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.
In celebration of LGBT Pride month, Mary Ladd profiles Michael Procopio, who is a San Francisco waiter and writer online at Food for the Thoughtless. Procopio shares how his brother Doug, who died of AIDS, influenced his brand of humor, and talks about one of his favorite gay eateries.
Mary Ladd profiles blogger Michael Natkin, a Seattle cook who created the award-winning Herbivoracious blog and has a new cookbook. Natkin describes what it’s like to be on tour and possibly opening a pop-up restaurant that is a live version of his blog.
San Francisco’s Heirloom Cafe throws a rare daytime event, a flower-decked brunch for friends and contributors to Kinfolk magazine. Stephanie Rosenbaum gets a view of the scene and weighs in on the contents of the new quarterly publication.
Sarah Henry finds many new produce-centric hits among the recipes in the cookbook Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables by local Cheryl Sternman Rule.
The ten most popular posts published on Bay Area Bites in 2011 revealed a year of Occupy protests, parking lot raps, food truck gatherings, vegan and carnivorous comfort food, online cooking school, the opening of the first local deaf-owned restaurant, and food blogger success tips as well as professional hardships.
Not too far back in the past a vegan had very few options for a store-bought holiday main dish outside of a Tofurkey or for recipes beyond a bland grain-stuffed squash. Boy, have times changed! This Thanksgiving, try a Vegan (and Gluten-Free) Garden Loaf with Cranberry-Maple Glaze, or seek out some delicious store-bought options.
So it’s time to make a meal, and you’re stumped. You’re bored with making the same old dishes and it’s time for a refresher. Now there’s curated recipe websites to help you recharge your repertoire.
People are using the “Hangouts” feature of Google+, Google’s new sharing project, in creative ways. Learn about a real-time video cooking school that uses this collaborative tool.
Daniel Klein, creator of The Perennial Plate, an online weekly documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating, shares some thoughts about his new Bay Area episode. Under the guidance of Chef Samin Nostrat they visited three local farms, gathered stories, harvested food and then created a Tartine Afterhours dinner at the Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. Watch the episode about the farm visits and event.
Local Bay Area food bloggers share their inside tips on this summer’s best food events and favorite hot weather eats.
Macaroni and cheese is all the rage right now and everyone should have a chance to get in on reliving this childhood classic. Here’s a creamy, velvety recipe that’s vegan, gluten-free, and just as delicious as the dairy variety.