From the monthly archives: July 2013

The modern-looking pho restaurant is like an oasis at noontime Saturday on a quiet stretch of Divisadero. My Father’s Kitchen probably serves up a lot of health care workers on the weekdays, surrounded by a few hospitals north of Geary Boulevard, and on Saturdays it’s one of the few lunch options.

I discovered the little […]

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I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never been a fan of Indian food, although I will go out and get it with friends. But I am a fan of the long-running “Top Chef” Bravo TV series, so I’m familiar with chefs like Preeti Mistry, who competed in season six in Las Vegas.

Mistry recently opened […]

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I know what you’re thinking – why pickle cherries?

I was thinking the same thing when I had them at a restaurant. It was used in a salad and as garnishes for cocktails.

Cherries have a very short season, and with the season almost over, some of the last few cherries are coming off soft, […]

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It’s so new, there’s no signage outside or around the 20th Century Café in Hayes Valley. For awhile I kept referring to it as the 21st Century Café. So I was off by a century.

The little corner café – built in a renovated space that used to be a coin wash spot – is […]

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One of the best things about San Francisco is the Saturday Ferry Plaza farmers market, and coinciding with that is the free CUESA cooking demonstrations at the educational kitchen.

Some of the city’s best chefs and cookbook authors host the station for an hour and guide the audience through their seasonal recipes using ingredients […]

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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.
M.B. Post is built to socialize. It’s even in the restaurant’s name “M.B. Post – a Social House.”

There are high-rise communal tables in the front of the bar, and then longer cafeteria like tables in the main room. The warm wood furnishings and funky décor give it a cozy feel, […]

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LOS ANGELES
Sawtelle Boulevard in West Los Angeles is like the second Japantown in Southern California with all the Japanese restaurants in a three-block span.

While visiting my sister with my nephew and Mom last weekend, I suggested going to Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles for some ramen. But at dinnertime, Tsujita only sells ramen […]

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LOS ANGELES
It’s a place you can imagine Don Draper, visiting Hollywood on yet another escape trip from Manhattan, walking in and grabbing a pastrami sandwich to absorb all the Scotch he’s drinking straight.

Canter’s Deli – along once was the bright “Miracle Mile” in Los Angeles – has served celebrities and politicians over […]

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