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Tacos Oscar’s unlikely road to success in Oakland? Follow the T-shirt
Dec 11 • 6 min
If you follow Tacos Oscar’s Instagram feed (@tacososcar), which is how most of its fans would find its tacos before the pop-up opened a permanent spot in Oakland last week, you’ve grown accustomed to seeing smiling, often ridiculously attractive, people…
Soleil Ho named the San Francisco Chronicle’s new restaurant critic
Dec 10 • 2 min
The San Francisco Chronicle has named Soleil Ho, a nationally recognized food journalist and trained chef, to be the company’s next restaurant critic. “We are thrilled to welcome Soleil to the team. She was a clear choice: she has a fresh and modern…
The real story behind the NBA’s love of Napa Valley and Bordeaux
Dec 7 • 5 min
When you’re a wine writer, you don’t expect opportunities to watch NBA players like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson practice shooting after a day of training camp, especially while sitting on the sidelines to interview Draymond Green. But after months of…
Che Fico spinoff Theorita to close on Divisadero
Dec 6 • 2 min
Less than six months after opening on Divisadero as the city’s most talked-about pastry shop and dinette, Theorita is closing its doors. The passion project came from lauded pastry chef Angela Pinkerton who, along business partners chef David Nayfeld and…
Kendejah is Bay Area’s first Liberian restaurant, and it’s just the first step
Dec 5 • 6 min
Before you order at Kendejah — before you even ask questions about the dishes on the menu, in fact — Dougie Uso will distribute a laminated card to you and your fellow diners and ask you to read it. “A short history of Liberia & Kendejah,” it is titled:…
While sommeliers feud, a deeper wine debate looms
Dec 4 • 5 min
Judging from my Instagram feed over the last 72 hours, the most thought-provoking wine article on the Internet right now is a conversation between sommeliers Jordan Salcito and Bobby Stuckey in the Daily Beast.
A mini Filipino food tour in Daly City with a pro
Dec 3 • 6 min
This is A Million Plates, The Chronicle’s regular column about immigrant food in the Bay Area, centered around the theory that there are a million different plates of food eaten every day in this region.
In a tiny bar kitchen in Oakland, Mikey Yoon creates his version of diner fare
Nov 30 • 6 min
Mikey Yoon has a thing for American cheese. It’s not just that the melted texture makes for the perfect gooey complement to the squishy, ultra-comforting burgers (although it does) that Yoon, 37, serves out of the postage-size kitchen inside the Lodge bar…
Mac’d, San Francisco’s mac and cheese chain, is turning to Eatsa’s automated technology
Nov 29 • 1 min
If it’s good enough for quinoa bowls, surely it’s good enough for mac and cheese. That seems to be the thinking for Mac’d, San Francisco’s burgeoning mac and cheese chain, which has announced that its shops will soon begin rolling out fully automated…
North Beach’s Albona Ristorante Istriano to close after 30 years
Nov 28 • 2 min
San Francisco’s Albona Ristorante Istriano will close at the end of 2018, following 30 years in North Beach. Owner Samuel Hernandez announced the news on Facebook, calling his time operating the business a “wonderful dream.” The final service will be Dec.…
Omnivore Books’ Celia Sack shares her favorite Bay Area cookbooks of the past decade
Nov 27 • 3 min
Whether you’re looking for the latest Ottolenghi title or a vintage copy of Madame De Lyon’s “The Art of Cooking Omelettes,” Bay Area culinary professionals and home cooking fanatics know there’s one person to call: Celia Sack of Omnivore Books. Earlier…
Namu Gaji quietly veers toward vegan. Will its customers notice?
Nov 26 • 6 min
You may not notice much of Namu Gaji’s menu is now vegan unless you’re counting up the tiny signs that follow each item description: a plus for dishes that are or can be made vegan; a milk carton for vegetarian dishes with dairy; an egg for, well, eggs.…
San Jose’s neediest families shun food banks and rely on a church’s Mexican pastor
Nov 23 • 11 min
In the subterranean hallway of a San Jose apartment building, pastor Gerardo Vazquez knocks on a door decorated with a Feliz Navidad sign from a Christmas long ago. Eva Martinez, a small, grandmotherly woman with red dye covering the tips of her white…
Pumpkin fritters, barrigas de vieja, warm autumn’s chill
Nov 22 • 4 min
The smell of autumn is a smell that seems to appear overnight when you least expect it. You wake up one morning to a chill and the smell of loamy earth, and you pull your oversize blanket from the closet’s clutches and put it in its rightful place upon…
Where to buy Dungeness crab around the Bay Area
Nov 21 • 3 min
Dungeness crab season has arrived. The commercial season for most of the state began on Thursday, and as of Friday, the crabs are landing in Bay Area stores. According to industry-wide predictions, this is expected to be a good year for the beloved…
How to get help and how to give help
Nov 20 • 3 min
How to get food Food banks. Each Bay Area county (or in some cases, a pair of counties) has a central food bank that works with community agencies — churches, schools, nonprofits — to supply food to smaller pantries. Contact your local food bank to find…
Tacos Oscar in Temescal represents Oakland’s love of all things local
Nov 19 • 4 min
After Oscar Michel and Jake Weiss passed the final health inspection for their new Oakland restaurant on 40th Street in Temescal, they walked up the block and bought some beer. It was their way of celebrating a monumental moment. Getting the green light…
Bring holiday cheer with forced indoor bulbs
Nov 16 • 2 min
As the holidays approach, one way to add a touch of beauty to the household is by bringing in plants or flowers. A wonderful way to add both color and fragrance is by “forcing” paperwhite narcissus to bloom in a bowl of stones. The idea is both simple and…
David Kinch has a reason for pursuing more casual projects
Nov 15 • 2 min
At this point of his decorated career, David Kinch doesn’t plan on opening any more fine dining restaurants. His Michelin 3-star Manresa, which Kinch opened nearly two decades ago in Los Gatos and where he still spends a majority of his time, is an…
FOB Kitchen opens in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood
Nov 14 • 2 min
Janice Dulce’s wife, Brandi, had to convince her they needed to set a grand opening date for FOB Kitchen, the duo’s new restaurant in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood. The recent friends and family nights had gone off without a hitch. A brunch menu was in…
Bob Lindquist explains the sale of his legendary Santa Barbara winery, Qupe
Nov 13 • 5 min
I caught up yesterday with Qupe founder Bob Lindquist, who recently announced that his 36-year-old Santa Barbara County winery had been sold to Vintage Wine Estates. “It’s all real new, but obviously the situation with Terroir was pretty well documented,”…
13 crucial tips for perfect holiday pies from baking expert Rose Levy Beranbaum
Nov 12 • 5 min
Rose Levy Beranbaum’s 11th book, “Rose’s Baking Basics” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $35), shares 100 recipes that every home baker should know. With pie season upon us, Levy Beranbaum, dropped by The Chronicle to share more crucial tips for foolproof…
Alfred’s Steakhouse readies return, with old owners involved again
Nov 9 • 3 min
San Francisco’s 90-year-old Alfred’s Steakhouse is back in familiar hands. After being sold to Michelin-starred chef Daniel Patterson three years ago, the Financial District restaurant is again being operated by the Petri family, the same folks who ran…
Civic engagement on the menu at Manny’s cafe in the Mission
Nov 8 • 4 min
When local businesses focused on civic engagement struggle to find success, what does the future hold for more ambitious projects cut from the same cloth? At the corner of 16th and Valencia streets, in a 3,000-square-foot space that once was home to the…
The Bay Area has become the center for creative pasta in the United States
Nov 6 • 6 min
The pasta section of Rich Table’s new cookbook starts with a straightforward recipe, at least in San Francisco terms, for tajarin with trout roe and ramps. (You know, pantry staples.) Then, with each page, the pastas get progressively less familiar:…
Gold Mirror, at 50, remains a constant in a changing city
Nov 5 • 7 min
Maureen Hurley has been coming to Gold Mirror on Taraval since she was 8. She can point across the dining room at her cousin, Sheila Birmingham, a twice-a-week regular who has lived across the street from owner Josephine Di Grande for more than four…
Foxsister on 24th Street overhauls its menu
Nov 2 • 2 min
After spending its first year as a Korean-inspired restaurant and bar where kimchi nachos got paired with soju slushies, the Mission’s Foxsister is getting a complete overhaul. Chef-owner Brandon Kirksey and business partner David Steele are now going to…
Bi-Rite brings soft serve ice cream, espresso and quesadillas to Civic Center Plaza
Nov 1 • 3 min
If you’re a company known for its high-end groceries and small-batch ice cream, how do you operate a cafe meant to meet the needs of almost everyone in the surrounding community? Bi-Rite Cafe opens today as part of the city’s revamp of the vast, often…
On motherhood, grief and the value of feeding people
Oct 31 • 4 min
I wish we had a home video of dinnertime at my house, circa 1992. I was 14 then, my older brother was 16, and our little sister was 10. By then my mother, who had stayed home with us throughout our childhoods, had gone back to work, but she came home and…
How Wacky Jacky sportfishing skipper made waves as first female captain in S.F.
Oct 30 • 7 min
“How’d you end up with all these women?” skipper Jacqueline Douglas asks Blake Kutner, the sole man in a party of eight on board her salmon fishing charter boat, the Wacky Jacky. “You must be a charmer.” It’s 5:30 a.m. on a Tuesday and Douglas, known to…