From the monthly archives: March 2013

Chef James Syhabout of Oakland’s Commis and Hawker Fare plans to open a new restaurant called Box and Bells this spring in the Rockridge neighborhood.

While I wait for his latest venture to open, I thought I’d make a long-overdue return to his first gem, the one-Michelin-star Commis on Piedmont Avenue. The last I […]

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I never really had a reason to step into the Blue Bottle Café, the first grand coffee shop of the popular local artisan coffee maker, since I’m not a regular coffee drinker.

But when my niece was in town last week for her spring break and she said she wanted to check out the local […]

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My impression of izakaya – the Japanese casual drinking spots akin to a gastropub – is that of hearty dining with lots of drinking and laughing. The Bay Area has experienced an uptrend of izakaya showcasing grilled food (yakitori) and small bites, but Izakaya Yuzuki seems to break the mold.

Refined. Exquisite. Delicate. Transformational. These […]

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When I was talking about San Francisco classics making their way to this side of the bay, District wine bar was another clear example that came to mind.

A cozy, South of Market wine bar serving up wine flights and small bites near the AT&T ballpark in the city, District duplicated itself last year […]

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Longtime San Francisco dim sum tea house Yank Sing has a mixed reputation – some people love the delicate dim sum treats while others shy away because of the premium prices.

It’s been a long time since I visited this dim sum classic inside the Rincon Center near the Embarcadero, and when my niece was […]

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A few years back I read about a store in Manhattan that sold only rice pudding and I wondered how anyone could just eat rice pudding day in and day out? Well, that’s the same feeling I got when I noticed the new Schulzies in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, which sells only bread pudding.

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UPDATE: The chef/owner announced in early 2015 that she will be closing the restaurant to focus more on her family.

To me, Bar Jules epitomizes the neighborhood restaurant: cozy dining room, friendly service, casual menu, and simple dishes.

The 5-year-old restaurant on the edge of the popular Hayes Valley continues to draw a crowd, and […]

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One thing nice about living in Oakland these days is that it doesn’t take that long for San Francisco classics to find their way here.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill is the latest example of popular San Francisco eateries expanding into the East Bay, often in the lower-cost destination of Oakland. I often would see crowds flowing […]

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Recently I was enjoying happy hour at one of my favorite seafood restaurants, and I ordered a saffron clams dish. There have been many ways to doctor the broth to present clams and mussels, but I’d never heard of this colorful approach.

The bowl came out with a beautiful red broth, adding a smoky taste […]

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