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Socola Chocolatier Dreams Big with Brick and Mortar Shop

Socola Chocolatier Dreams Big with Brick and Mortar Shop

| February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a teenager, Wendy Lieu just wanted to learn how to make chocolates. This month, Lieu opens up her own shop and cafe in San Francisco, featuring truffles with flavors like sriracha, guava and PB&J. Wendy shares her story about being a woman chocolatier and her family’s role in creating Socola Chocolatier.

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DIY Sriracha: Make it at Home and Never Worry About a Hot Sauce Shortage Again

DIY Sriracha: Make it at Home and Never Worry About a Hot Sauce Shortage Again

| February 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Sriracha shortage may be over, but there’s no reason to rely on the factory-made sauce when it can be fermented and bottled at home. Even better—DIY Sriracha is easily adaptable to suit varied tastes in heat, sweetness, and potency. Kate Williams runs through the steps.

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This Lunar New Year, the Horse Gallops in with Traditional Foods of Tết

This Lunar New Year, the Horse Gallops in with Traditional Foods of Tết

| January 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

Tet, the Vietnamese celebration of Lunar New Year, encompasses a range of traditional foods: from thick wedges of sticky rice filled with peppery pork to candied kumquats and nutty cookies. For the Year of the Horse, Son Tran, owner of Oakland’s aptly named Le Cheval Vietnamese restaurant, shares details of these essential holiday dishes and other cultural traditions.

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5 Bites: Delightful Bay Area Dim Sum

5 Bites: Delightful Bay Area Dim Sum

| January 27, 2014 | 7 Comments

Perhaps you’re a dim sum disciple of the venerable Yank Sing located in downtown San Francisco, but there’s plenty of other places in the Bay Area to snack on this delightful Chinese fare.

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Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It’s A Cultural Heritage … And Art Form

Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It’s A Cultural Heritage … And Art Form

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The United Nations has named traditional Japanese cuisine — known as Washoku — an intangible cultural heritage. One of the oldest foods of Washoku is the soba noodle. But what most Americans call soba is a pale comparison to the actual cuisine. One woman in Southern California is trying to keep the true traditional noodle alive in America.

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Don’t Poison the Guests: Advice on Food Allergies, Intolerances and Sensitivities

Don’t Poison the Guests: Advice on Food Allergies, Intolerances and Sensitivities

| December 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wheat, nuts, fish, dairy–seems like everyone is allergic to something these days. What’s a host to do? An illustrated guide to the difference between intolerance and allergy. And tips for cooking for those with these conditions (and having them leave sated –and alive.)

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Liberian and Burmese Refugees Celebrate Christmas in Oakland

Liberian and Burmese Refugees Celebrate Christmas in Oakland

| December 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

Some refugees celebrated Christmas before coming to the U.S, others didn’t. But once they’re here, Christmas often becomes a time for family to come together. Here are two stories about how refugees in Oakland celebrate the holidays with their own traditions, and their own cultural foods.

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A Spice Buyer On Why Pepper Is Dirty, And How It Gets Clean

A Spice Buyer On Why Pepper Is Dirty, And How It Gets Clean

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Spices get dirty because of the way they’re grown, stored and harvested, according to the head spice buyer for McCormick & Company. Because there are so many small farmers and shippers worldwide, that end of the supply chain is hard to control. So spices need to be sterilized before they hit supermarket shelves.

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Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, Turtle Tower, Copita Tequileria y Comida: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews

Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, Turtle Tower, Copita Tequileria y Comida: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews

| October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Mama Ji’s:  A Deliciously Quirky Addition to the Castro’s Restaurant Scene

Mama Ji’s: A Deliciously Quirky Addition to the Castro’s Restaurant Scene

| October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Castro is not the first place that pops into your head when you think “dim sum” or “Sichuan,” but that fact doesn’t stop new restaurant Mama Ji’s from serving up platefuls of steamed and stir-fried specialties all day long. BAB sent Kate Williams to check out this unassuming, quirky spot.

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Food & Spirituality: Serving Up a Holy Feast at the Shiva-Vishnu Temple

Food & Spirituality: Serving Up a Holy Feast at the Shiva-Vishnu Temple

| October 2, 2013 | 8 Comments

Livermore’s Shiva-Vishnu Temple is a major touchstone for the Bay Area’s growing Indian American community. Vegetarian meals are prepared weekly and offered up for free to the gods and the public. Rachael Myrow visited the temple in September, during the 10-day celebration of Lord Ganesha.

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Icy or Spicy?  Cooling Foods Across Cultures

Icy or Spicy? Cooling Foods Across Cultures

| October 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

While the Bay Area doesn’t get the swoon-inducing heat and humidity of Japan, Peru, India or the Philippines, we can still partake of their edible solutions for cooling relief. Some like it cold and icy with mounds of shaved ice doused with syrups, while others turn to peppers and spice to induce a natural cooling response.

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Raising Tastier Sea Urchins For Foodies And The Environment

Raising Tastier Sea Urchins For Foodies And The Environment

| September 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

A scientist in Birmingham, Ala., is trying to help overharvested sea urchins, considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, find their way back to a restaurant near you. He’s developed an urchin farm to help grow them more sustainably and a special feed that gives them a sweet umami taste.

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Golden Rice Study Violated Ethical Rules, Tufts Says

Golden Rice Study Violated Ethical Rules, Tufts Says

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tufts University says that one of its researchers violated ethics rules while carrying out a study of genetically modified “golden rice” in China. The study showed that the rice can fight malnutrition, but researchers didn’t provide enough information to the parents of the children who ate it, Tufts says.

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