Posts by: Ben

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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The story: Saucy Asian is a corner fast-casual eatery in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, opened by first-time restaurateur Andrew Shinn. The tiny shop features a Korean fusion menu that blends Korean flavors in popular formats like burritos, tacos, and poke bowls.

Why I went: I bumped into the new space when I was visiting my […]

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I recently started roasting potatoes in my skillet and found that 1) it’s a nice, easy clean-up instead of a roasting pan and 2) the potatoes get a more crispy edge frying on the skillet in the oven.

Then that reminded me that this is probably also the first step in making a good hash, […]

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During baseball season, I like to take a day off in the middle of the week on occasion to catch some Giants baseball. Not only does it give me a chance to get game tickets at a slightly lower rate, but it lets me explore SOMA after the game.

Walking from AT&T Park to the […]

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HEALDSBURG, Calif.
The story: Sonoma Cider is just a 4-year-old company established to create craft cider in the middle of Sonoma County where wine reigns supreme even though heirloom apples orchards can also be found here. The young cider company opened a taproom last October to showcase its variety of craft cider as well […]

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In the Bay Area, when you’re looking for summer, head east.

That theory played out well when CUESA, the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture, hosted its last cocktails event for the year last night with its summer edition, “Party Under the Palms.” For the first time, this popular farmers market cocktail event took […]

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