From the monthly archives: May 2014

POINT REYES STATION, Calif.
When I was at Point Reyes Station last Saturday, I stopped by Toby’s Feed Barn at the heart of town to check out the Cielo Gelato kiosk.

Gelato is perfect for the summer weather, especially up north, but this gelato has a special ingredient — water buffalo milk.

That’s right, […]

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After coming home from a trip, I like to make a dish that reminds me of the place I visited, just so I can keep the vacation buzz lasting months after my return.

So when I recently finished processing the 2,000 images I took from my recent Australian adventure, I felt I wanted more to […]

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San Francisco knows its cocktails, so only in a cultural mecca such as this can one find a unique event like last night’s “Art of the Modern Drink” put on by CUESA and the San Francisco chapter of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild.

Bartenders and chefs from about a dozen Bay Area restaurants came together to […]

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The best way to have Chinese food is a big banquet with several courses to feast on. Last week I organized a smaller version of a spring banquet and invited some of my favorite food blogging friends.

We gathered at Great China, the popular Berkeley Chinese restaurant that had to close for a few months […]

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HEALDSBURG, Calif.
I’m having fun exploring Sonoma County now that I have wheels, and recently I went up with some friends to check out a couple of wineries near Healdsburg. Afterwards, we had a late lunch right in the town square at a lovely spot with the fun name of Barndiva.

The restaurant is […]

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My Oakland neighborhood continues to evolve with recent food additions including a Blue Bottle Cafe and a Trueburger in the works. Another newcomer is the community-building Hog’s Apothecary.

An American-style tavern with an emphasis on everything pig, Hog’s Apothecary opened earlier this year by Bradford Earle and John Stewart-Streit in what’s being called the […]

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Hard to believe with all my posts about Australia, but it’s been more than a month since I came home from my trip down under. While I experienced a lot of great food, I think what I miss the most is the coffee.

Surprised, huh? Especially since some of you might know I’ve only been […]

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MELBOURNE, Australia
Since Australia is a former colony of Great Britain, it’s no surprise that you’ll find British influences throughout the country, especially in the pubs that are popular for an afternoon beer.

When I was in Melbourne, I visited The Commoner for lunch — a restaurant in the hip Fitzroy neighborhood opened seven years […]

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