From the monthly archives: October 2015

MONTREAL
Back in San Francisco I’m always chasing the next hot restaurant opening, and that hunger didn’t change while on vacation in this cosmopolitan Canadian city.

One of the more highly anticipated restaurants in Montreal (at least according to Eater Montreal) is Montreal Plaza because of its young chef Charles-Antoine Crete. The restaurant […]

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MONTREAL
Last Sunday I took a morning stroll along Saint-Laurent, the major boulevard that divides Montreal between the east and west sides, past colorful murals, vintage stores, and boutiques on my way to brunch at Lili Co.

The restaurant opened earlier this year in the Mile End, but it’s well-known by locals because this is […]

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MONTREAL
Last week I arrived in Montreal late in the evening, and while part of me wanted to just jump in the shower and into my hotel bed, I was still partly on California time so 10 p.m. felt like dinner time. Luckily, in my pre-trip research, I knew there was a notable restaurant […]

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MONTREAL
Fair warning, this is going to be a long post. I can’t help it but there’s so much to say and show about my vacation in this Canadian city that’s so often called the Paris of North America.

I’m half way through my weeklong vacation, checking out the fall colors and trying all […]

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I’ve been on a noodle discovery kick lately, and after experimenting with a different type of Vietnamese noodles, I ventured last week into Classic Guilin Rice Noodles.

That’s actually the name of the restaurant in Oakland Chinatown that sells exactly what’s in the name. Their specialty is the signature dish of the region, rice […]

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I’m a fan of Vietnamese cuisine with its comforting pho noodles and fresh herbs. But much of my food experience has been restricted to Southern Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City (which is the only city I’ve visited in Vietnam).

Like any other country, Vietnam has a diverse culinary scene that differs from region to […]

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Squeaking in its opening day in the waning days of summer, Little Giant Ice Cream is now scooping up made-from-scratch ice cream in a shiny new space in Oakland’s hot Uptown neighborhood.

The new creamery is on the ground floor of a condo building across from the former Sears building, which was recently purchased by […]

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