From the monthly archives: November 2011

Artful Island Dishes Circa 1980

On November 28, 2011 By

HONOLULU
It’s not very hard to find a relaxing spot in Hawaii, preferably with an open view of the blue skies, breeze blowing through the leaves of a nearby tree and a nice tall, refreshing drink.

At the Pavilion Café inside the Honolulu Academy of Arts, this setting is accentuated with contemporary sculptures and […]

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Thinking about feasting this week reminded me of a major dinner I had awhile back at the Dong Baek restaurant in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district.

I discover a lot of my restaurants while riding the bus since I don’t own a car. I noticed this Korean restaurant a few years ago while riding the 38 […]

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This week you’re probably reading a lot about food, especially dishes that’ll make you feel stuffed just thinking about them. I thought I’d post about a simple dish that’s really like the Japanese version of a palate cleanser.

Ochazuke is a bowl of rice and tea, often served at the end of a meal. I […]

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This tiny neighborhood in San Francisco always has something new happening, but it retains a calm that probably makes it so attractive to tea lovers.

How else can you explain that Hayes Valley was once the home of the experimental tea restaurant Modern Tea (now closed) and an outlet of Salmovar Tea? And now it’s […]

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The holiday season of sweets started early for me as I spent this morning tasting various chocolate sweets as part of my duties as a judge at the annual San Francisco Fall Chocolate Salon.

The chocolate tasting event, the smaller version of a larger chocolate salon in the spring put on by Taste […]

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Some of you might have been on a pub crawl. That is, if you can remember the night. But how about dropping in on four restaurants in one night?

That’s the concept behind Dishcrawl, a social dining experiment that gathers a bunch of food lovers together to roam a neighborhood and visit four (undisclosed) […]

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I’m not a coffee drinker, but if I were, Bicycle Coffee would be one of those places I’d check out.

A roaster that sells organic, fair-trade, Arabica coffee beans at various stores in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, its twist to the coffee world is that it delivers its beans on bikes from distribution spots […]

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HONOLULU
I’ve been enamored by the cha chaang teng since my trip to Hong Kong earlier this year. It’s like a Chinese diner – a casual spot that offers a blend of Chinese and Westernized dishes.

I haven’t really found a good counterpart in the San Francisco Bay Area, but in Honolulu I think […]

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The Fifth Taste in Burgers

On November 2, 2011 By

We have several things to thank Los Angeles for – frozen yogurt, Korean tacos, cupcakes. But burgers? Um, been there, done that.

Is there anything new that we can learn about a good juicy hamburger from the Los Angeles chain Umami Burger? Judging from the crowds outside the chain’s first Northern California outpost in San […]

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