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    August 9, 2013

    Peninsula Dining Update: Say Aloha to Hawaiian Food in Downtown San Carlos

    Downtown San Carlos may never be Waikiki Beach, but there's something trade winds lately. Longtime friends and native Hawaiians Noelani Maestrini and Bradley Wills finally realized their dream of bringing a taste of home to the Peninsula with the opening of Noelani's, in the former Morty's space. J. ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Three Babes Bakeshop Popping Up At Dandelion Chocolate Next Week

    Good news, pie fans: The ladies of Three Babes Bakeshop will be heading into the kitchen at the Mission's newish chocolate factory, Dandelion, next week. Instead of focusing on chocolate, they'll be making fruit-focused desserts adorned with nibs, chocolate shavings, and more -- but chocolate fans d ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013
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    March 20, 2013
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    March 20, 2013

    Two Festivals This Weekend Celebrate World's Best Foods: Cheese and Chocolate

    In a scenario where we were asked at gunpoint to choose whether we'd give up cheese or chocolate for the rest of our life (you know, threatened by hardened criminals who are discerning about such matters), we'd be hard-pressed to come up with a decision. Thankfully we can celebrate both this weekend ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    Dandelion Chocolate: Now Open!

    Chocoholics and Cathy cartoons rejoice! As of today, The Dandelion Chocolate factory and cafe is officially open for business! Now you can finally watch your chocolate being made and eat it too. The Valencia street location is Dandelion's new, fully functioning chocolate factory complete with a bean ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    New Discoveries at Ghiradelli Chocolate Festival

    Remember in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory when finders of the golden tickets are first allowed into the candy factory and overwhelmed with chocolate-inspired awe? Walking into the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival this past weekend, September 8th and 9th, felt a little bit like that. ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Unholy Train-Ghirardelli Alliance Sets Out to Ruin Chocolate, Too

    Having already tainted pop radio, S.F. Giants games, wine, and nearly every rock club in San Francisco, Train is now out to impress the icky stamp of its exhausted cliches and limp-dicked rhymes on another seemingly un-ruinable thing: chocolate. The band will appear on the Today Show tomorrow to an ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012
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    August 7, 2012

    Kika's Treats: The Brazilian Cheese Bread That Comes But Once A Year

    Cristina "Kika" Arantes instructs me to hold my nose as I repeat after her: "pao de queijo." The nasel tone of the Portuguese word for Brazilian cheese bread may be difficult for Americans to master, but the love for this Brazilian snack is easy to acquire. It looks like a small bread roll, but brea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Della Fattoria's Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Shames All Others

    Petaluma bakery Della Fattoria has the chocolate chip cookie for people who don't care about chocolate chip cookies. The secret to winning over non-believers is a round and wafer-thin shape and the liberal and judicious use of brown sugar in the batter. The chocolate chips are about half as big as ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    Meet La Graziosa, The Graceful Cookie

    Vallejo-based baker La Graziosa, the graceful cookie, began 17 years ago on a family biscotti recipe that has spawned unique varieties like mocha chocolate chip and orange cranberry pistachio, but it's the company's soft cookies that have captivated the Cook E. Monster. There are 11 cookie varietie ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Beer & Spirits Chocolates: Taste Testing Sweets with a Kick

    ​We recently reviewed Coco Delice's beer and booze-infused truffles, and now two more of our favorite chocolate artisans have turned up with beer and spirits in their sweets. Vice Chocolates' 2012 Lush collection features a beer, a whiskey, and two wine-based truffles. Socola, meanwhile, has add ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Your Artisanal Easter Candy Taste Test

    ​ Easter is coming. We'll admit to enjoying the sweet, syrupy goo of Cadbury Creme Eggs and the back-in-the-day memories a Reese's Peanut Butter Egg might stir, but today we're focusing on special Easter offerings from artisanal producers. There's a lot of deliciousness there, some of which you ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Baker & Banker Bakery's Bake-at-Home Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    ​Baker & Banker Bakery, neighbor to Lori Baker and Jeff Banker's restaurant, packs a lot of potency into a small retail space. Recognizing the addictive power of its cookies, B&BB now offers frozen dough to go in two varieties: ginger and brown-butter chocolate chip. For $10, you can bake ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Roamin' Cannoli Makes Sophomore Outing Today at Off The Grid

    Foodspotting/Mel N.​ If you're having lunch at Off The Grid's Civic Center event today (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), save some room for dessert. It'll be your second chance to get a cannolo from new street vendor Roamin' Cannoli before she changes locations because of the regular rotation of vendors. Owne ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    New Cannabis Edibles Focusing on Flavor, Not Just the Buzz

    Molly DeCoudreaux/Seventh HouseToasted quinoa chocolate treats from San Francisco's Seventh House. Yeah, they're literally toasted.​Medical marijuana has provided solace for Californians with chronic pain, nausea, lost appetite, and other problems due to injury and disease. But not everyone wa ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Tonight: Deciphering Chocolate

    nic221/Flickr​Friday Night at the de Young: Chocolate of the Americas Where: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (in Golden Gate Park), 750-3600 When: Fri., Feb. 25, 6-8:45 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: We heard you're fronting like a chocolate pro, all "nib" this" and "single-so ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Upscale Cocoa Crawl through San Francisco

    Jonathan KauffmanPoco Dolce's Kathy Wiley.​The Chocolatiers of San Francisco: Taste, Talk, and Tour Where: Starts at 1198 Illinois (at Humboldt) When: Sat., Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $50 The rundown: Saturday morning is your chance to lift the veil on three local chocolate masters ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Sipping Chocolate the Highlight of Pure Dark Pop-Up on Union

    Tamara Palmer​SFoodie's Jonathan Kauffman first broke news of Pure Dark, a chocolate shop popping up on Union Street through February. Launched by candy manufacturer Mars to showcase its artisan chocolate line (and attract wholesale clients), the shop features comfy places to sit and sip its b ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Saratoga Chocolates Liquidates to Make Room for Ike's

    Saratoga Chocolates​Saratoga Chocolates will shutter its San Francisco retail location this week, with a final liquidation sale today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Expect to find all remaining confections priced half off ― even store fixtures are being hawked. There should be some grea ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Vice is Flavoring Chocolates with Roasted Garlic. Does It Work?

    Tamara Palmer​In our copious chocolate samplings, we've only encountered one other candy maker who combined garlic with dark chocolate, but without the confidence to offer up the results for sale (probably a good thing). Now, Vice Chocolates offers a dark chocolate bonbon with garlic ganache. ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    In Praise of Local Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Tamara PalmerNamu's ice cream sandwich contains a lashing of Korean chili paste in the chocolate.​If you haven't noticed, it's been pretty darned hot outside this week, and glorious ice cream sandwich season is definitely here. We've been scarfing down many flavor-forward versions of this conf ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Where Can I Buy Locally Made Chocolate In a Post-Scharffen Berger World?

    Who cares if Scharffen Berger left town when we have E. Guittard?​A question came in from D.F. this week:I used to buy Scharffen Berger chocolate, but now that Hershey bought out the company and left Berkeley, I don't know where to buy local chocolate. I've been buying bags of Guittard chips at th ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Sweets Makers Taking Orders for Passover Matzo Desserts, Disagree on Spelling

    Emily Stone/seriouseats.comCharles' chocolate-covered matzah: A recipe for love?​The first seder of the week-long Passover holiday is Monday, March 29. Act now, and you won't be limited to whatever sad-looking last-minute macaroons are left on the Safeway shelf for that all-important unleavene ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Meet the Krunch Bar for the New Age: Chocolate with Puffed Quinoa

    ​While flax seeds continue to find their way into chocolate bars in an attempt to make them healthy, a local fair-trade company has already moved on. San Francisco-based Alter-Eco has created Midnight Crunch, a dark chocolate bar studded with whole quinoa, a complete protein. Fortunately, puff ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Sweet Beat: East Bay Chocolatier Seeks to Boost Both Oakland and Jamaica

    M. LaddOakland Chococlate Co. sources beans from Jamaican farmers.​Utilizing space at Tanya Holland's Brown Sugar Kitchen, Oakland City Senior Council Member Nancy Nadel started out doing what she describes as bean to bar to bonbon. Today, Nadel calls herself cacaofevier and chocolatier (not t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Snacktion: My Goodness Bar from Chocolate Visions

    T. Palmer​Name: My Goodness BarBrand: Chocolate VisionsOrigin: Scotts ValleyFound at: Fog City News (455 Market at Montgomery)Cost: $6.95Ingredients: Bittersweet chocolate, honey roasted peanuts, salt, modified food starch, coconut. Calories per serving: Not listedThe word: Lloyd and Lindy Martin' ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Free Screening of 'Babette's Feast' at Charles Chocolates

    ​If you were destitute and lived a life of servitude before winning the lottery, you probably wouldn't spend your earnings on a huge meal for your employers. But so it goes in the 1987 film Babette's Feast, in which a lonely cook beats the ultimate gaming odds and uses her proceeds t ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    'Spirited Away' Kicks Off Charles Chocolates' Summer Movie Series

    Charles Chocolates begins its annual summer movie series this Friday, June 12 with a screening of 2001 anime charmer Spirited Away and some better-than-multiplex snacks. Sushi by Ichi (full menu here) and Charles' black sesame caramel corn will be available for purchase.Each screening promi ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Recchiuti's Taste Project Flirts With Savory and Sweet Flavors

    Michael Recchiuti dreams up the Taste Project "This has everything to do with stuff I'd like to do, but could never do on an industrial level," said chocolatier Michael Recchiuti as a panini fungi of shiitake chocolate malt ice cream on grilled brioche was served. Recchiuti had stayed up well into ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    Local Easter Candy Delights

    (Photo by Doug Zimmerman) The lovely creature pictured above was created by Charles Chocolates (6529 Hollis in Emeryville), an artisan chocolatier who operates an incredible retail store/chocolate bar that features windows onto its candy kitchen, allowing glimpses into the actual production process ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    Vegan Eats: Cacao Dulce's Chopita Rocks

    Cacao nibs, the crushed innards of a roasted cocoa bean, have found an increasing place on chocolate shelves over the past few years. Not unlike snacking on crushed coffee beans, they can pack a bitter wallop that's an acquired taste (not to mention a caffeine-fueled zing). But Oakland's Cacao Dulce ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Snacktion: Lotte's Soyer Chocolate Soy Protein Snack

    Name: Soyer Chocolate Soy Protein Snack Brand: Lotte Origin: Japan Cost: $2.39 Found at: Sunset Super (2425 Irving) Ingredients: Sugar, skimmed soybean, whole milk powder, corn starch, cocoa butter, cacao mass, palm oil, lactose, salt, wheat flour, egg, shellac, calcium carbonate, vegetable lec ... More >>

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    December 20, 2008

    Seasonal Treats at Trader Joe's

    By Meredith Brody We weren't consciously aware of longing for Trader Joe's Almond Snowman Cookies over the past year, so when our heart leapt up when we saw them on the shelves again we were slightly embarrassed. Last year we'd passed them by, thinking $4.99 a box was, well, too much, but eventual ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    Snacktion: Trader Joe's Lumpy Bumpy Bar

    Name: Lumpy Bumpy Bar Brand: Trader Joe's Origin: Southern California Found at: Trader Joe's (3 Masonic at Geary) Cost: $2.49 Ingredients: Sugar, peanuts, corn syrup, dark chocolate, caramel, water, invert sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla extract, egg albumen, kosher salt, potato starch, inve ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    Tcho Launches Beta Store

    San Francisco has its very own chocolate factory with Tcho, a business launched in 2006 by former NASA software developer Timothy Childs and Wired founder Louis Rosetto. Coming from the technology world, Tcho puts all its personally sourced chocolate bars into beta testing, soliciting consumer feedb ... More >>

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    September 22, 2008

    Snacktion: Every Burger

    Oftentimes, our sister papers' food blogs come up with nifty, pilfer-able ideas. This is one of those times. OC Weekly's newish (and increasingly popular) Stick a Fork In It page (run by food writer Edwin Goei) has started up a recurring "wacky snack" blog feature. We'd been thinking of doing someth ... More >>

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    August 31, 2008

    Slow Food Rocks Interview: Lillie Belle Farms

    "I just got Gnarls Barkley all jacked up on Hippie Crunch!" exclaims Jeff Shepherd. When it comes to artisan chocolates and confections, Lillie Belle Farms of southern Oregon is a personal favorite. Indeed, the Shepherd's Hippie Crunch (dark chocolate covering big chunks of caramelized crisped rice ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008
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    June 27, 2007

    Our Cornucopia Runneth Over

    There is plenty new at two of San Francisco's best takeout places

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    June 20, 2007

    Sweet Dreams

    In difficult times, a bite of cake, a sip of creamy hot chocolate, or a forkful of pie can elevate your mood

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    May 11, 2005
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    May 11, 2005
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    January 5, 2005

    The Bland Leading the Bland

    Arab fusion in a new hotel restaurant leaves something to be desired

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    September 22, 2004

    I Scream

    Nondairy ice cream that's worthy of Milwaukee's best

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    May 19, 2004
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    May 23, 2001

    Best Éclairs

    Moscow and Tbilisi Bakery Store

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    August 2, 2000

    Dog Bites

    L'Etat, C'est Moi. Or Whatever; A Spoonful -- or So -- of Sugar

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