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“Spinning Plates” Documentary Comes to the Bay Area – A Film about Restaurants, Food, Family and Legacy

“Spinning Plates” Documentary Comes to the Bay Area – A Film about Restaurants, Food, Family and Legacy

| November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why do we go out to eat? Why do people start restaurants–an admittedly grueling effort? A new documentary called Spinning Plates explores themes of food, family and legacy, and there’s appearances from Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, as well as looks behind the scenes for Gabby’s in Arizona and Breitbach’s in Iowa. Mary Ladd interviews director Joseph Levy about his new film.

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San Francisco’s Culinary Scene is Ripe with Talent from City College

San Francisco’s Culinary Scene is Ripe with Talent from City College

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Department at City College is a training ground for some of the Bay Area’s top line cooks, pastry chefs and food service workers. Alumni Sam Mogannam of Bi-Rite Market, Jeff Hanak of Nopa and Nopalito, and Martino DiGrande of Palio D’Asti talk with us about what would happen to the Bay Area culinary scene if City College were to close.

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5 Bites: Dollars to Delicious Doughnuts in the East Bay

5 Bites: Dollars to Delicious Doughnuts in the East Bay

| October 30, 2013 | 3 Comments

Whether you want fancy or no-frills, the East Bay’s got a doughnut for you. Here’s five of my favorite places where I get my fried dough fix.

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20 Spot in the Mission: The New Mod Hangout Proves Better as a Wine Bar than a Full-Service Restaurant

20 Spot in the Mission: The New Mod Hangout Proves Better as a Wine Bar than a Full-Service Restaurant

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

20 Spot, a posh new wine bar in the Mission district, offers a distinctly serious food menu. Is the cost of a meal worth it, or is the restaurant better appreciated as a bar? BAB’s Kate Williams offers her take.

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Goodbye Paper Menus? Restaurants Test The Water For Tablets

Goodbye Paper Menus? Restaurants Test The Water For Tablets

| October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Digital menus may help diners make more informed choices about restaurants’ food and drink options. And they may boost restaurant profits, too: Sales have increased 23 percent since one Florida restaurant introduced tablet menus in September.

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McDonald’s President Was Caught Off Guard By Low-Wage, Single Mom

McDonald’s President Was Caught Off Guard By Low-Wage, Single Mom

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton has been criticized on social media for his videotaped response to an employee who confronted him and complained that she doesn’t make enough to feed her kids. But a spokeswoman for the company says McDonald’s has a long history of promoting from within.

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Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, Turtle Tower, Copita Tequileria y Comida: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews

Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, Turtle Tower, Copita Tequileria y Comida: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews

| October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The final episode of Season 8 reviews restaurants serving American Regional cuisine in Healdsburg, Vietnamese food in San Francisco, and Modern Mexican cuisine and tequila in Sausalito.

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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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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Live Sushi, Chavez Supermarket & Taqueria, Bistro Vis à Vis

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Live Sushi, Chavez Supermarket & Taqueria, Bistro Vis à Vis

| October 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

Restaurants reviewed: A sushi restaurant on Mission Street in San Francisco, a Mexican supermarket & taqueria in Hayward and a restaurant in Greenbrae serving Contemporary American cuisine.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: HRD Smokin’ Grill, Buddy’s Bites and Brews, Metro Lafayette

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: HRD Smokin’ Grill, Buddy’s Bites and Brews, Metro Lafayette

| September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: HRD Smokin’ Grill (SF), Buddy’s Bites and Brews (Hayward), Metro Lafayette (Lafayette). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Sonoma wines.

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2014 San Francisco Zagat Guide Surveys Restaurants, Residents’ Eating Preferences

2014 San Francisco Zagat Guide Surveys Restaurants, Residents’ Eating Preferences

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

The 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Zagat Guide comes out today. Along with information about nearly 1,500 restaurants, it also includes a survey of residents’ eating habits — including our tendency to take photos of our food.

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5 Bites: Drink a Cuppa Coffee in Oakland

5 Bites: Drink a Cuppa Coffee in Oakland

| September 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

You’ll never be at a loss for finding a good cup of coffee in Oakland as there’s a wealth of places to choose from, and here’s five cafes that make a fine brew.

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Stuart Brioza: State Bird Provisions, Panwiches and Renovation Planning

Stuart Brioza: State Bird Provisions, Panwiches and Renovation Planning

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

State Bird Provisions, one of San Francisco’s most popular and lauded restaurants, is closed for construction and expansion plans. Chef Stuart Brioza reveals what he is working on and thinking about during this phase.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Naschmarkt, Café  Tiramisu, Wood Tavern

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Naschmarkt, Café Tiramisu, Wood Tavern

| September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Naschmarkt (Campbell), Café Tiramisu (San Francisco), Wood Tavern (Oakland). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Oregon wines.

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