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Monday, December 29, 2014

Namu Gaji’s Napa Noodle Salad is the Remedy for Holiday Excess

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 8:22 AM

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This year is not over yet — and there's still time to indulge in rich party food and cocktails.

Heaven knows there is champagne to open in just a few days. But if you’re feeling the pinch of a too-tight belt after all the Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa merrymaking, Namu Gaji has a dish that’s both healthy and seriously delicious. Simply identified as “Napa” on the dinner menu (under “Cold” items), this is a huge, colorful salad that can generously feed two or be shared as part of a family-style meal with a whole table. Napa cabbage is one of the stars of the dish, both tender leaves and thinly-sliced stalk; there are also shirataki noodles, a favorite of the healthy set for being low in carbs and calories (they’re yam-based), while also having a fun and slippery mouthfeel.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Not Your Ordinary Spaghetti Bolognese at Bouche

Posted By on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Spaghetti Squash "Provençale" at Bouche. - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Spaghetti Squash "Provençale" at Bouche.

When you think about Provence, you think about long summer days with glasses full of rosé and abundant sunshine. But what might late fall in Provence taste like? Head over to Bouche, near Union Square, to find out. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Trou Normand's Barley Risotto is the Perfect Autumn Meal

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Barley Risotto with Brassicas and Parmesan and "The Hawaiian" at Trou Normand. - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Barley Risotto with Brassicas and Parmesan and "The Hawaiian" at Trou Normand.

As the first real rain fell of the season last week and I watched the lunchtime parade of umbrellas scurrying down New Montgomery from Trou Normand’s tall and narrow Gothic windows, the scene just screamed risotto weather. Everyone was cold. Everyone was soaked from the sudden downpour. Everyone wanted a lunch of something that sticks to your core and comforts you. And outside of actually imbibing in a trou normand of Armagnac, nothing at the eight-month-old bar/restaurant hits that soothing note amidst the FiDi frenzy quite like a recent risotto dish — with an intriguing twist.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sticky Rice Goes Vegetarian at Out The Door

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM

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  • Julie Kramer
If you’re a fan of dim sum, you’ve probably seen rectangular packages of leaf-wrapped sticky rice pass by, nestled in a steamer. If you’re not a meat eater, you probably had to pass them up, as they are traditionally filled with chicken and pork. Out the Door at the Ferry Building, however, has come to the rescue with steamed vegetarian sticky rice. At $5.00 per packet, this is definitely a treat worth unwrapping.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Indulge Your Inner Hippie and Learn About Sustainable Food at This Weekend's Green Festival

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 9:12 AM

The annual Green Festival can draw more than 30,000 people a day to learn about sustainability. - GREEN FESTIVAL
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  • The annual Green Festival can draw more than 30,000 people a day to learn about sustainability.

Even if you're not a vegetarian or vegan, there is plenty of interest at this weekend's Green Festival, held at Fort Mason. The festival, now in its 13th year, will feature more than 100 food and drink vendors showcasing their sustainably made, organic, GMO-free, and vegetarian and vegan products. There promise to be plenty of samples and probably overwhelming earnestness, but it never hurts to indulge your inner tree-hugger every once in a while, and you'll get free stuff in the process.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Slanted Door's Vegetarian Dishes Manage To Stay A Hidden Gem

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 3:57 PM

The Slanted Door's Spicy Broccoli and Tofu - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • The Slanted Door's Spicy Broccoli and Tofu

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certainly isn’t a hole in the wall hidden gem like in its early Valencia Street days, when that thoroughfare was definitely not one of San Francisco’s “it” spots for nightlife. After all, Charles Phan’s Ferry Building flagship was recently named by Restaurants & Institutions as the top grossing restaurant ($16.5 million a year!) in the Bay Area and 22nd in the country.

However, the restaurant’s significant roster of vegetarian dishes still does manage to fly under the radar amidst the much-written about standards like the claypot chicken and shaking beef. For a tourist or local diner, a vegetarian or meat lover diet, the meat-free selections could easily complete one of the premier vegetarian meals in town.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gaspar's Panisse Brings Provence to FiDi

Posted By on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Gaspar Brasserie's Crispy Chickpea Panisse Cakes - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Gaspar Brasserie's Crispy Chickpea Panisse Cakes

The Southern French snack, panisse, now has its moment in the (California) sun as the excellent and only vegetarian main dish during lunch and dinner at Gaspar, the four month old très French brasserie in FiDi.

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Porcellino Pesto Brings Comfort Even for Vegetarians

Posted By on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 7:38 AM

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A lot has been written about comfort food lately on this blog. One thing that most people can dig – and dig into – in trying times is a big bowl of pasta. At Porcellino in Noe Valley, you can have the expected porky option: rigatoni with Incanto’s pork ragu (Incanto being the former, and more formal, iteration of this corner restaurant).

Pork is expected because, as the name implies, Porcellino loves every part of the pig. There are chicharrones to start, followed by salumi platters from chef/owner Chris Cosentino’s Boccalone Salumeria, and lard-fried potatoes and porchetta hoagies. A mural featuring salumi stretches along one wall. But even if you don’t share the same enthusiasm for pork, you can still eat very well at Porcellino.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bid Farewell to Summer with Merigan's Summer Veg Sub

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Merigan's Summer Veg Sub - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Merigan's Summer Veg Sub
Before you put away the sunscreen and swimsuit for the season and start declaring your love for everything pumpkin and apples, now is the time for one last summer celebration full of tomatoes and zucchini. Even if summer lingers in the Bay Area for another month, produce like pristine, bursting-at-the-seams juicy cherry tomatoes won’t be around much longer. They’re the headliner inside the “Summer Veg” hot sub sandwich ($10) created by former A16 chef Liza Shaw, at her SOMA ode to East Coast- style sandwiches (hoagies, grinders, subs...), Merigan Sub Shop.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Veggie Ramen Exists and Thrives at Goku

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Ramen Izakaya Goku's Veggie Miso Potage Ramen - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Ramen Izakaya Goku's Veggie Miso Potage Ramen

Reveling in its usual intense salty pork broth, the concept of ramen seems decidedly non-vegetarian. But of the many competitors in the city, the Mission’s Ramen Izakaya Goku serves a veggie miso potage ramen ($10) that is one of San Francisco’s most satisfying and surprising bowls of noodles and soup. It’s such a meticulous, thoughtful composition of many elements that calling it a noodle soup seems unfair.

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