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What can be better than a night of specialty cocktails and appetizers from San Francisco’s popular restaurants and bars? Throw in a few puppies for the win.

Last week I attended CUESA’s first cocktail event for the year, its “Paws and Pours” Winter Cocktail Event, which was a fundraiser that involved a […]

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Popular Japanese ramen chain Ippudo, which opened last year in Berkeley, is now hitting the San Francisco crowds with the opening of its new restaurant in Yerba Buena Lane in SOMA.

The San Francisco spot has been in soft opening mode for the last week, and has already been drawing lines. I got a chance […]

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This week was the annual Winter Fancy Food Show at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The massive trade show by the Specialty Food Association is overwhelming in sights and sounds and taste as you go through two arena-size exhibition halls to check out the latest in specialty foods.

This year […]

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It was another weekend of checking out a food festival, but this time it was closer to home as I explored and ate my way through Oakland’s Eat Real Festival 2017 at Jack London Square.

The annual food celebration that highlights food trucks often luck out with warm weather, and it hit […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Put a fork in me because I’m done.

Wait, on second thought, don’t poke me. I may just burst from all the food I’ve been eating the last four days at Feast Portland, the massive food festival here in the wildly weird and quirky city in the Pacific Northwest.

This is my […]

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So some of you may have heard that I’m headed to check out Feast Portland next weekend, but I’m not the only one from the Bay Area you’ll find.

The popular food festival, running from Sept. 14 to 17, features chefs and purveyors primarily from Portland and other parts of Oregon. But there will also […]

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It’s no secret that Portland is one of my favorite food cities, which I’ve been discovering the last few years with short trips to visit my sisters who also make their homes in this Northwest city.

But I’m not the only one who fancies Portland’s food scene, as demonstrated by various national […]

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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’s that time of year when it’s traditionally slow at restaurants, coming off the holidays when people are recovering from bills. In recent years I’d say that didn’t seem to be a problem in the San Francisco Bay Area, where people seem to love going out to eat.

But we’re coming off several days of […]

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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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This weekend in Oakland is a major food bonanza in Jack London Square by the waterfront.

Crowds of people are taking advantage of the unusually warm weather to be outside and eating from food booths at the annual Eat Real Festival, a showcase of sustainable foods from local restaurants and food trucks.

But toward […]

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ST. HELENA, Calif.
Fire pits adjacent to grape vines at a vineyard? It must be time for Heritage Fire by Cochon 555.

This annual food event brings together 50 chefs cooking more than 3,500 pounds of whole animals, from pigs to ducks to cows, to create tasting dishes served with wine in […]

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Today wrapped up the three-day J-Pop Summit 2016, the annual festival of all things Japanese pop — from anime to music to the arts. Of course, I focused on all things food.

J-Pop this year was primarily based at the Festival Pavilion in San Francisco’s Fort Mason (activities also took place at the Hyatt and New […]

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UPDATE: After nearly 10 years, Ozumo closed in November 2016.

If you just look at my recent posts, you’ll know I’ve been obsessing about ramen lately. So when I was invited to check out Ozumo’s new Ramen Wednesdays, I jumped at the chance.

Ozumo is the large Japanese restaurant in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, with a […]

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