As San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood transforms, some hidden gems of new restaurants are emerging. You just have to know where to find them.
Take Villon. Found inside the boutique Proper Hotel, this two-month-old restaurant can be overshadowed by the reality of the real world outside where the homeless and panhandlers mingle not too far from […]Read the full post →
I recently started roasting potatoes in my skillet and found that 1) it’s a nice, easy clean-up instead of a roasting pan and 2) the potatoes get a more crispy edge frying on the skillet in the oven.
Then that reminded me that this is probably also the first step in making a good hash, […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
The story: Finn Town Tavern in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood is the latest venture of local celebrity chef Ryan Scott (“Top Chef” and frequent “Today Show” guest), and in many ways it’s his most established spot to date after dabbling with a food truck and then a casual eatery (Market & […]Read the full post →
When visiting Chicago, some of the more interesting food can be found in the neighborhoods outside the downtown loop, a bit of a ride on the L train.
For example, when looking for Sunday brunch with my Chicago friends Angel and Bob, we ventured out to the Logan Square neighborhood to visit Jam […]Read the full post →
A few months ago for my birthday my brother got me a 10-inch Staub cast iron skillet, which looks so sleek with its dark cast iron interior and French red enamel exterior.
But I actually never got around to using it until this weekend, when I decided to make a frittata inspired by a delicious […]Read the full post →
The San Francisco Bay Area has always had an affinity for Hawaii, and there’s a sizable Hawaiian contingent on the Mainland, as evident by the annual Aloha Festival. But replicating popular Hawaiian food (or “grindz” as the locals call it) has mostly been relegated to BBQ teriyaki plates or some kind of pineapple […]Read the full post →
It’s hard to imagine that the San Francisco restaurant Plow in Potrero Hill has only been open for about six years. To me, it’s almost an institution for its brunch offerings and famous lemon ricotta pancakes.
I often recommend Plow to people looking for a nice brunch spot. (In fact, I list it in my […]Read the full post →
PALM SPRINGS, Calif.
Last week I got back from my first trip to Palm Springs where I was searching for some spring warmth in the dead of winter. While I wasn’t so successful in the temperature department (laying out at the pool in 60 degree weather did remind me of home though), I was […]
PALM SPRINGS, Calif.
I’m spending a long weekend in California’s desert country, in this nostalgic hideaway for Hollywood stars. It was a last-minute trip planned to escape the rain and cold of Northern California, so it’s ironic that I’m writing this today on a rainy day in Palm Springs.
To get out of the […]Read the full post →
The story: Young chefs Tony Ferrari and Jonathan Sutton started cooking together in their pop-up known as Bernal Supper Club. They wanted to create a communal spot to serve their food focused on local, sustainable ingredients. Three years ago they opened their permanent spot on the edge of Bernal Heights in their restaurant Hillside Supper […]Read the full post →
Last Sunday I took a morning stroll along Saint-Laurent, the major boulevard that divides Montreal between the east and west sides, past colorful murals, vintage stores, and boutiques on my way to brunch at Lili Co.
The restaurant opened earlier this year in the Mile End, but it’s well-known by locals because this is […]Read the full post →
The story: Marlowe was an established fixture in a cozy SOMA spot, but now it’s front and center in a corner spot a few blocks away on Fourth and Brannan Streets. Under the supervision of Executive Chef Jennifer Puccio, Marlowe recently branched out into the intense San Francisco brunch scene.
Why I went: I was […]Read the full post →
The story: Boulettes Larder opened in 2004 as a tiny specialty shop and restaurant in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, and grew a cult following for its breakfast dishes. Chef Amaryll Schwertner and her business partner, Lori Regis, expanded to an adjacent space two years ago to create the Bouli Bar (where I’ve already dined) […]Read the full post →
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Snaps on the Go
- A Bit of French Provencal in Berkeley at the New Les Arceaux Cafe and Wine Bar
- A Review of The Temple Club in Oakland
- A Review of Japanese Italian Dishes at Pesce e Riso in San Francisco
- A Review of Brunch at Villon in San Francisco
- A Review of Hinodeya Ramen Bar in San Francisco
- First Look at Copper Spoon in Oakland