerging Dogpatch neighborhood south of the AT&T ballpark, another […]Read the full post →
The story: Haven in Oakland is part of Daniel Patterson’s restaurant group, opened three years ago in Jack London Square offering seasonal California cuisine. Recently the restaurant had some chef shuffles, with the opening chef (Kim Alter) moving on and Patterson bringing back Charlie Parker, who opened Patterson’s former Plum restaurant and most recently worked […]Read the full post →
The story: Iyasare took over the spot of O Chame restaurant in Berkeley’s Fourth Street shopping district, and is the personal project of Chef Shotaro Kamio, formerly of Yoshi’s. The sophisticated Japanese restaurant features the cooking style of Kamio’s native Tohoku in Japan.
Why I went: The spot was the latest gathering for our regular […]Read the full post →
The story: Penrose restaurant makes a grand statement in Oakland’s Grand Lake neighborhood, with its imposing open kitchen design and spacious communal dining room that feels like it’s spilling out onto Grand Avenue. The third restaurant from Charlie Hallowell (it’s across the street from his pizza restaurant Boot and Shoe Service), Penrose feeds on the trend of open-fire kitchens […]Read the full post →
SAN JOSE, Calif.
If there are two things that go together, it’s got to be bacon and beer. Put that in a ballpark setting, and what could go wrong?
Absolutely nothing, if this past weekend was any indication when the Bacon and Beer Classic arrived at the San Jose Municipal Stadium. I was lucky […]Read the full post →
The story: Ginto Izakaya Japonaise is the first Bay Area restaurant from the mega Tokyo-based restaurant group known as Ramla. With more than 150 restaurants around the globe (including several Oto Oto restaurants in Southern California), Ramla’s San Francisco restaurant opened last month on Market Street next door to the Ritz Carlton Club and […]Read the full post →
Today was the annual orgasmic carnival for chocoholics, aka the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion.
Some of my regular readers know that I’ve served as a “people’s judge” (that’s how I call it) in past years, and this year I did double duty as I also gave a Food […]Read the full post →
The story: Chef/Owner Rick Hackett opened the Pan American-influenced Bocanova at Oakland’s Jack London Square more than five years ago, and late last year expanded by opening Jack’s Oyster Bar and Fish House next door. With Executive Chef Peter Villegas (formerly of La Mar) and pastry chef Paul Conte (Bocanova’s pastry chef), the new […]Read the full post →
Indian food is often the go-to cuisine for many of my friends, but I’ve never been a huge fan mostly because many of the Indian food I’ve had either had dried out chicken or too much spices in the curries.
So when I agreed recently to try out a sample spice kit from the online […]Read the full post →
Snaps on the Go
- When Food Experiences Become ‘Techclusive’
- Dishing on Burmese Food at Grocery Cafe in Oakland — a Review
- A Review of Napa Valley Classic Bistro Jeanty in Yountville
- A Review of Vegetable-Focused Dishes at Al’s Place in San Francisco
- A Review of the Dinner Party at Lazy Bear in San Francisco
- Crazy for Croissants at Neighbor Bakehouse in San Francisco’s Dogpatch