From the monthly archives: February 2016

Last night I went to my friend Jeanne’s home for a themed potluck dinner that highlighted the cuisine from Sicily, Italy. When we got the invite, most of the other people signed up for the typical courses like pasta and dessert, so Jeanne said I could bring the salad.

When I think of Italian dinners, […]

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It’s been awhile since I’ve wandered the San Francisco Ferry Building, so I was surprised to find some new offerings along the front arcade in a row of outdoor kiosks.

The five purveyors apparently popped up over the last three months and include Dandelion Chocolate, Blue Bottle, Marla Bakery, Read the full post

The relatively new Iza Ramen in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood started out as a weekend popup inside Blowfish Sushi restaurant in the Mission. I never got the chance to visit the popup when it was around the last two years but was happy to check out the permanent location, which opened last fall.

Iza […]

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In the food-obsessed Bay Area, even a bowl of ramen can hold a lot of expectations, with people seeking unique toppings or rich, creamy broths. But that defies the tradition of ramen from Japan, where it’s found in every alley and eaten simply and quickly by the populace.

Ramen is food for the people, and it […]

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It’s hard to imagine ramen to be more popular than it already is in the San Francisco Bay Area, but after dining at the new white hot Mensho Tokyo in the Tenderloin neighborhood last night, you’d think ramen has finally arrived in San Francisco.

This may be a reflection of the fact that many ramen lovers […]

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif.
Last week I got back from my first trip to Palm Springs where I was searching for some spring warmth in the dead of winter. While I wasn’t so successful in the temperature department (laying out at the pool in 60 degree weather did remind me of home though), I was […]

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It’s game day, finally. This year the Super Bowl buildup was especially frenzied because San Francisco is the host city, so there was no escaping all the festivities (and the crowds) around the city.

Yesterday, though, I dropped in on a fun event at Macy’s Cellar in Union Square. New York Chef Marc Forgione shared […]

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif.
When the weather is nice and warm here, there’s nothing better than dining al fresco. And there’s no better place to do it than at the SO.PA restaurant at the L’Horizon Hotel and Spa.

The hotel went through a two-year renovation after hotel developer Steve Hermann purchased the property, originally designed by […]

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