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 […]
Booze and brunch? I’m so there.
I’ve been meaning to get to the established 15 Romolo in the historic Hotel Basque in North Beach since I’ve read about its Punch Drunk Brunch. On the weekends, this popular bar and restaurant sets the party mood with the focus on a specialty punch and bites inspired by […]Read the full post →
In the Bay Area, when you’re looking for summer, head east.
That theory played out well when CUESA, the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture, hosted its last cocktails event for the year last night with its summer edition, “Party Under the Palms.” For the first time, this popular farmers market cocktail event took […]Read the full post →
There’s no ignoring that the cocktail scene in San Francisco is at its zenith. I mean, this is the place that once embraced the term mixologist (remember that?). Recently, I got the chance to participate in a cocktail tour (which really could just be called bar-hopping) that showcased three popular bars in the city’s Union […]Read the full post →
For the last five years, Chambers Eat + Drink has been anchoring the restaurant space at the hip Joie de Vivre’s Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco, following in the footsteps of Backflip, Bambuddha Lounge and briefly, Miss Pearl’s Jam House.
The space always had a bit of the rock scene, accentuated by the poolside dining and […]Read the full post →
PALM SPRINGS, Calif.
Last week I got back from my first trip to Palm Springs where I was searching for some spring warmth in the dead of winter. While I wasn’t so successful in the temperature department (laying out at the pool in 60 degree weather did remind me of home though), I was […]
Last Sunday I took a morning stroll along Saint-Laurent, the major boulevard that divides Montreal between the east and west sides, past colorful murals, vintage stores, and boutiques on my way to brunch at Lili Co.
The restaurant opened earlier this year in the Mile End, but it’s well-known by locals because this is […]Read the full post →
It was summer in a glass at tonight’s CUESA Summer Cocktail Event in the Grand Hall of San Francisco’s Ferry Building.
CUESA, or the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, puts on the weekly farmers market at the Ferry Building. And tonight it joined forces with the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild to celebrate summer’s bounty […]Read the full post →
The people behind the popular San Francisco speakeasy Bourbon and Branch went across the bay to Berkeley earlier this year to open their first bar on the East Bay called Tupper and Reed.
Tupper and Reed is right in the heart of downtown Berkeley on Shattuck Avenue in the former Beckett’s space. The […]Read the full post →
The story: Penrose restaurant makes a grand statement in Oakland’s Grand Lake neighborhood, with its imposing open kitchen design and spacious communal dining room that feels like it’s spilling out onto Grand Avenue. The third restaurant from Charlie Hallowell (it’s across the street from his pizza restaurant Boot and Shoe Service), Penrose feeds on the trend of open-fire kitchens […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: The restaurant quietly closed in November 2016.
The story: Chef/Owner Rick Hackett opened the Pan American-influenced Bocanova at Oakland’s Jack London Square more than five years ago, and late last year expanded by opening Jack’s Oyster Bar and Fish House next door. With Executive Chef Peter Villegas (formerly of La Mar) and pastry […]Read the full post →
The story: Lungomare is a restaurant that opened up in the former Miss Pearl’s space in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square, specializing in Northern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. The restaurant is the bold gamble of owner Chris Pastena, who co-owns the nearby Chop Bar and Grand Tavern.
Why I went: Along […]Read the full post →
The story: For years, the Fifth Floor at the Hotel Palomar in SOMA near Union Square served as the playground for many well-known chefs who created elegant dishes in the fine-dining atmosphere. But as a sign of the times, the restaurant shifted to a more casual focus and emphasized its bar program, and this year was revamped […]Read the full post →
Sometimes there is such a thing as TOO MUCH success.
Take the case of La Cocina’s San Francisco Street Food Festival. For the last five years, the Mission incubator for small businesses/food entrepreneurs has drawn thousands and thousands of people for a massive block party on the streets of the Mission District.
It’s going […]Read the full post →
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