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Dining, SFoodie Through the Kitchen Window, a (Mostly) Monthly Euro-Asian Pop-Up

Through the Kitchen Window, a (Mostly) Monthly Euro-Asian Pop-Up

Now that pop-ups are commonplace, it's good to encounter a truly creative one that's capable of serving more than six or eight dishes. Chef Joji Kumi and Alexis Katsilometes' Through the Kitchen Window, a mostly monthly enterprise formerly held inside…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Bone Machine at Third Rail

Drink of the Week: Bone Machine at Third Rail

Some bartenders hate doing it, others relish it. Like it or not, naming a cocktail has an impact. Some names are certainly more utilitarian and descriptive of their ingredients than others, but those that aren't help create expectations, define…
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Dining, SFoodie San Francisco's 10 Best Wine Lists

San Francisco's 10 Best Wine Lists

San Francisco is one of the best places in the world to drink young wines, particularly those with attitude, from many different places. Sommeliers here are passionate and their wine lists reflect it. We don't have many older wines on…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Neighborhood Bistro

A great neighborhood restaurant doesn't reveal itself at the start, even if its opening day is drenched with positive press. It takes years for a restaurant to settle into itself and patiently, meal after meal, build a regular clientele. Four…
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Dining, SFoodie Black Cod Returns, Dude Jr. Abides, Foodborne Illnesses Plot a Comeback in Maine

Black Cod Returns, Dude Jr. Abides, Foodborne Illnesses Plot a Comeback in Maine

Notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other miscellanea dredged up from the food media. 1. Black cod season. In the past few weeks, I've been seeing one of my favorite ocean fish on menus: Pacific black cod,…
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Music, All Shook Down Bouncer Ponders Being a Waste of Space at Range

Bouncer Ponders Being a Waste of Space at Range

The other day I got an e-mail that has stuck with me. It definitely hurt my feelings, but has also got me to think. The subject line was "Happy New Year," and the writer went on to say how he…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Ponders Hate Mail and Being a Waste of Space at Range

Bouncer: Ponders Hate Mail and Being a Waste of Space at Range

For someone who talks as much smack as I do, I rarely seem to get any hate mail. When it does arrive, it is often from someone I have dissed in print who has obviously changed his or her name…
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Dining, SFoodie Local Brewing Co.: Mission Gypsies Tapped for SF Beer Week

Local Brewing Co.: Mission Gypsies Tapped for SF Beer Week

You might've seen Local Brewing Co.'s Regan and Sarah at Dolores Park, towing their five-gallon mobile kegs spray-painted with logos, giving away homebrew to what they call "focus groups." They've also been regulars at the SF Underground Market, demystifying the…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef</em> Yigit Pura Wants to Open S.F. Dessert Shop with Winnings

Top Chef Yigit Pura Wants to Open S.F. Dessert Shop with Winnings

Our moment with San Francisco's Yigit Pura, winner of Top Chef: Just Desserts, got stretched out a bit longer. We grabbed a phone this morning to ask the Taste Catering pastry chef all our sugar-torching questions. SFoodie: We saw you…
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Dining, SFoodie Ten Things Other Than Ice Cream to Eat Today

Ten Things Other Than Ice Cream to Eat Today

1. Bun (cold rice noodles) with grilled pork and a lemon soda at PPQ (1816 Irving, 661-8869).2. Melon, pineapple, or cucumbers doused with chile, lime, and salt from the frutero cart at 21st and Mission.3. Fresh fruit ice pops from…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Pastry Chef

There are two kinds of pastry chefs in this town: the ones who make Meyer lemon ices and rustic fold-over crostati in Cal-Med style, and those who go outside-the-box Baroque with spruce essence and chocolate-dipped pork rinds. Range's pastry chef,…
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Dining, SFoodie Range's Pork Three Ways with Japanese-Inspired Pork Jus

Range's Pork Three Ways with Japanese-Inspired Pork Jus

A regular feature in which SFoodie calls a local chef to ask what he or she is putting on the menu that night, and what inspired its creation.Phil West, chef-owner of the Mission bistro Range, sounds much like you'd imagine…
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Dining, SFoodie Sugar Rush for the Kids!

Sugar Rush for the Kids!

Put some more holes in your teeth for our future leaders—Bay Area youth—as local non-profit Spark hosts "Sugar Rush," a sweet tasting with artisan restaurants and companies A16, Boulevard, Coco-luxe Confections, Conduit, Cowgirl Creamery, Delfina, Kara's Cupcakes, Michael Mina,…
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Dining, SFoodie Grapefruit Judged To Be Untastiest, Most Difficult Fruit

Grapefruit Judged To Be Untastiest, Most Difficult Fruit

Aww. Poor grapefruit. According to xkcd ("A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language"), the grapefruit is the single most difficult, untasty fruit around (see above diagram, charmingly entitled "Fuck Grapefruit"). Amazingly, it's been deemed only slightly less difficult…
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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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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best New Restaurant, Moderate

The inviting glow that tempts you into Range, fortuitously sited next to a small park, is a harbinger of the glow that will pervade you as you tuck into its inspired dishes. Range offers the apotheosis of intelligent comfort food,…
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Dining, Eat At Home on the Range

At Home on the Range

You know you're falling in love with a chef when you yearn to see what he would do with an ingredient that has yet to appear on his menus. You've had three preparations of pork -- using ribs, shoulder, and…
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