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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hakkasan's Chinese New Year Menu Isn't Monkeying Around

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Hakkasan, the upscale, second-floor Chinese restaurant at the triple intersection of Market, Geary, and Kearny streets, will celebrate the Year of the Monkey with a bit more splash than the corner dim sum place. International Executive Chef Ho Chee Boon's $138.88 menu, available through Feb. 22, includes a number of courses designed to pry some good luck out of the celestial spheres in what seems destined to be a rocky year (if the stock market is any indication).

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Peninsula Dispatch For December, Christmas and New Year's

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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  • A Bûche de Noël Transamerica Pyramid at Bay223.

Yes, yes, we know South San Francisco as both the Industrial City (according to that iconic hill sign) and the city before SFO that taxis blindly sprint through to get you to your flight on time. What you maybe didn’t know is that “South City” has a pretty happening dining scene going on right now.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Where to Eat (and Drink) on New Year's Eve

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM

If you're still navigating all the holiday parties and dreading the possibility of a delayed flight for travel on or around Dec. 25, don't forget that there's still another holiday to plan immediately afterward. Mercifully, the Bay Area's galaxy of restaurants has made the planning easy. Here's where you can have a Sweet '16.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Hanukkah in the Bay Area: a Festival of Bites

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 9:30 AM

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  • Just ignore the Christmas trees and Kwanzaa cup until it's time for their holiday roundups

Hanukkah starts on Christmas Eve next year, which is delightfully convenient to me as a Scandinavian Jew. This year, however, has Hanukkah beginning on Sunday, Dec. 6, so you better start planning your meals out now.

Fortunately for those of us who can’t make it out to Florida or New York to celebrate with our bubbes, a handful of San Francisco restaurants are making sure we can mask our guilt with traditional and innovative Jewish recipes.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Eating Your Way Through the Victorian Era at the Dickens Fair

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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  • Ali Wunderman
  • Don't tell my family I used this photo of them

Victorian London was a magical era, with orphans cementing their pickpocketing skills while Jack the Ripper eviscerated prostitutes. Despite this, San Francisco’s own annual Dickens Christmas Fair celebrates all the things that made it a great time to be alive.

For five weekends leading up to Christmas, the Cow Palace in Daly City hosts a veritable holiday festival that looks and feels like Victorian England. Corseted ladies dance the waltz with dapper fancy men in top hats while the Queen and her royal guard meander through the streets to say hello to all us commoners. You might spy guests dressed like a Doctor Who character or in full Raiders fan garb, but the carolers and pirates singing sea shanties quickly bring your attention back to Dickens-era London.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Peninsula Dispatch For November and Thanksgiving

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM

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  • Raspberry Mille-Feuille at Mademoiselle Colette

Happy Week Before Thanksgiving! But, before we get to the Turkey Day themed activity, let’s take the SF Weekly (or Google or Apple or Facebook, or fill in the blank tech company) bus down the Peninsula for some dining news south of San Francisco.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thursday Six: Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving!

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 1:01 PM



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  • Amanda Lynn Photography
  • The Mission Rock Farmers Market Pop-Up at the Yard

Start practicing crayon-outline hand-turkeys now, cause Thanksgiving is only two weeks from today. Whether you choose to stuff yourself silly on gourmet food or opt for Stove Top at your house at 6:00 followed by Stove Top at your friend's house at 8:00

And just put the fucking turkey in the oven!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Mix it up for National Mai Tai Day

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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  • Kevin Reid
  • The Mai Mai Marigny at the Boxing Room

The Mai Tai is an often misunderstood mixer. The Polynesian mashup of rum, Curacao liqueur, orgeat, and lime juice has long been associated with parasols and faraway beaches requiring more SPF 45 than any San Franciscan would ever own. The truth, however, is that the Mai Tai originated in a land no more exotic, nor tropical, than Oakland, where in 1944 Victor Bergeron of Trader Vic's came up with the idea.

So, as a native cocktail of the Bay Area, it's something of a regional imperative to celebrate National Mai Tai Day with a sense of pride. (It arrives this Sunday, August 30.) Don't be left unprepared. The forecast is calling for a cool 72 degrees, but it's always Mai Tai weather, particularly at these local watering holes whipping up whimsical variations on the East Bay classic. 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Celebrate Bastille Day at Gaspar Brasserie with Hubert Keller

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 11:30 AM

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Whatever plans you made for Bastille Day, break them, and don’t forget to check that your foot isn’t tripping the sensor as you lower the portcullis behind you. Hubert Keller, the acclaimed celebrity chef, James Beard Award-winner for Best Chef: California, and occasional party animal, is hosting a one-day, five-course pop-up at Gaspar Brasserie along with Executive Chef Chris Jones Tuesday, July 14.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cinco de Mayo: Mole, Bolillo & Fry Bread Tacos

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Battle of Puebla, when Mexico triumphed over the French. Here in the U.S., the holiday is often akin to St. Patrick’s day, meaning folks take it as an excuse to get el blotto. It could also be an ideal time to explore mole, bolillo crusty bread rolls, and other special items that show the culinary melding of Mexico and the Francaise, (battles and invasions aside). 

For mole, the pollo en mole and enchiladas at San Jalisco on South Van Ness tend to get folks excited in a good way.

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