From the monthly archives: December 2011

One Last Bowl of Ramen for 2011

On December 30, 2011 By

It’s the end of 2011, and I’m cleaning out my files to make room for the new. And that’s when I discovered I had one more post from my trip to Honolulu back in September. So here’s my look at Tenkaippin Ramen in the Kapahulu neighborhood.

I ended up at Tenkaippin after an […]

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You know Italians make great gelato, but yogurt? And fro-yo to boot?

Well, I noticed a new yogurt shop in San Francisco’s Marina district, and even though it’s been chilly this winter, I decided to check out this place that actually boasts on the window that its yogurt is “the best tasting yogurt in the […]

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Holiday Lights With Your Meal

On December 23, 2011 By

I feel like this holiday season came up pretty quickly, and I’m sure many of you are still busy shopping or prepping your kitchen with ingredients for your favorite dishes for your holiday dinner.

As I went around running holiday errands, I occasionally snapped photos of the holiday lights and decor at various restaurants and […]

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The team behind Beretta has created an empire, and they’re running like clockwork with its Marina outpost known as Delarosa.

Compared to the eclectic Beretta in the Mission and the cozy Starbelly in the Castro, Delarosa is like the new kid who’s also the show off in the family. Brass, bright, and proud, the spacious […]

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Coffee Cart Parks in the Castro

On December 18, 2011 By

The Blue Bottle Coffee Co. cart, tapping into the food truck craze, spent several months planning to keep the people around Dolores Park perked up with its well-rounded roasted beans. But maybe San Franciscans are getting tired of food trucks or maybe people are just overly protective about keeping Dolores Park a place just for […]

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NAPA, Calif.
California cuisine in this decade is all about fresh, seasonal ingredients with detailed nods to your local purveyors. In the heart of wine country, this message is clearly showcased in Oenotri, which opened in spring 2010.

Located in downtown Napa (same city as the other locavore-centric restaurant, Ubuntu), Oenotri is a modern […]

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Still the Talk of the Town?

On December 10, 2011 By

One of the often-recommended restaurants to try in Honolulu is Town, the local-organic casual restaurant that opened in 2005. I’ve been trying to get to this place every time I visit Hawaii, and only got as close as its sister restaurant (Downtown@HISAM).

The restaurant, opened by Chef Ed Kenney, has attracted diners […]

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Making a Cha Chaang Teng Standard

On December 7, 2011 By

Ever since I ate at my first cha chaang teng in Hong Kong earlier this year, I’ve been obsessing about one of the classic dishes – baked pork fried rice.

The cha chaang teng is a Chinese diner with affordable comfort food, and the dishes are a mix of Chinese and Westernized cuisines. The baked […]

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Aziza is a gem on the border of San Francisco. Its chef, Mourad Lahlou, has raised the profile of this Moroccan restaurant, earning it a Michelin star and securing Lahlou a cookbook deal and PBS cooking series focused on the discovery of what Lahlou calls a “new Morocco.”

Being far out in the city’s outer […]

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Putting the Nuts in Donuts

On December 2, 2011 By

With colors that look like they came straight from a Silly String can, the donuts at Psycho Donuts live up to their name. Take one bite and there’s no argument that Psycho Donuts is also crazy good.

Since it opened its doors in Campbell, Psycho Donuts has gained a reputation for some […]

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