From the monthly archives: August 2015

UPDATE: The restaurant, citing economic reasons, announced it will close its doors on Oct. 27, 2016.

The story: The people behind the successful high-end Mexican restaurant Comal in downtown Berkeley branched out to the tiny Elmwood neighborhood with a splashy new restaurant called The Advocate (how this is supposed to make you think […]

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The story: The team behind the SOMA wine bar 25 Lusk decided to focus on beer and decided to create a modern beer garden — inside a mall! General Manager Chad Bourdon and Chef Matthew Dolan last year opened Tap 415, a gastropub on the fourth floor of the Westfield San Francisco Centre.

Why I […]

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The story: It’s no coincidence that the rise of Outerlands occurred when its kitchen was under the helm of Brett Cooper. Now the chef is back in a more elegant-but-still-casual dining room in the Mission with Aster, in cooperation with the Daniel Patterson Group.

Why I went: The Mission is a lot easier for me […]

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When tasting the flavors of Southeast Asia, it’s pretty easy to find Thai or Vietnamese cuisine in California. But when hunting for the food of places like Laos, Cambodia or Myanmar (formerly Burma), one has to find the pockets around the Bay for a chance at authentic cuisine.

One pocket in Oakland nestled between the […]

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The story: Chef Dominique Crenn, who garnered a Michelin-star for her high-end tasting menu at Atelier Crenn, has opened a casual French restaurant in the former Bar Jules space in Hayes Valley. With executive sous chef Aaron Thayer, Crenn invites diners to imagine eating at her mother’s and grandmother’s kitchen, transporting them to the French […]

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The thing about being single is that you end up having leftovers. Even when I bought pork belly awhile back to make my jook topped with miso-glazed pork belly, the smallest package of pork belly I could get at the market still meant I had to put some in the freezer to make later.

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The story: Everyone knows that you can always find a good Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood, but there’s a dearth of anything else. So that probably explains the popularity of the Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company on Noriega Street. Since opening earlier this year, the large gastropub has been packed by neighbors looking for classic […]

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It was summer in a glass at tonight’s CUESA Summer Cocktail Event in the Grand Hall of San Francisco’s Ferry Building.

CUESA, or the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, puts on the weekly farmers market at the Ferry Building. And tonight it joined forces with the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild to celebrate summer’s bounty […]

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I’m more a wine than beer drinker, but there’s something about a warm, sunny day that makes me want to just chug down a cold, refreshing mug of beer. That’s exactly what I was doing yesterday when I visited the Westbrae Biergarten in the northwest area of Berkeley.

Westbrae is a popular new beer garden […]

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