From the monthly archives: February 2015

SANTA ROSA, Calif.
When in Sonoma wine country, you expect rolling hills. Check. You expect fine wine. Check. You expect Dungeness crab. Say what?

Last weekend, it wasn’t the wine that drew me to Sonoma but the promise of crab. A few months ago I signed up for a pruning seminar and crab feed put […]

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The story: Sammy Kong Kee has won awards for his poke recipe (the traditional Hawaiian dish of marinated raw tuna), and while working at Butterfly restaurant along San Francisco’s Embarcadero he got the opportunity to touch on the flavors of the islands when he took control of the restaurant’s take-out window and opened up […]

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To all my readers on the East Coast, you may want to avert your eyes and not read the following.

So some of you know my general rule of not eating ice cream on cold days. Well, an early spring made an appearance during the holiday weekend in the Bay Area so I didn’t have […]

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Everybody’s writing about sweets and chocolates lately. Wonder why? Hmm, for me, while I do like making chocolates, I was thinking lemon instead.

Meyer lemons, more specifically, because this is the season for citrus, and Meyer lemon is the king of lemons for its beautiful color and slightly sweeter juice. I decided to try a […]

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The story: Chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski changed the San Francisco dining scene when they opened State Bird Provisions in the Fillmore, offering small plates in a dim sum cart format, and garnering long lines from those hoping to grab the few walk-in seats because they failed to get a coveted reservation. After winning […]

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The story: Lungomare is a restaurant that opened up in the former Miss Pearl’s space in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square, specializing in Northern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. The restaurant is the bold gamble of owner Chris Pastena, who co-owns the nearby Chop Bar and Grand Tavern.

Why I went: Along […]

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The emergence of Chantal Guillon is an interesting story. A few years back she made a splash into the local macaron scene by opening Paulette’s in a tiny shop in Hayes Valley, shipping in macarons made by the popular Beverly Hills bakery.

But then Guillon wanted to branch out on her own, so she cut […]

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