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Dining, Fresh Eats Dunkin' Donuts Is Finally Here!

Dunkin' Donuts Is Finally Here!

After near-infinite teases and whispers, Dunkin' Donuts has returned to Northern California, years after the franchise chain pulled out of the region. True, the newest of the 11,000 Dunkin' Donuts is in Walnut Creek (in a shopping center that's fairly…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Pinoy Noir: Is Filipino Food in Danger Before It Even Gets Big?

Pinoy Noir: Is Filipino Food in Danger Before It Even Gets Big?

Since the 1980s, Filipinos have been the largest single ethnicity of Asian-Americans in California, more numerous than Chinese-Americans and Japanese-Americans combined. Yet Filipino cuisine, its pancits and sisigs and adobos rich with regional variations, remains more or less confined to…
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Lazy Bear Is For the Industrious - Mostly

I've tried, always intermittently but for a very long time, to get a reservation at Lazy Bear, Chef David Barzelay's restaurant-slash-nightly-performance-piece on 19th Street in the Mission. Until now, the closest I'd ever come was a lunch at Merryvale…
Dining, Fresh Eats The Return of Poor Red's BAR-B-Q

The Return of Poor Red's BAR-B-Q

Driving through the Sierra foothills on our way back from a wedding in Mammoth Lakes, my boyfriend and I turn off Highway 50 in Placerville. Our destination is Poor Red's BAR-B-Q, a locally famous El Dorado roadhouse that reopened last…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Gordon Ramsay Called Me an Idiot Sandwich

Gordon Ramsay Called Me an Idiot Sandwich

In spite of his reputation for screaming at subordinates, Gordon Ramsay is quite charming in person — soft-spoken, even. The celebrity chef has partnered with Glu Mobile, the publisher of free smartphone games (the Call of Duty series, Kim Kardashian:…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Fresh Eats: The Coffee Revolution Advances

Fresh Eats: The Coffee Revolution Advances

San Francisco's love affair with high-quality coffee shows no sign of stopping. If anything, the proliferation of gorgeous, third-wave cafes and roasteries is accelerating, as our budding chains have graduated to opening statement locations with impressive food menus — up…
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Dining, Fresh Eats What is a $15 Cup of Coffee Like, Really?

What is a $15 Cup of Coffee Like, Really?

Equator Coffee on Market and Sixth streets has been selling $15 cups of Finca Sophia coffee for more than a week. Buzzfeed wrote a image-heavy story about it, and while it mostly contains complete sentences, it didn't provide much of…
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The Treasury is Where the Federal Reserve Could Convene Over Drinks

The first thing you need to know about the Treasury is that the team behind it has done a really good job with lighting. I recognized that this ranks fairly low on the list of reasons why people go to…
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Wise Sons' Long-Awaited Bagels are Nearly Here

The last time I went home to Long Island, my return flight was delayed. Although I effectively started my workday at 2:30 a.m. Pacific, I felt a little chagrined, arriving in the office close to noon. To distract my hardworking…
Dining, Fresh Eats Hawaiian Pop-Up Aina Goes Brick-and-Mortar This Spring

Hawaiian Pop-Up Aina Goes Brick-and-Mortar This Spring

When I visited 'ina, a weekend Hawaiian pop-up at 903 Cortland Ave. in Bernal Heights, I was surprised by how flavorful (and SPAM-free) it was. Rather, the Kalbi loco moco with hearts of palm pico de gallo, Korean short ribs,…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Oaxaca to Oakland: Proyecto Diaz Coffee Sources From Grandpa's Farm

Oaxaca to Oakland: Proyecto Diaz Coffee Sources From Grandpa's Farm

Two weeks ago, I flew over the Mexican state of Oaxaca in a puddle jumper. We flew low, occasionally passing tiny towns and their brightly colored churches popping out from the blanket of deep green jungle. It occurred to me…
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The Fairmont Hotel's Modern Approach to Classic Cocktails

There's a reason why the classics become classics. They're timeless, and they're damn good. In the realm of cocktails, familiar names like Martini, Old Fashioned, Boulevardier, and Manhattan immediately come to mind. If you're going to tinker with drinks like…
Dining, Fresh Eats The Trouble With Truffles

The Trouble With Truffles

It's a drizzly Saturday afternoon in mid-January, and I'm standing in a crowd of several dozen people at Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa, watching some Lagotto Romagnolo dogs beg for treats. Eager and Labradoodle-like, these hounds have been professionally trained…
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Five Tasty Things from the Winter Fancy Foods Show

The more time I spent at the Winter Fancy Foods Show at the Moscone Center, the more callous I became. In a convention center full of hard-working sales reps and people who've broken through their fear of failure and sunk…
Dining, Fresh Eats Black Bark BBQ Brings Barbecue Back to the Fillmore

Black Bark BBQ Brings Barbecue Back to the Fillmore

The much-anticipated return of barbecue to the Fillmore has arrived with the opening of Black Bark BBQ. Black Bark comes to us from the same husband-and-wife team behind 1300 On Fillmore — conveniently located across the street — Chef David…
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Trick Dog Releases a New Menu

In this age of heavily redacted government documents, over-classification, and NSA bureaucrats spying on Congress and then lying about it, it's good to know that someone out there is still pursuing the truth about Roswell, N.M., and David Icke's secret…
Dining, Fresh Eats Food is Foreplay at Our Gourmet Life Erotic Dinners

Food is Foreplay at Our Gourmet Life Erotic Dinners

Dinner parties can be stuffy affairs, particularly when none of the guests knows anyone except their date. As we all know, one good way to break the ice is to have servers gently caress diners, encouraging them to delicately spoon-feed…
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Dining, Feature Bar: Oakland Spirits Company

Bar: Oakland Spirits Company

When Adam Nelson left his modest career as a writer in the early '90s to work on a nebulous concept called the internet, his mother said it was "the worst mistake he'd ever make."Two decades later, she held her tongue…
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Dining, Fresh Eats The Meals of 2015 That Slipped Through the Cracks

The Meals of 2015 That Slipped Through the Cracks

I haven't sat in this particular OfficeMax swivel chair for a full year, so to write a genuinely comprehensive "Best of 2015" list feels somewhere between pointless and impossible. Much as I would love to check everything off three-to-six weeks…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Spaghtti Bros. is Your New Bro

Spaghtti Bros. is Your New Bro

Move over frat boys,there's a new bro in the Marina:Spaghetti Bros., to be precise. This casual yet upscale Italian restaurant took over The Republic's spot on Scott Street back in late October, adding to the rich mosaic that is the…
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