From the monthly archives: October 2012

UPDATE: This restaurant closed in 2013 after less than a year.

Borgo Italia calls itself a bar and café, and at times it seems to be straddling the two identities, serving up an array of pastries behind a glass counter adjacent to a bustling bar scene at night.

The restaurant opened less than two months […]

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If you haven’t heard, the San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions for the second time in three years! (Translation, baseball players went to Detroit and smashed up the Motor City.) I’ve been distracted by watching some sensational games during the Giants’ championship run.

In honor of the Giants, I wanted to make a […]

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A Bay Area Bagel Bonanza

On October 24, 2012 By

Seems like the bagel is the latest hot comfort food in these parts, with several new bagel shops opening up – especially in Oakland.

One that got a lot of buzz when it first opened a few months ago is Beauty’s Bagel Shop on Telegraph Avenue (a couple of blocks from the MacArthur BART station). […]

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I’ve had mixed experiences with the rice ball snacks from Onigilly, a food truck parsing out a traditional Japanese snack made with rice and seaweed. The creative fillings were always interesting, but sometimes the rice ball fell apart in my hands because it was too dry.

But when the rice is made fresh and served […]

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Awhile back when strolling along Solano Avenue—the quaint neighborhood street in Albany just north of Berkeley—I dropped into Bowl’d Korean Rice Bar for lunch.

I’d heard about this Korean restaurant with young owners serving up traditional Korean classics. The décor was modern and contemporary, with wood finishes that looked untreated and funky, oversized eating utensils […]

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It’s a real crime that I’ve only dined at Pizzaiolo just once since it opened more than seven years ago, especially because it’s right down the street from my Oakland apartment.

But that’s the life of food blogging when I’m always looking for the next great restaurant. It leaves me little room to visit regular […]

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When I had the beef tongue dish at Namu Gaji awhile back, it reminded me of one of my favorite dishes my Mom made while I was growing up. I vowed to make it again after all these years.

The tongue dish at Namu was delicate, with a few cubed chunks of beef tongue […]

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The weekend weather turned out warmer than what the TV forecasters predicted (surprise!), so it turned out to be a good day for the activities around the Embarcadero with the America’s Cup and Fleet Week.

While I was at the Ferry Building, I discovered that the Gott’s takeout counter has now been transformed into a […]

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Last Friday, Scharffen Berger hosted a bakery crawl in San Francisco for the food media and a few food bloggers (that’s me) to inspire us to create a cookie sandwich as part of its annual Chocolate Adventure Contest (with this year’s co-sponsor TuttiFoodie.com).

You know what’s inspiring? $25,000.

That’s the grand prize for […]

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