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With Bowling Balls, Cute Kittens and Cotton-Candy Cocktails, Theme Restaurants Bounce Back

With Bowling Balls, Cute Kittens and Cotton-Candy Cocktails, Theme Restaurants Bounce Back

| October 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

Theme restaurants seem to be making a comeback. Here are some that have popped up in the Bay Area beyond neighborhoods catering to tourists. Can theme restaurants develop a loyal clientele or are they a one-time novelty?

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Locavore Losses: California’s Chefs, Artisans Feel the Drought

Locavore Losses: California’s Chefs, Artisans Feel the Drought

| October 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Bay Area restaurants and food artisans are feeling the direct effect of the drought’s impact on local farmers, crops and produce.

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Check, Please! Bay Area Revisits 3 Asian Restaurants in New Episode

Check, Please! Bay Area Revisits 3 Asian Restaurants in New Episode

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Revisit three Asian restaurants from previous series: Dragon Rouge Restaurant, Marnee Thai, Butterfly Restaurant.

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Noodle-Pulling Dance at Jacques Pépin and Martin Yan Event

Noodle-Pulling Dance at Jacques Pépin and Martin Yan Event

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jacques Pépin and Martin Yan shared their stories, friendship, and love for public media with fans at a special KQED event to celebrate Yan’s new series Martin Yan’s Taste of Vietnam and Pepin’s new series Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul. The event finale was a noodle-pulling dance performance by Chef Tony Wu.

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Bay Area Bites Guide to 9 Favorite East Bay Burgers (Berkeley & Oakland)

Bay Area Bites Guide to 9 Favorite East Bay Burgers (Berkeley & Oakland)

| September 30, 2014 | 19 Comments

In Berkeley and Oakland, there’s a burger on just about every corner. Here are nine of the best.

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Smart Pan Creator Hopes to Revolutionize Cooking with “SmartyPans”

Smart Pan Creator Hopes to Revolutionize Cooking with “SmartyPans”

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Recipes are only as good as those using them,” says Rahul Baxi, an Oakland-based software engineer. With his new invention “SmartyPans,” he hopes to harness technology to get more people in the kitchen.

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Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite South Bay Mexican Restaurants

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite South Bay Mexican Restaurants

| September 22, 2014 | 10 Comments

Whether you enjoy a rich mole poblano alongside a zesty mezcal cocktail or a fresh shrimp ceviche with a refreshing chavela, there is a broad and vibrant flavor spectrum in Mexican cuisine. This Bay Area Bites guide highlights ten South Bay restaurants worth visiting for their South of the border specialties.

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Five Oakland Restaurants with Outdoor Patios to Dine with Your Dog

Five Oakland Restaurants with Outdoor Patios to Dine with Your Dog

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Beginning in January, it will be perfectly legal to dine with your dog–providing your well-mannered Fido is appropriately leashed with you in an outdoor-seating area. Here are five Oakland dining destinations that encourage you and your canine companion to sit and stay awhile.

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Catahoula’s Kaffeegarten: “High-End Coffee at a Moderate Price” Opening in Berkeley’s SoFo

Catahoula’s Kaffeegarten: “High-End Coffee at a Moderate Price” Opening in Berkeley’s SoFo

| September 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

The Richmond-based artisanal roaster is all about “high-end coffee at a moderate price,” but takes its mission further: “We are about bringing people together and community. Not the ‘Third Community’ liquid culture of Starbucks, but an authentically local flavor where people from all walks of life…gather.”

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Hog Island Oyster Farm Fights Climate Change as Demand Soars

Hog Island Oyster Farm Fights Climate Change as Demand Soars

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The biggest threat to business? Not the new crop of oyster bars popping up around town and elsewhere in the nation. Nor is it keeping up with consumer demand—for now. No, Hog Island is dealing with a different kind of problem.

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First Bite: Uptown Oakland’s Taiwan Bento

First Bite: Uptown Oakland’s Taiwan Bento

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new fast-food bento shop offers a Taiwanese take on the single-portion meal.

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Fighting Hunger with Food Smarts & Honoring Hunger Action Month

Fighting Hunger with Food Smarts & Honoring Hunger Action Month

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Recent reports estimate that as many as 225,000 people are food insecure in San Francisco. Learn about the efforts of Leah’s Pantry that provides Food Smarts classes for residents coping with food insecurity. Honor Hunger Action Month by attending events discussing hunger in the Bay Area.

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What’s New at Oakland’s Eat Real Festival, Happening September 19-21

What’s New at Oakland’s Eat Real Festival, Happening September 19-21

| September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Oakland’s annual Eat Real Festival is happening September 19-21 in Jack London Square. The festival has been reorganized to reflect the mission of the Food Craft Institute and has some new highlights like communal kimchi-making, an oyster shuck-off and “Drink Real.”

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Chocolate Tour of the Mission Unwraps More than a Taste of History

Chocolate Tour of the Mission Unwraps More than a Taste of History

| September 15, 2014 | 3 Comments

Chocoholics of the Bay Area, rejoice! A new tasting tour from Edible Excursions takes you behind the scenes of 5 Mission District chocolate hot spots, shares the neighborhood’s history, plus samples of drinking chocolate, chicken in mole, a cacao smoothie and exquisite hand-molded confections.

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