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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hudson Whiskey Releases Maple Cask Rye

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Maple Cask Rye from Hudson Whiskey - HUDSON WHISKEY
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  • Maple Cask Rye from Hudson Whiskey

Autumn turns a touch sweeter as Hudson Whiskey sets to release a supremely limited batch of their Maple Cask Rye throughout the Bay Area.

The slightly caramelized notes of this particular expression come courtesy of careful aging in maple-cured oak barrels. A unique marriage of two of America's most classic craft offerings, the product was created after a syrup-tapper from the Hudson Valley of upstate New York approached their neighboring distillery in search of whiskey casks.

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Schilling & Co. is the FiDi Cafe You've Been Looking For

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM


When a Financial District lunch venue advertises “freshly prepared – organic – natural food”, you might also expect a high price tag to go with it. Schilling & Co., a small café on Commercial Street, manages to offer high-quality breakfast and lunch options that are also reasonably priced. Take a stroll down this alley tucked between Sacramento and Clay, Montgomery and Kearny, whether you need an early energy boost or fuel for a busy afternoon.

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Celebrate Halloween and Autumn with Pumpkin Gnocchi in West Portal

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Trattoria da Vittorio's Pumpkin Gnocchi - TREVOR FELCH
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  • Trattoria da Vittorio's Pumpkin Gnocchi

Fall is in the air, tomato season is over, and orange and black is everywhere. It's definitely time to eat some pumpkin.

Which means it's time to venture out to West Portal, a corner of the city known more for being the urban suburb on the other side of the Muni tunnel than destination-worthy dining options, where you’ll be rewarded both with a terrific pumpkin gnocchi and a quick trip to Southern Italy’s Calabrian region (the “toe” of the boot).

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The Moosewood Cookbook Marks 40 Years in Print with New Edition

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

When something is as familiar – and splatter stained – as the original Moosewood Cookbook, admittedly, it’s hard to look at it with new eyes. But a 40th anniversary edition is out from Ten Speed Press, the same Berkeley outfit which first nationally distributed the hand-collated notebook that a young Mollie Katzen – who has now been an East Bay resident for decades – kept mostly in her car.

For those who didn’t grow up with the Moosewood Cookbook, it all began in a restaurant in Ithaca, N.Y., that served homey vegetarian cuisine cooked by non-professional chefs, bringing in modified versions of their old family recipes.

Before Deborah Madison and Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and way before there was Ottolenghi, there was the Moosewood, which would go on to become synonymous with vegetarianism through its never-ending line of cookbooks, promoting vegetarian cooking at a time when it was still considered pretty revolutionary and fringy to not eat meat.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Craft Beer, Great Burgers and Other Farm-to-Table Fare at The Half Orange in Fruitvale

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Korean Fried Buches are chicken necks in a tangy glaze. They work well with the creamy macaroni salad at The Half Orange, a new casual farm-to-table eatery  in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood. - ALIX WALL
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  • Korean Fried Buches are chicken necks in a tangy glaze. They work well with the creamy macaroni salad at The Half Orange, a new casual farm-to-table eatery in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood.

Fruitvale residents of Oakland rejoice: You no longer need to venture to other parts of town to get a great grass-fed burger, sausage, or craft beer. These staples, which are so ubiquitous in other parts of town, have landed here too, at The Half Orange, located in Fruitvale Village’s transit plaza, right across from the BART station.

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Pink Zebra Is the Japanese Version of Mission Chinese Food

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Hurricane popcorn with pig ears. - PETE KANE
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  • Hurricane popcorn with pig ears.

There is a hip restaurant-within-a-restaurant in the Mission, and it’s serving unique reconfigurations of East Asian food that occasionally sacrifice authenticity to please San Francisco’s more baroque palates. If that sounds to you like Mission Chinese Food, you’re about half-right. It’s actually Pink Zebra, a 40-seat project from Jesse Koide, who’s been running MCF since Danny Bowien took off for the Lower East Side. Pink Zebra is sited within Tao Lin on 20th Street and, as Eater noted, it’s named for Koide’s headband, but it could easily be called Mission Japanese Food.

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The Week in Vegan: Cheese, Cheese and More Cheese

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM


Hello! Are you excited for this week? No? Well, how excited would you be I told you that there's now a recipe for gluten-free vegan pumpkin bagels you can make at home? Not only can you enjoy the delicious flavors of the season, but you can also tell others (who are just sipping on a pumpkin spice latte) that you made your own pumpkin spice snack at home. Artisanally. Checkmate. 

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La Nebbia Releases Meat Flights

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The Spaniards: Iberico (18 mos.), Serrano (18 mos.), Lomo (18 mos.) - DESOGOS.COM
  • The Spaniards: Iberico (18 mos.), Serrano (18 mos.), Lomo (18 mos.)

I was quite enamored with La Ciccia spinoff La Nebbia when I reviewed it back in March, though I did wish you could order assorted salumi instead of just one version at a time. Now we're in luck! There are three new salumu plates on the menu, all highlighting a different region.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Watch John Oliver Take on the Sugar Industry

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 3:59 PM


Last night on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took on the sugar industry. Specifically, the 75 pounds of sugar the average American eats in a year, and the steps that the FDA is taking to curtail that consumption. As with most stories about the incredible power of the corporate food industry, it's more about what lobbying groups are doing to strike down an "added sugar" line item on nutrition labels.

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America's First Cat Cafe Now Open In Oakland

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM


Feline (and caffeine) history was made this week across the bay, as Cat Town Cafe, the nation's first cat cafe, opened its doors in Oakland.

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