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Dining, SFoodie Mars Fights Hershey With New Pure Dark Pop-Up

Mars Fights Hershey With New Pure Dark Pop-Up

Wednesday sees the launch of a pop-up store in Cow Hollow promoting a line of artisanal-looking chocolates that SFoodie has never encountered before: Pure Dark. Today, SFoodie was sent a press packet containing a thick 70 percent cocoa "slab" whose…
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Dining, SFoodie Ben Tre, Scharffen Berger's Vietnamese Single-Origin Chocolate Bar

Ben Tre, Scharffen Berger's Vietnamese Single-Origin Chocolate Bar

Scharffen Berger chocolate maker Ray Major lovingly details the genesis of the company's Ben Tre 72% dark chocolate on the company's blog. Made from beans of seven-year-old cacao trees planted in the Ben Tre province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, a…
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Dining, SFoodie Where Can I Buy Locally Made Chocolate In a Post-Scharffen Berger World?

Where Can I Buy Locally Made Chocolate In a Post-Scharffen Berger World?

A question came in from D.F. this week:I used to buy Scharffen Berger chocolate, but now that Hershey bought out the company and left Berkeley, I don't know where to buy local chocolate. I've been buying bags of Guittard chips…
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News, The Snitch Wal-Mart of Weed Not Moving into Scharffen Berger Building

Wal-Mart of Weed Not Moving into Scharffen Berger Building

Take note, Sunset district neighbors wishing to keep pot dealers at bay: why not buy their building out from under them?A Berkeley developer has halted plans for a major West Berkeley marijuana retail outlet by buying the Scharffen Berger Chocolate…
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Dining, SFoodie If Aidells Is Out at Ferry Plaza, Shouldn't Scharffen Berger Have To Go Too?

If Aidells Is Out at Ferry Plaza, Shouldn't Scharffen Berger Have To Go Too?

On Tuesday, the Chronicle's C.W. Nevius reported that CUESA, the organization that runs the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, had informed Kathleen de Wilbur, the woman who has operated the Aidells Sausage stall for 17 years, that she would be out…
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Dining, Eat Victuals Tour

Victuals Tour

When out-of-towners ask me where they should visit when they come to San Francisco, my initial response is always the Ferry Building. North Beach and Muir Woods I get around to eventually, but my immediate, visceral recommendation is the bustling…
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Dining, SFoodie Co-Founder of Scharffen Berger Passes Away

Co-Founder of Scharffen Berger Passes Away

Sad news to report this morning: Robert Steinberg, the doctor who co-founded Berkeley's Scharffen Berger chocolate empire in 1996 with friend and former patient John Scharffenberger, died yesterday after a lengthy battle with lymphoma. Our thoughts are with his…
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Chuck and the Chocolate Factory

Last year was a dark one for chocolate lovers. In July 2005 the Hershey Co. acquired Berkeley's Scharffen Berger; in August, it gobbled up San Francisco's Joseph Schmidt. Sweet-toothed locals were certain this development would be the death knell for…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Pastries

Tartine Bakery 600 Guerrero (at 18th Street), 487-2600, www.tartinebakery.com Consider, if you will, a light-as-air citrus-edged genoise layered with a delicate grapefruit mousse and topped with torched peaks of meringue; or a crisp, flaky tart lined with bittersweet chocolate…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Free Food Tour

Scharffen Berger 914 Heinz (at Eighth Street), Berkeley, (510) 981-4066, www.scharffenberger.com The Bay Area boasts a holy trinity of chocolatiers (Ghirardelli, Joseph Schmidt, and Scharffen Berger), which proffer their exceptional morsels of delight to decaying teeth all over the…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Ice Cream (S.F.)

Ciao Bella Café 1 Ferry Building, No. 8, Market & Embarcadero, 834-9330, www.ciaobellagelato.com More than once we've inquired if the delicious ice creams and sorbets we've enjoyed for dessert in a variety of fancy restaurants were house-made and been…
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Dining, Eat Chocolate U

Chocolate U

My name is Meredith, and I am not a chocoholic. Oh, it's not that I don't enjoy the confection. In fact, at any one time, there may be as many as half a dozen items containing chocolate inhabiting my kitchen.…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Newsstand

When Adam Smith opened Fog City News in 1999, he focused on providing the most diverse offerings of magazines in what he accurately describes as an "elegantly old-fashioned" setting. He paid close attention to the aesthetics, hanging framed turn-of-the-century photos…
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Dining, Eat It's All Good

It's All Good

Certain words don't show up in my writing because they set my teeth on edge: "veggies," for instance, or "winners," as in "Other winners were the stuffed artichokes and the baked clams casino." (A few years ago, much sport was…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Dessert Menu

Although it's known primarily for its excellent wine cellar and its imaginative take on fusion cuisine, Eos is equally adept at the art and science of fabulous desserts. Recent examples have included a sort of über-Twix bar made of house-baked…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best California Cuisine

California cuisine might best be described as the food that results when our state's uncommon confluence of cultures meets up here on the edge of the Pacific Rim -- several zillion acres of produce on the right, the largest ocean…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Gelato

There is ice cream, and then there is gelato, the dense, intense ambrosia that is so readily available in Firenze and Roma and more or less nonexistent hereabouts (despite nominal imitations). The Ciao Bella version, however, is perfectly wonderful. The…
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Dining, Eat On the Right Track

On the Right Track

After five years in San Francisco, my friend Dana is leaving -- a sad thing, for sure, but there it is. You could say our paths crossed a few times during that period: I was the first person she laid…
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Loud & Proud

Elroy's Folsom & Beale, 882-7989. Open for lunch weekdays 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for dinner Sunday through Wednesday 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday to midnight. Reservations advised for Thursday through Saturday dinners. The…
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