The story: Corridor is the splashy restaurant on Van Ness Avenue positioned as the perfect pre-opera, ballet, concert experience with its proximity to San Francisco’s Civic Center. It opened with the concept of a casual counter-service cafe during the day and a similar casual counter service for dinner with quality dishes. But recently the restaurant […]

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UPDATE (05/22/2017): Just heard that Okane is temporarily suspending its brunch program for awhile as they focus on launching its new sister restaurant Dumpling Time. So for now you just have to taste the brunch offerings in my pictures until the restaurant resumes brunch.

Weekend brunch is pretty big in San Francisco, but after awhile […]

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Capitalizing on the Bay Area’s love for dumplings (just look at the lines at Din Tai Fung), the people behind Michelin-star Omakase and sister restaurant Okane are dipping their toes in the dumpling arena with the opening this Friday of Dumpling Time.

The tiny restaurant is in the back street of Omakase/Okane in SOMA’s Design […]

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There’s no ignoring that the cocktail scene in San Francisco is at its zenith. I mean, this is the place that once embraced the term mixologist (remember that?). Recently, I got the chance to participate in a cocktail tour (which really could just be called bar-hopping) that showcased three popular bars in the city’s Union […]

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.
I was first introduced to Alexander’s Patisserie when I tried some of its chocolate truffles at a food fair and was enticed by the interesting flavors and beautiful designs. I made a mental note to check out its store.

But sadly, it is all the way in Mountain View in Silicon […]

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With a high-profile spot right at the entrance of the transforming Emeryville Public Market, Paradita Eatery has been under construction for a few months. But it finally opened four days ago, bringing Peruvian-style street food to the East Bay.

Paradita Eatery is from Chef Carlos Altamirano, who brought Peruvian food to the East Bay a few […]

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The popular ice cream shop Salt & Straw has brought its creative flavors to San Francisco, along with the notoriously long weekend lines.

Salt & Straw, known for its handmade ice cream and flavors such as honey lavender and salted honey marshmallow, has plans for two locations in the city. Two weekends ago, it opened […]

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Chef Khai Duong made a name for himself with his popular Ana Mandara restaurant in San Francisco’s Ghiradelli Square, which closed after a 12-year run in 2012.

Now Chef Khai has returned in a smaller, more intimate space in SOMA on the edge of the Design District (on the same block as Omakase), showcasing his […]

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The story: Bao Down is considered an Asian fusion restaurant that gets its name for the Chinese-style steamed buns on the menu. It’s originally from Vancouver, B.C. where it has three locations. This month it opened its first U.S. outpost in San Francisco’s Executive Hotel Vintage Court near Union Square, which formerly housed the brief […]

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We were all running late, but I was running late simply because my mind was playing tricks on me.

It was Saturday morning, and I was driving to one of my favorite spots in the Bay Area — Hog Island Oyster Farm in Marshall near Tomales Bay. I’d picked […]

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The restaurant business is one of those with a clear glass ceiling, where many executive chefs are often men rather than women. Few female chefs have been able to garner much attention, even in the diverse and food-crazed San Francisco Bay Area.

But one of the women who are making waves in the city is […]

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The story: Curry Up Now started off as a popular food truck offering up Indian flavors in unique forms like burritos or fries. It opened a storefront in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood and has now spread to four other cities, with its latest being Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood.

Why I went: I admit, Indian food isn’t […]

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Anyone who has visited Italy will always remember the sights and, of course, the gelato.

There’s something about Italian gelato, the rich and gooey texture and the often colorful and interesting flavors. It’s hard to find anything similar outside of Italy (although the gelato in Argentina, known as helado, comes pretty close).

Now I might […]

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A lot of changes have been coming to the Emeryville Public Market, and the most recent is one of the most exciting to me. With the opening of the Nyum Bai food stand, I and the rest of the East Bay get an introduction to Cambodian street food.

Like most food enterprises these days, Nyum […]

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