Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
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.
Soup kitchens, food banks and nonprofits are overrun with volunteers during the holidays. But, the real need comes Jan. 1 — after the hordes disappear.
Time to relax from the holiday frenzy with the perfect drink. We’ve got your post-holiday cocktail recipes covered, with a review of the new Winter Cocktails, plus great recipes from our archives and offbeat, mostly local sparklers to put the fizz in your new year.
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.)
Bay Area Bites shares a six-course Christmas Dinner Menu to celebrate the holiday.
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.
Wobbly panna cotta, which means “cooked cream” in Italian, is a light but decadent dessert worthy of the holidays. It is the perfect antidote to a rich and heavy dinner.
This silky, creamy vegetable soup gets a burst of flavor from extra lemony pesto. It’s special enough to kick off a holiday dinner, and easy enough to serve it for a cozy winter weeknight supper.
Rich and decadent doesn’t have to mean hours sweating over the stove, or a huge dent in your wallet. Make these succulent braised short ribs the centerpiece of your Christmas dinner, and you won’t be disappointed.
Why do you need another kale salad recipe? Because not only will this one blow your mind with awesomeness, but I can give you five good reasons to make it.
Even though these feel fancy and special, they are very quick to make and pop into the oven at a moment’s notice. They are great alongside just about anything: soup, salad, bubbly, or on their own.