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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hard Frescos blends cultures, gets you drunk

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 12:30 PM

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The Mexican version of Saint Patrick’s Day, Cinco De Mayo is an adopted holiday chiefly recognized by Caucasian-Americans looking for one more excuse to get drunk in the middle of the week. Hard Frescos, a new beverage concept that sits in the intersection of craft beer and agua fresca, provides one more means of getting there.


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Love Beets: Building a Better Bar

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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If I had a dollar for every latest and greatest health bar that I've seen launch in the past six months ... well, I probably wouldn't be writing this blog post. General guidelines for a better bar include fewer ingredients, simpler packaging, an inspirational story, and a series of "frees" — gluten free, sugar-free, soy-free, dairy-free, GMO-free, etc. Of all the bars I've sampled lately, here are some of my top picks.

If purple is the new green, then beets are the new kale of the food world and Love Beets Energy Bars are full of them. Made with fruits, seeds, beets and a grain-based protein blend, they're a portable, textured, chewy, and pretty tasty. Though they don't quite make the cut of being low on ingredients, they do boast a "nut-free" bonus and were created by a husband-wife duo in England.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What We Ate at the Fancy Food Show: Day Three

Posted By and on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 1:30 PM

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With a name that starts with "fancy," I expected the three-day Fancy Food Show to be a little more exquisite and a little less redundant (seriously, how many jars of marmalade or varieties of cheese does the world need?). That being said, the sheer number of vendors (1500 to be exact) and plethora of products (which topped off around 80,000) does give some idea of what the food world has to look forward to.


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Four Places for Session Cocktails in SF

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM

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Liquor ain’t cheap, and that’s true on both sides of the bar. For some local restaurants, getting a license for a full bar just isn’t feasible, especially if you’re small or just starting out. But how do you appeal to a cocktail crowd, when tequila, gin, vodka, and rum aren’t in your arsenal of spirits? Session cocktails.

A term borrowed from the craft beer world and used to describe brews with lower ABV (alcohol by volume), session cocktails use vermouth, port, and other fortified liquors as the base. Though the restriction of sticking to spirits under 15 percent ABV is limiting to some mixologists, it inspires others. Session cocktails are also ideal for brunches, luncheons, and daytime drinking in general, with just enough alcohol to take off the edge without pushing you over it.

Here’s four hot spots to get sessions in SF.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

An Explosion of Freshness at Origami Market

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM

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Fast casual is the latest sweetheart term of the culinary world, designating an eatery that’s somewhere between fast food and traditional casual dining. Chipotle is the standard restaurant used to exemplify the term for people like me who don’t really understand it, but SOMA’s new Origami Market has perfected it.

It's the brainchild of local restaurateur Kash Feng, who has spent years working on a way to bring healthy, Japanese/Asian-inspired food to the masses. Sitting just across the street from Zynga and adjacent to sister restaurant Omakase, Feng’s latest venture is in the perfect spot to compete with free lunches offered by neighboring tech companies.

And compete it does (not that anyone is trying to give me free lunches). I stopped in for a meal less than a week after they opened to see what fast casual Japanese food looks like in action. My first impression was of a clean, spacious restaurant with helpful staff and delightful origami-inspired decorations. Definitely not Chipotle-casual.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Hatch Chile Season Has Officially Started

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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  • Hatch chiles in the roaster.

Did you miss your first opportunity to get Hatch Chiles at Mollie Stone’s?

Yesterday, a crew of roasting professionals from Melissa’s set up camp on Collingwood Street, next to the Castro Mollie Stone’s, in time for a 10 a.m. opening. They had three roasting machines going, which created a formidable heat shimmer and a 50-foot radius within which you could smell the burn. By 10:15, the atmosphere was decidedly circus-like, with people gleefully walking away with boxes of 10 and 25 pounds.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Phumplings Exist and They Look Amazing

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM


Okay yes, food mashups are terrible and tiresome and whatever else, but now there's something real I can get behind. Gothamist brings word that New York has invented the Phumpling, a soup dumpling filled with pho broth, shredded beef, and herbs and spices like star anise, lemongrass, and cilantro.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Trend Watch: Will Clay Become the New Green Juice?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

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Perhaps by now you’ve heard that eating clay is a hot new trend among celebrities. Bentonite clay, after all, is about as neutral of a substance as you can get, and it’s touted for its detoxifying properties. Until now, those applications were mostly external (e.g., facial masks), but clay reportedly also freshens your breath and helps you lose weight, as Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz told Seth Meyers and Us Weekly, respectively.

Skeptics will probably conclude that this is just the latest açai berry, another mildly beneficial fad that will be hyped up by an industry preying on people’s anxieties only to be discarded in 18 months for the next mildly beneficial remedy.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Yelp Trends Answers All Your Food Trend Questions

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Conscientious eaters are no stranger to San Francisco, as shown by this chart.
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Food trends have always been a strange thing  to follow. From jello salads to cabbage soup to ramen burgers, trends range from hybrid foods or whatever is supposed to be healthy at the moment.

Review site Yelp recently launched a tool that maps out and compares food trends over time in different cities. Yelp Trends works much like its parent site in that it'll give you the most popular result for the item you're searching for.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

San Francisco Sure Does Love Its Waffles

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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Handheld waffles are big business in Belgium, and they're reaching critical mass in San Francisco. This morning brought news via Inside Scoop that Anthony Myint of Mission Chinese, Commonwealth, and Mission Bowling Club, is teaming up with coffee roaster Andrew Barnett (formerly of Ecco, which is now Intelligentsia) to open Linea Caffe, a little espresso/food stand in the Mission, right next to Duc Loi supermarket.

Sounds like the cafe's focus will be on espresso instead of pour-over coffee, but the bigger news is that Myint will be trying out a few new concepts: GreenSalads.org, which comes with its own manifesto, and Lt. Waffle, which will be offering sweet and savory Brussels-style waffles.

See also: B.street Waffles: Hearty Hand-Held Waffles an S.F. Hit

Three Places to Get Your Waffle On

The Waffle-gato: The Off-the-Menu Item at Blue Bottle You Haven't Heard Of

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