2016: My Year in Food Pictures

On December 27, 2016 By

So maybe 2016 isn’t a year people want to look back at fondly, or even at all. But for this food blog, it was quite a busy year and one that’s memorable as it marked my 10th year of blogging.

As the year comes to a close, I take one last look at some of […]

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High-end omakase menus continue to trend in the San Francisco Bay Area, and this past weekend I checked out the latest entry from noted Chef Masa Sasaki (Maruya) and his self-named Sasaki on the edge of the city’s Mission neighborhood.

The unassuming corner spot (across the street of the popular Flour + Water) telegraphs the […]

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The story: After establishing himself with Aziza out in the neighborhoods, Michelin-star Chef Mourad Lahlou opened his bold and brassy self-named Mourad restaurant in SOMA just south of San Francisco’s Financial District earlier this year. The large restaurant is housed in the historic Pacific Telephone building on New Montgomery.

Why I went: When my brother […]

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Santa might find a lot of snickerdoodles on the plate on Christmas eve, but surprise him with a subtle kick of chai like these chai snickerdoodles I baked for the holidays recently.

They’re a recipe from the Raw Spice Bar, which sells spices online. I used its chai spice blend that gives you that complex […]

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It’s been more than a year since Bon Appetit named Izakaya Rintaro one of the top 10 Best New Restaurants in America. But after a recent visit for dinner with my brother who was visiting, this San Francisco hot spot is still one of the best restaurants in the country, albeit not so new any […]

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Crab + Uni = Love; a Pasta Recipe

On December 7, 2016 By

I’ve been dying from seeing all the Dungeness crab posts on social media lately. Crab season in the San Francisco Bay Area only started last week and people have been eating up a storm without me. I guess they were all making up for last year’s disastrous, nearly non-existent crab season when warm waters made […]

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For the last five years,¬†Chambers Eat + Drink has been anchoring the restaurant space at the hip Joie de Vivre’s Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco, following in the footsteps of Backflip, Bambuddha Lounge and briefly, Miss Pearl’s Jam House.

The space always had a bit of the rock scene, accentuated by the poolside dining and […]

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A Review of Davenport in Portland

On November 30, 2016 By

PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: Opened three years ago, Davenport represents the trend of chefs focused on local, seasonal ingredients cooked in casual, homey settings. Chef/Co-owner Kevin Gibson, who once cooked at Castagna and then a pop-up at a sandwich counter, changes the menu to showcase the ingredients of the Pacific Northwest.

Why I went: […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
During this Thanksgiving weekend, I flew up to Portland for a quick holiday weekend to visit my sisters. But even though we had a big Thanksgiving dinner (we celebrated on Friday since I flew in late Thursday), I convinced my sister we needed to try the new Afuri ramen restaurant in Portland’s […]

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The story: Ijji Sushi opened earlier this year on Divisadero near Haight as a nigiri-only sushi spot, helmed by chefs/co-owners Billy Kong (formerly Saru Sushi) and Kua Catuang (formerly Seiya). This month, the tiny San Francisco restaurant (17 seats) switched to an omakase-only menu, providing a prix fixe 19-course tasting (five starters and about 13 […]

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The story: The Morris is the highly anticipated new restaurant from Paul Einbund, a sommelier who has worked at some of San Francisco’s finer establishments, from Daniel Patterson’s Coi to Melissa Perello’s Frances. He’s now struck out on his own, opening the splashy new restaurant in the former home of longtime Slow Club on Mariposa.

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Wise Sons, the popular Mission deli, opened a bagel shop in the Fillmore earlier this year. But I waited till after my trip to New York this summer because I wanted a baseline since the people behind Wise Sons said they couldn’t find the perfect New York-style bagel in the Bay Area.

I visited with […]

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The story: Nojo opened a few years ago in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood, building on the izakaya craze for Japanese grilled eats. But the owners sold the restaurant last year to a Japanese conglomerate called AP Company, and it reopened earlier this year as a ramen restaurant with small bites.

Why I went: The […]

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Arsicault Bakery’s journey seems like the Cinderella story of bakeries.

The tiny bakery in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond neighborhood opened earlier this year, serving up flakey croissants and tarts to neighborhood fans. Owner Armando Lacayo, a graduate of the San Francisco Baking Institute, wanted to make croissants like his grandparents did in their tiny bakery […]

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