From the monthly archives: September 2013

It was perfect weather this weekend for the annual Eat Real Fest in Oakland, providing sunny and warm (but not hot) days for the crowds mingling around Jack London Square eating from food booths and trucks.

This three-day event is always a bit more manageable than the San Francisco version, which happens on just […]

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Sometimes restaurants get into a neighborhood because it’s hot and the in place to be. And other times a restaurant goes into a neighborhood as a pioneer, hoping to lead the way to turn an area around.

V-105 café could be the latter, making the change in an area of San Francisco that’s the vortex […]

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My general rule is to eat ice cream when it’s hot. I’m not a fan of ice cream on a cold day.

But in the Bay Area, it can be tough finding the perfect ice-cream-eating weather during the summer when you’re in cities close to the bay. That’s why recently I went all the way […]

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Beer halls seem to be bubbling up in Oakland like the runaway foam that spills over your glass when you get beer on tap.

But of all the versions of beer halls, I love the idea of the beer garden, or biergarten – pubs with large outdoor seating, serving up food perfect for beer.

One […]

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If there’s any sign that Oakland is made up of pork lovers, it’s the crowds that showed up for the First Pig Roast Cook-Off put on by Chop Bar.

Chop Bar is used to roasting a whole pig on summer Sundays at the Linden Street Brewery, but this Sunday they invited three […]

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I’ve always wanted to try Little Star pizzeria in San Francisco. My friends always tell me about its deep dish pizzas, and while I’ve never found my way to Little Star, it has grown through the years.

Now, although no longer the same restaurant partnership, a bit of Little Star is coming to me. […]

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While I love sushi, I know there’s probably more to Japanese food than raw fish and rice. So lately I’ve been exploring Japanese food in the city, hoping to stretch my understanding of this cuisine.

One of the highly recommended locations for authentic Japanese food is the longtime Kappou Gomi restaurant in San Francisco’s Richmond […]

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At times, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to live in the San Francisco Bay Area with our access to fresh and exotic foods and a heightened appreciation for it.

Fig season is a good example. There’s a lot of it at the markets now, but not only can I get fresh figs, but […]

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Walking into the tiny and narrow Gourmet and More, I felt like all my senses were in overcharge with the colorful displays and assortment of food products. I’d heard of this little gourmet grocery stores for francophiles but it’s so small you’d miss it on a quiet stretch of Gough if you weren’t looking.

Opened […]

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