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Hotspots and Homes:  Not Always Good Neighbors.

Hotspots and Homes: Not Always Good Neighbors.

| July 6, 2010 | 2 Comments

The problem gets especially thorny when the offended parties — the light sleepers, neat freaks, and territorial denizens of the block — feel as if they’re a more intrinsic part of the city than the offender, particularly when the offender is a trendy, much-blogged, money-making food-service operation with a clientele neither reflective of nor rooted in the neighborhood — and the offended happen to be long-time residents.

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Meals with Mom in the Mission

Meals with Mom in the Mission

| February 16, 2010 | 2 Comments

These days, I don’t feel like a teenager too often — except maybe when I’m home for the holidays. Now, when my mom comes to San Francisco for a vacation, good feelings swell to the surface. Our meals together are the highlights of her visits and I try hard to make them meaningful and pleasant.

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Burrito Blitz

Burrito Blitz

| January 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

Out-of-town visitors always want to know where to find a good burrito. By the time they get around to asking you, you’re wiser, over the course of weeks and months, a true aficionado. You come to understand that, while there are many very good burritos in your neighborhood, seeking out the perfect specimen is a impossible undertaking.

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Chilaquiles in the Mission District

Chilaquiles in the Mission District

| November 17, 2009 | 1 Comment

Sometimes, the homiest dishes — foods without pretense or artifice — are most revealing about the cultures from which they spring, and inspire the most debate amongst their devotees. However, from countless regional Mexican renditions — like white sauces in Sinaloa and Guadalajara’s polenta-like cazuela cook-downs — to American adaptations that echo Tex-Mex migas, all chilaquiles aim to soothe — regardless of a particular variation’s provenance and claims to authenticity.

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Arepas: Homemade Flatbreads

Arepas: Homemade Flatbreads

| May 25, 2009 | 2 Comments

A staple in Venezuela and Colombia, arepas fill the workaday cook’s most important need: foods that are easy to make and easy to use and never boring.

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Chile Lindo Empanadas

Chile Lindo Empanadas

| May 11, 2009 | 7 Comments

For the past 10 years, Paula Tejeda has been quietly working her own brand of business development and cultural exchange, one empanada at a time, in San Francisco’s Mission District.

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Duc Loi Supermarket

Duc Loi Supermarket

| April 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

For over twenty years, seven days a week, Howard and Amanda Ngo have sold fresh, affordable produce and a quirky blend of both Latin American and Asian ingredients at the heart of the Mission District.

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Event: Taste of Tamales By The Bay

Event: Taste of Tamales By The Bay

| April 13, 2009 | 0 Comments

Slim as a finger or big as a fist, wrapped in papery corn husks or supple banana leaves, sweet as spring or spicy as summer — the humble tamal in all its forms and flavors has become the star of an annual fundraising event in San Francisco. Taste of Tamales By the Bay will be coming again to the Fort Mason Center on Sunday, April 26, 2009.

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Horchata: This is Gold, Girl!

Horchata: This is Gold, Girl!

| October 10, 2008 | 3 Comments

When you hear the word “horchata,” what comes to mind? I’m sure the answers will vary. The most literal-minded of you will think “rice milk,” some of you may simply associate it with the concept of the “taqueria,” while others might draw a complete blank. I for one can’t get the image of the mouthy whores of the Mission district out of my head. Not that I associate them with actual drink, it’s just the phonics of the word that lead me there.

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Salumi Stars at Bar Bambino

Salumi Stars at Bar Bambino

| July 14, 2007 | 1 Comment

The thing that struck me speechless was the salumi. I know what you’re thinking. “Salumi?” you’re thinking. “That is so, like, 2006.” Maybe. But when it’s as good as it is at Bar Bambino, it never goes out of style. The small salumi plate ($9.50) was the first thing my boyfriend and I settled on […]

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