Posts by: Ben

Sometimes when it gets so hot in the summer, I dread cooking dinner and the idea of firing up the stove top — worst yet, turn on the oven.

So it’s nice to keep things simple. Better yet, eating something nice and cold. That’s where this Korean cold noodle dish comes in.

I’ve had this dish […]

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We’re pretty lucky in the San Francisco Bay Area to have some cool ice cream options where the purveyors are innovative with unique flavors. So it’s pretty tough to top what’s out there. Still, a corner store in the Mission seems to be doing just that.

Garden Creamery, which started out as a food truck […]

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The San Francisco Bay Area is in the midst of a sushi boom with Japanese restaurants opening up and serving the chef’s choice tasting menu known as omakase.

The latest, highly anticipated opening is the two-week-old Robin, which opened under the hype of offering contemporary, seasonal California-focused omakase in one of those new slick buildings popping up […]

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One of my favorite memories of my trip to Sydney, Australia, three years ago is enjoying a slice of a strawberry-watermelon cake from Black Star Pastry on a sunny day, after days of rain.

I don’t know if it was the breeze on a sunny day or just the fact that I was on vacation, […]

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It actually feels like summer here in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is unusual given we often have to fight the fog for some hot days. But I’m not complaining because I live in Oakland where we get a nice middle-ground of weather — not too hot and not too cold.

When the weather is nice, […]

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Much is happening in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, and these days you have to be bigger and better.

That’s the route Farley’s East is going as it prepares to unveil its new expanded space at its Grand Avenue location, where it took over the space next door and doubled the size of its cafe. I was […]

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SANTA ROSA, Calif.
One of the things I’ve been trying to do all these years of living in the San Francisco Bay Area is to experience lavender season in wine country. Today I crossed that off my list when I visited Matanzas Creek Winery in Sonoma County.

Matanzas is known not just for its […]

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The story: Hanh Nguyen enjoyed the fresh street food growing up in Vietnam, and when her family moved to the United States after the fall of Saigon, they were disappointed that they couldn’t find their favorite dishes here. Her mother opened one of the early Vietnamese restaurants, and Nguyen continues the family tradition with her […]

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HONOLULU
When talking about food in Honolulu, you can’t get away from references to The Pig and The Lady, a popular pop-up that started five years ago. People mention its farmers market stand, or the new casual spot that opened in Ward Village. Either way, you have to somehow try a piggy dish when […]

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HONOLULU
When visiting my Mom in Honolulu, dim sum is her go-to lunch option. But many of her favorite dim sum restaurants in Hawaii haven’t really changed since I last visited, and in some ways the quality may have gone down a notch at a couple of spots.

So when my brother suggested checking […]

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HONOLULU
The common refrain my friends and family heard while I was visiting is “Hawaii hasn’t really changed that much.”

Things move slowly here, and that also means things don’t change much, which could be a good thing because the islands are exactly how I remembered. But it also means there aren’t as many […]

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Travel: Eating Around Maui

On June 4, 2017 By

LAHAINA, Maui, Hawaii
For my Hawaii vacation, I took a side trip to Maui, one of the Neighbor Islands of Hawaii and probably the most popular destinations for tourists. It had been a long time since I visited this island, known as the Valley Isle because of its huge green peaks and valleys that […]

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HONOLULU
The story: Mahina & Sun’s is the fourth restaurant from local celebrity chef Ed Kenney, who first brought his farm-to-table style of cooking to Honolulu with his Town restaurant. His latest is a fun, hip casual spot inside the boutique Surfjack Hotel (known for its “Wish You Were Here” Instragram-worthy pool).

Why I […]

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HONOLULU
My gripe about Hawaii’s dining scene is that it doesn’t change very much. So I stayed away for nearly three years and now that I’m in town, I’m playing catch up. First up is one of the island’s most highly touted new openings: Senia.

On a […]

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