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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday Six: Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Cookbook, Michelin Stars Gone Wild

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:12 AM

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The world of Michelin stars gets ever more competitive for chefs but easier to manage as a diner.

Freddie Prinze Jr. releases the cookbook you’ve been waiting for your entire life 
Re member when it was the '90s, and everything was better? Well, the '90s actor famous for having the most stable Hollywood marriage with his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar has finally answered our prayers and published a cookbook. It’s family-focused and rooted in Freddie's New Mexican upbringing. If you buy his book, now he will know what you did this summer. (That joke has been a long time coming.)

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Shiba Ramen: Two Former Chemists Open Brainchild Ramen Shop

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 4:00 PM

JAKE FREED
  • Jake Freed
In the 1980s, Emeryville's Public Market with its rows of neon and introduction to approachable (i.e. fast) ethnic food was all the rage. Three decades later, the dilapidated social space is getting a much-needed facelift and a whole new slew of contemporary eateries that promise to create "a current, authentic environment," according to Mark Stefan, president of the realty company that currently owns the space. 

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Ramen Throwdown: Nippon Gochiso Select Vs. Top Ramen

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM

NGS Kiosk at Berkeley Bowl West - A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
  • NGS Kiosk at Berkeley Bowl West

Late last month, Nippon Gochiso Select (NGS) — a line of 40 premium artisanal Japanese products — broke into the Bay Area, inspiring a 10-hands pop-up dinner at Nico's in San Francisco, debuting on the menus of Craftsman and Wolves, B-Dama, and Hopscotch, and making its home on the shelves of Berkeley Bowl West (at least for the time being).
 
"Gochiso” has several meanings related to feasting, hospitality and gratitude. By my estimation, then, NGS (the brainchild of recipe developer and food educator, Ema Koeda) has something to do with celebrating and appreciating Japanese food. NGS is also, more specifically, a line of premium local food products — local to Japan, that is — that Koeda and her team hope to get into the homes of American cooks and consumers.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Japanese Curry in NanoTokyo

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Beef curry served over ramen. - ERIC S. BURKETT
  • Eric S. Burkett
  • Beef curry served over ramen.

There's something sort of hausfrau-ish about Japanese curries. Unlike their more exotic counterparts from India or Southeast Asia, fragrant with herbs and rich with coconut milk, Japanese curries have a certain homely quality, much like dads' beef stew. They're satisfying in a cold-weather sort of way, even rib-sticking with their thick, brown sauce and chunks of root vegetables.

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Noodling About Ramen Shop's New Bar

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Scallion Pancakes - JEFFREY EDALATPOUR
  • Jeffrey Edalatpour
  • Scallion Pancakes

Five months shy of its third anniversary, Ramen Shop in Oakland has expanded its footprint, acquiring the space next door. According to the leftover awning still in place, it used to be a luggage store. Ignoring old signage is evidentiary chutzpah. Phantom hands have spelled out the restaurant's name in white letters sized for the eyes of an owl. With an abundance of bumptious bodies and snaking lines, the message is clear: “If you cannot find our coordinates, you aren’t meant to.”

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Choose Your Ramen Adventure at Coco's, in Bernal Heights

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM

STEPHANIE KUO
  • Stephanie Kuo

There is no shortage of ramen in the city. With recent chain expansions like Orenchi Beyond and Ramen Yamadaya alongside San Francisco’s own favorites, there’s definitely something for everyone. Despite the many options, it’s difficult to find a ramen house that caters to the ramen purist while still offering all of the traditional broth flavors. You typically either get only tonkotsu variations, or a menu with no tonkotsu at all — not awesome if you need to cater to all ramen preferences. The answer is finally here: look no further than Coco’s Ramen, a little gem in Bernal Heights where there is something for everyone.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Ramen Is Killing the Planet (Dammit)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM

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May we bring your Monday afternoon down to the lowest low for a second? It turns out that ramen is an environmental and social disaster. Not as gross as hog lagoons, maybe, but definitely worse than SodaStream.

The culprit here is that seemingly-banal-yet-counterintuitively-vicious ingredient: palm oil, whose use is skyrocketing because it’s a nutritious alternative to trans fats. And who knew it was in ramen? As with blood diamonds, and genocidal avocados, it can be hard to trace back a product's sinister lineage when you're the end user.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Kirimashi Ramen Is Back from the Dead and Satiating Embarcadero 3

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Tonkotsu ramen - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • Tonkotsu ramen

Thanksgiving is over and the last bits of that 3D-printed turducken you ate are probably gone with it. If you didn’t have the chance to make turkey soup, there’s nothing better during a week of rain than a nice bowl of ramen. If you live or work anywhere near downtown, your options have been pretty sparse until now. There’s Michael Mina’s Ramen Bar, but the sunken plaza out front is currently occupied by seven-foot-tall Xmas ornaments, and puddles.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Small Touches Go Far at Waraku

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Tonkotsu ramen at Waraku. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Tonkotsu ramen at Waraku.

Last summer, Japanese restaurant Men Oh Tokushima Ramen opened its second American location on Geary Street in San Francisco, followed by a hot pot spot called Shabuway. Its new Japantown sister spot Waraku provides similar quality and value. Located in the former Bushi-Tei restaurant space (Bushi Tei Bistro is still open across the street in Japan Center), the interior has been made over into a slightly more casual and affordable spot.

See Also:Japanese Ramen Import Men Oh Opens Second U.S. Location in SF

Shabuway's Answer to Arnold Palmer: Half and Half Hot Pot

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Japanese Import Men Oh Opens Second U.S. Location in San Francisco

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Tokushima ramen comes with a pasteurized raw egg. - DOUGLAS ZIMMERMAN
  • Douglas Zimmerman
  • Tokushima ramen comes with a pasteurized raw egg.

Men Oh Tokushima Ramen has been softly open since July 20 and had an official grand opening the weekend before last. It's the second American location of a Japanese-based ramen restaurant; the first thrives in Union City in the East Bay.

The current menu is focused around two styles of ramen ($7.95-8.95): tonkatsu and Tokushima, named after the town in Japan where the chain is based. Both are pork bone-based and include pork and a mix of vegetables, but the tonkotsu is salt-based and the Tokushima is soy-based. The latter is a less common find in the Bay Area and can be served with a raw, pasteurized egg to crack into the bowl, which offers a subtle richness as the egg gently dissolves in the broth rather than cooking into clumps as in an egg drop soup. Noodles taste outstandingly fresh and have the right amount of give and chew.

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