From the monthly archives: January 2016

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.
I’m spending a long weekend in California’s desert country, in this nostalgic hideaway for Hollywood stars. It was a last-minute trip planned to escape the rain and cold of Northern California, so it’s ironic that I’m writing this today on a rainy day in Palm Springs.

To get out of the […]

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The most ugly words around these days are “domoic acid.” In fact, it almost sounds like demonic. Domoic acid is the toxin found in Dungeness crabs around the San Francisco Bay Area, and it has literally obliterated this year’s crab hunting season.

So while we all wallow over not having the sweet Dungeness crab meat to eat, […]

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The story: Young chefs Tony Ferrari and Jonathan Sutton started cooking together in their pop-up known as Bernal Supper Club. They wanted to create a communal spot to serve their food focused on local, sustainable ingredients. Three years ago they opened their permanent spot on the edge of Bernal Heights in their restaurant Hillside Supper […]

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The story: The people behind the San Francisco wine bar Amelie tried to duplicate their success on this side of the bay with another wine bar in Oakland’s Grand Lake/Lakeshore neighborhood, opening in 2014 and serving up French-California dishes.

Why I went: We’re in the midst of Oakland Restaurant Week when local restaurants […]

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The massive annual Winter Fancy Food Show kicked off today in San Francisco, and I spent the whole day walking the aisles of two exhibition halls at the Moscone Center perusing one fancy product after another, nibbling on cheese, all-sorts-of-flavored crackers and cookies, and coconut cream-based ice cream from across the country along […]

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This winter seems a bit colder than usual, and OK, I’m going to have to admit that in the Bay Area cold means anything between 40 to 50 degrees. But that still keeps me from wanting to go out, so I find myself just wrapped up on my sofa watching my favorite TV programs.

And […]

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The corner market may be getting a second chance if the recent opening of Howden Market is any indication.

From the people behind the next door Spice Monkey restaurant, the market opened on Wednesday at the corner of 17th and Webster Streets in Oakland’s booming Uptown neighborhood. The quaint, impeccably styled store offers a deli […]

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How many of you made a resolution for the new year to eat healthier? Yep, just what I thought.

I like to think I eat pretty healthy most of the year (please do not send me my pork belly posts, I said “most”), but I’m always looking to improve my eating habits. So I was […]

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I like the concept of beer gardens because there’s nothing better on a sunny day than to sit outside with a cold brew.

But sometimes you want to eat something to soak up the suds. And that’s what I’ve noticed about some beer gardens where the menu is nothing more than a few snacks (many deep fried, ugh).

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