From the monthly archives: December 2014

Since this blog is focused on photography, I thought I’d end the year with a look back at some of my favorite images along with some insider notes on how I created the image.

Most times, though, I do just point my Canon Rebel digital SLR with a fixed 50-mm lens and snap. But through […]

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UPDATE: This restaurant unexpectedly closed on May 31, 2016, posting a sign that it will reopen in August 2016 under new management.

The story: Restaurant owner David Deng opened earlier this year a spot in the Outer Sunset to truly serve the food of his birthplace, the central province of Shaanxi in China, known world-wide […]

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For the holidays, I typically like to make chocolates but for the last few years the weather has been my foil. (When it’s too warm or the air too wet, the chocolate doesn’t set properly.)

In the midst of the rainy days we’ve been having in the Bay Area, I decided not to risk making […]

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The story: Bar Agricole in San Francisco’s SOMA district made a splash when it first opened, winning rave reviews for its interior design but also for the food of then Chef Brandon Jew. The chef has since left, and now diners are rediscovering Bar Agricole with the food stylings of Chef Melissa Reitz (formerly of Camino and […]

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People familiar with San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood know about the various smells you’re bombarded with when strolling the streets. But now if you’re anywhere near Larkin and Sutter, you’ll enjoy the smell of fresh coffee and pastries thanks to the new Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.

Opened last month, the tiny shop with white subway tiles and a […]

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HEALDSBURG, Calif.
The story: Chalkboard is a casual, wine country-inspired restaurant in the old Cyrus space inside the Les Mars Hotel in downtown Healdsburg. Opened less than two years, the food is spearheaded by Executive Chef Shane McAnelly, who worked at Va de Vi in Walnut Creek and was on the opening team of […]

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This is an exciting time in the San Francisco Bay Area, not because of the holidays or the welcoming drought-relieving rain. It’s because it’s Dungeness crab season in the bay, when crab boats arrive at the pier with their haul of delicious and snapping live crab.

Early reports indicate this is a bountiful season for crab, which […]

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