Elaine Wu

Elaine spent over 11 years working in television and radio as a producer, writer and correspondent for MTV Asia, KPIX/CBS 5, and radio stations like KSAN and KTCT in San Francisco. After leaving broadcasting, she began working for financial software giant, Intuit, where she managed their customer word-of-mouth programs and then spearheaded their internal social media communication strategies. She’s also managed external communications for BlogHer, the largest community of women bloggers online, and is currently the director of corporate communications at Rocket Fuel, a digital advertising technology startup in Silicon Valley. Her personal blog, VirgoBlue , was started in 2007 as a way to express her love of food as she explores the culinary delights of the Bay Area and beyond.

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Aida Mollenkamp’s “Keys to the Kitchen” for more adventurous cooking and eating

Aida Mollenkamp’s “Keys to the Kitchen” for more adventurous cooking and eating

| October 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Aida Mollenkamp, former editor of CHOW and star of both the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, wants to provide the home cook with a go-to kitchen resource. That is why she wrote her new book “Keys to the Kitchen.” Marketed as a cookbook, it’s much more than that. In the book, she breaks the cooking process down to one simple equation:
Quality Ingredients (The Set-Up) + Kitchen Skills (The How-To) + Technique (The Recipes) + Cooking Method (The Riff) = GOOD FOOD

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Ramen Roundup Part 2

Ramen Roundup Part 2

| July 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

Elaine Wu continues her quest for exceptional ramen in the Bay Area and profiles four more places on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.

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Searching for Okonomiyaki

Searching for Okonomiyaki

| July 16, 2012 | 10 Comments

Okonomiyaki is a dish that’s described many different ways: a savory pancake, Japanese pizza, or an Asian frittata.There may be tons of Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area, but I realized that most of them don’t serve okonomiyaki. So I was thankful to find these two restaurants that serve good renditions of the dish.

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Japanese Mochi Both Modern and Traditional

Japanese Mochi Both Modern and Traditional

| June 30, 2012 | 3 Comments

Elaine Wu shares two places in San Jose where you can get Japanese mochi — one makes these treats the old-fashioned way by hand, the other takes a modern approach and the mochi is made in Japan and shipped fresh to the States, weekly.

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Curry Up Now Wants You to Join The Dosa Republic

Curry Up Now Wants You to Join The Dosa Republic

| April 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Akash and Rana Kapoor of famed Curry Up Now opened The Dosa Republic this week. The new fast-casual restaurant in San Mateo serves rice bowls, salads, inventive appetizers, and of course, dosas. The Kapoors are taking this traditional Southern Indian staple and giving it a modern twist.

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Bay Area Favorites at the 2012 Fancy Food Show

Bay Area Favorites at the 2012 Fancy Food Show

| January 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

It’s no secret that we’re spoiled here in the Bay Area due to an abundance of artisanal, locally produced gourmet specialty foods.

So, it’s not a surprise that while attending this year’s massive Fancy Food Show at San Francisco’s Moscone Center many of the favorite products I tasted were produced by Bay Area purveyors.

Here are my top six recommendations.

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Cuisinett: French Cuisine Gets Casual

Cuisinett: French Cuisine Gets Casual

| October 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

French food tends to have the stereotype of being pretentious, formal, and expensive. But the owner of the newly opened Cuisinett in San Carlos, Geofforey Raby, and former Executive Chef of Menlo Park’s shuttered Marche, Guillaume Bienaime, want you to believe otherwise.

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The Nom Nom Truck: SoCal Comes To NorCal

The Nom Nom Truck: SoCal Comes To NorCal

| September 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

It’s amazing what a reality show can do for your food truck. Second place finishers on the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” and Los Angeles food truck staple, Nom Nom, have spread their love to the Bay Area.

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Eating in Atlanta + Quality Time With a Top Chef Master

Eating in Atlanta + Quality Time With a Top Chef Master

| July 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

Elaine Wu travels to Atlanta and gets a taste of some good Southern food, fine hospitality, and even has a chat with a Top Chef Master.

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Move Over Off the Grid: Moveable Feast Comes to the Peninsula

Move Over Off the Grid: Moveable Feast Comes to the Peninsula

| July 3, 2011 | 6 Comments

The Peninsula gets its own food truck event with “Moveable Feast” this
past Friday, which featured 25 food trucks and a healthy number of
suburban visitors.

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Behind the Legend of Frog Hollow Farm

Behind the Legend of Frog Hollow Farm

| June 24, 2011 | 2 Comments

Elaine Wu pays a visit to the Frog Hollow Farm fruit orchard to find out what makes their fruit so “legendary.”

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Is Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern Worth the Hype?

Is Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern Worth the Hype?

| June 19, 2011 | 3 Comments

Elaine Wu visits Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence’s “Wayfare Tavern” in San Francisco to find out if it’s worth all the hype.

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Ramen Roundup

Ramen Roundup

| June 6, 2011 | 10 Comments

Elaine Wu visits a few Bay Area spots where you can find three distinctly different versions of authentic Japanese soup noodles, and finds out why ramen is Japan’s favorite comfort food.

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Food Trucks: Toasty Melts is Grilled Cheese Goodness

Food Trucks: Toasty Melts is Grilled Cheese Goodness

| May 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Elaine Wu talks to the owners of the food truck, Toasty Melts. Find out how their culinary inexperience lead them to making grilled cheese sandwiches, a cult favorite on the street food scene.

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