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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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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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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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The story: Corridor is the splashy restaurant on Van Ness Avenue positioned as the perfect pre-opera, ballet, concert experience with its proximity to San Francisco’s Civic Center. It opened with the concept of a casual counter-service cafe during the day and a similar casual counter service for dinner with quality dishes. But recently the restaurant […]

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UPDATE (05/22/2017): Just heard that Okane is temporarily suspending its brunch program for awhile as they focus on launching its new sister restaurant Dumpling Time. So for now you just have to taste the brunch offerings in my pictures until the restaurant resumes brunch.

Weekend brunch is pretty big in San Francisco, but after awhile […]

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Capitalizing on the Bay Area’s love for dumplings (just look at the lines at Din Tai Fung), the people behind Michelin-star Omakase and sister restaurant Okane are dipping their toes in the dumpling arena with the opening this Friday of Dumpling Time.

The tiny restaurant is in the back street of Omakase/Okane in SOMA’s Design […]

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With a high-profile spot right at the entrance of the transforming Emeryville Public Market, Paradita Eatery has been under construction for a few months. But it finally opened four days ago, bringing Peruvian-style street food to the East Bay.

Paradita Eatery is from Chef Carlos Altamirano, who brought Peruvian food to the East Bay a few […]

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