From the monthly archives: December 2015

The Year in Food Pictures 2015

On December 30, 2015 By

This is my look back at some of my favorite images of 2015. These aren’t necessarily photos of my favorite dishes, although some of them are included. But they’re images that either turned out perfectly (to me) because of lighting, or I caught a moment that told a story, or they just reminded me of […]

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The story: The Chairman is the wildly popular food truck serving up Chinese-inspired buns with creative combinations of ingredients in various street food pods around the city. Earlier this year, it finally opened its brick-and-mortar spot in the Tenderloin, the gritty San Francisco neighborhood known sometimes as Little Saigon because of all the pho noodle […]

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Aren’t these the best way to wake up Christmas morning?

These are maple-glazed pumpkin muffins that I recently made for a holiday brunch. The recipe comes from the popular Pinch of Yum blog, and I first heard about it from my sister in Portland who made a gluten-free version for the holidays last […]

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The story: This unmarked, tiny Japanese sushi restaurant on the edge of San Francisco’s Financial District and Chinatown has been opened for about 20 years. But about six years ago the family’s son, Ray Lee, bought out his parents and took control, bringing in a new chef to man the sushi counter.

Why I went: I […]

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.
This is a quick look at a dinner I had awhile back with my niece at a dive-like Chinese restaurant in the South Bay.

We had just finished going to an event during the day in San Jose, so when we were thinking of dinner, I checked my list of places to […]

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UPDATE: The restaurant closed in April 2016 for financial reasons.

The story: Caputo is a new Italian restaurant serving up Neapolitan pizzas and the typical seasonal-focused dishes in the space that was once the temporary spot for Slanted Door before it moved to the Ferry Building. Chef/partner Sam Ramadan has worked for sister restaurants in […]

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The story: Belga, which took over the corner space of Cafe Des Amis on Union Street, opened in early summer and is the latest splashy spot in the growing restaurant empire of Adriano Paganini, who gave birth to hot spots such as Beretta, Lolinda, Delarosa (not too far on Chestnut Street), and Starbelly. The kitchen for this […]

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A few years ago tapas — the small bites served at Spanish bars — were all the rage, spawning years of restaurants dishing out the trend of mini bites at high prices. Now it seems like tapas are making a comeback in the Bay Area, first with the opening of Aatxe in San Francisco and now La Marcha in […]

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The story: Liholiho Yacht Club is the hot new restaurant that opened earlier this year in San Francisco’s “Tendernob” neighborhood. Chef Ravi Kapur (formerly of Boulevard and Prospect) has been experimenting with his dishes for awhile through a popular pop-up. Since opening the permanent spot, he’s had the city and national Read the full post