The restaurant scene is roaring back to life in the South Bay and a common theme among them is restaurants featuring a unique bar program paired to a dining menu equal in creativity. While the concept of bringing together your favorite bar with gourmet bar bites is no new feat, here are 15 top-notch gastropubs in the South Bay.
Archive for December, 2011
Staff meals vary from china plates and wine glasses to communal sandwich bars: Megan Gordon chats with one baker, one jam maker and one very well-known Bay Area restaurant about how and why they take the time to plan for very specific staff meals.
To help combat exponential increases in hunger and demand for food assistance, the Alameda County Community Food Bank feeds 49,000 people a week. Its volunteers range from school children to retired Stanford University professors. They bag fresh produce, sort cans and fill boxes with essential foodstuffs.
Temescal’s Telegraph Avenue in Oakland is becoming quite the coffee-lovers’ hot spot. There’s a new cafe on the block, Arbor, which has been open since October.
I whipped up some Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting (which rocked if I do say so myself), and sandwiched a generous dollop between two of my pumpkin cookie-cakes. A finishing touch of some toffee bits along the edges and I had myself something to whoop about.
Get your kale, do your holiday shopping! This week, great gifts from San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market.
Berkeley’s Nordic House offers Danes, Swedes and Norwegians many tastes of home. Holiday foods hold a special place in Scandinavian hearts and Nordic House carries glogg, aeblskiver and rice pudding mixes plus Swedish brined hams, Norwegian pork ribs and Danish pork with crispy skin.
San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Market aims to be more than a neighborhood grocery. It’s a community hub focused on food and learning about local farms and sustainable eating. The owners have just released a cookbook called “Eat Good Food,” and they’ve recently expanded a space in which they offer food-centric classes and more. KQED’s Forum talks with Bi-Rite’s owner and produce buyer about how to find the freshest produce and what to cook this season.
Chefs Grace Nguyen and Chad Newton may be the couple that seem to do everything together: work, live, cook, and create food-related businesses in the Bay Area.
A recent study found that even after building supermarkets in poor neighborhoods, many residents continue to rely on fast food restaurants, leading to preventable health problems. KQED’s Forum discusses what some advocates are doing to improve the availability of healthy food.
And scheduled to open in January, FuseBox, the West Oakland eatery of Korean-born Sunhui Chang, will add fuel to the Korean food fire with housemade gochuchang, exquisitely crafted pickles, bacon mochi, and well-honed culinary passion.