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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 […]

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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 five purveyors apparently popped up over the last three months and include Dandelion Chocolate, Blue Bottle, Marla Bakery, Read the full post

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 […]

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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 […]

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MONTREAL
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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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People familiar with San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood know about the various smells you’re bombarded with when strolling the streets. But now if you’re anywhere near Larkin and Sutter, you’ll enjoy the smell of fresh coffee and pastries thanks to the new Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.

Opened last month, the tiny shop with white subway tiles and a […]

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A block in the Lower Haight will get a bit more French with the planned opening on Tuesday of the Choux bakery shop, specializing exclusively in le Choux ala creme, or French cream puffs.

The tiny shop is the baby of Laura Athuil, a native of Nice, France, who studied architecture but decided to pursue her […]

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When it gets hot in the Bay Area with warmth reminiscent of my Hawaiian childhood, my first thought goes to shaved ice (not ice cream).

If you’ve been to Hawaii, you know shaved ice is that simple, colorful treat of shaved ice with syrup for flavor. It’s grown over the years to include things like […]

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I’m really falling behind on checking out new places around my neighborhood, so I’m going to dedicate the next few posts to what’s new in or around Rockridge in Oakland.

One of the long-awaited newcomers to Rockridge is the popular Smitten Ice Cream, which opened in a former bread shop three months ago across from Zachary’s […]

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