From the monthly archives: July 2016

The story: It’s funny how many of the Burmese restaurants in the Bay Area have some direct or indirect ties to the popular Burma Superstar in San Francisco. Teni East Kitchen is no different. This new spot in Oakland was opened by Tiyo Shibabaw, who previously managed Burma Superstar’s Alameda and Temescal locations. […]

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Months before the white hot Din Tai Fung opened its newest U.S. outpost at Santa Clara’s Westfield Valley Fair shopping center, everyone predicted – and expected – long lines and dumpling mania to ensue.

And right on cue, when the long-awaited restaurant serving up xiao long bao (those delightful Chinese soup dumplings) opened in May, […]

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Today wrapped up the three-day J-Pop Summit 2016, the annual festival of all things Japanese pop — from anime to music to the arts. Of course, I focused on all things food.

J-Pop this year was primarily based at the Festival Pavilion in San Francisco’s Fort Mason (activities also took place at the Hyatt and New […]

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The story: Chef Kyle Itani brought his Japanese twist to food at the Oakland restaurant Hopscotch, where he would explore his love for ramen with ramen nights. Last year he decided to make the ramen offerings a full-time thing with a new ramen eatery nearby, and after months of construction delays and anticipation (including several popular […]

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Overlooking the 980 interchange and on the western edge of downtown Oakland is one of the oldest homes in California, where you can have afternoon tea that transports you to the early 1900s.

I’m referring to the Pardee Home, part of the Preservation Park area in Oakland, a cluster of historic homes in a quiet […]

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I recently did something I haven’t done in years — deep fried chicken!

Regular followers of this blog know I have an aversion to deep fried foods, and generally avoid making them and even ordering them at restaurants. But last weekend I was going to a potluck with my food blogging crew — Sandy of Foodhoe’s Foraging, […]

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So much activity is happening in Oakland’s Uptown district, it’s hard to keep up.

But the latest is something you can’t miss, especially since it’s prominently at the corner of 20th Street and Telegraph Avenue, across from the Sears building (aka future home of Uber). And that’s the new Tertulia Coffee and Sanchez Contemporary Gallery.

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Cala is the San Francisco restaurant by noted Mexico City chef Gabriela Camara (Contramar), and it’s opening people’s eyes to what Mexican food can and should be.

It definitely opened mine.

My friends know my often-quoted complaint about Mexican food: To me, it always seems to be the same basic ingredients (meat, beans, rice, […]

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UPDATE: Soon after dining here, the restaurant closed temporarily and then shuttered for good in August 2016 because of business decisions.

The story: Bon Marche is a French brasserie from the Mercer Restaurant Group, which brought us AQ and the now closed TBD. Opening last August, the spacious restaurant is in the so-called Mid-Market area […]

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