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HONOLULU
My gripe about Hawaii’s dining scene is that it doesn’t change very much. So I stayed away for nearly three years and now that I’m in town, I’m playing catch up. First up is one of the island’s most highly touted new openings: Senia.

On a […]

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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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Tasting menus seem to be trending in San Francisco right now. And I’m not talking about the astronomically priced ones served up at places like Saison or French Laundry, but what I’ve noticed are the refined plates and casual settings for tasting menus at restaurants like Lord Stanley in Russian Hill.

More than a year old, Lord […]

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UPDATE: The restaurant management unexpectedly closed this high-profile spot in summer 2016, saying it was “temporary” but no signs of when it will reopen or what will happen to the talents of Chef Matthew Lightner.

NAPA, Calif.
There’s been a lot of activity in wine country lately, and a lot of chefs are creating […]

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Some things are worth the wait.

Atelier Crenn, the highly-praised fine-dining restaurant by Chef Dominique Crenn, has been open for more than five years. Since then it has earned two Michelin stars and thousands of online raves about the chef’s poetic approach to a tasting menu.

It probably would have been smart for me to visit […]

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The story: Wako is a cozy yet modern-looking sushi restaurant in the inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco, less than two years old but already getting buzz among locals for its pristine and elegant dishes from Chef-Owner Tamoharu Nakamura.

Why I went: I love sushi, and I had read about the restaurant’s omakase (chef’s choice) dinner […]

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The story: Lazy Bear had a cult following when it was an underground pop-up restaurant, notifying newsletter subscribers of upcoming dinners via email. Last year it finally established itself as a full-fledge restaurant when it opened its doors in the Mission, but still continued to break ground by creating a dining experience with a pre-paid […]

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Chef James Syhabout of Oakland’s Commis and Hawker Fare plans to open a new restaurant called Box and Bells this spring in the Rockridge neighborhood.

While I wait for his latest venture to open, I thought I’d make a long-overdue return to his first gem, the one-Michelin-star Commis on Piedmont Avenue. The last I […]

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A restaurant that started off two years ago with a lot of promise now has picked up a Michelin star and is establishing itself as a fine-dining destination in Nob Hill.

Sons & Daughters was created by two friends from culinary school, Chefs Matt McNamara and Teague Moriarty. People didn’t know much about the duo, […]

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BARCELONA
For my last tasting dinner in Spain, I visited Gelonch restaurant in the bohemian neighborhood known as Eixample.

Gelonch is a tiny restaurant and its reputation of creating innovative Catalan dishes draws a lot of visitors from different countries to taste the food of Chef/Owner Robert Gelonch. On a Monday night when I […]

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MADRID
I’ve been impressed by the cutting-edge creativity of the chefs in Spain, which isn’t surprising given the influence of the great Chef Ferran Adria. The meals I’ve tried in Madrid and Barcelona have ranged from mind-blowing to refined comfort.

Lua Restaurante, helmed by another young chef, Manuel Dominguez Carrete, falls somewhere in between.

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One of the most highly anticipated restaurant openings this year burst onto the scene last month in a quiet block between the outer Mission and Potrero Hill. Central Kitchen is an industrial wonderland for Chef Thomas McNaughton to create playful and sophisticated dishes.

McNaughton, who made his name at the popular Italian restaurant Flour + […]

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.
People say I’m a picky eater. I think it comes with the territory when you go around town critiquing your meal and then blogging about it. But I’m not so much a picky eater as one with high standards.

At POSH restaurant in ritzy Scottsdale, they encourage the picky eaters to come […]

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CAVE CREEK, Ariz.
If there’s ever a destination restaurant in Arizona, Binkley’s would be that place. That’s because it’s really the only reason I can think of driving more than 17 miles after a plane ride for dinner.

With nothing more than the GPS app on my iPhone guiding me through the dark desert […]

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