I live in Oakland but I admit I haven’t spent much time in the Fruitvale neighborhood, a vibrant and historical area in central Oakland that’s known for its Mexican food trucks and Latin American restaurants.
In recent years, the neighborhood has been marred by a reputation for crime and police brutality. But like many places […]Read the full post →
Much is happening in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, and these days you have to be bigger and better.
That’s the route Farley’s East is going as it prepares to unveil its new expanded space at its Grand Avenue location, where it took over the space next door and doubled the size of its cafe. I was […]Read the full post →
The popular ice cream shop Salt & Straw has brought its creative flavors to San Francisco, along with the notoriously long weekend lines.
Salt & Straw, known for its handmade ice cream and flavors such as honey lavender and salted honey marshmallow, has plans for two locations in the city. Two weekends ago, it opened […]Read the full post →
Anyone who has visited Italy will always remember the sights and, of course, the gelato.
There’s something about Italian gelato, the rich and gooey texture and the often colorful and interesting flavors. It’s hard to find anything similar outside of Italy (although the gelato in Argentina, known as helado, comes pretty close).
Now I might […]Read the full post →
The strip of 40th Street off Broadway continues to grow, and the same block that draws crowds regularly because of the mac and cheese restaurant Homeroom has now blossomed with a few novelty stores, including the boutique wine shop Oakland Yard.
Opened late last year by partners Daniel Schmidt and Jonathan Davis, the […]Read the full post →
It’s back! The largest specialty food show in the country makes its winter stop in San Francisco.
Today I spent hours walking the aisles of the Winter Fancy Food Show at the Moscone Center, among the crowds of an expected 33,000 attendees over three days browsing more than 1,400 exhibitors. It’s like the […]Read the full post →
Wise Sons, the popular Mission deli, opened a bagel shop in the Fillmore earlier this year. But I waited till after my trip to New York this summer because I wanted a baseline since the people behind Wise Sons said they couldn’t find the perfect New York-style bagel in the Bay Area.
I visited with […]Read the full post →
Arsicault Bakery’s journey seems like the Cinderella story of bakeries.
The tiny bakery in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond neighborhood opened earlier this year, serving up flakey croissants and tarts to neighborhood fans. Owner Armando Lacayo, a graduate of the San Francisco Baking Institute, wanted to make croissants like his grandparents did in their tiny bakery […]Read the full post →
San Francisco is home to several marketplaces, where food stores and eateries assemble together in a shared space. The Ferry Building is the grand-daddy of them all, but mini marketplaces have popped up around town, which makes sense given the high commercial rents in the city.
One marketplace that opened earlier this year is called […]Read the full post →
When Firebrand Artisan Breads opened last fall in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, it attracted the weekday lunch crowd from nearby offices with a partnership with Pal’s Takeaway who sold creative sandwiches from a window embedded in the modern bakery.
But earlier this summer, Firebrand and Pal’s Takeaway parted ways and Firebrand co-owners Matt Kreutz and Colleen Orland […]Read the full post →
I admit I’m not a big bubble tea drinker. I joke that people shouldn’t have to eat their tea (bubble tea gets its name from the boba pearls added to the sweet tea drink).
Apparently, I’m the only person that really thinks this because everyone is crazy for the Taiwanese-style bubble tea as demonstrated by […]Read the full post →
I dare to say that Portland may be the culinary destination of the Pacific Northwest (in the United States, not considering Canada’s Vancouver, B.C.). In the last few years, this sleepy lumber town of a city has exploded with a food scene that’s keeping up with the likes of Los Angeles and […]
So Memorial Day weekend is coming up and at least in the Bay Area the weather forecast is looking promising for a classic summer weekend.
Many of you probably already have plans, but for those of you (like me at times) where holiday weekends always seem to creep up on you, then this guide to […]Read the full post →
There’s something relaxing about visiting a farm, seeing the green grassy fields and animals roaming freely and, what I imagine, happily.
Even on the overcast day that I found myself at Napa Grass Farmer, there was a simplicity that we urban-9-to-5ers always wish for because, well, the pasture is always greener on the […]Read the full post →
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