From the monthly archives: August 2014

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, which always seem ironic because it’s really the beginning of the warm weather stretches in the San Francisco Bay Area. Still, to help celebrate summer’s end with a bang, I thought I’d share my slideshow of photos I took over the last few weeks of summer’s star […]

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The story: Opened near the new Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Monster Pho is a new generation of Vietnamese restaurants. The owner, Tee Tran, wanted to open a restaurant serving up traditional family dishes, but with a community feel to draw diners of all backgrounds.

Why I went: This is another new offering that’s within […]

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A block in the Lower Haight will get a bit more French with the planned opening on Tuesday of the Choux bakery shop, specializing exclusively in le Choux ala creme, or French cream puffs.

The tiny shop is the baby of Laura Athuil, a native of Nice, France, who studied architecture but decided to pursue her […]

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The story: Jen Biesty made a name for herself as the executive chef of Scala’s Bistro in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, and also as a contestant in season four of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.” She teamed up with her friend and former pastry chef at the Sir Francis Drake, Tim […]

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The story: For years, the Fifth Floor at the Hotel Palomar in SOMA near Union Square served as the playground for many well-known chefs who created elegant dishes in the fine-dining atmosphere. But as a sign of the times, the restaurant shifted to a more casual focus and emphasized its bar program, and this year was revamped […]

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UPDATE: Soon after the redo, Patterson decided it still wasn’t working and closed Plum, using the space for an expanded PB Bar.

The story: Chef Daniel Patterson, known for his fine-dining Coi in San Francisco, opened his first Oakland restaurant in Uptown and called it Plum, eventually spawning an adjacent Plum Bar. Over the years, […]

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What is it: Kitchit is a startup that connects private chefs with people planning house parties, providing an easy website to search for chefs and check out potential menus. The per-head price can vary, depending on the extent of your bash, but you can find a restaurant-like experience without the fuss of reservations and waits.

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I love it when two of my favorite things come together, and for today that’s baseball and food.

When I was at AT&T Park recently to cheer on the San Francisco Giants, I also checked out the 2-month-old garden behind centerfield next to the bleachers. The lower section under the giant scoreboard was once a […]

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The story: Alta CA is a restaurant that promotes itself as a neighborhood gathering spot in an area that’s still building a community. On Market Street in the proposed development area known as “mid-Market” (home of Twitter headquarters), the restaurant is the latest offering from Chef Daniel Patterson of San Francisco’s Michelin-star Coi and Oakland’s […]

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HALF MOON BAY, Calif.
The story: Opened in 2006, Sam’s Chowder House is THE place to visit if you find yourself in Half Moon Bay. Its famous lobster roll has made the list of many magazines and was featured on NBC’s “The Today Show.”

Why I went: I recently visited Half Moon Bay for […]

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