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BOSF 2012: How to Choose a Chinatown Restaurant

San Francisco has the largest percentage of Chinese-Americans of any big city: 21.4 percent, more than double runner-up Honolulu. And we have a large, vibrant and authentic Chinatown near downtown. So it stands to reason that we have lots of…
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Dining, SFoodie San Francisco's 10 Best Wine Lists

San Francisco's 10 Best Wine Lists

San Francisco is one of the best places in the world to drink young wines, particularly those with attitude, from many different places. Sommeliers here are passionate and their wine lists reflect it. We don't have many older wines on…
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Dining, Eat

Drink: Buying Wine: Finding Great Bottles and Advice in S.F.

A good wine shop is worth more than a shelf full of wine guidebooks. At the best shops, the buyers taste everything they stock. If you tell them what you like, they can suggest bottles to fit in with what…
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Dining, SFoodie San Francisco's Top 10 Dim Sum Restaurants

San Francisco's Top 10 Dim Sum Restaurants

What better way to spend a weekend morning than over dim sum? Waitresses keep offering you tidbits of pork and shrimp, your endless pot of tea gets refilled without asking if you leave the lid up (there's a veteran tip),…
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Dining, SFoodie What's Your Death Row Last Meal?

What's Your Death Row Last Meal?

I got to thinking about death-row last meal requests last week, which naturally made me think of mine. I don't want to speculate about why I'd be executed. Naturally, I would be being framed. I also asked some SF Weekly…
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Dining, SFoodie Tolosa Shows What Chardonnay Smells Like Without Oak

Tolosa Shows What Chardonnay Smells Like Without Oak

Earlier this year I attended a fascinating seminar, led by a perfumer, at Tolosa Winery in San Luis Obispo County. Over the course of several mentally exhausting hours, we learned by blind-whiffing essential oils exactly what many of the descriptors…
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Dining, SFoodie <i>Farmageddon</i> Cries For Small Farms and Raw Milk

Farmageddon Cries For Small Farms and Raw Milk

The US government is at war with small farmers who try to raise animals for meat and milk in sustainable ways. Regulations are written for -- and often by -- agribusiness. And the situation has actually gotten worse under President…
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Dining, SFoodie Yelp Says Outright Lying is "Personal Opinion"

Yelp Says Outright Lying is "Personal Opinion"

Jesse Hirsch recently brought to my attention a review of Tuba restaurant on Yelp, by a woman who claims to write for us. She wrote: This place totally rocks! The food blows your mind away. I also write for SF…
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Dining, SFoodie Dear Texas: If You Must Kill Prisoners, Please Give Them a Last Meal

Dear Texas: If You Must Kill Prisoners, Please Give Them a Last Meal

Texas and California don't have a lot in common politically, except for incarceration. Both states love to put people in prison, so much so that we're going to have to let a bunch of ours out soon. Texas has a…
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Dining, SFoodie "Easy Chinese: San Francisco" Uses Our Town Like a Blank Screen

"Easy Chinese: San Francisco" Uses Our Town Like a Blank Screen

The Cooking Channel's "Easy Chinese: San Francisco" was an exciting concept to me: an entire 14-episode series, premiering tomorrow, based on the great Chinese food we have here. Wouldn't you like to know how to make Golden Gate Bakery's custard…
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Dining, SFoodie "Easy Chinese: San Francisco" Host Loves Mission Pie

"Easy Chinese: San Francisco" Host Loves Mission Pie

On Saturday, the Cooking Channel launches "Easy Chinese: San Francisco," a full season of 14 30-minute episodes showing Taiwanese-born Ching-He Huang cooking her recipes in our town. I spoke with Ching on the phone earlier this week from her home…
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Dining, SFoodie "Farmageddon" Film Opens Friday at Roxie Theater

"Farmageddon" Film Opens Friday at Roxie Theater

"Farmageddon," a film about the US government's war on raw milk, opens Friday at the Roxie, where it's scheduled to play through Sept. 29. The producers have scheduled a variety of events around the film, notably panel discussions on Friday…
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Dining, SFoodie Free Gluten-Free Cookbook for Three Lucky Readers!

Free Gluten-Free Cookbook for Three Lucky Readers!

Karen Morgan, author of "Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free: 75 Recipes for Irresistible Gluten-Free Desserts and Pastries," is in town Friday for a book-signing event. SFoodie asked her to sign three of those books for our readers and mail them to you…
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Dining, SFoodie SFoodie's Jonathan Kauffman Makes "Best Food Writing 2011"

SFoodie's Jonathan Kauffman Makes "Best Food Writing 2011"

I have the pleasure of sharing a desk pod with SF Weekly restaurant critic Jonathan Kauffman. When we received our copy of "Best Food Writing 2011," including his story "Shark's Fin: Understanding the Political Soup," I slipped it on his…
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Dining, SFoodie San Francisco's Top 25 Burgers

San Francisco's Top 25 Burgers

When we were kids, burgers were junk food. The separation of haute cuisine from street eats was complete. If you walked into a fine restaurant and asked for a burger, they were likely to direct you to the golden arches…
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Dining, SFoodie Gov. Brown Decriminalizes Sangria and Infused Vodka

Gov. Brown Decriminalizes Sangria and Infused Vodka

Gov. Jerry Brown today ended tension on the part of bartenders by signing Senate Bill 32, which makes it legal for bars to infuse vodkas and other liquors. And the best news? The bill has an "urgency clause," which means…
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Dining, SFoodie SF Vegans Are More Loud than Numerous

SF Vegans Are More Loud than Numerous

We hear from vegans all the time at SFoodie, often at great length, not least because we run Laura Beck's delightfully profane Week in Vegan column. But we've always wondered how important they really are. Not very, it turns out.…
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Dining, SFoodie Piccino Wine List Seeks Balance, Naturally

Piccino Wine List Seeks Balance, Naturally

When I first looked over Piccino's leftist-wine-geek wine list, I assumed it was compiled by a follower of the natural wine movement. Only seven of the 42 wines on the list are from California, and most are from winemakers associated…
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Dining, SFoodie Are Schweddy Balls Delicious, or Just Irritating to Gay-Bashers?

Are Schweddy Balls Delicious, or Just Irritating to Gay-Bashers?

I was a little surprised this morning when Erin Sherbert, the editor of SF Weekly's news blog the Snitch, messaged me at home asking for reasons why I might want to eat Schweddy Balls. I mean, there are soooo many…
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Dining, SFoodie Ichi Sushi Holds Benefit for Drowned Swim Coach

Ichi Sushi Holds Benefit for Drowned Swim Coach

Tonight Ichi Sushi in the Mission will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to the family of Stafone Jackson, a former star athlete at Mission High School who drowned on a camping trip last month. Jackson was a former student…
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