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Dining, SFoodie Sound Bites: A Guide to Local Food Radio

Sound Bites: A Guide to Local Food Radio

There are a few quality local radio spots and programs that help to build appetites in between traffic and news reports. The godfather of Bay Area food radio is Gene Burns, whose Dining Around program ran for many years on…
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Dining, SFoodie Seven Hot Looks for Restaurant Critics

Seven Hot Looks for Restaurant Critics

Earlier this week, Eater ran (or is it reran? I've seen this post before) a post listing hot looks for hot chefs. Faced with a magazine shoot? Hold a knife! Or a pig's head! SFoodie knows all too well…
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Dining, SFoodie The Joy of Arguing with Top 100 Lists

The Joy of Arguing with Top 100 Lists

I tend to study critics' lists and guidebooks the way some people search for meaning in baseball stats ― I argue with the…
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Dining, SFoodie The Year in Food: Local Media Explodes

The Year in Food: Local Media Explodes

Twelve months, ten storylines: It's SFoodie's annual look back at the year in food. San Franciscans have always loved to read about restaurants, from the days of Herb Caen sputtering outrage about the $1 cup of coffee at the Washbag…
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Dining, SFoodie Think the <em>Chron</em>'s Critic Could Write About Food Trucks In His Home City?

Think the Chron's Critic Could Write About Food Trucks In His Home City?

Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Wednesday, Inside Scoop's Michael Bauer whipped out three favorites from a tour of Portland food carts: ginger chicken from Nong's Khao Man Gai, the cutlet sandwich at The People's Pig (pictured here), and goulash…
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Dining, SFoodie What Happens When a Food Critic Isn't Exactly Anonymous?

What Happens When a Food Critic Isn't Exactly Anonymous?

Our favorite morsel from the blogs. The top editor at Chow had a moment of ethical self-doubt last week. Jane Goldman showed up for Plow's first weekday breakfast, liked the frittata and lemon-ricotta pancakes, and said so on Chowhound. Two…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Chron</em> Writers Win AFJ Awards

Chron Writers Win AFJ Awards

This weekend, the Association of Food Journalists ― one of the two major professional organizations for food writers ― announced the winners of its annual awards. Bay Area writers took home three prizes: The Chronicle's Michael Bauer won first place…
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Dining, SFoodie Ever Pretended to Be a Restaurant Critic's Relative to Get Better Service?

Ever Pretended to Be a Restaurant Critic's Relative to Get Better Service?

We read Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer's harrowing blog post about desperate diners masquerading as his relatives in order to curry special treatment at restaurants. There was the story about the "two gals" at The Tipsy Pig: At one point…
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Dining, SFoodie Why Do You Review Some Little Mexican Restaurant When You Should Be Tackling Wayfare Tavern?

Why Do You Review Some Little Mexican Restaurant When You Should Be Tackling Wayfare Tavern?

Today's "Ask the Critic" comes courtesy of J. B. at Grub Street SF, who writes in his weekly summary of restaurant reviews around the city:In a summer rife with so many notable openings, both large and small, we don't totally…
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Dining, SFoodie Don't Ask Michael Bauer Where to Eat Mexican. Ask Us

Don't Ask Michael Bauer Where to Eat Mexican. Ask Us

On his blog this morning at Inside Scoop, Chronicle critic Michael Bauer misses the Tex-Mex combination plates he devoured in his Dallas days ― and bemoans the fact he can't find a good Mexican place in the Bay Area ―…
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Dining, SFoodie What Does It Say When the <em>Chron</em>'s Food Critic Looks for the City's Best Caesar at a Senior Center?

What Does It Say When the Chron's Food Critic Looks for the City's Best Caesar at a Senior Center?

Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Food in this city has changed, irrevocably. Younger eaters and all-ages early adopters ― they're bypassing the traditional restaurant experience for something more meaningful, more gestural, communal. At first I thought it was just…
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Dining, SFoodie Reports on the Death of Fusion Are Greatly Exaggerated: A Response to Michael Bauer

Reports on the Death of Fusion Are Greatly Exaggerated: A Response to Michael Bauer

My first response on reading Michael Bauer's post today, "What happened to fusion cuisine?" was a pleasant, if slightly embarrassed, sigh of nostalgia, the kind that escapes when you're rustling through a drawer and come across an old prom photo…
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Dining, SFoodie Inside Scoop Bitch-Slaps Michael Bauer

Inside Scoop Bitch-Slaps Michael Bauer

Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Ever seen Whatever, Martha? That's the show on Fine Living Network that shows Martha Stewart's daughter Alexis and friend Jennifer Koppelman Hutt watching old clips from mom's show and keeping up a running, scorn-laced…
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Dining, SFoodie Chronicle Top 100 List Quietly Swells to 101

Chronicle Top 100 List Quietly Swells to 101

Believe us, we know all about the urge to engineer a do-over for something that, weeks after publishing, we've reconsidered. When it comes to last month's Chronicle Top 100, it looks as if restaurant critic Michael Bauer has pulled off…
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Dining, SFoodie Uncomfortable Much?: Eater Editor Joins <em>Chronicle </em> Food Staff

Uncomfortable Much?: Eater Editor Joins Chronicle Food Staff

Hatchet-burying alert: After spending two years at Eater calling him Mikey Two Stars, and even busting his cover, Paolo Lucchesi will be calling Chronicle senior food editor Michael Bauer "boss." On his blog this morning, Bauer announced that Lucchesi is…
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Dining, SFoodie Cream Colored Ponies and Crisp Apple Streudels

Cream Colored Ponies and Crisp Apple Streudels

EaterSF just hipped me to the post that Chron food critic Michael Bauer put up on his Between Meals blog this morning. In "A few of my favorite things," Bauer names 10 of his favorite local comfort foods and…
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Dining, SFoodie How To Talk To Socialists About Four Star Dining

How To Talk To Socialists About Four Star Dining

In the continuing battle for Chron food scribe Michael Bauer's soul comes this advice from Daniel Scherotter, Chef-Owner of FiDi Italian spot Palio D'Asti. A little background here: Bauer unwittingly prompted a wave of sniping comments last week after…
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Dining, SFoodie WSJ Calls San Francisco Dining Scene 'Big White Blank'

WSJ Calls San Francisco Dining Scene 'Big White Blank'

It is with a huge dollop of disbelief and a dash of righteous anger that Chron Food Critic Michael Bauer recently posted on his blog about a Wall Street Journal column that ran this past weekend calling San Francisco…
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Dining, SFoodie Eat It Up: Chawan Mushi In San Francisco

Eat It Up: Chawan Mushi In San Francisco

Reading both Chronicle scribe Michael Bauer's and Tablehopper's recent mouth-watering reviews of Yoshi's San Francisco reminded me of my all-time favorite Japanese dish: chawan mushi, a traditional Japanese savory egg custard dish made with dashi and usually filled with…
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Dining, SFoodie Mecca Makes The Shit List: Bauer Lays The Hurt On

Mecca Makes The Shit List: Bauer Lays The Hurt On

I have to admit, I love when this happens. Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer is not happy, and you know what that means: culinary bitch slap! Following a fire last summer and subsequent remodeling (not to mention the loss…
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