Posts by: Ben

TAIPEI, Taiwan
When people asked me what I planned to do during my Taiwan vacation, I simply said “eat.” Sure, I threw in a couple of museums and a visit to some tea plantations, but I really spent the days from one restaurant to night market to another eatery.

Earlier this week, I wrote […]

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TAIPEI, Taiwan
I just got back from 10 days in Taipei and Taichung, and the main reason I was there was, of course, the food.

Everything is freshly done in Taiwan, and it helps that food there is so cheap. It’s especially cheap at the famous night markets, which are street fairs that start […]

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Rotisserie chicken was trending for awhile a couple of years ago, but it also helps when you open a rotisserie spot to have the reputation of people like Sarah and Evan Rich, the wife-and-husband team behind the fine dining spot Rich Table.

For their second restaurant, which is also in San […]

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The story: The Saap Avenue originally opened up last September in the old Adesso space on Piedmont Avenue as Chai Thai Bar. But the owner, whose family has a couple of restaurants with the same name in Oakland and Hayward, found patrons expected the same volume of menu choices and with the smaller space in […]

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My Top 10 Favorite Bites of 2017

On December 28, 2017 By

2017 was another amazing year of eating, and in these last few moments of the year, I’m taking a look back at my 10 favorite bites of the year. I’m not talking about the restaurants that impressed me, but specifically the dish or bite that just wowed me or opened my taste buds to something […]

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HONOLULU
Last week I was in Hawaii for a week. And while that might sound ideal in winter to head toward warmth, it was a week of taking care of my Mom who was recovering from hip-related surgery. This meant a lot of errands and making meals for my Mom, and very little time […]

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I’m pretty lucky with food options around my neighborhood near my Oakland apartment, and it’s getting better every day.

Clove and Hoof is one of my regular standby for a nice lunch because it’s just a 10-minute walk for me. I can always count on a filling meal from this gourmet butchery and casual restaurant, […]

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The people behind San Francisco’s Two Sisters Bar and Books have re-emerged in Berkeley with a contemporary cafe with touches of Provencal in the new Les Arceaux Cafe and Wine Bar.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the cafe by business partners and longtime friends Mikha Diaz and Alana O’Neal is a casual cafe during […]

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One of the most buzzworthy restaurants that have opened in recent months can be found on the far end of International Boulevard, serving up Vietnamese dishes not typically found along that popular ethnic strip in Oakland.

The Temple Club is a lively, hip spot by Chef Geoffrey Deetz, who spent 16 years living in Vietnam […]

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As an Asian American growing up with a love for Italian food, I’m familiar with mixing some of my Asian flavors with traditional Italian dishes like pasta. I mean, have you seen my recipe for black bean clams pasta?

So I was intrigued when I heard about the relatively new restaurant Pesce […]

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As San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood transforms, some hidden gems of new restaurants are emerging. You just have to know where to find them.

Take Villon. Found inside the boutique Proper Hotel, this two-month-old restaurant can be overshadowed by the reality of the real world outside where the homeless and panhandlers mingle not too far from […]

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The story: Hinodeya is a Japanese ramen bar that started in Hasuda station in Saitama Prefecture and is now headed by fourth-generation Masao Kuribara of Sasala Group. A year ago, Kuribara opened his first U.S. outpost in San Francisco’s Japantown with a ramen restaurant serving up the lighter dashi-based broth.

Why I went: I tried […]

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Copper Spoon will be known as the restaurant that took over Art’s Crab Shak’s location on Broadway in Oakland. In fact, the retro sign for Art’s is still there, and the new owners plan to keep it albeit with new wording, of course.

I have never actually been to the former Art’s Crab Shak, so […]

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I’m not always the tasting menu or hot-new-spot blogger. Sometimes I write about food anywhere I can get it, even when it’s surprisingly at a shopping mall food court.

Let me introduce you to the Japanese chicken burrito ($10) at Kichi Grill in the food court of Westfield San Francisco Centre on Market Street. I […]

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