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A Review of Plenty Cafe in Oakland

On February 15, 2017 By

The story: Plenty is a new cafe that opened last fall on the outskirts of Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood on San Pablo Avenue, nearby a few community centers. It’s by two Oakland residents who have worked or consulted for the nearby Hopscotch restaurant.

Why I went: I was excited about the possibility of a new lunch […]

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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 […]

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The story: The Chairman is the wildly popular food truck serving up Chinese-inspired buns with creative combinations of ingredients in various street food pods around the city. Earlier this year, it finally opened its brick-and-mortar spot in the Tenderloin, the gritty San Francisco neighborhood known sometimes as Little Saigon because of all the pho noodle […]

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The thing about being single is that you end up having leftovers. Even when I bought pork belly awhile back to make my jook topped with miso-glazed pork belly, the smallest package of pork belly I could get at the market still meant I had to put some in the freezer to make later.

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The story: B-Dama, a Japanese izakaya (like a gastropub), originally opened on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, not too far from the owners’ longtime popular neighborhood hole-in-the-wall Geta Restaurant. But after maybe two years, owners Chikara Ono and Kosuke Muranaka closed the restaurant and decided to give the B-Dama concept a second chance as a counter-only food […]

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In the last few months when dining at modern Asian restaurants, I noticed a dish popping up often on the menu as an entree option. That dish is rice congee, also known as jook in Chinese.

So it’s not unusual to see jook on the menu of a Chinese restaurant, but for dinner? It’s traditionally […]

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SAN JOSE, Calif.
If there are two things that go together, it’s got to be bacon and beer. Put that in a ballpark setting, and what could go wrong?

Absolutely nothing, if this past weekend was any indication when the Bacon and Beer Classic arrived at the San Jose Municipal Stadium. I was lucky […]

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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 […]

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What is it: Kitchit is a startup that connects private chefs with people planning house parties, providing an easy website to search for chefs and check out potential menus. The per-head price can vary, depending on the extent of your bash, but you can find a restaurant-like experience without the fuss of reservations and waits.

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The Story: Pioneering food blogger Chez Pim aka Pim Techamuanvivit wanted to bring the food of her birthplace to her adopted home of the San Francisco Bay Area, opening the ambitious Kin Khao Thai Eatery in the Parc 55 Hotel in the city’s touristy Union Square.

Why I went: Apparently, I’m the last blogger […]

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I don’t usually find myself in Alameda, but I’ve had the chance to visit for dinner twice in the last four weeks. First it was tasting Shanghai soup dumplings at Ark, and last week it was pizza night at East End Pizza Co.

East End is at the beginning of the popular Park Street […]

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Twice the Size. Just as Popular.

On December 26, 2012 By

Brenda’s restaurant seems to be a popular spot to gather, as demonstrated by the countless groups of people who come for its popular brunch.

Before the holidays, Brenda’s was the perfect setting for another gathering of my fellow food blogging diners – Edda of A Housewife’s Tale and Jo of Jo Boston is […]

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UPDATE: THIS EATERY CLOSED IN 2013.

With the popularity of burger shacks and hot dog stands, Holy Dog fuses the two together and puts an Asian twist on them in a five-month-old spot in the Fillmore District.

It’s part of a slew of new eating destinations in the neighborhood, across from the white-hot State Bird […]

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Pop-ups are still popular in San Francisco, but eventually a few of them turn into full-fledged restaurants or – like in the case of Sneaky’s BBQ – a semi-permanent restaurant.

Sneaky’s BBQ started out in 2008 as an underground caterer, and it continues to cater private parties with its menu of Carolina-style barbeque and fixin’s […]

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