From the monthly archives: April 2012

Chef Daniel Patterson of San Francisco’s Coi wanted to open a restaurant close to his Oakland home, so he signed on to open a restaurant as part of the redevelopment efforts of Jack London Square.

But typical delays prompted Patterson to focus on smaller projects, notably Plum Restaurant and later Plum Bar in Oakland’s Uptown […]

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Last Saturday we had perfect ice cream weather. But why settle for a scoop or cup when you can get hand-made ice cream sandwiches at C.R.E.A.M.?

Just a few blocks from UC-Berkeley, C.R.E.A.M. (“Cookies Rule Everything Around Me”) attracts students and ice cream lovers to its tiny corner shop, where they dispense ice cream sandwiches for […]

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Dottie’s New SOMA View

On April 22, 2012 By

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe is one of those San Francisco institution notorious for its long lines, for years forming from its tiny diner in the gritty Tenderloin area. Earlier this year, it moved to a larger space, yet still retained the line and gritty personality on Sixth Street just south of Market.

I’d never been […]

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Pop-ups are still popular in San Francisco, but eventually a few of them turn into full-fledged restaurants or – like in the case of Sneaky’s BBQ – a semi-permanent restaurant.

Sneaky’s BBQ started out in 2008 as an underground caterer, and it continues to cater private parties with its menu of Carolina-style barbeque and fixin’s […]

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What more can I say about the aptly named Ice Cream Bar in San Francisco’s Cole Valley?

This three-month-old soda fountain and ice cream shop has been written up and creating buzz for its Art Deco design and adult-friendly sodas and shakes developed by Rickhouse bartender Russell Davis. While young and old grab a number […]

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Like really good dim sum, it always seems like I have to travel outside of San Francisco – specifically down the Peninsula and San Jose – for a good bowl of ramen.

So when the buzz was that a good bowl of noodles could be found in the Sunset at Saiwaii Ramen, I thought I’d […]

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My Life is Toast

On April 11, 2012 By

Famed British food writer Nigel Slater lovingly describes toast in his memoirs-turned-movie “Toast” as a warm, buttery chew that fills any boy’s hunger for satisfaction and, probably, acceptance.

I was amazed one person could place so much hope and gain such happiness from a burnt piece of sliced bread. As I recently watched the actor […]

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Spring is my favorite season, with its bright colors and sense of renewal (Happy Easter BTW). And that’s why I waited until now to check out the new AQ.

AQ is the concept restaurant by Chef/Owner Mark Liberman, who changes the menu and the restaurant esthetics every quarter with the season. The styling of the […]

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Earlier this week, the people at my office celebrated Peanut Butter-and-Jelly Sandwich Day. That’s right. You heard me.

While others were planning to bring in their favorite peanut butter spread and jelly combos, I decided to bring cookies. However, I was never really a fan of the traditional peanut butter cookie, which always seemed a […]

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UPDATE: This restaurant closed in June 2015 when the owner wanted to spend time with his growing family.

Kare-Ken means “curry house” in Japanese, but this new spot on Jones Street is more like a studio apartment than a house.

The tiny spot only has room for a long counter that seats about eight, so […]

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