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A guide to navigating a hassle-free Mission
Jun 22 • 6 min
Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Despite the Mission District’s undisputed place atop San Francisco’s culinary hierarchy, it can also be a really, really frustrating place to eat and drink. It can seem impossible to get a reservation to that new…
San Francisco’s first Refugee Food Festival is about much more than food
Jun 21 • 3 min
Five notable San Francisco restaurants will play host to a series of vibrant pop-up dinners this week, which will feature menus created by refugee chefs from the countries of Bhutan, Iraq, Myanmar, Senegal and Syria. The collaborations are part of San…
SF’s burger wars to welcome yet another national chain in Wahlburgers
Jun 20 • 2 min
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 20: Mark Wahlberg attends the US premiere of “Transformers: The Last Knight” at the Civic Opera House on June 20, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) less CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 20: Mark…
The 4 best tasting-menu restaurants in the Mission
Jun 19 • 3 min
San Francisco is the fine dining capital of the United States, and no other city has so many high-end tasting menus — set menus for a fixed price, in which chefs strut their best stuff. The Mission is no different. The area has become known for its…
Berkeley Bowl seeks to expand, evict 70-year-old neighbor business. Lawsuit ensues.
Jun 18 • 3 min
There’s turmoil surrounding the East Bay growth of one of Berkeley’s most popular independent supermarkets. According to a lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court last November, Berkeley Bowl is being sued by the owners of a 70-year-old,…
Introducing The Chronicle’s new wine newsletter: Drinking with Esther
Jun 15 • 6 min
Introducing The Chronicle’s new wine newsletter: Drinking with Esther In this week’s edition, we consider what may be S.F.’s best wine restaurant, plus taste a $30 Sierra Foothills Mourvedre that punches way above its weight Drinking wine - and writing…
Pioneering Marshall’s Farm looking to pass on legacy of natural honey in Bay Area
Jun 14 • 4 min
Marshall’s Farm pioneered the natural honey movement, showcasing microclimate honeys, from Bay Area backyards, farms, wilderness areas and even hotel rooftops. After 25 years, the owners are looking to pass on the family business. Spencer Marshall, who…
Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian has grand plans for historic Sonoma property
Jun 13 • 4 min
Quietly, one of the Food Network’s brightest (and best dressed) stars, Geoffrey Zakarian, has joined the Bay Area restaurant scene. The celebrity chef/television host is playing a pivotal role in the sprawling, nearly $20 million redesign of one of Wine…
A Brown Kitchen: Paneer paratha and essential Indian flatbreads
Jun 12 • 4 min
Being one of the youngest on my father’s side of the family, I never got to meet his father and I have few memories of time spent with his mother. Geography made it difficult, and there was also the issue of my parents’ very different upbringings and…
Master sommelier Dustin Wilson’s Verve Wine is now open in San Francisco
Jun 11 • 2 min
Master sommelier Dustin Wilson’s Verve Wine is now open in San Francisco Verve Wine, the new shop from high-profile sommeliers Dustin Wilson and Eric Railsback and retail veteran Derrick Mize, is now open in Pacific Heights. We got the full scoop on the…
Ken Friedman out at Tosca Cafe as April Bloomfield takes full control
Jun 8 • 2 min
Ken Friedman out at Tosca Cafe as April Bloomfield takes full control Ken Friedman no longer has any ownership stake or other involvement in North Beach’s Tosca Cafe. April Bloomfield said she has ended her partnership with Friedman, her longtime partner.…
How Bay Area gardeners can grow their own soup
Jun 7 • 8 min
How Bay Area gardeners can grow their own soup Gardeners are futurists. While we eat what’s in season, we are also planning for future seasons. In June, I am making use of root crops and greens I planted earlier in the year, but I am also already thinking…
The Story of Ramen, a do-it-yourself ramen restaurant, to replace George’s BBQ
Jun 6 • 3 min
Manville Chan launched his San Francisco ramen pop-up/cooking class, named the Story of Ramen, roughly three years ago but, according to the chef, only recently did it start getting popular. Thanks to platforms like Airbnb Experience, EatWith and…
Peace, love and a ’70s vibe rock a Berkeley home
Jun 5 • 6 min
One fateful day, when Jordan Vouga was a middle-school student in Chicago, his mother took him to the library, where he rented the 1970 documentary “Woodstock: Three Days of Peace, Music… and Love.” “I have been fascinated by the hippie generation ever…
Dum gets a new name: Ritu Indian Soul Food
Jun 4 • 3 min
Rupam Bhagat is seen with his Dum food truck outside of General Hospital in 2014. It took Rupam Bhagat less than two years in the Mission to realize he needed to better differentiate between his Dum Indian Soul Food restaurant on 24th Street and his…
Comal Next Door hits all the right notes
Jun 1 • 4 min
From the day it opened more than six years ago, Comal, the impressive Mexican restaurant in Berkeley, has been packed. Still, it seemed unusual when the owners announced they were taking over the adjacent storefront to create Comal Next Door because it…
Wine Country institution Terra to close after 30 years in St. Helena
May 31 • 4 min
On the eve of its 30th anniversary, St. Helena restaurant Terra will close at the end of service on Saturday, June 2, marking the end of one of Wine Country’s most influential restaurants. During the restaurant’s life span, its chef-owners — Lissa Doumani…
The lasting lessons of childhood influences
May 30 • 6 min
As a little girl of maybe 3, Circus Peanuts — you know, that orange peanut-shape marshmallow confection that mysteriously tastes like banana — were the driving motivation of my Pavlovian disposition. Evelyn Palmer, my nanny and the keeper of these treats,…
The Bay Area’s female bartenders speak on their industry
May 29 • 4 min
Women in bartending is like finding a rare jewel while sipping through the city. I don’t know — why not bartend? I do know that I enjoy meeting and interacting with people. I do know that there’s no glass ceiling in this profession. I do know that as a…
S.F.’s Black Hammer Brewing ordered to stop making cannabis beer
May 28 • 5 min
Black Hammer Brewing in SoMa debuted a very special beer for the 4/20 holiday in 2017: Toke Back Mountain, an IPA brewed with cannabidiol, the hemp-derived compound better known as CBD. The brewery claimed it was California’s first cannabis beer. Since…
Exile in the Tenderloin: The quest for a future at San Francisco’s only Sudanese cafe
May 25 • 7 min
Exile in the Tenderloin: The quest for a future at San Francisco’s only Sudanese cafe The mural is the first thing you notice at Z Zoul in the Tenderloin. On the back wall, a pensive woman enfolded in a flowing blue dress sews together a swatch of green…
Berkeley’s Elmwood Cafe reopens under new owners as Baker & Commons
May 24 • 4 min
Elmwood Cafe, the Berkeley coffee shop which closed last month amid national conversations about racial bias, reopened Thursday morning with a new name and new owners. The cafe is now called Baker & Commons. Former Elmwood manager Kara Hammond, who had…
USPS to release first-ever scratch-and-sniff stamps, and they’re dessert-themed
May 23 • 1 min
File this away under things you never knew you wanted or needed: According to a press release, this summer the United States Postal Service will release its first-ever collection of scratch-and-sniff stamps. Yes, you read that correctly. Scratch-and-sniff…
Wursthall’s best with beer & brat
May 22 • 7 min
Wursthall in San Mateo at its best with beer & brat “Beer hall” and “good design” aren’t often words seen together. But the first thing to know about the new Wursthall in San Mateo is that it’s the best-designed beer hall I’ve encountered. Instead of the…
Berkeley’s Elmwood Cafe reopens under new owners as Baker & Commons
May 21 • 4 min
Elmwood Cafe, the Berkeley coffee shop which closed last month amid national conversations about racial bias, reopened Thursday morning with a new name and new owners. The cafe is now called Baker & Commons. Former Elmwood manger Kara Hammond, who had…
Fool’s Errand takes shape on Divisadero
May 18 • 2 min
John Dampeer closed his Noe Valley pub Caskhouse (3853 24th St.) in 2017, roughly four years after it opened, so he could focus his attention on its sibling business Hamlet located a block away. Then, a few months later, he closed that place, too. For the…
Michael Bauer’s trip to Kansas: $17 main courses and homes for $75,000
May 17 • 4 min
Michael Bauer’s trip to Kansas: $17 main courses and homes for $75,000 I hadn’t returned to Kansas in several years. The contrast with the Bay Area was even more dramatic than I remembered. Since my last visit, traffic in San Francisco has become even…
Fernay McPherson and the movement that found success away from her native Fillmore
May 16 • 9 min
Fernay McPherson and the movement that found success away from her native Fillmore Note: This article is part of my new weekly column on dining culture in the Bay Area. As someone who has lived here for a quarter century, consider it my love letter to the…
Start a tradition with a Bodega beach clambake
May 15 • 6 min
In the days before and after the Mantle family clambake, spring showers drenched the landscape. Cursing them seemed almost blasphemous, what with the constant threat of drought and the May super bloom at stake. But on the day of the event — a get-together…
A Brown Kitchen: Turmeric Almond Yogurt Chicken Thighs
May 14 • 6 min
Turmeric seems to be all the rage these days in food and especially in a new generation of lattes and cocktails extolling its miraculous healing powers. Back in India, the closest I had come to drinking turmeric was in a flavored milk concoction. Even…