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 →
The story: Located in the far reaches of San Francisco’s Sunset District, Outerlands has been drawing crowds since it was a little cafe near Ocean Beach. It’s especially popular for weekend brunch, with long waits. Owners Dave Muller and Lana Porcello expanded next door, giving the interiors a fresh, reclaimed wood rustic decor. Last year, […]Read the full post →
The story: Bar Agricole in San Francisco’s SOMA district made a splash when it first opened, winning rave reviews for its interior design but also for the food of then Chef Brandon Jew. The chef has since left, and now diners are rediscovering Bar Agricole with the food stylings of Chef Melissa Reitz (formerly of Camino and […]Read the full post →
The most stylish debut at the San Francisco food mecca aka the Ferry Building in recent years goes to Bouli Bar, which opened last month with an eye-catching decor that looks like something out of a hotel lobby.
Bouli Bar is the next generation of Boulettes Larder, the popular brunch spot that’s been in the […]Read the full post →
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- A Review of Plenty Cafe in Oakland
- First Look at Jinya Ramen Bar in San Jose
- A Review of New All-Day Pub Duchess Oakland in Rockridge
- A Refuge for Coffee Lovers and Refugees at 1951 Coffee Shop in Berkeley
- Warming Up with My Bourbon Beef Cheeks Pot Pie Recipe
- Review of Brunch at Finn Town in San Francisco