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Dining, SFoodie Calavera Raises the Bar for Oakland Dining — Literally

Calavera Raises the Bar for Oakland Dining — Literally

“Needs more grasshoppers.” That’s not a phrase I often hear from my husband. But when in Oaxaca — or in this case, eating its cuisine in Oakland — do as the Oaxacans do, right? So we dutifully sprinkled them…
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Film, "El Bulli: Cooking in Progress": Bare-Bones Documentary Provides Feast For the Senses

"El Bulli: Cooking in Progress": Bare-Bones Documentary Provides Feast For the Senses

Molecular gastronomy star Ferran Adrià's Catalonian culinary paradise El Bulli served its last meal on July 31, as the overhead of running the world's most innovative and exclusive restaurant dwarfed the income recoupable from serving 8,000 $500 meals a year.…
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Dining, Eat Sons and Daughters is creative and cutting-edge

Sons and Daughters is creative and cutting-edge

In art, as in cooking, the avant-garde has conventions that must be followed. Aphasic dialogue and nonnarrative plots have defined experimental fiction since Gertrude Stein's time, and there are still listeners shocked by the dissonance of Schoenberg and Boulez, however…
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Dining, Eat Seconds, Please!

Seconds, Please!

The appellation "small plates" can cover a multitude of things, ranging from cocktail nibbles such as olives and nuts through miniature sandwiches (themselves covering a range, from bocadillos at tapas bars to sliders at sports bars) all the way up…
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Dining, Eat Nabe Faves

Nabe Faves

On a recent special edition of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations devoted to the baroque cuisine of Chef Ferran Adria at his El Bulli restaurant in Spain, Adria asked Bourdain if he was a diner or an eater. The question tormented…
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Dining, Eat Shanghai Express

Shanghai Express

There's a kind of food writing that I absolutely hate, which is when the express purpose of the piece seems to be to tell you about some marvelous dish that you can't have, or some extraordinary restaurant that you'll never…
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