From the monthly archives: August 2012

Walking into Craftsman and Wolves, you might think you’re walking into a jewelry store, with a glass display case showcasing colorful jewels of all shapes and sizes.

But the “jewels” are exquisite pastries, cakes, and desserts created by William Werner, the former pastry chef at high-end restaurants like Quince.

After a failed attempt to launch […]

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UPDATE: Chef Nick Balla announced he will be leaving the restaurant to start his own venture, and Bar Tartine will end on Dec. 31, 2016. Tartine Bakery owners will replace it with a yet-to-be-determined concept.

It’s a natural progression that a restaurant with roots to one of San Francisco’s more popular bakeries would open a […]

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While I live in Oakland, I rarely make my way to the city’s International District – an ethnic neighborhood along International Boulevard, lined with taco trucks and mom-and-pop restaurants — because it’s not so convenient on public transit. But the area supposedly offers some of the best pho (Vietnamese soup noodles) in the area.

I […]

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This weekend was the annual street food taste-a-balooza that had food lovers hitting the streets for some tasty  bites from food trucks and restaurants in San Francisco.

But while the marquee event was the San Francisco Street Food Festival in the Mission District on Saturday, this year there was the “preview”/fund-raiser the night before with […]

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BURBANK, Calif.
Rosa Porto has a story picture-made for Hollywood. A matriarch who loves to make Cuban delights for her family, she immigrated with said family to Southern California in the late 1960s and opened a bakery in Echo Park.

Her success in feeding those in La-La land with her Cuban-influenced baked goods grows […]

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Are you planning a summer dinner party or grilling picnic and need a quick and easy starter? Try this summer ceviche recipe I created using fresh fish and peaches. You’re welcome.

The peach is one of my favorite summer fruits with its meaty, sweet flesh — and it’s the closest thing to the mango of […]

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You can discover bits of Nordic-influenced food in the dishes of Chef Nick Balla at Bar Tartine or some dishes at the regional Leopold’s on Polk – and of course there’s always the Ikea cafeteria.

But with the opening of Pläj this summer, the food of Scandinavia gets a full tasting in […]

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The original food trucks were sometimes nicknamed “roach coaches” because they would often scatter from one spot to another, probably because they were evading parking restrictions or traffic enforcers.

But as food trucks have gained in popularity and legitimacy, they’re beginning to stake their claim on territory. In San Francisco, you don’t have to follow […]

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A restaurant that started off two years ago with a lot of promise now has picked up a Michelin star and is establishing itself as a fine-dining destination in Nob Hill.

Sons & Daughters was created by two friends from culinary school, Chefs Matt McNamara and Teague Moriarty. People didn’t know much about the duo, […]

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