From the monthly archives: January 2014

This weekend’s Super Bowl will be played in chilly New Jersey. So for my friends in the Northeast, I’m prescribing a nice hot bowl of chili.

But when deciding to cook up a pot of chili, I decided to add a twist and use one of my favorite new beef cut – beef cheeks.

I […]

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BELMONT, Calif.
I thought I’d heard about all the good dim sum spots in the Bay Area, so I was surprised to hear friends suggest China Village in the tiny town of Belmont.

The Peninsula has some of the more popular dim sum spots, but China Village Seafood Restaurant was never on my radar. […]

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We interrupt our regular ramen programming for this post on udon.

Although everyone is obsessing on ramen – and I don’t blame them – there are other types of Japanese noodles such as soba and udon. Growing up, I used to love udon for its comforting thick noodles in simple broth. They’re made of wheat […]

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It was a busy weekend for me as I explored two major food shows in San Francisco – the Good Food Awards at the Ferry Building and the major Winter Fancy Food Show in Moscone Center.

The Good Food Awards celebrates the artisan food makers around the country, in fields such as charcuterie, cheese, […]

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Before there was Bi-Rite or Humphry Slocumbe, there was Mitchell’s – a family-owned business making small-batch ice cream on site for more than 60 years.

A San Francisco classic, families come to Mitchell’s on the southern edge of the city’s Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods, crowding the front benches and licking up flavors […]

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London is probably one of my favorite cities in the world, but whenever I tell friends that I like to travel there, they always remind me how British grub isn’t all that.

I tell them they’re wrong. That the dining scene in London is fighting that reputation and coming out with destination restaurants for food […]

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It’s officially winter, so it makes sense to drink winter melon soup.

Winter melon, known as “dong gua” in Cantonese, is actually a fruit (similar to watermelon) but eaten as a vegetable like squash. Originating from Southern China, it’s popular in a lot of Southeast Asian cuisine like Vietnamese and Filipino. Of course, my Mom […]

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Brenda’s French Soul Food is notorious for its long waits for weekend brunch. But now those waiting can get a preview of what’s to come by walking a couple of stores down to the new Libby Jane Café.

Opened by Chef Brenda Buenviaje’s wife and partner, Libby Truesdell, the café almost reminds one of […]

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.
One of the highly anticipated restaurant openings for 2014 is the San Francisco outpost of the popular Orenchi Ramen. But having two Orenchi’s in the Bay Area probably won’t reduce the crowds.

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and instead of waiting for Orenchi to open in […]

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