From the monthly archives: May 2013

The popular neighborhood Italian restaurant A16 has long established itself in San Francisco’s Marina District, and now its owners are setting their sights on Oakland – right smack in my Rockridge neighborhood.

I’m excited at the idea of this reputable restaurant – which launched the careers of chefs like Nate Appleman – being so […]

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ST. HELENA, Calif.
Anything tastes great on a beautiful day in wine country, with the sun shining brightly and providing warmth for Bay Area residents all-too-used to the San Francisco fog.

But when the food matches the beauty of the environment, then it’s pure magic in Napa Valley. You can expect such a dining […]

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UPDATE: This restaurant suddenly closed in April 2015.

The Bay Area has its share of thin-crust artisan pizzerias, so recently opened Build Pizzeria Roma in Berkeley tries to stand out from the crowd with a gimmick that lets you create your own pie by choosing your own toppings.

The expansive dining room and adjacent bar […]

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I love artichokes, especially when they’re fresh and in season. But it’s one of those delicious food that’s a pain to prepare, mostly because of all the prickly outer leaves.

So when I read about a four-course dinner featuring the artichoke as the main ingredient, I quickly signed up with the organizer, Jupiter Olympus, […]

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A newspaper watering hole from days gone by was typically a spot around the corner of a newspaper where rough-around-the-edges men would drink and smoke, blowing off steam after deadline.

At the new Tribune Tavern, there are no cranky news men and, really, there’s no newspaper. But the spirit of an old time watering hole […]

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Got a few new cookbooks recently, and one of them is the impressive cookbook from Top Chef All-Star winner Richard Blais, entitled “Try This at Home.”

Blais of Atlanta (and rumored soon-to-be Bay Area) is known for his molecular gastronomy on the Bravo TV series, but his cookbook is really more about home […]

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I’m not big on Indian food (I just feel it’s mostly curries and dried-out tandoori), but I’m always open to try it occasionally to see if someone can change my mind.

My friend Vera eats Indian food often, and she’s a big fan (like many others) of Vik’s Chaat and Market in Berkeley. The longtime […]

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SAN MATEO, Calif.
After a night of eating Japanese food, my recent impromptu food crawl of San Mateo landed our group at the Hong Kong-style dessert cafe known as Dessert Republic.

Our party included Sandy of Foodhoe’s Foraging and her hubby, Mr. K., and Edda of A Housewife’s Tale who guided […]

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