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A museum dedicated to ice cream seems like a no brainer. Who wouldn’t love spending time  in a space that celebrates everyone’s favorite cold treat.

So it’s no wonder that the Museum of Ice Cream, which started as a pop-up in New York, would be a runaway success. After its initial sold-out […]

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We were all running late, but I was running late simply because my mind was playing tricks on me.

It was Saturday morning, and I was driving to one of my favorite spots in the Bay Area — Hog Island Oyster Farm in Marshall near Tomales Bay. I’d picked […]

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2016: My Year in Food Pictures

On December 27, 2016 By

So maybe 2016 isn’t a year people want to look back at fondly, or even at all. But for this food blog, it was quite a busy year and one that’s memorable as it marked my 10th year of blogging.

As the year comes to a close, I take one last look at some of […]

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September is a big month here in the Focus:Snap:Eat household, not just because it’s my Mom’s birthday but it’s also the anniversary of my blog.

I’m generally not big on celebrating the passage of time, like birthdays and anniversaries. They’re always like a big slap in the face of how much I haven’t done from […]

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The Year in Food Pictures 2015

On December 30, 2015 By

This is my look back at some of my favorite images of 2015. These aren’t necessarily photos of my favorite dishes, although some of them are included. But they’re images that either turned out perfectly (to me) because of lighting, or I caught a moment that told a story, or they just reminded me of […]

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As a photographer, I get excited when going out to eat when my meal is visually appealing along with being tasty.

I’m a big fan of the plates coming out from the kitchen at Iyasare restaurant in Berkeley’s Fourth Street shopping district. The restaurant’s owner/chef, Shotaro Kamio, is elevating Japanese cuisine with his […]

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I can safely say I’ll probably never taste the $5,000 burger at Fleur in Las Vegas, or even the $1,000 pizza at Nino’s Bellissima in New York (no matter how much caviar you pile on that pie). But I never thought I’d see the day when a plate of barbecue brisket […]

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Since this blog is focused on photography, I thought I’d end the year with a look back at some of my favorite images along with some insider notes on how I created the image.

Most times, though, I do just point my Canon Rebel digital SLR with a fixed 50-mm lens and snap. But through […]

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Thank You Notes for 2014

On November 26, 2014 By

I did this a couple of years ago, where I wrote thank you notes ala Jimmy Fallon. This year I’ve had some amazing food and tastes, so I thought I’d bust out the pen again and write some thank you notes to the food and dishes that made my tummy happy.


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Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, which always seem ironic because it’s really the beginning of the warm weather stretches in the San Francisco Bay Area. Still, to help celebrate summer’s end with a bang, I thought I’d share my slideshow of photos I took over the last few weeks of summer’s star […]

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For my annual year in review, I thought I’d use some of my Instagrams shots that I snapped. And I thought I’d present them focused on the color.

Pantone is the major color company in the world, and every year it decides what will be the color of the year. For 2014, the people behind […]

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They’re the ones who know your favorite bread or give you the best wedge of cheese. They call you by your first name and give a little piece of candy for little Jimmy.

They’re the neighborhood grocer right around the corner.

Sometimes I get a bit nostalgic and I think about a simpler time, and […]

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At times, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to live in the San Francisco Bay Area with our access to fresh and exotic foods and a heightened appreciation for it.

Fig season is a good example. There’s a lot of it at the markets now, but not only can I get fresh figs, but […]

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It’s like an artist took a brush dipped in amber and carefully – ever so carefully – painted a chicken to make it glow like a warm sunset.

But it’s more than the beauty of the roasted chicken that came to our table at the San Francisco institution Zuni Cafe. Yes, the seasonal greens gave […]

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