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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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It was summer in a glass at tonight’s CUESA Summer Cocktail Event in the Grand Hall of San Francisco’s Ferry Building.

CUESA, or the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, puts on the weekly farmers market at the Ferry Building. And tonight it joined forces with the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild to celebrate summer’s bounty […]

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I’m more a wine than beer drinker, but there’s something about a warm, sunny day that makes me want to just chug down a cold, refreshing mug of beer. That’s exactly what I was doing yesterday when I visited the Westbrae Biergarten in the northwest area of Berkeley.

Westbrae is a popular new beer garden […]

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The people behind the popular San Francisco speakeasy Bourbon and Branch went across the bay to Berkeley earlier this year to open their first bar on the East Bay called Tupper and Reed.

Tupper and Reed is right in the heart of downtown Berkeley on Shattuck Avenue in the former Beckett’s space. The […]

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The story: Magnolia Brewing Co. is a landmark in its corner spot in San Francisco’s Haight neighborhood, but it’s outgrown its basement brewery and last year brewer/owner Dave McLean moved into a large facility in the industrial Dogpatch area. Along with brewing his beer, the spot includes a huge bar and BBQ restaurant called Smokestack.

Why I went: […]

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SAN JOSE, Calif.
If there are two things that go together, it’s got to be bacon and beer. Put that in a ballpark setting, and what could go wrong?

Absolutely nothing, if this past weekend was any indication when the Bacon and Beer Classic arrived at the San Jose Municipal Stadium. I was lucky […]

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SANTA ROSA, Calif.
In my continuing exploration of artisan coffee in the Bay Area, I convinced my friend Jason to stop into Flying Goat Coffee in Santa Rosa last weekend after our wine and crab feed. The artisan coffee roasters only has three stores in the Bay Area, all in the North Bay (in Santa […]

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The story: Lungomare is a restaurant that opened up in the former Miss Pearl’s space in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square, specializing in Northern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. The restaurant is the bold gamble of owner Chris Pastena, who co-owns the nearby Chop Bar and Grand Tavern.

Why I went: Along […]

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The Mill, a collaboration between Four Barrel Coffee and Josey Baker Bread, has been a hit since it opened more than a year ago in the emerging neighborhood of NOPA (or the edge of the Western Addition) in San Francisco.

It’s not just another cafe, although single-origin espresso is served and many laptops can […]

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The story: For years, the Fifth Floor at the Hotel Palomar in SOMA near Union Square served as the playground for many well-known chefs who created elegant dishes in the fine-dining atmosphere. But as a sign of the times, the restaurant shifted to a more casual focus and emphasized its bar program, and this year was revamped […]

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The story: Making cocktails cool, Jason Henton, Scott Baird and Josh Harris – a.k.a. “the Bon Vivants” – created an eclectic playground called Trick Dog. Drawing crowds out the door since it opened in the booming food corridor of 20th and Florida Streets near Central Kitchen and Flour + Water, Trick Dog gained […]

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San Francisco knows its cocktails, so only in a cultural mecca such as this can one find a unique event like last night’s “Art of the Modern Drink” put on by CUESA and the San Francisco chapter of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild.

Bartenders and chefs from about a dozen Bay Area restaurants came together to […]

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