Walking into Sweet Belly in Oakland’s Uptown district, it takes awhile to get a sense of what this place is all about.
The name is a big giveaway — Sweet Belly is a dessert spot selling sweets. But while it’s in a former dive Chinese takeout spot and is decorated like a space for afternoon tea, […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
Just in time for this weekend’s warm weather in the Bay Area, Cookiebar Creamery opened its second location on 8th Street on the edge of Old Oakland.
Cookiebar is a nostalgic ice cream parlor that originally opened in Alameda’s West End by Alameda natives Robert Feng and John Ngu. This second location, which opened last […]Read the full post →
Stateside Bakery in Berkeley lets you relive your childhood, giving you permission to indulge in sugary treats that look like favorite snacks like Twinkies, Hostess Cupcakes, or Oreo cookies. But these nostalgic treats (at least for people from my generation) are made with quality, natural ingredients and no preservatives.
I finally got to try these […]Read the full post →
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 massive annual Winter Fancy Food Show kicked off today in San Francisco, and I spent the whole day walking the aisles of two exhibition halls at the Moscone Center perusing one fancy product after another, nibbling on cheese, all-sorts-of-flavored crackers and cookies, and coconut cream-based ice cream from across the country along […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This location closed on Aug. 1, 2016 because of reportedly low foot traffic.
Flour and Co. is a new bakery in the middle of University Avenue in Berkeley, taking over the spot once occupied by another bakery, the Bread Workshop.
The 2-months-old bakery and cafe is the second location of owner Emily Day, who opened […]Read the full post →
Fair warning, this is going to be a long post. I can’t help it but there’s so much to say and show about my vacation in this Canadian city that’s so often called the Paris of North America.
I’m half way through my weeklong vacation, checking out the fall colors and trying all […]Read the full post →
Squeaking in its opening day in the waning days of summer, Little Giant Ice Cream is now scooping up made-from-scratch ice cream in a shiny new space in Oakland’s hot Uptown neighborhood.
The new creamery is on the ground floor of a condo building across from the former Sears building, which was recently purchased by […]Read the full post →
Today was the annual orgasmic carnival for chocoholics, aka the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion.
Some of my regular readers know that I’ve served as a “people’s judge” (that’s how I call it) in past years, and this year I did double duty as I also gave a Food […]Read the full post →
To all my readers on the East Coast, you may want to avert your eyes and not read the following.
So some of you know my general rule of not eating ice cream on cold days. Well, an early spring made an appearance during the holiday weekend in the Bay Area so I didn’t have […]Read the full post →
The emergence of Chantal Guillon is an interesting story. A few years back she made a splash into the local macaron scene by opening Paulette’s in a tiny shop in Hayes Valley, shipping in macarons made by the popular Beverly Hills bakery.
But then Guillon wanted to branch out on her own, so she cut […]Read the full post →
For the holidays, I typically like to make chocolates but for the last few years the weather has been my foil. (When it’s too warm or the air too wet, the chocolate doesn’t set properly.)
In the midst of the rainy days we’ve been having in the Bay Area, I decided not to risk making […]Read the full post →
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