From the monthly archives: September 2015

I work close to Hawker Fare’s original Oakland location in Uptown (it now has a second location in San Francisco’s Mission District), so I’ve been there often for lunch since it opened more than four years ago.

As it’s evolved over the years, the restaurant has tinkered with its menu, especially at dinner. When I’d go […]

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As a photographer, I get excited when going out to eat when my meal is visually appealing along with being tasty.

I’m a big fan of the plates coming out from the kitchen at Iyasare restaurant in Berkeley’s Fourth Street shopping district. The restaurant’s owner/chef, Shotaro Kamio, is elevating Japanese cuisine with his […]

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One thing I never could understand about the extremely popular Ramen Shop in Rockridge is why it never sold food in its large front bar. Instead, the space was often where crowds dwelled (granted with some well-balanced drinks in hand) while waiting for a table.

Now because of opportunity and the desire to reduce the wait […]

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The story: The people behind the extremely popular dim sum tea house Koi Palace in Daly City has entered the heart of San Francisco with a new restaurant called Dragon Beaux in the Outer Richmond neighborhood. It serves dim sum during the day and turns into a gathering for hot pot dining at night.

Why […]

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The story: Hong Kong style cafes, known as cha cha teng, our Western-style cafes in Hong Kong with distinct Chinese dishes. They’re popular for groups of teens gathering for bubble tea and snacks or senior citizens sipping on tea and reading their Chinese newspapers. Smile House Cafe is a fairly new such cha cha teng […]

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The story: Wako is a cozy yet modern-looking sushi restaurant in the inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco, less than two years old but already getting buzz among locals for its pristine and elegant dishes from Chef-Owner Tamoharu Nakamura.

Why I went: I love sushi, and I had read about the restaurant’s omakase (chef’s choice) dinner […]

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The story: Successful San Francisco chef/restaurateur Michael Mina has created a test kitchen, where he and a partner chef will wade into the hip pop-up waters every season. Mina Test Kitchen’s first pop-up is called “Middle-terranea” and highlights the eastern Mediterranean flavor that’s the essence of Mina’s Egyptian heritage and reflects the culinary interests of […]

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Everyone’s saying it: Where has this summer gone?

That’s right, another summer done and gone (almost). This weekend everyone will be trying to get their last push of summer fun before going back to school or back to work after vacation.

For me, it’s been a lazy summer. I didn’t do anything, mostly because I’ve […]

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