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Dining, Eat Yu-Zen and the art of sushi

Yu-Zen and the art of sushi

You can find the state induced by a recent meal at Yu-Zen, a modest but charming Japanese restaurant in the outermost Outer Richmond, in its name. The calm succession of properly made sushi, exquisitely presented sashimi, and lovely cooked izakaya…
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Dining, SFoodie For Bookish Foodies, It's a Busy Week of Author Appearances

For Bookish Foodies, It's a Busy Week of Author Appearances

It's a big week for bookish San Francisco foodies interested in sustainable farming, vegetarianism, and foraging. • Tomorrow, Wendell Berry -- writer, farmer, and godfather of the organic farming movement -- appears at Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness at McAllister)…
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Dining, SFoodie Three is a Magic Number: S.F. Restaurant Closures in October

Three is a Magic Number: S.F. Restaurant Closures in October

We're no fans of the optimistic predictions that the recession is over. But October saw the fewest closures of San Francisco restaurants in the past six months. And for the ones that did close, new tenants were generally already in…
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Dining, SFoodie Fresh Truffles to Shine in Special Menus Throughout the Next Two Weeks

Fresh Truffles to Shine in Special Menus Throughout the Next Two Weeks

Ah, truffles. Seasonal white truffles are now arriving from Alba in the Piemonte region of Italy -- same with black truffles from the Périgord region of France (they're also found in Spain, Italy, and Slovenia) -- and local chefs are…
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Dining, SFoodie At the Commonwealth Club Last Night, a Diverse Panel Chews on Street Food's Challenges

At the Commonwealth Club Last Night, a Diverse Panel Chews on Street Food's Challenges

A full house celebrated San Francisco's street-food scene at last night's panel discussion at the Commonwealth Club, The Street Food Movement: SF Hearts the Cart, moderated by SFoodie blogger Tamara Palmer. In fact, a number of the 250 in attendance…
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Dining, SFoodie Free Chocolate at a Handful of BART Stations Tonight

Free Chocolate at a Handful of BART Stations Tonight

UPDATE: The locations for the chocolate giveaway have changed. Find the current locations here. Didja get your free Bay Bridge broken hot dog yesterday at Zog's? Still hungry for schwag? This evening, samples of Divine Chocolate will be handed out…
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Dining, SFoodie Melissa Perello of the Castro's Long-Awaited Frances: The SFoodie Interview

Melissa Perello of the Castro's Long-Awaited Frances: The SFoodie Interview

Melissa Perello was born in Nutley, N.J., lived in Houston, and went to cooking school in upstate New York, but San Francisco is where the 32-year-old chef formed her restaurant bones. She arrived here fresh from the Culinary Institute of…
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Dining, SFoodie Burger Bar Sort of Sucks, But the Dessert Burgers are Adorable

Burger Bar Sort of Sucks, But the Dessert Burgers are Adorable

We still think the best thing about Hubert Keller's Burger Bar in Macy's (170 O'Farrell at Geary) are the sweeping views over Union Square. But, credit where credit is due, the two dessert burgers on the menu are cute, especially…
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Dining, SFoodie Today Only: Show Your BART Ticket, and Score a Busted Bay Bridge Dog from Zog's

Today Only: Show Your BART Ticket, and Score a Busted Bay Bridge Dog from Zog's

So maybe Caltrans rushed it a little with that Labor Day fix. Forced onto BART with the teeming hordes? Emerge from your sardine can at Montgomery station, walk over to the little yellow stand huddled near the One Post Street…
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Dining, Eat Muguboka offers homey Korean fare that goes beyond meat

Muguboka offers homey Korean fare that goes beyond meat

Most people, if they are at all familiar with Korean cooking, know two things: Meals are accompanied by an array of small dishes containing various pickled and fermented foods, known as banchan or panchan; and that the main course they…
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Dining, SFoodie Don't Forget: Commonwealth Club's Look at S.F. Street Food is This Thursday

Don't Forget: Commonwealth Club's Look at S.F. Street Food is This Thursday

A reminder: SFoodie's Tamara Palmer is moderating a panel of high- and low-end contributors to S.F.'s street food scene this Thursday at the Commonwealth Club's The Street Food Movement: SF Hearts the Cart. Speakers range from Charles Phan of The…
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Dining, SFoodie We Totally Scored at Last Night's 18 Reasons Book Swap

We Totally Scored at Last Night's 18 Reasons Book Swap

We made out like a bandit at 18 Reasons' cookbook exchange last night. We're slightly embarrassed about it. We already have a sister and two friends we regularly give castoff food books to, and we're pretty attached to the ones…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F.'s Laurine Wickett Got Canned from <em>Top Chef</em> Last Night. Now She's Cooking Up an Homage to Balls

S.F.'s Laurine Wickett Got Canned from Top Chef Last Night. Now She's Cooking Up an Homage to Balls

Laurine Wickett of San Francisco's Left Coast Catering made it all the way to Episode Nine on Top Chef, last night's infamous Restaurant Wars competition, by pretty much flying below the radar. Things looked tense in Episode Three, when the…
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Dining, SFoodie Arlequin's Ferry Plaza Debut Flaunts Luis Villavelazquez's Lush Imagination

Arlequin's Ferry Plaza Debut Flaunts Luis Villavelazquez's Lush Imagination

For the inaugural outing this morning of Arlequin's pastry stand on the south side of the Thursday Ferry Plaza farmers' market, chef Luis Villavelazquez put together an intriguing lineup of cupcakes, beignets, scones, and cookies with uncommon combinations of ingredients…
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Dining, SFoodie Sunday's Mini Cupcake Clash Was a Swirl of Costumes and Buttercream

Sunday's Mini Cupcake Clash Was a Swirl of Costumes and Buttercream

We thought we were way over cupcakes, but as we told a friend, "If cupcakes were always as good as the ones we had at the SF Food Wars Mini Cupcake Clash, we'd be happy!" (Or words to that effect.)…
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Dining, SFoodie Don't Believe the Hype: Hubert Keller's Burger Bar is Just Another Pricey Chain. <em>Really</em> Pricey

Don't Believe the Hype: Hubert Keller's Burger Bar is Just Another Pricey Chain. Really Pricey

Sliders and a shake: Is this the Cheesecake Factory with black truffles?We blush to admit that we got caught up in the hype swirling around Hubert Keller's new Burger Bar. We showed up for a late-night snack on Saturday, its…
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Dining, SFoodie Of Butchery and Beef-Heart Grappa: SFMOMA's Futurist Banquet Was Freaky Edible Art

Of Butchery and Beef-Heart Grappa: SFMOMA's Futurist Banquet Was Freaky Edible Art

An 800-pound roasted steer was butchered in the museum's atrium. It was a first for SFMOMA, as well as for the excited crowd assembled for Saturday night's Futurist banquet: blood dripping on the floor as an 800-pound roasted steer was…
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Dining, SFoodie Free Chocolate Pasties in the Richmond! Um, Slightly Used

Free Chocolate Pasties in the Richmond! Um, Slightly Used

One a recent night in the Richmond, you could have furnished a small apartment with the finds left out on the sidewalk. On one block, we passed five chairs (three wood, two plastic), a woven wicker hamper in good repair,…
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Dining, SFoodie Think Bender's is Freaky on an Ordinary Night? Wait'll You Check Out Saturday's Freaktoberfest

Think Bender's is Freaky on an Ordinary Night? Wait'll You Check Out Saturday's Freaktoberfest

The wacky Schmaltz Brewing Company is celebrating its blood-red Halloween lager, Coney Island Freaktoberfest, with an eponymous event at Bender's (806 S. Van Ness at 19th St.) this Saturday, 7-9 p.m. In case 22-ounce bottles of beer brewed with six…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef</em>'s Ash Fulk Got Kicked to the Curb. He's Not Bitter -- Except About Padma

Top Chef's Ash Fulk Got Kicked to the Curb. He's Not Bitter -- Except About Padma

In case you were glued to Glee last night, you missed Ash Fulk getting bounced from Top Chef. Fulk might be the nicest contestant ever. "I was outcooked," he said this morning by phone. And he wouldn't diss anybody on…
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