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5 Bites: Korean Food On Temescal’s ‘Kimchi Row’

5 Bites: Korean Food On Temescal’s ‘Kimchi Row’

| June 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

As a Korean-American foodie who resides in West Oakland, I’m lucky that there’s a slew of fine eateries not too far from our home all along Telegraph Avenue in Temescal.

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Handmade Tofu and Mochi Keep Traditions Alive in San Jose’s Japantown

Handmade Tofu and Mochi Keep Traditions Alive in San Jose’s Japantown

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Get it quick before it’s gone! Handmade tofu and mochi sweets in San Jose’s Japantown. Two devoted husband and wife teams have been quietly keeping tradition alive for more than 25 years with the sweetest results. No preservatives, no automation, just loving hands and hard work.

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Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review: Lanna Thai, 20 Spot, Chalet Ticino

Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review: Lanna Thai, 20 Spot, Chalet Ticino

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Reviewed: Thai cuisine in Livermore, French-influenced California small plates in San Francisco, and Swiss-Italian cuisine in Foster City

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5 Comfort Foods From My Korean-American Childhood

5 Comfort Foods From My Korean-American Childhood

| May 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

My brother and I were enthralled with American junk food, as McDonald’s, potato chips and doughnuts seemed “exotic” to our childhood palates. And while we’d indulge in ice cream and hamburgers like our friends, we also grew up eating other foods that reflected our Korean-American heritage.

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Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Pinole Creek Café, Shanghai House, Murray Circle

Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Pinole Creek Café, Shanghai House, Murray Circle

| May 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Restaurants reviewed this week include a cafe in Pinole serving California cuisine, a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco serving Shanghainese cuisine, and a Sausalito restaurant serving Northern California cuisine anchored to its Marin roots.

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Beer Gardens Abound in Oakland: Lost and Found Has Opened Its Doors in Uptown

Beer Gardens Abound in Oakland: Lost and Found Has Opened Its Doors in Uptown

| May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Summer is upon us, and there’s no shortage of outdoor venues to enjoy the warm weather — especially with the surging influx of beer gardens cropping up in the East Bay. Uptown’s Lost and Found is the latest addition to the Oakland scene.

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Hot Eats: The Commissary & Chino Open

Hot Eats: The Commissary & Chino Open

| May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd reports on the juiciest restaurant updates from hot new spots: The Commissary from Chef Traci Des Jardins, and Chino from the people behind Tacolicious.

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Sushi’s Secret: Why We Get Hooked On Raw Fish

Sushi’s Secret: Why We Get Hooked On Raw Fish

| May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

We love raw seafood but can’t stand uncooked fowl or pork. Why? A big part of it is the effective lack of gravity in water, a scientist says. Weightlessness gives fish muscles a smooth, soft texture.

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On the Trail of Durian, Southeast Asia’s ‘Crème Brûlée on a Tree’

On the Trail of Durian, Southeast Asia’s ‘Crème Brûlée on a Tree’

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

A young couple got hooked on durians after one life-changing bite in 2009. And after two years of tracking the stinky sweet fruit through Southeast Asia, they’ve become experts on durian tourism.

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Sriracha Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California

Sriracha Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

After months of tussling with the city council over the smells emitted by his factory, Sriracha maker David Tran says he might expand his business, but the main operation will not relocate.

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Kin Khao: Pim Techamuanvivit’s fun, authentic Thai restaurant shows promise

Kin Khao: Pim Techamuanvivit’s fun, authentic Thai restaurant shows promise

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kin Khao, the new Thai restaurant from blogger and award-winning jam-making Pim Techamuanvivit, opened to much excitement this winter. Can this funky, pad Thai- and peanut sauce-less joint live up to the hype? Kate Williams takes a look.

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Here’s The Scoop On Jackfruit, A Ginormous Fruit To Feed The World

Here’s The Scoop On Jackfruit, A Ginormous Fruit To Feed The World

| May 1, 2014 | 3 Comments

It’s the largest tree fruit in the world. It’s nutritious. And because it’s pretty easy to grow, it has the potential to be a star in the developing world. But … does it taste good?

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5 Bites: Enticing Lao Cuisine in the East Bay

5 Bites: Enticing Lao Cuisine in the East Bay

| April 23, 2014 | 4 Comments

A popular topic at Bay Area Bites, East Oakland’s Lao cuisine has been featured in previous coverage. This roundup focuses on other fine Lao restaurants located throughout Oakland, San Pablo, El Sobrante and Albany.

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Food & Spirituality: A Visit to Charles Phan’s Home Kitchen

Food & Spirituality: A Visit to Charles Phan’s Home Kitchen

| April 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

We journey into the kitchen of Charles Phan, Vietnamese-American chef of The Slanted Door Group, to cook a dish served during Tet.

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