Palo Alto's dining landscape these days looks more and more like a mash-up of San Francisco's Marina neighborhood, Valencia Street, and Ferry Building than a place that holds its own in the Bay Area culinary world. Over the past year we've seen local chains like Tacolicious, Gott's Roadside, and Uma ... More >>
When we think of Hells Angels-like crimes, we tend to go straight to murders, drugs, and all things anarchy. But it seems the Angels have expanded their criminal portfolio. Josh Leo Johnson, vice president of the Sonoma chapter of the Hells Angels, will have to trade in his outlaw vest for a prison ... More >>
The website Livability today compiled a list of the top 10 cities with the best music scenes that aren't New York, L.A., or Nashville. The results were in some ways predictable (Minneapolis, Athens, Ga., and Portland all made it), and in some ways spectacularly weird: Omitted from the list for no ap ... More >>
Jonathan KauffmanRussian River Brewing's Belgian-style beer sampler, $8. A few of my vacation days last week were spent rambling around Sonoma, passing from the beer world to the wine world and back again. The difference between the two connoisseur cultures always cracks me up: the Springsteen-pl ... More >>
Whole lotta irrigation goin' on in Napa.Irrigation is plainly a function of the modern world. Though the ancient Romans built spectacular gravity-driven aqueducts, drip irrigation for agriculture was not invented until the late 1960s in Israel, and only in the 1970s did water-bearing pipes a ... More >>
Jun BelenLunch plate at Oakland's No Worries, featuring afritada (right) made from soy "chicken."Twelve months, ten storylines: It's SFoodie's annual look back at the year in food. In 2010 vegan food exploded ― all over our faces, deliciously. Sorry, that image is gross, but really: It was ... More >>
YelpVegan taquitos at Flacos in Berkeley.If 2009 was the year of snout-to-tail dining, 2010 was the year Mondays trended meatless, nut milks challenged dairy's dominance, and even midgrade restaurants thought beyond the perfunctory veggie pasta option. SFoodie vegan contributor Laura Beck spe ... More >>
Brian YaegerSocial Kitchen brewmaster Rich Higgins, manning the SF Brewers Guild booth in Denver.As the 51-week wait for next year's 30th Great American Beer Festival begins, let's look back at the last few days in Denver, where 462 breweries converged inside the Colorado Convention Center, a ... More >>
It should have been a disaster. Healdsburg-based Vibranz Kombucha launched March 20, 2010, with a promising start. The company had just won a product award at the Natural Products Expo, which had brought them to the attention of natural-foods distributors, not to mention placement in every Whole ... More >>
Tamara PalmerWeird Fish proprietor Timothy Holt and his new taco bike.A dream more than two years in the making, Weird Fish owner Timothy Holt debuted his new taco bike (and coordinating light blue "taco jacket") on the streets of the Mission on Friday. He began on 18th Street, went out to Do ... More >>
Brian YaegerFor this month's blind beer tasting, we're tackling India Pale Ales. Though IPAs originated in 18th century England, the style was shanghaied by American craft brewers who kicked up the hops for walloping bitterness and pungency. For comparison's sake, at last year's Great Americ ... More >>
A phony dermatologist misdiagnosed patients and stuck them with needles. It took four years for the medical board to figure it out.
B. YaegerThe lineup ranged from Anglo to Cali.For this month's blind beer-tasting, we gave in to the dark side. Stouts originated in England in the mid-18th century, and might have fizzled out had it not been for the Irish. Deriving its name from particularly strong or "stout" porter, stout i ... More >>
Douglas Keane Douglas Keane of Cyrus Surprise Winner for Best Chef, Pacific, and Nate Appleman's Third Time is Charm as He Wins Best Rising Star ChefAt last night's James Beard Awards, in something of an upset, Douglas Keane of Cyrus in Healdsburg won Best Chef, Pacific, over fellow nominees Jeremy ... More >>
Jennifer SauerChef Jeremy FoxThe James Beard Awards (popularly known as the Oscars of the food world) will be awarded Monday, May 4. This year all five chefs nominated for the category of Best Chef: Pacific - an area that covers California and Hawaii -- come from the Bay Area: Jeremy Fox of Ubuntu i ... More >>
Bay Area Takes All Five Nominations for Best Chef in Pacific Region; Boulevard and A 16's Nate Appleman Among Locals Competing For Top PrizesThe prestigious James Beard Awards, given by the James Beard Foundation and often referred to as the Oscars of the restaurant and food media industries, announ ... More >>
A newly minted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame offers an occasion to look back on the career of Journey. That's right, Journey.
What happens at a physics and astronomy party? Pickles glow. Carrots explode. Nitrous burns.
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A Berkeley woman's efforts to deliver banned medicines and other goods to Iraq arouses federal ire
Bubbly and baseball, plus a quirky collection of 78 RPM records
If you think pro wrestling is outrageous, you should see the battles that go on among the sport's local promoters
San Francisco's once-hot film industry is in a slump; will it come back?
Tom Waits raises dough for pal Don Hyde's defense
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