From the monthly archives: June 2012

BARCELONA
Freshly washed cobbled stone paths. The sound of metal screeching as vendors open up their booths. People calling out “buon dia” to those walking by. This is morning in La Boqueria, the largest and probably most well-known market in Spain.

While visiting Barcelona with my sister and niece, our hotel was just a […]

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Two Mercados. One City.

On June 25, 2012 By

MADRID
Others visit museums. I visit markets when on vacation.

Here in Madrid, I found that the markets are small and intimate, not the vast expanse of something like La Boqueria that’s ahead of me when I head over to Barcelona. But in this Spanish capital, I visited two markets that offered different experiences […]

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MADRID
It’s been awhile since a meal has made me think: WTF?

From the first bite of my five-course lunch at El Club Allard, I thought to myself “what did I get myself into?” And not in a good way; I worried about where this lunch was going.

But then things changed and my […]

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One of the most highly anticipated restaurant openings this year burst onto the scene last month in a quiet block between the outer Mission and Potrero Hill. Central Kitchen is an industrial wonderland for Chef Thomas McNaughton to create playful and sophisticated dishes.

McNaughton, who made his name at the popular Italian restaurant Flour + […]

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State Bird Provisions is the hot new restaurant with a name that doesn’t sound like a restaurant. Still, people have been flocking here partly because of the food by Co-Owner/Chef Stuart Brioza and partly because of its unique food trays and carts simulating a dim sum tea house.

More on the food later. Let’s talk […]

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Like little gems at a jewelry store or gallery, the donuts at newcomer Donut Savant are not your typical dunk-and-bite variety. A mix of sizes – but primarily the shape of puffed up donut holes – these donuts buck tradition more by their appearance than taste.

When you bite into them, they’re the airy donut […]

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I’ve been tearing through a lot of pizza lately, and they’ve all been worthwhile. One of my favorites has got to be Pizzeria Delfina, with its savory thin crust and inventive toppings.

I suggested Delfina when fellow food blogger Row of Edible Snapshots was visiting San Francisco. She suggested pizza and I thought Pizzeria […]

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When I recently dined at Namu Gaji, the Korean-California small bites restaurant in the Mission, there were a few dishes that really blew my mind. One of them was a last-minute order of the bibim salad, a refreshing and satisfying soba noodle salad with an incredibly light vinaigrette.

I was already a fan of […]

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UPDATE: The owners of Cupola closed the restaurant on 2/29/16 but did not disclose a reason.

Cupola has all the markings of a stylish pizzeria, one of the many opening around the city – dark lighting, contemporary furnishings, glittery lighting and at the center in the back, a ceramic-tiled pizza oven with the warm glow […]

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