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.
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.
Outside Lands’ vendors offer an endless parade of imaginative pork creations, while the Queen of Bounce gets people twerking for beignets on the GastroMagic stage.
Cacao “supertrees” in the north produce more pods with more seeds than ordinary cacao trees. A USAID project hopes to capitalize on that so Haiti can gain a foothold in the high-end chocolate market.
Red wine and chocolate may be good for you, but it’s likely not from the resveratrol. A study finds that the antioxidant had no influence on longevity, cancer, heart disease or inflammation levels.
Dark chocolate may help the heart and waistline. Now scientists have figured out one reason why: Bacteria in the gut turn cocoa into compounds that lower inflammation and make us feel full.
Chuck Siegel, owner and chief chocolatier of Charles Chocolates, shows Bay Area Bites readers how to make their own easy and outrageously delicious chocolate truffles. Stephanie Rosenbaum tries out his technique at home.
A study that seems to suggest a daily cocoa habit helps aid the brain doesn’t actually tell us much. But don’t fret, chocoholics. Other research offers more promising evidence of the health benefits of chocolate.
A British researcher was curious to know whether smell could help fend off temptation. Her study found that the scent of fresh oranges seemed to help remind dieters to eat less chocolate.
Scientists have developed a type of chocolate infused with micro-bubbles of fruit juice that they say can replace up to half of the fat found in normal chocolate. This hybrid treat, they say, provides a tasty, more healthful alternative to regular chocolate.
For 12 years Lindt had fought this in courts; most small chocolatiers gave in, but Confiserie Riegelein challenged Lindt and won the right to keep making its own chocolate bunnies.
Eating foods that cause your blood sugar to rise – like bagels, candy bars and juice – may be tied to acne flare-ups. How? Those blood sugar spikes can also increase hormones that stimulate oil production, researchers say.
Valentine’s Day is next week and while a box of chocolates and flowers might earn you some points, you’ll definitely score by making something homemade. And you don’t even have to create something overly complicated. It’s the thought that counts… So, here is a heartfelt and handmade recipe for Gooey Baked S’mores.
There is nothing sadder than giving or receiving a box of boring chocolates on Valentine’s Day. Instead, combine two things that will impress your significant other more than anything else: chocolate and a home-cooked meal — like beef short ribs braised in chocolate and wine.