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Booze and brunch? I’m so there.

I’ve been meaning to get to the established 15 Romolo in the historic Hotel Basque in North Beach since I’ve read about its Punch Drunk Brunch. On the weekends, this popular bar and restaurant sets the party mood with the focus on a specialty punch and bites inspired by […]

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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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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