The San Francisco Bay Area has always had an affinity for Hawaii, and there’s a sizable Hawaiian contingent on the Mainland, as evident by the annual Aloha Festival. But replicating popular Hawaiian food (or “grindz” as the locals call it) has mostly been relegated to BBQ teriyaki plates or some kind of pineapple […]

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The story: Jumping onto the poke bandwagon, the people behind sustainable sushi restaurant Tataki in San Francisco opened a poke eatery earlier this year, not too far away from the restaurant in Lower Pacific Heights. It’s called Limu and Shoyu.

Why I went: Growing up in Hawaii, I’m familiar with the local delicacy known as poke […]

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I admit I’m not a big bubble tea drinker. I joke that people shouldn’t have to eat their tea (bubble tea gets its name from the boba pearls added to the sweet tea drink).

Apparently, I’m the only person that really thinks this because everyone is crazy for the Taiwanese-style bubble tea as demonstrated by […]

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Omakase, the Japanese approach to dining at sushi restaurants where the selection is left up to the chef, seems to be all the rage these days when it comes to sushi dinners. Japanese restaurants like Ju-Ni and, of course, Omakase, are popping up serving omakase-only menus.

The latest is a quaint, […]

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The story: It’s funny how many of the Burmese restaurants in the Bay Area have some direct or indirect ties to the popular Burma Superstar in San Francisco. Teni East Kitchen is no different. This new spot in Oakland was opened by Tiyo Shibabaw, who previously managed Burma Superstar’s Alameda and Temescal locations. […]

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Months before the white hot Din Tai Fung opened its newest U.S. outpost at Santa Clara’s Westfield Valley Fair shopping center, everyone predicted – and expected – long lines and dumpling mania to ensue.

And right on cue, when the long-awaited restaurant serving up xiao long bao (those delightful Chinese soup dumplings) opened in May, […]

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Today wrapped up the three-day J-Pop Summit 2016, the annual festival of all things Japanese pop — from anime to music to the arts. Of course, I focused on all things food.

J-Pop this year was primarily based at the Festival Pavilion in San Francisco’s Fort Mason (activities also took place at the Hyatt and New […]

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The story: Chef Kyle Itani brought his Japanese twist to food at the Oakland restaurant Hopscotch, where he would explore his love for ramen with ramen nights. Last year he decided to make the ramen offerings a full-time thing with a new ramen eatery nearby, and after months of construction delays and anticipation (including several popular […]

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Overlooking the 980 interchange and on the western edge of downtown Oakland is one of the oldest homes in California, where you can have afternoon tea that transports you to the early 1900s.

I’m referring to the Pardee Home, part of the Preservation Park area in Oakland, a cluster of historic homes in a quiet […]

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I recently did something I haven’t done in years — deep fried chicken!

Regular followers of this blog know I have an aversion to deep fried foods, and generally avoid making them and even ordering them at restaurants. But last weekend I was going to a potluck with my food blogging crew — Sandy of Foodhoe’s Foraging, […]

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