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One of the highly touted new dining destinations in San Francisco has added a spark to the city’s traditional Chinatown with a buzzing marketplace and restaurant. China Live has arrived.

China Live, in the former Gold Mountain dim sum restaurant space on Broadway, is a two-story food emporium that some have compared to New York’s […]

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I’m a fan of Vietnamese food, and San Jose is said to have some of the best in this country, which makes sense because it has the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam.

During the holiday break, I drove down to visit my good friend Denise and her girls, and we met up at one […]

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San Francisco is home to several marketplaces, where food stores and eateries assemble together in a shared space. The Ferry Building is the grand-daddy of them all, but mini marketplaces have popped up around town, which makes sense given the high commercial rents in the city.

One marketplace that opened earlier this year is called […]

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Everyone kept telling me to check out Tartine Manufactory, the new culinary destination from the people behind the widely popular Tartine Bakery. So this weekend, in between the rain storms, I visited the space in the Mission area bordering Potrero Hill.

The warehouse-like space isn’t a bakery, or even a cafe. But it’s what co-founders […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
I dare to say that Portland may be the culinary destination of the Pacific Northwest (in the United States, not considering Canada’s Vancouver, B.C.). In the last few years, this sleepy lumber town of a city has exploded with a food scene that’s keeping up with the likes of Los Angeles and […]

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The corner market may be getting a second chance if the recent opening of Howden Market is any indication.

From the people behind the next door Spice Monkey restaurant, the market opened on Wednesday at the corner of 17th and Webster Streets in Oakland’s booming Uptown neighborhood. The quaint, impeccably styled store offers a deli […]

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Not too many people may have heard of Firebrand Artisan Breads, the Oakland-based bakery that has been making wood-fire baked breads for the last few years. Until now.

Firebrand, which has only done wholesale business to restaurants and select stores since it started, opened its first retail bakery and cafe last weekend. It’s a large and spacious […]

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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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MONTREAL
I’ve been back home in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost two weeks now, but these posts about my Montreal vacation have made me feel like I’m still there. How I wish I were!

It was a fantastic trip discovering this quaint and stylish Canadian city, and the emerging food scene has […]

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A lot is happening in the mid-Market area of San Francisco, long lost to the homeless and drug use from the encroaching Tenderloin. But when Twitter moved into a shiny new building known as Market Square, splashy luxury condos followed and now the first of many retail developments has arrived.

I’m talking specifically of The Market, a […]

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The story: Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop is a longtime cheese store across the street from a corner strip mall in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, but along with the cheese and specialty food items people come for Chef-Owner Jena Davidson’s creatively-named sandwiches and world-famous mac n’ cheese.

Why I went: I didn’t know about this place until […]

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The story: The Broadway corridor between Rockridge and Temescal in Oakland is undergoing a food transformation, with the arrival of a Blue Bottle Cafe, freshly opened Trueburger and adjacent Cafe Underwood. But one of the more prominent arrivals is Clove and Hoof, a butchery and casual restaurant at the corner of Broadway and 40th […]

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HEALDSBURG, Calif.
Getting my Christmas shopping done early, I escaped from the big city’s holiday hustle and bustle and spent a day last weekend exploring the quaint downtown Healdsburg.

It’s been more than a decade since I’ve visited this small town in Sonoma County, and it has definitely blossomed with several new chic boutiques, […]

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They’re the ones who know your favorite bread or give you the best wedge of cheese. They call you by your first name and give a little piece of candy for little Jimmy.

They’re the neighborhood grocer right around the corner.

Sometimes I get a bit nostalgic and I think about a simpler time, and […]

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