From the monthly archives: March 2014

SYDNEY
When I travel, I often find myself heading off the beaten tourist path to discover an unusual food item. These are often found in the local neighborhoods, not necessarily around the city’s landmarks or notable attractions.

While researching my trip to Sydney, I read on an online discussion board about a little bakery […]

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SYDNEY
G’day mate! I’ve been in Sydney, Australia, the last few days, dodging tropical thunder showers and exploring the diverse dining scene. I decided to ease into the Australian gastronomy with this first feature on a hip restaurant that could fit easily into San Francisco’s seasonal, local food movement.

Ester – opened last summer […]

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The ramen scene has been growing in San Francisco but still not as exciting as San Mateo or San Jose. Now things might be changing with the arrival of L.A.-based Ramen Yamadaya.

The ramen restaurant group, with five locations in the Los Angeles area, opened its first Northern California spot earlier this year right in […]

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After taking a break last year, I was back as one of the “people’s” judges at the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason.

The annual chocolate trade show brings together some of the more noted artisan chocolatiers, such as annual show favorite Amano Artisan Chocolate and Bay Area favorites like Charles Chocolates. […]

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There are so many new restaurants opening in San Francisco, it’s hard to keep up. I’m always checking out the latest and greatest, but sometimes it’s nice to discover a favorite among regulars.

Believe it or not, there are restaurants I’ve never heard of. Like L’Ardoise, a French bistro in the Castro area that my […]

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I’ve made it known that I don’t really get excited by Mexican food, even though California has some of the best Mexican food in the country (probably after Texas). I’ve explained to friends that I just feel the ingredients in typical Mexican seems pretty much the same: beans, rice, tortilla, tomatoes.

So my friends often […]

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You can’t go wrong with burgers and beer in a college town, even a sophisticated foodie one like Berkeley.

So it makes sense that the chain Eureka opened up its first Northern California location in downtown just a few blocks from the University of California at Berkeley. (BTW, they put an exclamation point at the […]

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One thing I’ve learned about Chinese restaurants is that chefs don’t stay at one place for a long time, so consistency over the years can be a challenge.

I wanted to put that to the test at one of the Bay Area’s more popular dim sum tea houses – Koi Palace in Daly City. The […]

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