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Dining, SFoodie Take a Look ― Best Of San Francisco 2011 Is All Wrapped Up

Take a Look ― Best Of San Francisco 2011 Is All Wrapped Up

It's done: Receipts for burgers and marrow-stuffed-squid have long been smoothed out and submitted, conversations about which Brazilian snack shop deserves a drive ― SF Weekly's Best of San Francisco 2011 issue is stacked in free boxes across town, scrollable…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 2: Yuba from Hodo Soy Beanery

No. 2: Yuba from Hodo Soy Beanery

Quick, name three of the Bay Area's iconic foods: local Dungeness, naturally; levain raised by ambient yeasts, to be sure; but tofu skins? No way.…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 4: Beef Stew from Il Cane Rosso

No. 4: Beef Stew from Il Cane Rosso

What's known around here as Cal cuisine, the meridional French/pan-Italian hybrid that emerged in the 1980s as Northern California's regional style, has taken its…
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Dining, SFoodie Off the Grid Expanding to North Berkeley

Off the Grid Expanding to North Berkeley

Well, well, well: The East Bay Express reports this morning that Off the Grid is expanding outside of San Francisco. Nearly a year after the first Off the Grid event pulled up to Fort Mason Center, the megapopular street food…
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Dining, SFoodie Chocolatier Goodness

Chocolatier Goodness

Chocolate Deconstructed: A TCHO Chocolatier Where:18 Reasons, 593 Guerrero (at 18th St.) When: Wed., May 18, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $35; purchase via Brown Paper Tickets The rundown: Chocolate used to be a hell of a lot more mysterious, back before…
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Dining, SFoodie

Tracking Down Jewish Food in France

Joan Nathan and Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous Where: Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez (at Church), 282-4712 When: Wed., May 18, 6-7 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: Sure, you had falafel in Paris junior year in college, at…
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Dining, SFoodie OysterFest 2011, All Over But the Shells

OysterFest 2011, All Over But the Shells

San Francisco has a way of using food to frame things: disasters, political discussions, drugs. On Saturday. an outdoor concert with the likes of Guster and Rodrigo y Gabriela was framed with bivalves. The 12th annual OysterFest brought together succulence…
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Dining, SFoodie I'm Outta Here Soon. Who Wants My Chair?

I'm Outta Here Soon. Who Wants My Chair?

So, after two years as editor of SFoodie, I've decided to move on to pursue other writing projects ― the last day of my byline here is Fri., May 20. There'll be time, later next week (when the beer I've…
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Dining, SFoodie Anda Piroshki Coming to 331 Cortland

Anda Piroshki Coming to 331 Cortland

Anna Tvelova arrived from Moscow, took a look at San Francisco, and thought: Oh. "I thought California would be warmer," says Tvelova, the 33-year-old owner of Anda Piroshki, which is slated to open in the 331 Cortland Marketplace in two…
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Dining, SFoodie Sandor Katz, Gettin' Tangy at Omnivore Books

Sandor Katz, Gettin' Tangy at Omnivore Books

Sandor Katz and Wild Fermentation Where: Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez (at Church), 282-4712 When: Fri., May 13, 6-7 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: If you're a fermentation fetishist like Sandor Ellix Katz, no doubt you long ago…
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Dining, SFoodie New Taste Marketplace Has Got Talent

New Taste Marketplace Has Got Talent

May New Taste Marketplace Where: St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro (at Mariposa) When: Sat., May 14, noon-5 p.m. Cost: Bring cash for food, and to donate to the Food Pantry and St. Gregory's The rundown: Pop-up…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 7: Aunt Malai's Lao Sausage Sandwich at Pal's Takeaway

No. 7: Aunt Malai's Lao Sausage Sandwich at Pal's Takeaway

Jeff Mason layers a sandwich the way a curator hangs a gallery, with an eye for the vivid, the finely rendered, or the quietly spectacular.…
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Dining, SFoodie Bites on Broadway: Friday Food Pod Launches June 10 at Oakland Tech

Bites on Broadway: Friday Food Pod Launches June 10 at Oakland Tech

Oakland was a haven for food trucks long before Korean short ribs met the tortilla. And though ― outside Fruitvale ― the city's mobile vending rules won't allow trucks to cluster on city streets like they do in Emeryville, organizers…
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Dining, SFoodie Rice Paper Scissors: Yes, Hue

Rice Paper Scissors: Yes, Hue

Rice Paper Scissors Goes to Huế Where: "An industrial workshop in the Mission"; exact address to be tweeted (follow here, or here) or e-mailed (sign up here) on the day of the event When: Fri., May 13, 6-10 p.m. Cost:…
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Dining, SFoodie Food Trucks Slinging Healthy for Mission High

Food Trucks Slinging Healthy for Mission High

Second Annual Veggie Fiesta Where: Mission High School parking lot, Dolores Street between 17th and 18th Streets When: Sat., May 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: Food items individually priced; a portion of food sales goes to Mission High's nutrition education…
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Dining, SFoodie Sidewalk Eats for Sunday Streets

Sidewalk Eats for Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets on 24th Where: La Victoria Mexican Bakery and Cafe, 2937 24th St. (at Alabama), 642-7120; Pal's Takeaway, 2751 24th St. (at Hampshire), 203-4911 When: Sun., May 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The rundown: For Sunday Streets' Mission edition, a…
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Dining, SFoodie Off the Grid Expands in Civic Center, U.N. Plaza

Off the Grid Expands in Civic Center, U.N. Plaza

Like oil companies and pot clubs, the food-truck biz is thriving. With a steady influx of new vendors and the growing appetite for food handed out through Plexi flaps, it was inevitable that Off the Grid would expand. The latest:…
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Dining, SFoodie Starter Bakery: Ex-S.F. Baking Institute Teacher Rolls Out Perfect Pastries

Starter Bakery: Ex-S.F. Baking Institute Teacher Rolls Out Perfect Pastries

Jamie…
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Dining, SFoodie Roving Pizzas Go Slice-to-Slice at Coffee Bar

Roving Pizzas Go Slice-to-Slice at Coffee Bar

Nomadic Pizza Throwdown, a Benefit for Japan Relief Where:Coffee Bar, 1890 Bryant (at Mariposa), 551-8100 When: Fri., May 13, 6-9:30 p.m. Cost: $12 admission; includes four pizza-tasting tokens, one drink token, and one voting token. For the hungry, there's also…
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Dining, SFoodie This Weekend: Toasty Melts Folds Up the Card Table

This Weekend: Toasty Melts Folds Up the Card Table

Back in 2009, SFoodie got pinged by a guy who was teaming up with his girlfriend to wade into the slightly anarchic card-table Mission new-school street-food scene. Their name: Toasty Melts. Their concept: grilled cheese sandwiches, cooked on wimpy portable…
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