Friday, August 1, 2014

Enjoy Lusty Seafood Stew From Singapore in Menlo Park

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Shiok's Laksa - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Shiok's Laksa
On the spectrum of Asian noodle soups, laksa doesn’t get much attention compared to the likes of ramen, pho, and Hong Kong’s wonton- and noodle-filled bowls. Unfortunately that’s probably because you don’t find many Singapore restaurants, period.

And that seems very strange knowing the importance of food to Singapore’s culture. After all, this is a city-state where many adults greet each other with, “Have you eaten?” the same way we might ask, “How are you?”

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Get Your Caffeine and Sugar Fix at the Affogato Madness Pop-Ups This Weekend

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  • Edwin Cho
The Affogato, an Italian dessert beverage consisting of ice cream topped with a shot of an espresso, is high on my list of Italy’s top culinary contributions to the world. It’s also on my list of things to eat this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday three local artisans, Marlo’s Bakeshop, Nomadic Ground, and Bootleg Creamery, will be popping up together in Oakland and San Francisco with a menu of ice cream and biscotti affogato combos called Affogato Madness.

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Opening Alert: Muracci’s in Berkeley

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Delicious Spicy Beef Curry Noodles coming soon to Berkeley. - OMAR MAMOON
  • Omar Mamoon
  • Delicious Spicy Beef Curry Noodles coming soon to Berkeley.

Husband and wife owned-and-operated Muracci’s Japanese Curry & Grill is expanding to Berkeley with its third location. The exact address was not disclosed, but according to the duo it will be located on Telegraph Ave, very close to the UC Berkeley campus (Go Bears!).

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Drakes Bay Oyster Company's Retail Shop is Closed

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Drakes Bay Oyster Company is closing to the public today. - JOSH EDELSON
  • Josh Edelson
  • Drakes Bay Oyster Company is closing to the public today.

End of an era in Marin today, as Drakes Bay Oyster Company is shutting its retail doors today, quite possibly for good.

No matter how you feel about Drakes Bay Oyster Company's right to stay open on federal land, the closing of the farm is still a blow to the local shellfish economy. An oyster farm has been operating on Drakes Estuary since 1932, and it is currently the only operating cannery in the state. You might be thinking about the farm supplying just oysters on the half-shell, like other operations in the area, but every time you order an oyster po'boy, fried oysters, oyster stew, or something else, you're getting oysters that have been pre-shucked. Now those will have to be imported from Oregon or Washington or even further afield.

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Meet Sanctuary Bistro, an Entirely Vegan, Gluten-Free Restaurant in Berkeley

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

  • Alix Wall
If you’re vegan or gluten-free, you know that a visit to most restaurants requires peppering the server with questions to find out what unwanted component might be in the dish you want. The otherwise vegetarian soup could be made with chicken stock, or the meatballs may be made with breadcrumbs.

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Bartlett Hall Becomes the Newest Member of the SF Brewers Guild

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM

  • Brad Japne
With the official release of its first batch of craft beer last month, brewed in the heart of Union Square, Bartlett Hall (242 O’Farrell St.) became the 20th member of the ever-expanding SF Brewers Guild. I made my way to the cavernous confines of San Francisco’s newest brewpub to sample the suds that brewmaster Christopher Wike has unloaded from his shiny, seven barrel system.

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IKEA to Host Crayfish Party

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 8:45 AM

IKEA's hosting a crayfish party, maybe they'll cater our next birthday too? - FLICKR/STUA
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  • IKEA's hosting a crayfish party, maybe they'll cater our next birthday too?

Move over meatballs and lingonberry juice, crayfish is what IKEA will be feeding you on your next furniture outing. 

As a Swedish tradition dating back to the 1800s, crayfish parties were held in celebration to the late-summer season when the lakes would be overflowing with the bright, red critters. Now the furniture company wants to share the party with their American costumers on Friday, Aug. 15.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Magnolia's Dave McLean Returns to Curate Beer Lands

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Dave McLean is a busy man these days. The owner and head brewer at Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery in the heart of the Haight launched a second production facility in the Dogpatch earlier this Spring. His new location also houses Smokestack—a full on BBQ restaurant with a menu designed to match his beers. But he’s also the founding member of the thriving San Francisco Brewers Guild.

And if that seems like a lot of responsibilities to juggle, consider his summer task: organizing and curating Beer Lands, a comprehensive collection of craft beer pouring at the 7th annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival this August. He recently spoke with SF Weekly, providing some insight, among other things, as to he manages the difficult workload.

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Pop-Up Planner: Art and Tamales, July 30 - Aug. 6

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Last time Castellanos brought pork tamales to Bocadillos, this time around, chicken. - MOLLY DECOUDREAUX
  • Molly DeCoudreaux
  • Last time Castellanos brought pork tamales to Bocadillos, this time around, chicken.

CurATE dinner series
When: Wednesdays through Saturdays, July 30-Aug. 30
Where: Hedge Gallery, 501 Pacific
Cost: $50 for the reception, wine, and canapés or $199 for the five-course tasting menu
The rundown: A new artist will be featured every week at this glamorous pop-up series. Dinner, backed by Quince’s Michael Tusk and team while the restaurant closes for remodel, will correspond thematically with the exhibits. As Tablehopper and 7x7 report, a menu of deconstructed shrimp cocktail, waldorf salad, spaghetti and meatballs, steak and eggs, and peach melba are paired with Anthony Meier’s “Deconstruction” exhibit.

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Asian Pickles Get Their Due in New Book by Bay Area Author

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I have to admit that “I need more Asian pickles in my life” is not a thought I often have. But after flipping through Karen Solomon’s new book on the topic, it’s a thought that may start occurring more often.

Solomon is a Bay Area-based food writer, whose last book was Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It, and Other Kitchen Projects.” Before that, she wrote Can It, Bottle It, Smoke it, and Other Kitchen Projects. (Notice a theme here?) Now she’s out with Asian Pickles: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Cured, and Fermented Preserves.

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    Nestled in the green pine-covered hills of the Northern Sierra Nevada is the Gold Rush town of Nevada City. Beautiful Victorian houses line the streets, keeping the old-time charm alive, and a vibrant downtown is home to world-class art, theater and music. The nearby South Yuba River State Park is known for its emerald swimming holes during the summer and radiant leaf colors during autumn. These days the gold panning is more for tourists than prospectors, but the gold miner spirit is still in the air.

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