From the monthly archives: September 2012

No Recipe Required for Cooking Lamb

On September 30, 2012 By

I’ve been feeling guilty about neglecting my YouTube channel, especially since strangers have been nice enough to subscribe. Trying to think of a recipe, I decided why bother with a recipe?

Sometimes the best dinners are the ones where you don’t need a fancy recipe. You can cook a real restaurant-quality dinner without […]

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Mission Chinese Food is indescribably. Is it a pop-up? Is it a shared restaurant? Is it really Chinese food?

Nothing really applies to this uniquely San Francisco restaurant, which originally began as a weekly pop-up with visiting guest chefs in a longtime divey Chinese restaurant and then turned into a modern Chinese-American spot attracting foodies […]

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Oakland’s Jack London Square was ground zero this weekend for a gathering of food trucks and grass-roots food businesses showcasing the great tastes of the area, with crowds enjoying the warm weather and unique food.

In its fourth year, the Eat Real Festival hasn’t slowed down at all, although this year for some odd reason […]

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The hottest table in town these days has to be the five-month-old Comal restaurant in downtown Berkeley.

After a glowing three-star review in the San Francisco Chronicle, people have been flocking to this stylish, upscale Mexican restaurant. With a no-reservation policy (except for the odd policy of taking only 5:30 p.m. reservations), wait on […]

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UPDATE: This restaurant announced it will close on Aug. 1, 2016 because of increasing prices for its products.

I can no longer complain about the lunch options around my office in Oakland’s Uptown area – not after the opening of Stag’s Lunchette.

This gourmet sandwich shop/café, in the former home of Uncle Dougie’s (also a […]

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Dojo Dog has got to be the smartest food truck in town. I mean, it is parked right outside the University of California, Berkeley, campus.

And it’s not just the smart location serving up gourmet hot dogs to hungry college students notorious for their munchies, but they play up an Asian martial arts theme outside […]

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Underground Market Makes a Comeback

On September 9, 2012 By

There were still the dim lights and warehouse-like space. There were still the small vendors, some known but more unknown, pushing their pre-made goods. And there were the crowds looking for a fun Friday night in San Francisco.

Not much has changed for the Underground Market by forage SF except maybe the absence of […]

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New Sushi Spot Joins Mission Crowd

On September 5, 2012 By

Earlier this summer I saw the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” and if you’ve seen it too and you’re like me, you’re probably wondering if you’ll ever taste such exquisite sushi as one imagines is being served by sushi master Jiro Ono.

Of course, since then I’ve been craving sushi. But knowing I could […]

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Diner-style Breakfast Beyond Toast

On September 2, 2012 By

When you name a place Toast, you can bet you’ll get some breakfast food all day long.

I’ve heard about Toast Eatery for a bit, but I have to say I’m confused about how the various restaurants around the Bay Area are related. There are the Toast restaurants in the North Bay (in Mill Valley […]

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