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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cheese Festival Shows Norcal’s Artisanal Community Is Thriving

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Haven's Minty Mushy Peas With Cypress Grove Chèvre - ALICE DISHES
  • Alice Dishes
  • Haven's Minty Mushy Peas With Cypress Grove Chèvre

If the crowd who flocked to Petaluma last weekend for the 9th Annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival knows one thing, it’s that the North Bay is fast becoming ground zero for all shapes and sizes of lovingly crafted, handmade cheeses. More than 2,700 cheese-lovers gathered at the Sheraton, Petaluma, to sample fromages and wine, vote for chefs’ creations in a cheesy battle, visit local farms, and more.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Take The Cable Car to Terminus For A Deviled Egg Sandwich and BBQ Eggplant Sandwich

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 4:57 PM

Café Terminus' Deviled Egg Sandwich and Barbeque Eggplant Sandwich - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Café Terminus' Deviled Egg Sandwich and Barbeque Eggplant Sandwich

At the terminus of the California street cable car line, is the, aptly named, Café Terminus — an interesting hybrid café-bar case study catering to the overworked and hungry types. It serves as a breakfast and lunch canteen by morning, and at 2 p.m., it transforms into an under-the-radar cocktail bar that just so happens to major in Absinthe Studies.

Between the alternating identities, Terminus is best known for its chicken and kale salad which just so happens to turn two of the most overused and bland ingredients in the California cooking repertoire into the perfect lunch.

Sorry vegetarians, there is no tofu-kale — or any vegetarian salad for you here. 

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This Weekend: Artisanal Cheeses Galore in Sonoma Co.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 9:51 AM

  • Derrick Story
If you're a cheese-lover, have your own wheels, and you are looking for something savory to do this weekend, there's really only one place you need to go: California's Artisan Cheese Festival

The event, which starts today and runs through Sunday at the Sheraton in Petaluma, is exactly what it sounds like: A celebration of artisan cheese. In addition to lots of snacking, you will get the chance to meet cheese experts, cheesemakers, chefs, and fromagiers from across the country. What's more, every session will include tastings and/or pairings of artisan cheeses.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Traveling Around France with Moules Frites in San Carlos at Cuisinett

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM

The Moules Frites Marinières at San Carlos' Cuisinett - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • The Moules Frites Marinières at San Carlos' Cuisinett

Across France, you'll find typical comfort fare such as butter drenched escargots and steak frites with béarnaise sauce at a corner bistro, truffles and caviar laden luxury dishes at haute cuisine dining rooms, and quick to cook and eat sandwiches and crêpes at a cozy informal café. But so many of these iconic dishes that are synonymous with the country as a whole actually call a specific city or region "home." Yes, ratatouille is a menu mainstay across the country but only Aix-en-Provence can claim it as a local specialty, like we can with hangtown fry in San Francisco."

At San Carlos’ Cuisinett, diners get a meal of French standards that would hold up across the Atlantic— and a lesson in geography on the side.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fast Food Connoisseur: I Think I Love Wingstop More Than my Wife.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Everyone has that go-to food spot that your significant other is sick of (if not grossed out by)  but will go along just to appease you. For me, that place is Wingstop.

Maybe it's because Wingstop is nowhere near my house on Telegraph Hill, so those sauced-tossed wings always taste deliciously novel to me (someone could make a boatload if they opened one in the center of the city). Perhaps I just love that the aviation-themed decor makes me want to pretend my chicken wing is a steering rod for my imaginary fighter jet (sound effects included). More likely, it's that Wingstop food is just damn good quality — it's not pre-made, reheated fast food.

Some people will tell me that buffalo wings shouldn’t be consider a whole meal. Well, I say Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be considered a whole celebrity either, but she kinda is.

You get my point.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Post-Soviet: Breakfast Pop-Up Makes a Communist Peasant's Breakfast Look Yummy

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Blinis flanked by two carrot salads. - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • Blinis flanked by two carrot salads.

Not that many people equate the former Soviet Union with freshness and abundance, but that might soon change once people get used to Post Soviet, a pop-up at farm:table that’s now happening most Monday mornings and early afternoons. (“Post” cleverly refers to the period after the USSR, but also to Post Street.)

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Snack Nation: Beef Jerky, Seaweed Strips and Coconut Chips

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 5:27 PM

A variety of new snacks from this year's Fancy Food Show - MARY LADD
  • Mary Ladd
  • A variety of new snacks from this year's Fancy Food Show
If you find yourself fibbing your way out of socialixing so you can duck away for a few hours to binge watch House of Cards all too yourself, you're in great company.

Those five hours of nonstop entertainment with Claire and Francis is sexy and guilty, and fun,. There is only one downfall: late night hunger.

With a bounty of new snacks on the market, you won't have any trouble satisfying that hankering for a late-night nosh.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Caffeine Scene: Nitro Coffee, Hi-Caffeine Tea & News from Peet's

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Nitro Mr. Espresso coffee at Coffee Bar - COFFEE BAR
  • Coffee Bar
  • Nitro Mr. Espresso coffee at Coffee Bar
There's really no better way to wake up in the morning than to a cup of coffee that tastes just like a pint of Guiness.

You'll only get that fix in nitro coffee — a new creamy way to get caffeinated and one of the latest trends gracing your morning brew.

If this sounds like it might hit the spot for you, head over to Coffee Bar, which has my favorite version of nitro coffee (it really looks and tastes like a late-morning Guinness).

And just in time for St. Patty's Day.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Bisou Bistronomy Has an Escargot Slider. Do You Dare?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Et voila! Land snails, in patty form. - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • Et voila! Land snails, in patty form.

The first time I had escargot, I was still a teenager and I was ready for a double-dog-dare type of gross-out payoff. Instead, it was a dish whose protein base had been all but rendered indistinguishable by butter and garlic, not that that’s the worst thing in the world.

Anyway, Bisou Bistronomy in the Castro is now serving a $10 Escargot Burger. It’s more of a slider, served with aioli, coleslaw, tomato, caramelized shallots, and a demi-glaze sauce. Brock Keeling noted in 7x7 that you can add foie gras, but I didn’t want to gild this particular lily. It was quite good on its own (which is to say, fairly larded up with condiments already).

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Kosher Winery Opens in Berkeley, With a Cookbook Debut, Too

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:26 AM

  • Ed Anderson
That a new winery opened in Berkeley isn’t so newsworthy these days; many winemakers are discovering they can make just as good wine in an urban setting, even if they have no views of vineyards to wake up to every morning. But when Covenant Wines opened its doors a few months ago on Sixth Street, it definitely brought something new: the only kosher winery in the immediate area (Hagafen, in Napa Valley, has been around for over three decades).

And now, to complement it, is a new cookbook, The Covenant Kitchen: Food and Wine for the New Jewish Table (Schocken).

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