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Dining, SFoodie Returning to the Source, Looking for What It Has to Offer

Returning to the Source, Looking for What It Has to Offer

Who could resist the appeal of a restaurant that ionizes and energizes its water and projects inspirational art onto the walls? Not me. Especially when it's a new vegetarian restaurant (with vegan options) in a town that could use…
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Dining, SFoodie Choose Your Own Library Books, Praise for S.F.'s Compost Program

Choose Your Own Library Books, Praise for S.F.'s Compost Program

Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. More about the library's cookbook collection. The Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library has played a huge role in…
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Dining, SFoodie The Barbecue Zeitgeist: A Few Sides to Go with Today's Review

The Barbecue Zeitgeist: A Few Sides to Go with Today's Review

About two months ago, I noticed that SFoodie was covering the appearance of an awful lot of new barbecue businesses. Slow Hand, Southern Sandwich, Smoke, Smokin' Warehouse, the Rib Whip, T-Dub's on Fridays, the not-yet-open Hyde Away Blues Barbecue ...…
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Dining, SFoodie Shark Fin Watch, Gadfly Alert, the Cereal Shot

Shark Fin Watch, Gadfly Alert, the Cereal Shot

Today marks the launch of Talking Points: Notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other miscellanea dredged up from the food media.1. Shark fin watch. One of the criticisms I've heard of AB-376, California's proposed shark-fin ban, is…
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Dining, SFoodie Be a Homer and Root for These James Beard Semifinalists

Be a Homer and Root for These James Beard Semifinalists

​The press releases have gone out, and the betting is now open: This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists in its annual restaurant awards, which are often called the Oscars of the food world (mostly by people writing up…
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Dining, SFoodie This Week's Review: Hearts on Fire!

This Week's Review: Hearts on Fire!

Making heart the subject of my Valentine's Day review may be a stunt, but eating heart meat isn't. Whether it comes from a chicken, duck, pig, lamb, or cow, heart is an amazing cut: smooth and yet not slippery-gushy, lean…
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Dining, SFoodie Gift Ideas: Five Cheap Kitchen Tools I Can't Live Without

Gift Ideas: Five Cheap Kitchen Tools I Can't Live Without

The high-end kitchen stores and the glossy mags will tell you that All-Clad is the best declaration of true love. And it might just be. But many of us can't afford much more than an All-Clad refrigerator magnet. I was…
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Dining, SFoodie This Week's Review: Haltun Mayan Cuisine

This Week's Review: Haltun Mayan Cuisine

This week, I visited Haltun Mayan Cuisine, a seven-month-old restaurant in the the depths of the Mission that has one of the most ambitious Yucatecan menus in town. Its chef, Jesus Peralta, opened the restaurant just as his previous employer,…
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Dining, SFoodie This Week's Review: Ippuku

This Week's Review: Ippuku

Lara HataA sampler plate of yakitori from Ippuku. ​This week, I traveled to downtown Berkeley to review Ippuku, Christian Geideman's yakitori restaurant. To me, the beauty of the restaurant came from the narrowness of its focus: Geideman's menu has several…
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