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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Get Ready For Another Festival: LuckyRice Returns to S.F.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

A view of last year's LuckyRice inside the Ferry Building - RICHARD PATTERSON
  • Richard Patterson
  • A view of last year's LuckyRice inside the Ferry Building

There’s no shortage of food festivals in the Bay Area—just as we are finishing digesting the deliciousness from the August assault of Eat Drink SF, Outside Lands, and the Street Food Fest, the second annual LuckyRice festival returns.

The food festival is traveling road show of sorts, going from Manhattan, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and now San Francisco. While the concept is the same in each city (showcasing Asian culture through cuisine and cocktails), the chefs and bartenders change to focus on local restaurants.

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Donna's Tamales Makes a Mean Vegan Burrito

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 11:41 AM

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The Tuesday farmers’ market at the Ferry Building is a worthy lunch destination. There is abundant produce, flowers to make your desk look less sterile, and food vendors. You can have a pizza, a steaming bowl of ramen, or a Reuben, but for my money (about $6) the vegan burrito at Donna’s Tamales is a winning choice. The tamales are delightful — all are vegetarian or vegan, and showcase local produce, Straus cheeses and organic corn (they’re gluten-free, too) — but the burrito has a bit more heft, and its tahini-miso sauce adds a nice touch of umami.

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Eat Some Concrete at the Velvet Scoop in the Mission

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

The Giant's Bonanza (chocolate frozen custard, Reese's peanut butter cup, Reese's Pieces, dark chocolate drizzle.) - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • The Giant's Bonanza (chocolate frozen custard, Reese's peanut butter cup, Reese's Pieces, dark chocolate drizzle.)

Considering how much coffee there is in this city, there should always be room for more ice cream and related frozen treats. The Velvet Scoop, in the very center of the Mission, is a new “dessert restaurant” serving chocolate and vanilla frozen custard with a variety of toppings, nearly all of them known to the average six-year-old.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tortillas and Al Pastor Stand Out at MexCal

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM

MexCal Taco in Menlo Park's Hand-made Tortilla and Al Pastor Taco - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • MexCal Taco in Menlo Park's Hand-made Tortilla and Al Pastor Taco

In today’s edition of lunch under $3, it’s time to head to the Middlefield taqueria corridor at the border of Menlo Park and Redwood City. There you’re only blocks away from Atherton, one of the most exclusive Bay Area communities. And yet at MexCal Taqueria, diners can enjoy a truly top tier taco meal for less than a Sightglass espresso in surroundings that don't feel like a dive bar.

Free of the excessive ingredients that make burritos seem tired and heavy, a taco is an exhibit in simplicity: tortilla and fillings. MexCal soars in both regards but you must order carefully because the desirable combination is an off-the-menu mix of on the menu items.

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Restaurant Recipe: State Bird Provisions' Burrata Bread

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 1:58 PM

SBP's Droolworthy Burrata Bread. - OMAR MAMOON
  • Omar Mamoon
  • SBP's Droolworthy Burrata Bread.

One of the signature dishes at State Bird Provisions is the burrata bread. It is one of the few mainstays on the ever-changing and evolving menu, and for good reason: It’s absolutely delicious. (Though to be fair, how can deep-fried bread topped with burrata be anything less?). But if you haven’t yet had the luck of scoring a reservation or the patience of waiting in line, you’re in luck: we’ve got the recipe for you to recreate this gem of a dish in your very own home kitchen — no reservations required.

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Free Coffee, Tartine Cake, Pinball, and a Petting Zoo at Four Barrel Today

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Whatever your lunch plans are, you might want to amend them to include a visit to the Valencia Four Barrel today, which is celebrating its 6th birthday in a spectacular fashion. There is free coffee all day; free Tartine cake at noon; a photo booth from noon to 4; a petting zoo from noon to 3; and games including a Demolition Man-themed vintage pinball machine, whack-a-mole, and Dance Dance Revolution. 4505 Meats will be selling burgers out front too.

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You Love the Restaurant, Now Here's Tacolicious, the Cookbook

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 8:08 AM

ALEX FARNUM
  • Alex Farnum
Is there a more perfect food than the taco? So easily eaten by hand, so versatile with its fillings, and so many delicious accompaniments: salsas, pickled onions, avocado, lime, a spunky tequila cocktail to pair ... if there is a more perfect food, don’t tell that to the patrons of Tacolicious.

With its humble beginnings as a taco stand at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market five years ago, Tacolicious now has three San Francisco locations and a fourth in Palo Alto. And owners Joe Hargrave and Sara Deseran are the first to say they could not have predicted its success.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Week in Vegan: Fighting Stress, Struggling Sea World and Carrageenan

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM

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  • Is something holding you back from going full-on vegan? Are you ready to let it all go and jump in feet first? Here are some reasons you may be holding out and some ways that you can work around them. For instance, did you know that you should change one habit at a time? If it's cheese you're most concerned with, work up to it. Don't just give it all up at once or you're headed for (possible) disaster. (Also: Cheese is a category; don't try to give it up by type. We both know you don't even eat Camembert!) 

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Delivery Wars: Uber Tests On-Demand Lunch in Santa Monica

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 1:48 PM

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"Like Uber, but for food" is how many have described the new wave of on-demand delivery services like Sprig, Caviar, Postmates, and others — and now Uber itself is testing the waters. This week, the rideshare service is piloting UberFRESH in Santa Monica, a new option that will deliver a "prix fixe lunch" to hungry users in 10 minutes or less.

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Classic Upper Haight Bars: Better When Burners Are Away?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

DANIEL SCHWEN
  • Daniel Schwen

Something magical happens every fall in San Francisco when seemingly half of the city takes off to Burning Man, taking with them their camping gear, dust masks, and preferred reality-altering substances. There’s a calm that comes with being a burner-free city. There’s a different smell that comes with being a burner-free city. And if any neighborhood notices a difference it’s the Upper Haight, home to hippies, steampunks, and countless burners.

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