From the monthly archives: March 2016

Seems like Hawaiian poke is everywhere! The food media is writing about it and poke-centric restaurants seem to be popping up lately in San Francisco. (They’re apparently all over the place already in San Jose and LA.)

For the uninitiated, poke (pronounced POH-kay) is the Hawaiian delicacy of cured raw fish, often ahi […]

Read the full post

Most places I visit for this blog I find out by reading various food sites and trying to keep up with the buzz, and then some places I just stumble upon, like Imm Thai Street Food on University Avenue in Berkeley.

It has been awhile since I’ve spent much time in Berkeley, but recently after […]

Read the full post

The story: Teleferic Barcelona is the first U.S. location for the Spanish restaurant known for its tapas and pintxos (small plates and skewers), and the family behind the project chose downtown Walnut Creek, opening in January in a new three-story complex right on Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

Why I went: I wanted to check out Teleferic’s […]

Read the full post

On my bus ride home that travels on Grand Avenue, I noticed awhile back the relatively new wine store Bay Grape, and I always thought it was interesting to see the small wine shop considering there’s also a wine shop/wine bar called Ordinaire just a few blocks away on the same street.

It seems Oakland […]

Read the full post

UPDATE: After nearly 10 years, Ozumo closed in November 2016.

If you just look at my recent posts, you’ll know I’ve been obsessing about ramen lately. So when I was invited to check out Ozumo’s new Ramen Wednesdays, I jumped at the chance.

Ozumo is the large Japanese restaurant in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, with a […]

Read the full post

There’s something relaxing about visiting a farm, seeing the green grassy fields and animals roaming freely and, what I imagine, happily.

Even on the overcast day that I found myself at Napa Grass Farmer, there was a simplicity that we urban-9-to-5ers always wish for because, well, the pasture is always greener on the […]

Read the full post

The story: Okane is the new izakaya by restaurateur Kash Feng, who opened the popular Omakase sushi restaurant in SOMA. Omakase was opened as a tasting menu-only dinner spot offering up chef’s choices (the English translation of omakase) while Okane, which is right next door, is a little larger but offers a more casual […]

Read the full post

It’s hard to imagine that the San Francisco restaurant Plow in Potrero Hill has only been open for about six years. To me, it’s almost an institution for its brunch offerings and famous lemon ricotta pancakes.

I often recommend Plow to people looking for a nice brunch spot. (In fact, I list it in my […]

Read the full post

The story: The Perennial is the latest concept from restaurateur innovator Anthony Myint and his wife, Karen Leibowitz, who brought us Mission Street Food (now Mission Chinese Food) and the charitable-yet-upscale Commonwealth. The splashy new Perennial in the redeveloping Market Street corridor may be their most ambitious yet because this restaurant wants to […]

Read the full post