Focus:Snap:Eat Food photo essays from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:09:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Eating My Way Through Feast Portland 2017 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:09:56 +0000 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 [...]]]> 0 Return Visit for Dinner at Finn Town in San Francisco — a Review Thu, 14 Sep 2017 02:35:22 +0000 Soon after the restaurant Finn Town opened in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, I visited with my friend Craig to check out its brunch. I fell in love with the restaurant’s handsome decor and the refined comfort food coming out of the kitchen.

Much as changed since then, with the major change being [...]]]> 2 A Review of Sushi Omakase at Ju-Ni in San Francisco Mon, 11 Sep 2017 01:33:08 +0000 There’s no dearth of sushi restaurants in San Francisco, and lately there’s been a number of high-end spots focused on offering omakase, or a chef’s choice on the menu.

One of those places is Ju-Ni, a tiny neighborhood restaurant in the Divisadero corridor that only seats 12. When it first opened a year ago, it [...]]]> 2 San Francisco Shows Up for Feast Portland Thu, 07 Sep 2017 04:07:16 +0000 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 [...]]]> 1 Staying Cool with Roll Up Creamery & Cafe in San Francisco Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:06:28 +0000 How’s your Labor Day weekend going? For those of us here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ve been baking! (And not the yummy cookies and cakes, but dying from a heatwave.) The normally temperate reputation here totally went out the window with San Francisco at 106 degrees. It’s like Palm Springs in the north.

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Sights and Tastes of Savor Oakland’s Fruitvale Food Tour Thu, 31 Aug 2017 03:59:57 +0000 I live in Oakland but I admit I haven’t spent much time in the Fruitvale neighborhood, a vibrant and historical area in central Oakland that’s known for its Mexican food trucks and Latin American restaurants.

In recent years, the neighborhood has been marred by a reputation for crime and police brutality. But like many places [...]]]> 2 A Review of Shinmai Japanese Izakaya in Oakland Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:20:07 +0000 The story: The one-month-old Shinmai brings another ramen shop to Oakland, and surrounds its noodle offerings with high-end izakaya small bites in a hip, splashy big space on the outer edge of the Uptown neighborhood. It’s the brainchild of Yingji Huang, who also owns Montclair’s Kakui sushi restaurant.

Why I went: Always on the hunt [...]]]> 1 A Review of Daughter Thai Kitchen in Oakland Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:12:28 +0000 The story: Opened late last year, Daughter Thai Kitchen has brought upscale Southern Thai cuisine to the Montclair neighborhood in the Oakland hills. From the same people behind Farmhouse Kitchen and Lanna Thai in San Francisco, the focus here is Southern and spicy.

Why I went: Recently we planned a foodie dinner on a Saturday [...]]]> 1 Why I’m Headed to Feast Portland 2017 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:21:56 +0000 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 [...]]]> 1 A Review of Fast Casual Korean Fusion Saucy Asian in San Francisco Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:11:35 +0000 The story: Saucy Asian is a corner fast-casual eatery in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, opened by first-time restaurateur Andrew Shinn. The tiny shop features a Korean fusion menu that blends Korean flavors in popular formats like burritos, tacos, and poke bowls.

Why I went: I bumped into the new space when I was visiting my [...]]]> 2