The restaurant scene is roaring back to life in the South Bay and a common theme among them is restaurants featuring a unique bar program paired to a dining menu equal in creativity. While the concept of bringing together your favorite bar with gourmet bar bites is no new feat, here are 15 top-notch gastropubs in the South Bay.
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.”
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.
Wild game is now the hottest thing on more and more Bay Area menus. Is the increasing ubiquity of deer, elk, boar, bison and other such creatures the latest phase — after bacon-in-everything, whole-animal butchery and in-your-face offal — in a search for the meatiest meats? Or does it signify an urban yearning for the gritty, blood-and-gutsy past?
Samuel Fromartz Explores the World of Bread in his New Book “In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey”
In Search of a Perfect Loaf is not a cookbook, although it does contain a handful of recipes. It’s first and foremost a tale of one man’s journey, both personal and investigative, into figuring out what goes into creating a really good loaf of bread. Lucky for us, he happily shares his discoveries and tells a good tale along the way.
The Bay Area is known as one of the country’s premier dining destinations, unless you keep kosher. For those who observe Jewish dietary laws, it’s not so great. But things are slowly improving.
This traditional Spanish dish is the perfect way to combine fresh seafood and/or meat, delicious spices, and local, seasonal vegetables. You can make it at home on a BBQ, or visit a number of Spanish restaurants around the Bay Area to enjoy a pan with friends.
Homemade ice cream cones and sprinkles are fun enough to transport even Outer Sunset dwellers to a place with fog-free summers. Kate Williams will show you how.
The Cal-Mex string of Tacolicious restaurants puts out a cookbook of its good-time recipes for tacos, tequila cocktails, and more.
Café Underwood fills a community need for affordable public workspace, and serves up delicious food and drinks, too.
Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. For anyone except those of us who live in the Bay Area. For us, it’s the peak of summer. The weather warms, the sun shines, the fog lifts, and we relish those two or three balmy evenings where we can sit outside and have a proper summer barbecue.
Crispy-chewy meringue nests envelop whipped cream and vanilla-scented summer fruit for an ethereal, and gluten-free dessert that is impossible to stop eating.
Light up the grill, crack open a beer, and throw on some corn and sweet peppers, and voila, you have a memorable salad that will come together in a snap.