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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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There’s no ignoring that the cocktail scene in San Francisco is at its zenith. I mean, this is the place that once embraced the term mixologist (remember that?). Recently, I got the chance to participate in a cocktail tour (which really could just be called bar-hopping) that showcased three popular bars in the city’s Union […]

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The new 1951 Coffee Shop in Berkeley looks like any other coffee shop — bags of freshly roasted beans, shiny espresso machine, and rows of coffee drinkers with laptops.

But this coffee shop, which is near the UC Berkeley campus, is unique because it’s a non-profit business that employs refugees and supports the refugee community. Opened […]

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It’s back! The largest specialty food show in the country makes its winter stop in San Francisco.

Today I spent hours walking the aisles of the Winter Fancy Food Show at the Moscone Center, among the crowds of an expected 33,000 attendees over three days browsing more than 1,400 exhibitors. It’s like the […]

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District made a name as a wine bar when it opened almost 10 years ago in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood close to Mission Bay and a stone’s throw from AT&T Ballpark.

While it still draws the crowds, it now can’t be referred to as a wine bar after it got its full liquor license a […]

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I admit I’m not a big bubble tea drinker. I joke that people shouldn’t have to eat their tea (bubble tea gets its name from the boba pearls added to the sweet tea drink).

Apparently, I’m the only person that really thinks this because everyone is crazy for the Taiwanese-style bubble tea as demonstrated by […]

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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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PORTLAND, Ore.
Even though it’s been two weeks since I’ve returned home, I still look back fondly at my trip to Portland and continue to dream about all the food I ate.

And I’m not kidding when I say I ate continuously on this trip. This was a real foodie vacation (sure, I visited with […]

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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 […]

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It’s been awhile since I’ve wandered the San Francisco Ferry Building, so I was surprised to find some new offerings along the front arcade in a row of outdoor kiosks.

The five purveyors apparently popped up over the last three months and include Dandelion Chocolate, Blue Bottle, Marla Bakery, Read the full post

The massive annual Winter Fancy Food Show kicked off today in San Francisco, and I spent the whole day walking the aisles of two exhibition halls at the Moscone Center perusing one fancy product after another, nibbling on cheese, all-sorts-of-flavored crackers and cookies, and coconut cream-based ice cream from across the country along […]

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I typically spend my weekends checking out food events or new eating spots, but this past weekend was an especially busy one, sending me down to San Jose on Saturday for some bacon and beer and then to San Francisco’s Fort Mason the next day for yet another chocolate salon.

Here’s a look at some […]

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UPDATE: This marketplace suddenly closed on 11/21/15 by management for undisclosed reasons. No word on when it will re-open and in what form.

The ambitious Grand Fare Market has been attracting a slew of curiosity-seekers strolling pass its deli section or wandering outside the large patio space since it officially opened a month ago.

A […]

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One thing I never could understand about the extremely popular Ramen Shop in Rockridge is why it never sold food in its large front bar. Instead, the space was often where crowds dwelled (granted with some well-balanced drinks in hand) while waiting for a table.

Now because of opportunity and the desire to reduce the wait […]

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