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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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Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It’ll Soon Be Hard To Know

Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It’ll Soon Be Hard To Know

| September 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

The USDA has quietly ended a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The products won’t require a country-of-origin label — which means there’s no way to know whether those chicken nuggets in the freezer aisle came from a country with a spotty food safety reputation.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Aslam’s Rasoi, Poesia, encuentro café and wine bar

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Aslam’s Rasoi, Poesia, encuentro café and wine bar

| September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Namu: Growing the Menu

Namu: Growing the Menu

| September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Namu is the only restaurant at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market that operates its own farm, which yields ingredients for the farmers market menu as well as for its Mission-based restaurant, Namu Gaji.

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Oakland Go-To: Chai Thai Noodles on International Boulevard

Oakland Go-To: Chai Thai Noodles on International Boulevard

| September 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

Jonathan Darr at Oakland Local shares his basic “Go-To” restaurant criteria and highlights one of his favorite “Oakland Go-To” spots — a Thai/Lao restaurant on International Boulevard.

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Thai Fishing Sector, Among World’s Largest, Cited For Abuses

Thai Fishing Sector, Among World’s Largest, Cited For Abuses

| September 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

A report from the International Labor Organization details “deceptive and coercive” labor practices — and even forced labor within the industry. The allegations aren’t new, but increase pressure on the Thai government to better regulate the $7 billion industry.

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International Cuisine: 5 Favorite Bay Area Specialty Food Shops

International Cuisine: 5 Favorite Bay Area Specialty Food Shops

| August 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

Here are five favorite specialty shops selling food and culinary goods imported from Spain, Japan, Russia, Germany and Italy. If you are curious to explore products from these countries or are nostalgic for the food and culture from any of these regions be sure to visit these shops. And, of course, there are so many more of these specialty stores in the Bay Area so please share your favorites.

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In the Beginning, There Were … Dumplings?

In the Beginning, There Were … Dumplings?

| August 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

From Warsaw to Wuhan, people around the world love dumplings. They’re tasty little packages that can be made of any grain and stuffed with whatever the locals crave. But where did they come from? Some think prehistoric people may have been cooking them up.

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Ramen to the Rescue: How Instant Noodles Fight Global Hunger

Ramen to the Rescue: How Instant Noodles Fight Global Hunger

| August 20, 2013 | 2 Comments

The super cheap, super palatable noodles help low-wage workers around the world get by, anthropologists argue in a new book. And rather than lament the ascendance of this highly processed food, they argue we should try to make it more nutritious.

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Old Weang Ping Village: Not a Business, a Sanctuary.

Old Weang Ping Village: Not a Business, a Sanctuary.

| August 2, 2013 | 2 Comments

After 30 years of running the Thai restaurant Old Weang Ping, a locals’ favorite in East Oakland, owners Pat and Jook Sawanwatana are finally retiring. Does this mean the end of Old Weang Ping Village as we know it? Certainly not.

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