From the monthly archives: November 2015

UPDATE: This location closed on Aug. 1, 2016 because of reportedly low foot traffic.

Flour and Co. is a new bakery in the middle of University Avenue in Berkeley, taking over the spot once occupied by another bakery, the Bread Workshop.

The 2-months-old bakery and cafe is the second location of owner Emily Day, who opened […]

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Not too many people may have heard of Firebrand Artisan Breads, the Oakland-based bakery that has been making wood-fire baked breads for the last few years. Until now.

Firebrand, which has only done wholesale business to restaurants and select stores since it started, opened its first retail bakery and cafe last weekend. It’s a large and spacious […]

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I’m probably not the first person who’ll say that Thanksgiving dinner is all about the sides. The big bird at the center of the table gets all the attention but it’s all the dishes that surround it that really makes it a meal.

Today I’m sharing with you two recipes: one from Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s […]

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The story: Trestle has been regularly packed since opening its doors back in April, partly because of the food coming out of the kitchen, but mostly because of its $35 three-course prix fixe dinner price point at a time when dining out often empties one’s pocketbook.

Why I went: Who doesn’t like a deal? I wanted to check […]

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I typically spend my weekends checking out food events or new eating spots, but this past weekend was an especially busy one, sending me down to San Jose on Saturday for some bacon and beer and then to San Francisco’s Fort Mason the next day for yet another chocolate salon.

Here’s a look at some […]

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The story: Calavera is the new, grand restaurant in the buzzing new Uptown development known as The Hive. The restaurant is like a love poem to the regional cuisine of Mexico brought to life by restaurateurs Chris Pastena (Lungomare), Jessica Sackler and Miguel Iglesias (both of Coqueta and Oyamel).

Why I went: One of the […]

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UPDATE: This marketplace suddenly closed on 11/21/15 by management for undisclosed reasons. No word on when it will re-open and in what form.

The ambitious Grand Fare Market has been attracting a slew of curiosity-seekers strolling pass its deli section or wandering outside the large patio space since it officially opened a month ago.

A […]

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MONTREAL
I’ve been back home in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost two weeks now, but these posts about my Montreal vacation have made me feel like I’m still there. How I wish I were!

It was a fantastic trip discovering this quaint and stylish Canadian city, and the emerging food scene has […]

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MONTREAL
Half-way through my meal at the unpretentious but highly-rated Hotel Herman in Montreal’s Mile End neighborhood, I thought this could be my very first four-star rated review.

In my nearly 10 years of blogging, and countless meals at some of the finest restaurants in the world, I have yet to […]

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