Whether you enjoy a rich mole poblano alongside a zesty mezcal cocktail or a fresh shrimp ceviche with a refreshing chavela, there is a broad and vibrant flavor spectrum in Mexican cuisine. This Bay Area Bites guide highlights ten South Bay restaurants worth visiting for their South of the border specialties.
Archive for February, 2011
Megan Gordon talks to local chefs about what they like to cook and eat with their partner on Valentine’s Day.
Lunch Love Community, a series of short, shareable films documenting the Berkeley Unified School District’s school food makeover premieres on Sunday at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley.
The savory and sweet finds at San Francisco’s Baker & Banker quickly catapulted the space into a must-visit for food lovers. Opened in late 2009 in Pacific Heights, the bakery slash restaurant is in an old apothecary and is the lovechild of husband and wife team Chef Jeff Banker and Pastry Chef Lori Banker, who together have over thirty years cooking experience and have been married for ten years. Bay Area Bites caught up with Jeff Banker just in time for Valentine’s Day to inquire: “What are you baking and serving up for Valentine’s Day?”
As one of the first food trucks to hit the Bay Area culinary scene, Curry Up Now has seen all the trials and tribulations that come with this niche business. They specialize in authentic Indian street food with some fusion elements thrown in for good measure. I sat down with husband and wife team, Rana and Akash Kapoor, to ask them what they’ve learned, what’s next, and why it’s all worth it.
Polenta. It’s rich, creamy, warm, and comforting, and the perfect blank canvas to work with. Here I’ve added roasted butternut squash to the sweet cornmeal and paired it saucy, tangy pulled pork. For leftovers, take a look at our pretty polenta cakes topped with a roasted veggie spread.
Are organic cafes and restaurants an emerging trend or an established part of the Bay Area restaurant scene?
Many San Francisco restaurants often boast that the fish they serve is “sustainable.” But a closer look suggests that might not be the case. Forum talks with restaurant owners and fish wholesalers about the challenges of catching, selling and serving “sustainable” fish — and what it will take for your conscience to match what’s on your plate.
Tanya Holland is the Chef/Owner of Southern cooking hotspot Brown Sugar Kitchen (BSK) in West Oakland, where cornmeal waffles and fried chicken are among the menu highlights. BSK reflects her interpretation of soul food, with influences from her African-American heritage, formal French cooking training, and “a general appreciation of a wide variety of cuisines.” She shared her favorite spots to eat, drink and shop for food in the Bay Area.