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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday Seven: Celebrate Negroni Week; Jose Cuervo's agave surfboard

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 12:19 PM

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Plus the Curry family continues to put all other couples to shame while Elon Musk guides the future of space travel and eating vegan.

Celebrate Negroni Week *tonight* at Holy Mountain
The Negroni has long since deserved its own week (it’s rumored to have just barely missed making it into the Constitution), so we’re grateful that local bartenders Nora Furst of Horsefeather, Nicolas Torres from Lazy Bear, Kevin Dowell from the 86 Company, and Troy Bayless of the host bar Holy Mountain (680 Valencia) will be working together tonight to whip up summer-appropriate cocktails for the thirsty masses.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

An Explosion of Freshness at Origami Market

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM

  • Ali Wunderman

Fast casual is the latest sweetheart term of the culinary world, designating an eatery that’s somewhere between fast food and traditional casual dining. Chipotle is the standard restaurant used to exemplify the term for people like me who don’t really understand it, but SOMA’s new Origami Market has perfected it.

It's the brainchild of local restaurateur Kash Feng, who has spent years working on a way to bring healthy, Japanese/Asian-inspired food to the masses. Sitting just across the street from Zynga and adjacent to sister restaurant Omakase, Feng’s latest venture is in the perfect spot to compete with free lunches offered by neighboring tech companies.

And compete it does (not that anyone is trying to give me free lunches). I stopped in for a meal less than a week after they opened to see what fast casual Japanese food looks like in action. My first impression was of a clean, spacious restaurant with helpful staff and delightful origami-inspired decorations. Definitely not Chipotle-casual.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wear Your Finest Survivalist Tux to This Vegetarian-Vegan Fest

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 11:45 AM

  • Kelly Patton

Are you concerned about environmental degradation, the corporatization of the commonweal, and the impossibility of sustainable agricultural practices in a world of 7.2 billion hungry humans? If so, there is an event at Public Works on Sunday, July 26 called The Art of Surival that will cater to both your sense of impending doom and your hunger for non-dairy cheese.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Week in Vegan: More Protein, More Chocolate and More Baby Goats

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 12:56 PM


James Cameron has opened a private school and it's serving a completely vegan menu. This kind of makes me want to be a kid again so I can take advantage of the delicious menu. At least I assume it's delicious. Anything's got to be better than the lunch room "riblets" I had to eat in grade school. 

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

World-Spanning Vegetarian Food at the Sunset's Pomelo

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 11:57 AM

"The Manila" at the Inner Sunset's Pomelo on Judah - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • "The Manila" at the Inner Sunset's Pomelo on Judah

The Inner Sunset’s Pomelo is a bit of a rebel when it comes to menu inspiration. So often restaurants zero in on a very specific cuisine and theme, dead-set, zoomed-in on a place as small as a sparsely populated Greek island where the chef recently honeymooned or a certain arrondissement of Paris where a chef grew up or backstreet alleyway of Tokyo that is home to the world’s best yakitori. Pomelo’s vision spans the entire globe. They aren’t going for the niche. They are going for it all. The menu stops in the Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Santa Barbara, Cuba, and even Gilroy. Just because the menu thinks big doesn’t mean the flavors can’t be big, too.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Green Pea Cookies: Vegan Cookies Made of Peas are Actually Delicious

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 9:03 AM

What is small, round, salty, sweet — and green? That would be the new Green Pea Cookie, a vegan treat based upon a traditional Singaporean cookie.

On the Green Pea Cookie site, you can read the story of how three friends — Sean, Fiona and Larissa — had the idea of making these cookies here in the Bay Area, after Sean’s start-up colleagues devoured the cookies his mom sent from Singapore. Fiona, also Singaporean, is the baker; Larissa is the business whiz. After baking a lot of these tiny treats, the team shared their wares with strangers in Dolores Park and found that people really liked them. Trips to several other cities confirmed that green pea cookies were a hit with hungry and willing tasters.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Vegan Challenge" Author Offers Tips to Reduce Animal Product Consumption

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Now that we’ve all had plenty of time to abandon our New Year’s resolutions to eat better, it’s the perfect time to pick up a new edition of a book by Oakland author and activist Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, called The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.

Patrick-Goudreau, who says she was raised on the standard American diet of meat, eggs and dairy, is the author of numerous books on veganism, teaches vegan cooking classes, and coaches people on adopting more of a plant-based diet.

She chose 30 days because behaviorists say that long-ingrained habits can be broken within three weeks, and she liked the round number that 30 days gives. While Patrick-Goudreau abstains from all animal products, she doesn’t expect that all readers of her book will too; she encourages everyone to take small steps to hopefully reduce, if not eliminate entirely, the amount of animal products we eat. As she herself notes, that without proper support and community, it’s very difficult for everyone but the most ardent vegans to remain at it for long.

In addition to lots of recipes (baked oatmeal with blueberries and bananas for breakfast; southwestern quinoa pilaf for lunch, socca, or chickpea crepes with balsamic mushrooms and kale for dinner; strawberry parfait with vanilla custard and candied almonds for dessert) the book gives advice on introducing new foods to your pantry, trying to go vegan when your partner is not, eating vegan in such places as airports and family gatherings, and time-saving tips.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Vegan Mecca Millennium Closing After More Than 20 Years

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Millennium was known for its elegant, richly plated vegan dishes. - FACEBOOK/MILLENNIUM

Well, another one bites the dust. Millennium, the fine dining vegan spot in the Tenderloin, has announced that it will be closing as the hotel that houses it, the Hotel California, has been sold.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Indochine Brings Delicious, Affordable Vegan to Valencia

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 10:49 AM


If you’re sad that cheap-but-tasty Sunflower wilted and closed recently, take heart: a new place called Indochine has blossomed in the space next door. Though it’s owned by the same folks, Indochine is a step up from Sunflower: clean, pretty and inviting, with one wall covered in a '70s-esque purple flower pattern, white globe lights shedding soft light on the simple wood tables, and Christmas lights twinkling in back. The servers are attentive and friendly, and — for now at least — the noise level is low.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Week in Vegan: Gifts, Egg Nog, and Lab-Grown Milk?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM


Can milk be grown in a lab? And if it can, will you be drinking basically all of it while waiting for lab grown cheese to happen? It's called Muufir and it is literally the future.

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