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4 Slurps: Classic and Comforting Spots to Enjoy Mexican Soup in the Mission

4 Slurps: Classic and Comforting Spots to Enjoy Mexican Soup in the Mission

| February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

It may not look like winter in the Bay Area, but despite the weather, it can be nice to take solace in a big bowl of warming soup. For the best in Mexican soups, Kate Williams headed to the Mission to sip her way through a bounty of broth-filled comfort.

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Valentine’s with Chef Mat Schuster & Wine Expert Paco Cifuentes

Valentine’s with Chef Mat Schuster & Wine Expert Paco Cifuentes

| February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

What’s it like to run a “pop and pop” restaurant together? Mary Ladd talks to Chef Mat Schuster and wine expert Paco Cifuentes of Canela Bistro & Wine Bar in the Castro to find out.

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A Nod To British Beer Traditions: Freewheel Brewing Company

A Nod To British Beer Traditions: Freewheel Brewing Company

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tucked away in a small shopping complex on the outskirts of Redwood City, Freewheel Brewing Company serves up a local version of a English-style “real ale” made with traditional methods.

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First Bites: PizzaHacker

First Bites: PizzaHacker

Does the Mission really need another pizza joint? Stephanie Rosenbaum checks in at the new PizzaHacker to find out.

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Socola Chocolatier Dreams Big with Brick and Mortar Shop

Socola Chocolatier Dreams Big with Brick and Mortar Shop

| February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a teenager, Wendy Lieu just wanted to learn how to make chocolates. This month, Lieu opens up her own shop and cafe in San Francisco, featuring truffles with flavors like sriracha, guava and PB&J. Wendy shares her story about being a woman chocolatier and her family’s role in creating Socola Chocolatier.

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Merigan Sub Shop: Casual Shop Meets Restaurant-Quality Sandwiches in SoMa

Merigan Sub Shop: Casual Shop Meets Restaurant-Quality Sandwiches in SoMa

| February 4, 2014 | 3 Comments

Merigan Sub Shop, the new sandwich joint helmed by A16′s Liza Shaw, offers San Franciscans a taste of elevated East Coast-style subs. The price of the food has been a huge sticking point in the restaurant’s first few months of opening. Are they worth the expense? Kate Williams checks it out.

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This Lunar New Year, the Horse Gallops in with Traditional Foods of Tết

This Lunar New Year, the Horse Gallops in with Traditional Foods of Tết

| January 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

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.

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5 Bites: Delightful Bay Area Dim Sum

5 Bites: Delightful Bay Area Dim Sum

| January 27, 2014 | 7 Comments

Perhaps you’re a dim sum disciple of the venerable Yank Sing located in downtown San Francisco, but there’s plenty of other places in the Bay Area to snack on this delightful Chinese fare.

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Tosca Cafe: The Revamped North Beach Classic Serves Excellent Italian Fare, For a Price

Tosca Cafe: The Revamped North Beach Classic Serves Excellent Italian Fare, For a Price

| January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

After being revamped by New York’s April Bloomfield, Tosca Cafe in North Beach opened to great fanfare. Is the pricey, popular new version worth the cost? Kate Williams gives her take.

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A Floating City: Cooking on a Celebrity Cruise Ship

A Floating City: Cooking on a Celebrity Cruise Ship

| January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cooking for guests aboard a giant cruise ship has its own challenges: 24-hour service, rolling-and-rocking motion from the sea, and making many menu items from scratch. Mary Ladd found out why the Top Chef TV show hit the seas this season and she gets a behind-the-scenes view of the kitchens, buffets and restaurants aboard the Celebrity Millennium.

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Food Trends that Fed and Fueled the Bay Area in 2013

Food Trends that Fed and Fueled the Bay Area in 2013

| January 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

Here are some of the Bay Area’s tastiest and trendiest foods and drinks of 2013.

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Linea Caffe: The Tiny Mission Café Hit the Coffee and Waffle Sweet Spot

Linea Caffe: The Tiny Mission Café Hit the Coffee and Waffle Sweet Spot

| December 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Anthony Myint, of Mission Chinese fame, is at it again with a unique pair of mini restaurants serving waffles and salads inside the venerable Andrew Barnett’s new Linea Caffe. How do the dishes stack up? Kate Williams checks out the tiny, talent-filled cafe.

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Going to a Show at The Independent? Here are Local Places to Eat at Before and After

Going to a Show at The Independent? Here are Local Places to Eat at Before and After

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Independent is a great venue to see live music in the Bay; it’s also in one of San Francisco’s best eating-and-drinking neighborhoods. We’ve put together a guide for the top spots to do both before, and after, your next concert outing.

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Stuffed: Pierogi Joint is Positioned to be a Solid Alternative to Taquerias in the Mission

Stuffed: Pierogi Joint is Positioned to be a Solid Alternative to Taquerias in the Mission

| December 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

Stuffed, a new pierogi restaurant in the Mission district, promises a uniquely Midwestern take on bar food. Can it compete with the countless other cheap eats in the neighborhood? Kate Williams investigates.

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