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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday Six: Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Cookbook, Michelin Stars Gone Wild

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:12 AM

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The world of Michelin stars gets ever more competitive for chefs but easier to manage as a diner.

Freddie Prinze Jr. releases the cookbook you’ve been waiting for your entire life 
Re member when it was the '90s, and everything was better? Well, the '90s actor famous for having the most stable Hollywood marriage with his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar has finally answered our prayers and published a cookbook. It’s family-focused and rooted in Freddie's New Mexican upbringing. If you buy his book, now he will know what you did this summer. (That joke has been a long time coming.)

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Hangar 1 Releases Fog Point, a Vodka Made with Fog Water

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM

HANGAR 1 VODKA
  • Hangar 1 Vodka
Have you ever stuck your head outside on an especially foggy day and tried to suck the moisture from the air? No one else? Just me, then?

Well, even those not as intimately familiar with San Francisco’s characteristic fog (sometimes referred to as Karl) as I will be intrigued by the latest concoction of the Bay Area’s own Hangar 1 Vodka.

Today Hangar 1 revealed that after years of collaboration with Canada’s non-profit, FogQuest, they have made a fog-based vodka available on the market, called Fog Point.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

St. George's Baller Ups the Single-Malt Whiskey Game Again

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM

ST. GEORGE SPIRITS
  • St. George Spirits
St. George Spirits is at it again.

Alameda's world-class craft distillery has just released its newest single-malt, Baller, which Master Distiller Lance Winters calls “a California take on the Japanese spin on Scotch whisky.” 

Winters always has an eclectic way of describing what he creates and his whimsy just adds to how much damn fun it is to drink something from St. George. Drinking Baller opens up the thought in my head of which exactly of the hundreds — thousands? — of casks that rest ever so patiently at their Alameda distillery that this came from? It tastes the way the distillery floor smells, and I love that about it. 

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Shiba Ramen: Two Former Chemists Open Brainchild Ramen Shop

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 4:00 PM

JAKE FREED
  • Jake Freed
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 of contemporary eateries that promise to create "a current, authentic environment," according to Mark Stefan, president of the realty company that currently owns the space. 

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Teleferic Barcelona: Tapas That Are Worth the Trip

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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  • A.K. Carroll

Twenty-two years ago, Soledad Urabayen introduced the people of Barcelona to art of the pincho,(a two-bite bar snack native to the Basque country of Northern Spain) when she opened the restaurant RONDES (now Telefèric Sant Cugat) in the village of Sant Cugat, 20 miles outside of Barcelona's city center. At least this is the story told by her son Xavi Padrosa, who has recently opened a restaurant of his own in the similarly small suburb of Walnut Creek. Teleféric Barcelona (which might more accurately be called Teleféric Walnut Creek) is the third restaurant of its kind and the first to open in the United States.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Cafe Eugene: Oregon is closer than you think

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM

NADER KHOURI
  • Nader Khouri
When partners Jon Guhl and Ryan Murff (of Albany’s Little Star Pizza and Boss Burger, respectively) were searching for a restaurant concept that would be equal parts homey and interesting, they turned to Murff’s home state of Oregon for a little inspiration. Several vintage Tiffany light fixtures and a few dozen antique chairs later, they came up with Café Eugene, a neighborhood eatery that is laid-back enough to draw a regular crowd of locals and interesting enough to bring in visitors.

Inspired by the fresh seafood, seasonal produce, and hippie granola vibe of the Pacific Northwest, Café Eugene officially opened for dinner on Wednesday, January 13, with plans to add a seven-day brunch by the end of the month. Though their media preview offered only a small assortment of small bites on bread — including a juicy grilled slider, some mediocre tofu pate with avocado and herb, and exquisite poached shrimp served on a buttery pretzel bun — the menu is meant to be gluten-free, and vegan- and vegetarian-friendly.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Oakland's Haven Has a New Chef, But It's as Delicious as Ever

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Haven's "Breaking Bread" concept is a fantastic way to start a meal. - ALIX WALL
  • Alix Wall
  • Haven's "Breaking Bread" concept is a fantastic way to start a meal.

Since opening at the end of 2011, Oakland’s Haven, in Jack London Square, has cycled through several executive chefs. Charlie Parker is the latest to move on, to San Francisco’s Alfred’s Steakhouse — which was recently sold to the Daniel Patterson Group (DPG) — and executive chef Matt Brimer has come on board.

Haven — also owned by the DPG — has had a family-style menu since its inception, under executive chef Kim Alter. But when Parker came on board, he introduced a “breaking bread” starter course, giving the restaurant a chance to show its charcuterie chops by offering several kinds of housemade breads, crackers, vegetable spreads, and cheeses. As the dessert and side dishes were fixed, the diner was left with only one choice to make: a vegetarian or meat entrée.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Hanukkah in the Bay Area: a Festival of Bites

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Just ignore the Christmas trees and Kwanzaa cup until it's time for their holiday roundups - SMOKE'S POUTINERIE
  • Smoke's Poutinerie
  • Just ignore the Christmas trees and Kwanzaa cup until it's time for their holiday roundups

Hanukkah starts on Christmas Eve next year, which is delightfully convenient to me as a Scandinavian Jew. This year, however, has Hanukkah beginning on Sunday, Dec. 6, so you better start planning your meals out now.

Fortunately for those of us who can’t make it out to Florida or New York to celebrate with our bubbes, a handful of San Francisco restaurants are making sure we can mask our guilt with traditional and innovative Jewish recipes.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Future Bars' East Bay Outpost Tupper and Reed Provides a Symphony of Cocktails

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM

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Eight months after opening in a gothic storybook-style building on Shattuck Avenue (between Kittredge and Bancroft), Tupper and Reed is a new local favorite and a welcomed neighbor in Berkeley. The first East Bay venture from Future Bars (the team that brought you Bourbon & Branch, Rickhouse, et al.), this music-shop-turned-bar-turned-speakeasy is also their most recent (though rumor has it, that won't be true for long).

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

18th Annual Sausage and Suds Music Festival Hits San Leandro

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

The Spazmatics - PAUL JACKMAN
  • Paul Jackman
  • The Spazmatics

In keeping with this season of Oktoberfests everywhere, what better place to enjoy a beer festival than San Leandro, the new craft-brewing capital of the East Bay? The 18th Annual Sausage and Suds Music Festival features over forty varieties of beer, 70 lbs. of sausages (is that really enough for a crowd of 8,000?), a kid-friendly zone and the return of everyone’s favorite '80s cover band The Spazmatics.

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