It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED's online Food properties. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area; Jacques Pepin's websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED.org's Food portal. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX . You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.
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Around 1900, as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to find crops from around the world which would grow well in the United States, “agricultural explorers” visited Algeria, Iraq and Egypt. They returned with date palm shoots, and after planting in a number of regions, found the Coachella Valley had the perfect climate for the crop.
Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, Turtle Tower, Copita Tequileria y Comida: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews
The final episode of Season 8 reviews restaurants serving American Regional cuisine in Healdsburg, Vietnamese food in San Francisco, and Modern Mexican cuisine and tequila in Sausalito.
Restaurants reviewed: A sushi restaurant on Mission Street in San Francisco, a Mexican supermarket & taqueria in Hayward and a restaurant in Greenbrae serving Contemporary American cuisine.
Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: HRD Smokin’ Grill (SF), Buddy’s Bites and Brews (Hayward), Metro Lafayette (Lafayette). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Sonoma wines.
Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Naschmarkt (Campbell), Café Tiramisu (San Francisco), Wood Tavern (Oakland). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Oregon wines.
Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Little Shin Shin (Oakland), The Refuge (San Carlos), Canela Bistro and Wine Bar (San Francisco). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Central Coast wines.
Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Aslam’s Rasoi (San Francisco), Poesia (San Francisco), encuentro café and wine bar (Oakland). Watch Leslie Sbrocco shares her wine tips about Lodi wines.
The U.S. Senate plans to vote Monday on the reauthorization of the farm bill, which is already causing a stir among farmers, environmentalists, and anti-hunger advocates. The bill would cut $24 billion over the next decade, including $4 billion from food stamp programs. The House drafted a rival bill, with nearly $40 billion in cuts. KQED’s Forum discusses the likelihood of the bills’ passage, and what they mean for different stake holders.
Restaurants reviewed: Hunan Home’s Restaurant (San Francisco), Radius Restaurant and Café (San Francisco) and Guerilla Café (Berkeley).
Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Bocanova (Oakland), Willi’s Wine Bar (Santa Rosa), The Rotunda of Neiman Marcus (San Francisco).
The fourth episode of Season 8 features these restaurants: Pompei’s Grotto (San Francisco), Lillie Mae’s House of Soul Food (Santa Clara) and SPQR (San Francisco). Leslie Sbrocco shares wine tips about Napa Valley wines.