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Dining, SFoodie Local Gift List: Vegan Chocolate, Porridge Bread & Sous-Vide at Home

Local Gift List: Vegan Chocolate, Porridge Bread & Sous-Vide at Home

Vegan chocolates are not usually our go-to items for a sweet fix, mainly due to their texture and mouthfeel. However, the goodies from Obsession Confection Disorder, a one-woman East Bay outfit run by Melodi Brooke Donahue, are as smooth and…
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Dining, Feature There Will Be Bread: The Newest Development in Food Culture Is Also the Oldest

There Will Be Bread: The Newest Development in Food Culture Is Also the Oldest

You're here, so you're probably a foodie (whether you like it or not). You've read everything there is to know about local sourcing and seasonal menus and the advantages of grass-fed beef. You've endured the rolling eyes of friends who…
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Dining, Eat Bar Tartine Sandwich Shop: Worth Some Time in Line

Bar Tartine Sandwich Shop: Worth Some Time in Line

Let's not kid ourselves: There will be lines. Once word spreads about Bar Tartine's 6-week-old sandwich shop, and especially after it starts hawking baker/owner Chad Robertson's expertly turned-out loaves from the 15,000-pound custom bread oven, these early days when you…
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Dining, SFoodie Bar Tartine's Lentil Croquette Sandwich Offers a Healthier Alternative to Falafel

Bar Tartine's Lentil Croquette Sandwich Offers a Healthier Alternative to Falafel

Bar Tartine opened a daytime sandwich annex on Aug. 1 featuring snacks, soups, salads, and sandwiches including miniature Danish open-face rye smørrebrød sandwiches; items are priced around $5-18. This menu is mercurial by nature and has already undergone some permutations…
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Dining, SFoodie Sprouted Rye at Bar Tartine

Sprouted Rye at Bar Tartine

It was no surprise that Sunday brunch at Bar Tartine was delicious. The eggs on the Benedict perfectly poached, served under strips of crisp and smokey bacon, a dousing of caraway Hollandaise sauce and a handful of fresh greens.…
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Dining, SFoodie Number 1: Bar Tartine's Blood Sausage

Number 1: Bar Tartine's Blood Sausage

The lengths to which chefs like Bar Tartine's Nicolaus Balla are going to ensure the authenticity of their creative vision are reaching the poetic. In age when…
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Dining, SFoodie Chow Names Its 13 Most Influential Food Types of the Year

Chow Names Its 13 Most Influential Food Types of the Year

​Every year, San Francisco-based Chow.com puts together its Chow 13, profiles of 13 people whose influence has been felt across the world of food. This year, for example, Tartine's Chad Robertson made the list for selling amateur bakers on the…
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Dining, SFoodie Nick Balla: 'I'd been planning for years on doing a Hungarian restaurant'

Nick Balla: 'I'd been planning for years on doing a Hungarian restaurant'

Nicolaus (Nick) Balla made his reputation in San Francisco cooking in Japanese restaurants. The CIA grad ran a restaurant in Michigan before moving out to San Francisco, where he worked in Ozumo before becoming the opening chef of O…
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Dining, SFoodie Bar Tartine Switches from California Cuisine to Chicken Paprikas

Bar Tartine Switches from California Cuisine to Chicken Paprikas

It's rare for SF Weekly to rereview restaurants -- small paper, big dining scene. But it was impossible for me to stay away from Bar Tartine after the owners hired a new chef, Nick Balla, who was known for his…
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Dining, Eat Bar Tartine: Under New Chef Nick Balla, a Turn Toward Cal-Hungarian

Bar Tartine: Under New Chef Nick Balla, a Turn Toward Cal-Hungarian

Bar Tartine's meggyleves, a Hungarian chilled sour-cherry soup ($9), was the pale pink of a young girl's birthday card, complete with a cloud of sour cream. Despite its fruity appearance, the soup turned out to be bewitchingly savory. Much like…
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Dining, SFoodie Night at Bar Tartine Will Help Children with Special Needs

Night at Bar Tartine Will Help Children with Special Needs

Benefit Dinner for the Conductive Learning Center of San Francisco Where: Bar Tartine, 561 Valencia (at 16th St.) When: Monday, June 27, cocktails at 6:30 p.m., dinner and auction follow Cost: $250 per person (includes wine, tax, and gratuity; fully…
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Dining, SFoodie Tartine's New Focus on Ancient Grains, More About Fair Trade Coffee, Another Questionable Food App

Tartine's New Focus on Ancient Grains, More About Fair Trade Coffee, Another Questionable Food App

Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.1. Ancient Grains. The Bay Citizen conducted an e-mail interview with Tartine's Chad Robertson, who's been taking trips to Denmark to learn how…
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Dining, SFoodie Remaking the World, by Hand

Remaking the World, by Hand

On Artisan Food: Kim Severson, Chad Robertson, and Sue Conley When: Wed., Mar. 2, 8 p.m. Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400 Cost: $21 The rundown: The notion of artisan food wasn't invented in Northern California, but…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 87: Outerlands' Levain Bread

No. 87: Outerlands' Levain Bread

The levain at Outerlands isn't just great bread, it's the heart of the restaurant, the centerpiece of much of its food: Dave Muller and Lana…
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Dining, SFoodie Tartine Launching Second Bread Bakery, Absinthe Loses Its Pastry Chef

Tartine Launching Second Bread Bakery, Absinthe Loses Its Pastry Chef

​The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.The Feast breaks the biggest news of the day: It's been no secret that Tartine Bakery's Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt were taking…
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Dining, SFoodie Baking from <i>Tartine Bread</i>, Part II: A New Starter

Baking from Tartine Bread, Part II: A New Starter

This story does have a happy-ish ending.​ Part II of a two-part series on my weeks-long attempt to make the basic recipe from Chad Robertson's new cookbook, Tartine Bread.The worst part of seeing my first loaves fail, a disappointment after…
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Dining, SFoodie Baking from <i>Tartine Bread</i>, Part I: Always Begin With Failure

Baking from Tartine Bread, Part I: Always Begin With Failure

​The day I received an advance copy of Chad Robertson's Tartine Bread I decided, in lieu of my weekly post about a local bread, to bake the basic country loaf from the book. Despite my previous grumbles about the opaque…
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Dining, SFoodie Dolores, Lamb Dumplings, and Fries On a Sandwich: This Week in Food Bloggery

Dolores, Lamb Dumplings, and Fries On a Sandwich: This Week in Food Bloggery

Lou BustamanteFrom Giordano's, with love.​Five highlights from the blog this week: 1. The Blue Bottle Dolores Park cart drama has ended with BB pulling out of the park and canceling its lease. John Birdsall's post-mortem post is a lovely elegy…
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Dining, SFoodie

Tartine's Chad Robertson Brings His Bread Bible to Omnivore

Someone who loves on bread as much as Chad Robertson does (watch the video above for evidence) deserves all the lines and critical praise his Tartine Bakery gets. The best part is that Robertson doesn't appear to be stingy…
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Culture, Books

Tartine

By Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson Chronicle (August) ($35) Every so often an eatery opens that becomes not only a touchstone for its neighborhood, but also a symbol of its city. San Francisco's Tartine Bakery is just such a…
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