Halloween over the years has really turned into more of a party for the adults than the kids.
So when I started seeing red beets in the farmers markets lately, the bleeding red that typically happens when cooking with beets inspired me to create this dramatic pasta dish for a very adult-like Halloween dinner.
Everyone kept telling me to check out Tartine Manufactory, the new culinary destination from the people behind the widely popular Tartine Bakery. So this weekend, in between the rain storms, I visited the space in the Mission area bordering Potrero Hill.
The warehouse-like space isn’t a bakery, or even a cafe. But it’s what co-founders […]
District made a name as a wine bar when it opened almost 10 years ago in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood close to Mission Bay and a stone’s throw from AT&T Ballpark.
While it still draws the crowds, it now can’t be referred to as a wine bar after it got its full liquor license a […]
After my full week in New York, I spent a long weekend in Chicago and had just as much fun dining on the culinary scene in this exciting city.
I’ve traveled to Chicago a few times over the last few years, and every time I visit I see a growth in the culinary scene, not […]
Believe it or not, I still have things to say about my eating vacation to New York last month.
Admittedly, I couldn’t go to half the places on my wish list for this city. But I covered a lot of ground in the nine days in Manhattan (with a few diversions to Brooklyn and Queens), […]Read the full post →
One of the most talked about restaurants in San Francisco these days features dishes not from one chef but as many as 30.
I’m talking about In Situ, the new restaurant on the ground floor of the recently expanded SFMOMA. The modern and contemporary restaurant is the creation of Chef Corey Lee, who owns the […]Read the full post →
September is a big month here in the Focus:Snap:Eat household, not just because it’s my Mom’s birthday but it’s also the anniversary of my blog.
I’m generally not big on celebrating the passage of time, like birthdays and anniversaries. They’re always like a big slap in the face of how much I haven’t done from […]Read the full post →
This weekend in Oakland is a major food bonanza in Jack London Square by the waterfront.
Crowds of people are taking advantage of the unusually warm weather to be outside and eating from food booths at the annual Eat Real Festival, a showcase of sustainable foods from local restaurants and food trucks.
But toward […]Read the full post →
The man behind the Chicago dining scene is Chef Grant Achatz, the former French Laundry chef who made his name with his fine-dining, three-Michelin-star restaurant Alinea.
Over the years, Achatz — with his innovative molecular gastronomical creations — has transformed the way people dined, where the food is more theater than sustenance. While gaining near cult status with Alinea, […]Read the full post →
When visiting Chicago, some of the more interesting food can be found in the neighborhoods outside the downtown loop, a bit of a ride on the L train.
For example, when looking for Sunday brunch with my Chicago friends Angel and Bob, we ventured out to the Logan Square neighborhood to visit Jam […]Read the full post →
A trend among restaurants that I can really get behind is unpretentious, casual spaces that become the backdrop for sophisticated and highly conceptualized dishes.
That’s clearly what’s happening at High Street on Hudson, a nine-month-old restaurant in the West Village that’s opened all day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the outside, […]Read the full post →
The story: The Starr Restaurant Group, which has brought splashy restaurants to Manhattan like Morimoto and Buddakan, opened Upland on Park Avenue South, featuring a menu designed by California native Chef Justin Smillie, who first got attention as executive chef at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria.
Why I went: While vacationing in New […]Read the full post →
BROOKLYN, New York
I’m in New York for the Labor Day weekend, and one of the fun food events I’ve experienced so far on my trip was my day out at Smorgasburg on Saturday in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.
First off, got to say, I love Williamsburg. I never spent much time here […]Read the full post →
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