From the monthly archives: February 2012

I don’t know what the weather has been like for you where you are, but here in the Bay Area we’ve had a schizophrenic winter season that has been waffling between bone-chilling cold to warm early summer weather.

So planning meals have required that I had to be pretty flexible, going with what I find […]

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Earlier when I blogged about Chef’s Wok in Alameda, I talked about how it probably benefited from the overflow of people trying to get into East Ocean Seafood Restaurant – the often-recommended spot for dim sum on the East Bay.

So I decided I should do a proper review of this popular teahouse, a […]

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I read somewhere that Everest Café in Berkeley’s Solano Avenue neighborhood specialized in Himalayan food. The idea of trying something from a part of the world so distant and mysterious drew me to dinner, and I brought along my friend Hector.

The signage outside the neighborhood favorite (a lot of people came in for take […]

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Lunch by the Water at Waterbar

On February 20, 2012 By

Last month’s Dine About Town offered up fixed lunch and dinner options at select restaurants in San Francisco. It’s a good time to visit restaurants that normally might seem out of reach, such as Waterbar.

Waterbar is a grand restaurant along the Embarcadero with a sweeping view of the Bay Bridge. It opened a few […]

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You know how kids don’t like vegetables growing up, so they mostly eat meat or starch? It’s no wonder that my Mom always fed us a simple, common Chinese dish called ju yook bang, which literally means “pork meat cake.”

I think of it like a pork hash, because it’s basically ground pork mixed […]

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Last year, Eric Christopher Ehler, a chef working at San Francisco’s Serpentine restaurant, took a trip to South Korea, opening his eyes to the cuisine of his ancestors. (Ehler was adopted and raised in the Midwest.)

He came back inspired to create food that had the taste of Korea. It wasn’t going to be authentic […]

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When your sandwiches cause long lines and neighborhood protests, you know you’re on to something.

Ike’s Place in San Francisco became a cult favorite, thus the lines, but supposedly the aroma of meats and other sandwich stuffs from the tiny kitchen bothered neighbors in the Castro area. But after months of news coverage and negotiations […]

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One sense that can really transport you to somewhere else, even if it’s just in your imagination, is the sense of smell. The fragrance of lavender puts you in the middle of lavender fields in Provence. The freshness of Meyer lemons take you to your grandmother’s backyard. And perhaps the scent of vanilla takes you […]

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The flavors of Louisiana are making their presence known in the city by the bay with restaurants like Brenda’s French Soul Food, 1300 On Fillmore, and the planned Presidio restaurant Dixie. And it’s no wonder, during this economy, that people would be looking for the comfort of southern home cooking.

The French-Creole styling […]

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