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Monday, December 14, 2015

Nugget Markets Fits in With Its New Home in Marin

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Admire my ultra-dreary photo of Paradise Foods turned Nugget Markets - ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman
  • Admire my ultra-dreary photo of Paradise Foods turned Nugget Markets

It’s hard to imagine anyone being angered by a company whose name includes the word “Nugget,” but as always, Marin County residents know how to push the envelope.

Earlier this year, Nugget Markets, a Woodland-based company (near Sacramento), announced the purchase of Paradise Foods, a three-store grocery chain hailing from Marin. Some locals objected to the takeover, disinterested in having a non-local business occupy spaces that felt congruous with Marin’s identity.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Foodie Field Trip: Rockridge’s Market Hall

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Hop on BART in the Mission and it’s just a $4 fare to get to Rockridge, a sunny slice of Oakland just south of Berkeley. As you pull into the station, you can see the roof of Rockridge Market Hall on the main drag, College Avene. It’s a hive of activity, and a destination for people who love food: stores within sell coffee, baked goods, fresh produce, wine, meat, and fish.

In the center of it all is The Pasta Shop, a place where specialty foods of every kind share space with prepared foods, fresh pasta, and a swoon-worthy cheese counter. Still going strong after twenty-seven years in business, The Pasta Shop has succeeded by offering the best ingredients – often produced by smaller companies – all in one place.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Chat with Lisa Fetterman, Founder of Nomiku

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The Nomiku 2.
  • The Nomiku 2.
Lisa Q. Fetterman is the founder of Nomiku, a San Francisco-based hardware startup aiming to make sous-vide technology affordable and accessible to the home cook.

In 2012, they successfully raised $586,000 via Kickstarter to help fund version 1.0, and just this Tuesday they raised another $620,000 to fund their new updated Nomiku 2. The kicker to this Kickstarter: they still have five days to go. We sat down with Lisa to chat:

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Science of Shopping at the New Bi-Rite Market

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM

The deli counter at the new Bi-Rite Market on Divisadero. - ANNA ROTH
  • Anna Roth
  • The deli counter at the new Bi-Rite Market on Divisadero.

Bi-Rite on 18th Street, a hot Friday afternoon, is bedlam. You'll hear conversations on beef cuts and see shoppers elbowing for real estate at the deli, standing before the wine shelves with a practiced look of helplessness in hopes of attracting an employee for help, and eye-gouging toddlers with the sharp corners of their messenger bags. As a member of society who never misses an opportunity to mock and scorn a stranger, I like to sigh with exasperation while pushing past new customers wandering the store devoid of clear intent.

See also: Bi-Rite Opens Second Location, Divisadero Will Never Be the Same

Bi-Rite Creamery's Secrets Revealed In New Book

Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food Brings More Than Recipes to the Table

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Friday, December 28, 2012

La Fromagerie Drops in Dogpatch

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

  • Mary Ladd

Stroll, shop, repeat: with La Fromagerie moving into the same 'hood as Mr. and Miscellaneous, Poco Dolce and Little Nib, this increasingly morphing Third Street area is becoming an easy stop for gourmet goods. It's easy to get cheesy at La Fromagerie, which is housed in a light, sweet spot. The petite sized store from French Alps native Ruben Donze offers cheese of the European and domestic variety, charcuterie, escargots, fruity jams, Firebrand artisan bread and truffle mousse ($5.99).

See also:

- Two Cheese Plates That Educate

- Frog Hollow Pears and Bellwether Carmody Cheese: Best Hostess Gift Ever?

- Watch Talking Goats Dressed as Elves Sell California Goat Cheese

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Stock Up on Kitchen Supplies on the Cheap at the Meyer Factory Outlet Sale

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Headed to wine country or Tahoe? Plan to stop and shop at the Meyer factory outlet in Vallejo or Fairfield for a once-a-year deep discount on pots, pans and nifty cooking gear from the likes of Rachael Ray and Paula Deen through December 10. The annual Friends of Meyer sale also runs online through December 12. Use a code of "CHEER2012" for an added 30% off plus free shipping on orders of $49.99 or more. Discount dreamers: note the online inventory is not as plentiful as the in person deals. Meyer is home to a plentiful stash of pots, pans and much more culinary gear.

See also:

- Meat Monthly: Sign Your Beloved Up for Boccalone's Salumi Society

- This Friday, Get Your Holiday Shopping Done at La Cocina's Gift Bazaar

- Where The (Cook)Books Are: Chronicle Books Sale

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Monday, November 26, 2012

New Taste Market is Back, Just in Time For the Holidays

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 8:40 AM

  • New Taste Marketplace

Get an early start on your holiday shopping and support the S.F. food scene at the resurgence of the New Taste Marketplace, happening this Saturday at St. Gregory's Church on Potrero Hill. The charming market is celebrating its two-year anniversary, and after a four-month hiatus has triumphantly returned with SF Examiner food critic (and occasional SF Weekly contributor) Jesse Hirsch at the helm. Hirsch took over director duties from Michael Davidson, aka the Grilled Cheese Guy, and for his debut has curated a list of nearly 40 vendors in a mix of longtime New Taste participants as well as new ones he's picked up through his Bay Area food writing career.

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- Best One-Stop Shopping for DIY Eats - New Taste Marketplace

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Stock Up on One-of-a-Kind Heath Products at Tomorrow's Sample Sale

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

  • Heath Ceramics

Get a jump on Christmas presents or just stock your own kitchen with the annual Heath Ceramics Sample Sale, happening tomorrow (Sat., Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.) at the Sausalito store. The revered maker of stoneware mid-century bowls, plates, and mugs has held the sample sale for years, gathering up experimental designs and prototypes and selling them to the public. Head in for one-of-a-kind Heath products, and as a special bonus, get 20% off all in-store purchases (both samples and regular merchandise).

See also:

- Cookin': Helping You in the Kitchen Since 1981

- At Buyer's Best Friend, You Can Sample Any Food in the Store

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Buyer's Best Friend Expanding to North Beach

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

  • Christina Spittler
A couple months back we wrote about the interesting new Buyer's Best Friend specialty food shop in the Upper Haight, where customers can sample any product in the store. The owners recently announced they're expanding to a second location in North Beach, on Columbus between Green and Vallejo, which will have special emphasis on the neighborhood's Italian-American roots.

See also:

- At Buyer's Best Friend, You Can Sample Any Food in the Store

- Off hte Grid Adds North Beach Market

- Cookin': Helping You in the Kitchen Since 1981

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

At Buyer's Best Friend, You Can Sample Any Food in the Store

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 8:30 AM

  • Christina Spittler

Nestled among the vintage stores and tie-dye of the Upper Haight is a new food nerd-friendly destination with a unique culinary purpose: to let you taste all of the inventory.

Operating initially as an online wholesaler and broker of gourmet and specialty products, Buyer's Best Friend Wholesale and Mercantile has now expanded its scope by adding a brick-and-mortar retail component to its business in hopes of sharing the extensive product catalog with a wider audience. And should that audience become hungry as they peruse the shelves stocked with Jade Chocolates, imported truffle flour, Saucy Mama mustard, and Stumptown coffee, shop associate Adam would be more than happy to offer samples of almost everything in the store. In fact, his unabashed enthusiasm about giving out said samples is second only to the tasty tidbits themselves.

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