From the monthly archives: November 2014

The story: Crystal Jade Jiang Nan is a mega-chain from Singapore with more than 100 restaurants across Asia. This month, it opened its first U.S. restaurant in San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center 4 in the space that was once the longtime home of dim sum favorite Harbor Village.

Why I went: I was in the Embarcadero […]

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Thank You Notes for 2014

On November 26, 2014 By

I did this a couple of years ago, where I wrote thank you notes ala Jimmy Fallon. This year I’ve had some amazing food and tastes, so I thought I’d bust out the pen again and write some thank you notes to the food and dishes that made my tummy happy.

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Sometimes I see passion fruit at the farmers market but am turned off by the high price for this exotic tropical fruit that comes in a small package. But when you get a bag load from a friend, that’s a different story.

Recently I was lucky to get a bag of this precious fruit from my […]

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The story: Chef Jesse Koide has cooked for years at the popular pop-up Mission Chinese Food, which takes over the unpretentious Lung Shan restaurant in the Mission District cooking Chinese-inspired dishes. Now Koide has struck out on his own with a similar pop-up concept but creating Japanese-inspired dishes. His new Pink Zebra (the name comes from […]

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There’s no question that the East Bay food scene is on the upswing, especially in Oakland where there have been several prominent new openings. And many of them were featured Sunday night in the annual Taste of the Nation East Bay fund-raiser.

The event, which puts on similar fund-raisers in cities across the country including for years […]

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Who doesn’t like a food fight? Well, how about a Lobster Rumble?

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending (as a guest) San Francisco’s first ever Tasting Table Lobster Rumble presented by Lexus. Tasting Table has put on these claw-clinging competitions for the last few years in New York and Los Angeles, and has now […]

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The story: Hog Island Oyster Co. has been serving up fresh local oysters for years at the San Francisco Saturday farmers market, and when the Ferry Building was refurbished, Hog Island opened up an oyster bar that is often crowded. Earlier this year, it expanded and took over the adjacent space that was once home of […]

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The story: The owners of Fork Cafe in the Castro suddenly closed earlier this year and did a quick-change to reopen as Slurp Noodle Bar, thinking that the neighborhood needed an all-noodle eatery to complement the various Asian, Italian, California, and diner concepts firmly established in the hood.

Why I went: I love noodles, and […]

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ST. HELENA, Calif.
The story: Opened in 2005 by Napa Valley restauranteur Leslie Rudd, Press Restaurant in St. Helena has garnered a lot of attention in recent years, and this year has snatched Chef Trevor Kunk (formerly chef de cuisine of famed Blue Hill Restaurant in New York) as its new executive chef, bringing […]

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