From the monthly archives: January 2012

I must be slacking in keeping up with the cupcake shops around the Bay Area because I found out from SF Weekly’s Top 10 Cupcake list that there are a few places still new to me. One of these yet-to-be discovered spots actually topped the list, at least according to the weekly.

Let’s Cupcake […]

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Since it opened more than a year ago, Cotogna has been a hot ticket in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square in the Financial District. Named by many as the hottest new restaurant in town, reservations online would often only be available at 3:30 p.m. I know, because I’ve been checking for the better half of […]

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Ringing in the Year of the Dragon

On January 23, 2012 By

Chinese new year is filled with a lot of traditions and symbolisms. And one that my siblings and I always participated in as kids was the serving of new year’s tea to our parents.

The serving of tea is a Chinese custom that demonstrates respect for the person you’re serving, and oftentimes that […]

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Everyday Dim Sum for the Weekend

On January 21, 2012 By

As we drove through the Webster tunnel heading into Alameda, my friend Vera turned to me and said, “I’ve never had really bad dim sum.”

We tried to assure ourselves because we were headed to Chef’s Wok, a dim sum place I only noticed awhile back when heading to East Ocean, probably the most popular […]

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Jumping on the Uni Bandwagon

On January 18, 2012 By

If there were an “it” ingredient from the past few years, it has got to be uni, or sea urchin roe. This mustard-color and delicate substance from a prickly shell is sought after for its creamy texture. The briny flavor of the sea is just an added plus.

Definitely a popular item at the sushi […]

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It’s award-season weekend, and while some of you were celebrating all things golden, a few award winners gathered at the San Francisco Ferry Building to celebrate some of the best foods produced in the country.

The second annual Good Foods Awards were named this weekend, celebrating hand-made food products in the categories of beer, charcuterie, […]

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What would make people stand in line for a table at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana? I can give you nine reasons.

Tony Gemignani, the pizzaiolo and owner, is a nine-time World Pizza Champion in the competition that takes place in Naples, Italy. And at his North Beach restaurant, he creates authentic Neopolitan-style pizza from a maroon-and-black-tiled […]

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Chef Joseph Humphrey and his partners were hoping to have their Dixie restaurant open in the former Pres a Vi spot in San Francisco’s Presidio by Thanksgiving. Now it’s 2012 and he’s still waiting for the permitting to clear (it is on federal property).

So itching to get back into the kitchen, Humphrey is cooking […]

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During the holiday break, I had the downtime to try some new recipes from a few of the new cookbooks I got. So I flipped through the pages of Alan Wong’s “The Blue Tomato” cookbook and landed on his Singapore-style Coconut-Kim Chee-Curry Seafood Stew recipe.

I love the idea of Singapore. I love kim […]

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San Francisco’s Ferry Building is no doubt the city’s food Mecca with its popular farmers’ markets (Thursdays and especially Saturdays) and high-end gourmet food shops inside. Doesn’t hurt that the refurbished former ferry station is strikingly beautiful.

In the past year, the Ferry Building had some changes in tenants, with some popular ones leaving supposedly […]

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