From the monthly archives: September 2011

I’ve never been to Japan, but in my imagination I picture ramen stands to be every where, squeezed into nooks and crannies of tiny alleys or in train stations ready to feed the wary commuter.

If ramen can replenish the beaten soul of the business class, then the new Ramen Underground restaurant in San Francisco’s […]

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Hunting for New Food at Eat Real

On September 25, 2011 By

Thousands showed up for this year’s version of the Eat Real Festival – everyone except the sun, that is.

After two years of perfect late summer weather along Jack London Square’s waterfront, where this smorgasbord of food truck and street food love takes place, this year was overcast skies and quite a bit of wind.


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The story goes that a Chinese chef working at a major Waikiki hotel in the 1960s wanted to create a dish that was reminiscent of his homeland but with a new twist. So he poached a chicken and created a ginger-scallion dipping sauce, and the dish became so popular that it was copied all over […]

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What could glow like the warm winter flame in a fireplace or remind one of a sunset over a sandy beach during a long-needed vacation?

That’s what I pondered when I looked at the three balloon wine glasses in front of me filled with orange wine.

Orange wines have started to pop up around wine […]

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UPDATE: The restaurant was purchased by a Japanese conglomerate and will close in August 2015 and reopen in October under a new name.

There’s no doubt that the Japanese izakaya is the new pizzeria in San Francisco. A lot of new restaurants or plans for new restaurants play on the model of Japanese small bites […]

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When searching for some of the best food in Hong Kong, you’ll often find yourself looking for a food stall hoping for some street food discovery or gravitating to luxury hotels, whose owners have the money to hire some of the city’s best chefs.

But one of the best dinners I had […]

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