From the monthly archives: February 2014

Review of Redd Wood in Napa Valley

On February 26, 2014 By

Wine country has a bounty of first-rate restaurants for dining. But when I was looking for a lunch option during my recent Presidents’ Day weekend in Napa Valley, I found some of the buzzworthy places were only opened for dinner.

Still, you can count on something spectacular in Yountville – which in […]

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A couple of years ago, I noticed that a building around the corner of my Oakland apartment was up for lease. Formerly the home of a mattress outlet, I thought it would be a beautiful space for a restaurant with the building’s historic look and high ceilings.

Well, a restaurant didn’t move in, but probably […]

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ST. HELENA, Calif.
Napa Valley draws thousands of visitors every year, and wineries have to think of different ways to attract wine lovers to stop in, taste some wine, and maybe buy a bottle or case, or two.

One of the newest spectacles off the historic Highway 29 cutting through the heart of the […]

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If you’re not over the sweets after last week’s V-Day postings, you might check out this butterscotch pudding recipe from Chef Bradley Ogden of the Lark Creek Restaurant Group in the Bay Area.

It’s one of the recipes featured from many local chefs in the “San Francisco Chef’s Table” Cookbook, written by my friends […]

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Financial District workers in San Francisco have a range of food to choose form for lunch, from sit-down restaurants to sandwich shops to specialty food stands to gourmet takeaways. And now when they want a bit of Asian diner food, they can head to the Street Food Dojo kiosk.

Opened late last year, Dojo took […]

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Review of Homestead in Oakland

On February 9, 2014 By

The warm Homestead on Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue is among the restaurants playing with fire – that is, cooking all their dishes over a wood-fueled flame, typically in a brick oven.

Mastering the fire can be tricky since heat can be inconsistent, but when done right you have a meal rich in flavor and color. It’s […]

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I’m continuing my coffee education by visiting some of the city’s most popular coffee houses. And entering the jam-packed Four Barrel coffee house on Valencia Street in the Mission, I knew a lot of coffee gets poured day in and day out.

Even on a weekday afternoon, there was a line of coffee drinkers waiting. […]

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It’s nice to know that in San Francisco, the old doesn’t get tossed away. It gets recycled, or – in the case of the landmark Tosca Café – a second chance.

This 94-year-0ld North Beach drinking establishment has been known more for its speakeasy décor with dark corner tables perfect for the wheeling and dealing […]

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