Posts by: Ben

The story: The popular Belden Place is known for a handful of restaurants in an alley of San Francisco’s Financial District that on a beautiful day harkens to European nights when people ate outdoors in makeshift tables in an alley. Toy Soldier opened last month in the popular tourist spot in the former space of […]

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A museum dedicated to ice cream seems like a no brainer. Who wouldn’t love spending time  in a space that celebrates everyone’s favorite cold treat.

So it’s no wonder that the Museum of Ice Cream, which started as a pop-up in New York, would be a runaway success. After its initial sold-out […]

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I’d first heard about Ippudo in Manhattan, where its reputation for delicious Japanese ramen noodles translated into long waits of more than 1.5 hours. Its popularity spawned a Westside location, but lines are still supposedly long for the hakata tonkotsu broth.

I didn’t realize that Ippudo was a major chain from Japan […]

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It was another weekend of checking out a food festival, but this time it was closer to home as I explored and ate my way through Oakland’s Eat Real Festival 2017 at Jack London Square.

The annual food celebration that highlights food trucks often luck out with warm weather, and it hit […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Last weekend during my Feast Portland adventure in this Pacific Northwest culinary capital, I squeezed in visits to a few notable dining destinations in the city.

One thing I appreciate about Portland that I’ve learned in my last few visits is that this city loves to explore a lot of global flavors. […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Put a fork in me because I’m done.

Wait, on second thought, don’t poke me. I may just burst from all the food I’ve been eating the last four days at Feast Portland, the massive food festival here in the wildly weird and quirky city in the Pacific Northwest.

This is my […]

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Soon after the restaurant Finn Town opened in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, I visited with my friend Craig to check out its brunch. I fell in love with the restaurant’s handsome decor and the refined comfort food coming out of the kitchen.

Much as changed since then, with the major change being […]

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There’s no dearth of sushi restaurants in San Francisco, and lately there’s been a number of high-end spots focused on offering omakase, or a chef’s choice on the menu.

One of those places is Ju-Ni, a tiny neighborhood restaurant in the Divisadero corridor that only seats 12. When it first opened a year ago, it […]

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So some of you may have heard that I’m headed to check out Feast Portland next weekend, but I’m not the only one from the Bay Area you’ll find.

The popular food festival, running from Sept. 14 to 17, features chefs and purveyors primarily from Portland and other parts of Oregon. But there will also […]

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How’s your Labor Day weekend going? For those of us here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ve been baking! (And not the yummy cookies and cakes, but dying from a heatwave.) The normally temperate reputation here totally went out the window with San Francisco at 106 degrees. It’s like Palm Springs in the north.

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I live in Oakland but I admit I haven’t spent much time in the Fruitvale neighborhood, a vibrant and historical area in central Oakland that’s known for its Mexican food trucks and Latin American restaurants.

In recent years, the neighborhood has been marred by a reputation for crime and police brutality. But like many places […]

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The story: The one-month-old Shinmai brings another ramen shop to Oakland, and surrounds its noodle offerings with high-end izakaya small bites in a hip, splashy big space on the outer edge of the Uptown neighborhood. It’s the brainchild of Yingji Huang, who also owns Montclair’s Kakui sushi restaurant.

Why I went: Always on the hunt […]

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The story: Opened late last year, Daughter Thai Kitchen has brought upscale Southern Thai cuisine to the Montclair neighborhood in the Oakland hills. From the same people behind Farmhouse Kitchen and Lanna Thai in San Francisco, the focus here is Southern and spicy.

Why I went: Recently we planned a foodie dinner on a Saturday […]

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It’s no secret that Portland is one of my favorite food cities, which I’ve been discovering the last few years with short trips to visit my sisters who also make their homes in this Northwest city.

But I’m not the only one who fancies Portland’s food scene, as demonstrated by various national […]

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