Grains and Pasta

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Five Things We Learned From Savor Oakland's Chinatown Tour

    It's a beautiful thing when strangers come together on the street to devour warm pork buns in a downpour. Last Saturday, I braved the rain with Savor Oakland Food Tours and a few kindred spirits for a three-hour walking tour of Oakland Chinatown. The husband-and-wife team launched about two years ag ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013
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    September 25, 2013

    Cotogna's Pastas Aren't Just Great Vegetarian Dishes; They're Great Dishes, Period

    At Lindsay and Michael Tusk's three-year-old Cotogna (the rustic sister to the next door and more upscale Quince), it's hard to miss the massive "porchetta della casa" rotating on its spit in the wood-fired oven. That huge hunk of pork and fat might be the most obvious contender, but the vegetarian- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    This Friday: Welcome Fall With a Moon Festival and Harvest Beer

    Yeah we know, going out on Friday night can be hard -- we can't count the number of times we've made fun plans, only to find that the crushing grind of the week necessitates a night on the couch with sweats, takeout, and Netflix. But this weekend marks the autumn solstice, and if you can rouse yours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Quinoa, New California Crop?

    For more than a year now, we've been confused about quinoa. The crop came onto the public's radar only six years ago, blasting quickly from anonymity into a ubiquitous grocery staple, hailed by health fiends as the "Andean superfood." The hype is deserved when we look at quinoa's benefits -- includi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Peninsula Dining Update: Off the Grid Migrates South, Dinosaurs Brings Banh Mi to Pacifica

    Off the Grid is now on in Daly City, bringing the roving food truck market to the Serramonte Center for the summer each Tuesday night, 5-9 p.m. Expect a wide array of weekly-changing vendors, including The Chairman with steamed bao buns, Me So Hungry with burgers, and the Rip Whip with barbeque. Ser ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013
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    April 9, 2013

    Heyday: Chez Panisse Alums Reinvent Power Lunch In the FiDi

    The indecisive, the picky and the gluttonous can all make common cause at Heyday, a new spot in the Financial District where nearly everything is made from scratch daily. It's like Bi-Rite, but without the grocery aisles or the ice cream. Lunch options skew smallish, but at one for $6, two for $10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Check Out a Fresh Pasta Pop-Up Shop This Saturday

    Mattarello, a local artisan pasta company named for the rolling pin that Italians use to roll pasta, will be holding a pasta shop pop-up this Saturday, April 6 at Biondivino from 3-6 p.m. The menu will include nests of fresh pasta like tagliatelle, pappardelle, whole-wheat fettuccine, parsley-garlic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Curry Up Now Opens on Valencia With an Expanded Menu

    It's inevitable that success would lead to brick-and-mortar spots, but the wildly popular food truck empire Curry Up Now has already opened a third location (and first in S.F.) in the right ventricle of the Gourmet Ghetto, on Valencia between 17th and 18th Streets. Having expanded on the four-wheel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Number 16: Baia Pasta's Durum Pastas

    SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition ​Fresh artisan pasta has been a staple of farmers markets and natural-foods stores since the 1980s, so you'd think the arrival of one more would be cause for, well, nothing. But Renato Sardo and Dario Barbone's Baia Pas ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Number 42: Perbacco's Agnolotti dal Plin

    ​SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition ​The best pasta dishes -- like Perbacco's agnolotti dal plin ("pinched" agnolotti), for instance -- embody numerous contradictions: the minimalist and the orgiastic, the peasant-like and the ethereal. Chef Staff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Village Harvest Frozen Grains Are Quick, Healthy, and Don't Taste Like Ammonia

    Tamara PalmerWild mushroom ragout with bacon and Village Harvest's farro and red rice blend.​We admit to a measure of skepticism of S.F.-based grain company Village Harvest's  new two-serving packs of frozen grains. Frozen, microwaveable rice is usually awful, and not just because it makes us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden in Alameda is a Reason to Cross Two Bridges

    ​Although Alameda is almost literally smack dab in the middle of the San Francisco Bay Area, it's always been somewhat of a culinary wasteland*. However, lately there's a sea of promising restaurants opening, and some of the old classics are kicking it up a notch. One is Julie's Coffee and Tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Outerlands Brunch Is Worth the Trek

    ​You may not think that the depths of the Outer Sunset, steps away from Ocean Beach, would be a hotspot for weekend brunch -- but Outerlands is full of surprises. The small, cozy restaurant on 45th and Judah is so nondescript a passerby might not notice it -- that is, if it weren't for the crowd o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Mattarello Pasta's Tagliatelle Comes to San Francisco

    Alison Arbuthnot​ Sometimes you have to travel to find great food, sometimes it travels to find you. Case in point: Now you can find the exceptional strands of Mattarello Artisanal Handmade Pasta, previously available only at the Marin Farmers Market, in mainland San Francisco at Little Vine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    SPQR chef Matthew Accarrino's Farro Pasta with Salumi, Buttermilk Sauce, and Poppy Seeds

    Alanna HaleSPQR's farro pasta with salumi.​Part 3 of SFoodie's interview with Matthew Accarrino, chef of SPQR. Part 1 and part 2 were published earlier this week. When asking Matthew Accarrino what his current favorite menu item might be, he responded by describing the pasta below without mis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Learn Pasta Making from the Stars

    Family Pasta Making Class Where: Ferry Building When: Sat., July 9, 2-4 p.m. Cost: $30/$15 for kids 12 and under The rundown: If you're anything like us, you went green when you heard about Sprouts Cooking Club, the star-studded summer camp for aspiring gastronomes aged 16 and under. Well, this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Pho Vung Tau: Nice Space, Functional Noodles

    Jonathan KauffmanBun with grilled pork and shrimp at Pho Vung Tau, $6.25.​ Last month, SF Weekly moved offices to within a mile of Chinatown, allowing me to embark on a new project: systematically visiting a different Chinatown restaurant each week, starting at Powell and Vallejo and moving sout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    A Sermon on Fair Trade, Disguised as a Pop-Up Brunch

    Jesse HirschShake it: Ethan Terry.​The ever-present guys behind Stag Dining took a step backwards Saturday morning at the Wake Up the World brunch, letting the cause du jour take center stage. The meal, a benefit for Oakland-based Fair Trade USA, allowed guests a chance to hear about all the f ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 27, 2011
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    March 21, 2011

    Rice, Meet the BeDazzler

    Carina OstLavash's zereshk polo comes with basmati rice studded with barberries and raisins, a bit of edible Persian bling.​In these days of diamond-encrusted smartphones, BeDazzled jeans, and even Vajazilling, who wants something that is un-bling'd? Not SFoodie. Take rice, which is otherwise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    January 5, 2011
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    August 20, 2008


    Joey & Eddie's brings the Bronx, and old-fashioned Italian-American cooking, to North Beach.

  • Dining

    June 27, 2007

    Our Cornucopia Runneth Over

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

  • Dining

    April 11, 2007

    Take TWO

    Hawthorne Lane gets a face-lift and shot of youth serum

  • Dining

    February 28, 2007

    World Cup

    And very tasty sweets that your Midwestern grandma would cook

  • Dining

    February 14, 2007

    Mi Amor

    Let him count the ways this unique Italian restaurant won his heart

  • Dining

    June 16, 2004

    Pasta Perfect

    What to do when your signature dish is upstaged by a toque-wearing kitchen god

  • Dining

    November 13, 2002


    New Saigon City, Turtle Tower, Vietnam II

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