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Dining, SFoodie "The Chew" Debut Brings More Food to Daytime TV

"The Chew" Debut Brings More Food to Daytime TV

Only a few hours after the ladies of The View gabbed around the table, ABC debuted The Chew. The name rhymes and the concept is similar, although food-centric: everyone brings something different to the table. The mother hen that fills…
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Dining, SFoodie Psychedelic Pickled Quail Eggs at Alembic

Psychedelic Pickled Quail Eggs at Alembic

For those of us unfortunate enough to miss the Haight in its heyday, we feel nostalgia we can't explain every time we're in the neighborhood. In the swinging '60s, we were nothing more than an egg in our mother's ovary…
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Dining, SFoodie Frankaroni: a 4505 Meats Treat

Frankaroni: a 4505 Meats Treat

Do your dream of hot dog slices, great fried balls of macaroni and cheese, and can't stop humming the Rice-A-Roni jingle? Well, we have got the teenage wet dream treat for you. If you are lucky on Thursday or Saturday…
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Dining, SFoodie Studio Gourmet: New Local Web TV Show Interviews 1300 on Fillmore Chef David Lawrence

Studio Gourmet: New Local Web TV Show Interviews 1300 on Fillmore Chef David Lawrence

Inside the Actor's Studio meets the Food Network is how we would describe the new web-based show called Studio Gourmet SF. The concept is that a local chef with a good story will do a cooking demo, an in-depth interview…
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Dining, SFoodie Top Chef: Just Desserts Season Two -- New Fairies and Vicious Tales

Top Chef: Just Desserts Season Two -- New Fairies and Vicious Tales

We have been so accustomed to the endless cycle of Top Chef that when the last finale night didn't butt up against the premiere of a new season, we were taken aback. Despite being well versed on the fact that…
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Dining, SFoodie Livin' It Up with the "Hotel California" Menu at Orson

Livin' It Up with the "Hotel California" Menu at Orson

"Hotel California" by the Eagles is best known as a slightly spooky song that every dummy at a party will bust out on the guitar in an effort to impress girls. At least that's what I remember from college, other…
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Dining, SFoodie The Doughnut Burger: Dining with the Devil

The Doughnut Burger: Dining with the Devil

Here's some new burger lingo, courtesy of the new Civic Center-area restaurant Little Griddle: a Lucifer burger. You might think that means flames of hellfire or hot sauce, but gluttony will also get you to hell. In this case, the…
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Dining, SFoodie "Famous Food" on VH1: Guilty Pleasure

"Famous Food" on VH1: Guilty Pleasure

As we watched a real New Jersey housewife fight with a fictional New Jersey Big Pussy, we realized celebreality has officially taken over food TV. VH1's Famous Food is the latest food show to pop up on a previously nonfood…
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Dining, SFoodie Taste Honey Harvested from the Fairmont

Taste Honey Harvested from the Fairmont

What delivers the highest buzz in San Francisco? Rooftop beehives. The Chronicle and Bi-Rite have their own colonies, but the bees with the best zip code in town are at the Fairmont Hotel: Nob Hill views, access to the penthouse…
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Dining, SFoodie Pasta Gina's Vegetarian Pâté

Pasta Gina's Vegetarian Pâté

Perhaps it is because we are in withdrawal with our vegan contributor on vacation, or maybethere is nothing we love eating more than an oxymoron, but one of our newest food finds is vegetarian pâté from Pasta Gina in Noe…
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Dining, SFoodie Traci Des Jardins on <i>Top Chef Masters</i>, Duck Love, and Pop-Ups

Traci Des Jardins on Top Chef Masters, Duck Love, and Pop-Ups

Our local Top Chef Masters cheftestant Traci Des Jardins didn't win the title last night, but she did take home more than $30,000 for La Cocina and made us very proud. We spoke with her this afternoon, just for the…
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Dining, SFoodie <i>Top Chef Masters</i>: Nostalgic Finale Edition

Top Chef Masters: Nostalgic Finale Edition

Last night brought the finale of Bravo's Top Chef Masters, and our SF-based Traci Des Jardins was in it to win it. On the line was $100,000 for the cheftestants' charity of choice. For those of us rooting for the…
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Dining, SFoodie Next Week: Tillamook's Grilled Cheese Tour Takes Over San Francisco

Next Week: Tillamook's Grilled Cheese Tour Takes Over San Francisco

Tillamook cheese kicked off its S.F. Loaf Love Tour with a stop at, duh, the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen. The American's Commander-in-Cheese, Heidi, got the party started with a reveal of its new sandwich, the mac 'n' cheese grilled cheese.…
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Dining, SFoodie <i>Top Chef Masters</i>: Family Ties

Top Chef Masters: Family Ties

We were unsure of how we'd manage without Hugh(nibrow) on Top Chef Masters, and for the first episode without him, we were tweezed in two. Luckily, we still managed to stay tuned. For the Quickfire, the cheftestants had to…
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Dining, SFoodie Disco Balls Out, Army Tents In: Opening Report from Churchill

Disco Balls Out, Army Tents In: Opening Report from Churchill

Last night was the official opening of Churchill, the new bar from the Double Dutch and Bloodhound guys, in the old home of the Transfer and the Bar on Church. In an effort to get straighter than its previous (awesome)…
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Dining, SFoodie <i>Top Chef Masters</i> Recap: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Microwave

Top Chef Masters Recap: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Microwave

After last week's rerun, we were amped for last night's all new Top Chef Masters. What we were not so amped about? The episode's title, "Blinded Me with Science." We didn't go blind, but we came close pulling an optic…
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Dining, SFoodie Be a Chef: Enter the Pub at Ghirardelli Square's Burger Contest

Be a Chef: Enter the Pub at Ghirardelli Square's Burger Contest

Aspiring chef? Well, here's your shot at the big time. Get your burger on The Pub at Ghirardelli Square's menu for six months and win a $200 gift certificate. That's free money, people! The Pub, better known for barbecue, tots,…
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Dining, SFoodie It's Tapas, Not Topless: Sneak Peek at North Beach's Txoko

It's Tapas, Not Topless: Sneak Peek at North Beach's Txoko

Last night was the media preview and soft launch of Txoko. Because it's located in the old Enrico's space, we knew we were in for a larger-than-life and somewhat swanky affair. We first reported in February that the Naked Lunch…
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Dining, SFoodie Oprah Winfrey-Approved: The Five Best Moscow Mules in San Francisco

Oprah Winfrey-Approved: The Five Best Moscow Mules in San Francisco

On Wednesday, May 25, Oprah will no longer be seen in her 4 p.m. time slot. Our afternoon bestie for 25 years will exist no more, fled for her own cable network. Her 30-day countdown and goodbyes from famous friends…
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Dining, SFoodie Ten Worst Celebrity Cookbooks

Ten Worst Celebrity Cookbooks

The must-have celebrity accessories change as frequently as the daily fro-yo flavors. Move over small dogs, adopted children, and Birkin bags, this is the age of celebrity cookbooks. Eva Longoria, G Pal, Sheryl Crow (author of If It Makes You…
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