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Dining, SFoodie Haute Hipsters Eat Funnel Cake at Huxley

Haute Hipsters Eat Funnel Cake at Huxley

Earlier this summer, I was on a family vacation in Colorado when my sister and I walked by a funnel cake stand. "Here's the thing about funnel cake," I told her. "It always smells amazing, but then I get it…
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Dining, Eat Oaxaca-torium: Oakland's Agave Uptown

Oaxaca-torium: Oakland's Agave Uptown

When you're approaching a Mexican cantina, you know what you're in for the second you open the door: a great big fiesta involving sombreros pinned to the wall, mariachi music blasting from the sound system, hitting your head on a…
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Dining, SFoodie A Single Cocktail Eclipses Oola's Entire Menu

A Single Cocktail Eclipses Oola's Entire Menu

Located on a small stretch of Folsom, between Fourth and Fifth streets, Oola is a restaurant and bar with an unusual name, but a fairly conventional concept. With its high ceilings, exposed brick, reclaimed timber, and edgy Pop Art,…
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Dining, Eat Bar: Drink Your Heroin at The Barbary Coast

Bar: Drink Your Heroin at The Barbary Coast

If you set out on a quest to find San Francisco's Barbary Coast, the chances that you'll end up sipping a barrel-aged cocktail beneath a fig tree in North Beach are good, but not great. You're just as likely to…
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Dining, SFoodie Negroni Week Recap: One Swiller's Search for Copacetic Campari

Negroni Week Recap: One Swiller's Search for Copacetic Campari

If charity isn't a good reason for drinking, then what is? Last week over 6,000 establishments in over 44 countries took part in the third annual Negroni Week, designating favorite charities (from food banks to pet adoption) and dreaming…
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Dining, SFoodie Enjoy Summer with a "Climate-Controlled Patio Picnic" at Starbelly

Enjoy Summer with a "Climate-Controlled Patio Picnic" at Starbelly

It's summer in San Francisco and you know what that means — hazy gray mornings, sun-speckled afternoons, and long lazy evenings wrapped in parkas in Golden Gate Park. Let's face it, the City by the Bay wasn't exactly made for…
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Dining, SFoodie How to Eat LocoL: A cheat sheet for interpreting Oakland's latest fast food fad

How to Eat LocoL: A cheat sheet for interpreting Oakland's latest fast food fad

Roy Choi (Kogi BBQ) and Daniel Patterson (Coi, Plum Bar, Haven) are on a mission to change the way you think about fast food. Their brain child — LocoL — aspires to offer quality food at affordable prices, while also serving as…
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Dining, SFoodie Sophina Uong Kicks it Up a Notch at Calavera

Sophina Uong Kicks it Up a Notch at Calavera

Spicy is the name of the game when it comes to the culinary undertakings of Executive Chef Sophina Uong (Waterbar, Revival, Picán), the latest to helm the kitchen at Oakland Mexican hot spot, Calavera. After joining the team this…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Behind the Scene with <i>The Last Five Years</i>

Behind the Scene with The Last Five Years

For the past six weeks, Margo Seibert (Rocky) and Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia!) have spent most of their waking moments independently pouring themselves into the same two-person show — The Last Five Years, directed by Michael Berresse and playing at A.C.T.’s…
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Dining, SFoodie Hard Frescos blends cultures, gets you drunk

Hard Frescos blends cultures, gets you drunk

The Mexican version of Saint Patrick’s Day, Cinco De Mayo is an adopted holiday chiefly recognized by Caucasian-Americans looking for one more excuse to get drunk in the middle of the week. Hard Frescos, a new beverage concept that…
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Dining, SFoodie West Oakland's Trouble Coffee: Still Gleaming White, One Year In

West Oakland's Trouble Coffee: Still Gleaming White, One Year In

Nearly one year after Giulietta Carrelli opened her third Trouble Coffee on a nondescript street corner off of 16th and Willow streets in West Oakland, I finally tried the $4 toast that starting making headlines in 2014. The place was…
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News, Feature Over-Crafted Cocktails

Over-Crafted Cocktails

A classic craft cocktail need not be complicated. Take the Martini, the Old Fashioned, the White Russian, the Negroni. Even the Moscow Mule in its pretentious little copper cup is but a three-ingredient drink stirred with ice and maybe a…
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Dining, SFoodie Jasper's Serves "Interesting" Pub Food in the Tenderloin

Jasper's Serves "Interesting" Pub Food in the Tenderloin

“Interesting. Oh, that’s so interesting!” This was the single most common phrase uttered when my parents joined me for dinner at Jasper’s Corner Tap and Kitchen late last month. Nebraskans in their late 50’s, my parents had never visited…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Benjamin’s Scheuer Plays Six Guitars and One Audience in <i>The Lion</i>

Benjamin’s Scheuer Plays Six Guitars and One Audience in The Lion

In Benjamin’s Scheuer’s one-man musical show, The Lion (now playing at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater), he takes the lead alongside a cast of six guitars, some of which literally play the roles of the guitars of his past. He earnestly, playfully,…
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Dining, Eat Bar: Fear Not the 'Improper Pairing'

Bar: Fear Not the 'Improper Pairing'

Among samples of small bites served with tweezers and golf courses with greens fees steeper than a year's worth of student loan payments, one of the most surprisingly useful bits of food advice I got at Pebble Beach Food and…
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Dining, SFoodie Get Your Goat On: Goatchella Returned to the Ferry Building

Get Your Goat On: Goatchella Returned to the Ferry Building

Last Saturday I ventured out into the noonday sun and made nice with a PR rep who gave me a quick bit of insider knowledge before slapping a VIP band on my wrist and leading me past a serpentine…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Benjamin Scheuer and His Cast of Stringed Performers in A.C.T.'s <i>The Lion</i>

Benjamin Scheuer and His Cast of Stringed Performers in A.C.T.'s The Lion

As the sole performer in the one-man musical The Lion, a 2015 Drama Desk Award-winner that will be running on the stage of A.C.T.’s Strand Theater April 19-May 1, songwriter and story teller Benjamin Scheuer appears to be a…
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Dining, SFoodie Top New Food Trucks to Enter the Arena

Top New Food Trucks to Enter the Arena

On your mark, get set, eat. Off the Grid has launched their 2016 season, which means none of us need worry about who’s cooking dinner on Friday night (or any other day of the week, depending on your location). With…
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Dining, SFoodie Shiba Ramen: Two Former Chemists Open Brainchild Ramen Shop

Shiba Ramen: Two Former Chemists Open Brainchild Ramen Shop

In the 1980s, Emeryville's Public Market with its rows of neon and introduction to approachable (i.e. fast) ethnic food was all the rage. Three decades later, the dilapidated social space is getting a much-needed facelift and a whole new slew…
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Dining, SFoodie Okane gives you one more place to eat Japanese

Okane gives you one more place to eat Japanese

Because not everyone aspires to spending their evening (and their paycheck) on the edible art of $200, hand-tweezed tasting menus, veteran restaurateur Kash Feng (owner of Michelin-starred Omakase) and consulting chef Shin Aoki (formally of Michelin-starred Kaigetsu in Menlo…
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