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2007 Stories by Robert Lauriston

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  • As the Romans Do

    published December 19, 2007

    As the longtime cultural center of the Apennine Peninsula, Rome has incorporated ingredients and dishes from many other regions into its... More >>

  • Robert Lauriston Gets Yunnan Chinese Fix at Z & Y Garden

    published November 21, 2007

    Z & Y Garden bills itself as the only restaurant in the Bay Area serving the cuisine of Yunnan, an inland Chinese province that borders... More >>

  • Welcome Back, Kaddo

    published October 24, 2007

    On February 27, a 75-foot-wide chunk of Telegraph Hill crumbled, releasing several hundred cubic yards of rocks and boulders to smash into the... More >>

  • Pizza Smackdown

    published September 26, 2007

    The history of few culinary trends can be recounted as precisely as that of California pizza. In 1980, Alice Waters, inspired by her travels in... More >>

  • Lunchtime in Havana

    published August 29, 2007

    For some reason, real Cuban food has always been a tough sell in San Francisco. The occasional place that gets it right somehow never lasts... More >>

  • Hard-Core Sushi

    published August 1, 2007

    Sushi bars fall into two rough categories. Some put the emphasis on the bar, with loud music, louder customers, fusion-y hand rolls with silly... More >>

  • It's Maya Pleasure

    published July 4, 2007

    While walking briskly down a squalid stretch of 16th Street, I catch the sprightly sign: "Mayan Cuisine with a Modern Touch." Oh, dear — not... More >>

  • Burma Daze

    published June 6, 2007

    What is Burmese cuisine? Simple question, but not so simple to answer, given that the country comprises more than a hundred ethnic groups, each... More >>

  • Peruvian Mingle

    published May 9, 2007

    Imagine a culinary Final Four, in which each country fields a team of its greatest chefs, and these teams fight it out to see which country's food... More >>

  • Take TWO

    published April 11, 2007

    Restaurant owners performing radical makeovers have become a staple of the San Francisco scene. Upscale John Frank morphed into inexpensive Home;... More >>

  • Latest Vintage

    published March 14, 2007

    One nice thing about sitting at a wine bar: As the juice goes down, people open up and start chatting with each other. Well, OK, whether that's... More >>

  • Mi Amor

    published February 14, 2007

    This week, in honor of Valentine's Day, I offer this love letter to my favorite restaurant, Incanto. Full disclosure: A normal, anonymous review... More >>

  • A Saucy Tasteoff

    published January 17, 2007

    Where's the best barbecue in San Francisco? That's a loaded question. People not only have radically different criteria for "best," reflecting... More >>

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