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Michael Bauer

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    April 30, 2013

    Class Alert! How To Cook For Your Mother and More

    One of the big San Francisco food blog stories of this week was how Hutong restaurant is returning back to its previous identity of Betelnut after just about a month, right after a negative review from Michael Bauer dropped. Chef Alex Ong from the restaurant formerly known as Hutong and soon to be r ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    The Off-the-Menu Item at Blue Bottle You Haven't Heard Of

    "Ooooh, I wonder what that is," people whisper to each other when you order it. The assertive even ask: "Excuse me? What is that?" Everyone loves exclusivity. We all can't be invited to Michael Bauer's secret holiday party like some of the city's top chefs, but we can at least console ourselves with ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    San Francisco's Latest Food Critic: Whilst in SF

    Whilst in SF is an incisive, GIF-driven Tumblr page that is open to public submission, but appears to have a unified wit. It's open to general critiques of the city, but much of the playful frustration expressed here relates to the local food scene. A choice selection of Hollywood hipster douchebag ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Meat Eaters in Denial, Guilty-Ass Cats, Stuffed French Toast, and McDonald's is Insane

    ​ • PETA is up to its usual shenanigans, and this time, they foray into domestic abuse! Sigh. There's so much wrong with this ad that there isn't time to go into it all, and I know PETA will consider it a success based on page views alone, but how many of those are people who click it are goin ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    The Chez Panisse 40th Anniversary Tributes Are Rolling In

    marioanima/FlickrThe sign for Chez Panisse should read: All hunger ye who enter here.​August 28 marks the 40th birthday of Chez Panisse, as you've probably been hearing. Alice Waters has been redecorating her restaurant with old menus and holding commemorative dinners galore, and the newspaper st ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Seven Hot Looks for Restaurant Critics

    Gael Greene. Hot.​ Earlier this week, Eater ran (or is it re-ran? I've seen this post before) a post listing hot looks for hot chefs. Faced with a magazine shoot? Hold a knife! Or a pig head! SFoodie knows all too well that restaurant critics could use some tough love from Tyra Banks on our public ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    New SFoodie Editor Out to Lunch

    ​Hi. I'm the new SFoodie Editor. I should probably use this post to introduce myself, but Jonathan Kauffman, who has the desk next to mine in this spacious office overlooking Alcatraz, already did that. Or maybe I should use this post to deliver my food manifesto. But I put the manifesto down ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    California Passes a Mysterious Food Handling Card Law, Diet Coke Officially Makes You Fat

    ​Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Do you have your food handling card? The Chronicle's Michael Bauer delivers a real inside scoop: Thanks to a new law that no one in California knows about, by July 1 -- that's Fri ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Why Are All You Guys Reviewing the Same Place at Once?

    Kimberly SandieDid all you critics need to gush over Nojo's tempura this week? ​Today's question comes from B.T.: Why did you, Michael Bauer, and Patricia Unterman review Nojo in the same week? Did you all go to the restaurant together?In the days when I read restaurant reviews rather than writin ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

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    January 4, 2011

    Locavore's $7 House-Made Sausages

    John BirdsallLocavore's maple andouille sausage with honey Treviso, $7.​Tuesday, January 4, 2011 Jason Moniz was the opening chef at Oakland's Flora in late 2007, back when Michael Bauer liked the place. Last fall, Moniz and his business partner, Mario Duarte, opened Locavore, in a deep store ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

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    October 25, 2010

    Casey's Pizza Spins New York Thin Crust on S.F. Streets

    Casey's PizzaCasey Crynes, right, with his brother Christian, on a street in the Mission. Kai Kronfeld of @NoshThis is in the background.​In his review of Zero Zero, Chronicle critic Michael Bauer seemed to know he'd hyped too far when he busted out the French Laundry in reference to Bruce Hil ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    How Safe Is Chicken Tartare? A Saga of Discovery

    CAKES A./FlickrChicken tartare at Ippuku: Just looking at this photo makes me crave it again.​In the week following simultaneous restaurant reviews in the Chronicle and SF Weekly of Ippuku, a Japanese restaurant in Berkeley, the Chronicle's comments sections filled with disgust over a dish that bo ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    What Happens When a Food Critic Isn't Exactly Anonymous?

    ubrayj02/FlickrLA Weekly critic Jonathan Gold, captured at Flying Pigeon in L.A.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. The top editor at Chow had a moment of ethical self-doubt last week. Jane Goldman showed up for Plow's first weekday breakfast, liked the frittata and lemon-ricotta pancakes, a ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Chron Writers Win AFJ Awards

    ​This weekend, the Association of Food Journalists ― one of the two major professional organizations for food writers ― announced the winners of its annual awards. Bay Area writers took home three prizes: The Chronicle's Michael Bauer won first place in the "Best Newspaper Restaurant Criticism ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    A Resource Guide to Pie in the Bay Area

    Tamara PalmerChile Pies' green chile apple cheddar pie.​It's been declared pie season at SFoodie HQ, although we certainly don't mind celebrating it all year round. There seems to be a new enthusiasm for pie in the air right now. Even Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer recently wondered ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    With Locanda de Eva, Former SF Weekly Critic Robert Lauriston Switches Sides

    Locanda de Eva​I find myself in an odd position: Interviewing one of my former restaurant-critic colleagues about the restaurant he's opening. Robert Lauriston, prominent Chowhound and eater-about-town, has written restaurant reviews for both the East Bay Express and SF Weekly, as well as SFoodie ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    More Evidence of S.F.'s Fusion Renaissance

    Jun BelenSisig from Hapa SF: Subtle fusion, maybe, but fusion all the same.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Jonathan Kauffman's response to Michael Bauer's Friday lament re: the death of fusion cuisine had a predecessor. In April, Urban Stomach blogger Alex Hochman echoed (um, pre-echoed? ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Inside Scoop Bitch-Slaps Michael Bauer

    Eater SFNamu's Dennis Lee, whose hotness Eater SF once trumpeted.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Ever seen Whatever, Martha? That's the show on Fine Living Network that shows Martha Stewart's daughter Alexis and friend Jennifer Koppelman Hutt watching old clips from mom's show and keepin ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Chronicle Top 100 List Quietly Swells to 101

    John BirdsallMarlowe's burger seems to have helped make it a late addition to the 2010 Top 100. Or the first addition to 2011.​Believe us, we know all about the urge to engineer a do-over for something that, weeks after publishing, we've reconsidered. When it comes to last month's Chronicle To ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Calling Bullshit on Eater's Crusade to Bust Restaurant Critics

    One-time New York Times critic Ruth Reichl in disguise.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. To catch a d-bag: Tim Carman of Washington City Paper calls Eater a dick for its initiative to unmask food critics. Eater National's Greg Morabito, you see, has this ongoing obsession he calls "To Catc ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Poleng Lounge to Close in Jan., Anna's Jazz Island Closed

    Poleng Lounge, soon to be R.I.P.​January is a bad month for pink slips. Not only have I been getting multiple goodbye emails from publicists laid off from their jobs at the labels in the past week, but now I'm getting word about local venues that are shuttering in 2010. The biggest among them is P ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Save the Date: Foreign Cinema's Feb. 11 Birthday Tribute to Marion Cunningham

    Marion Cunningham​Marion Cunningham is a local culinary powerhouse, a close friend of James Beard's who wrote the 1994 edition of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook and 2003's Lost Recipes. On Feb. 11, Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission at 21st St.) will pay tribute to Cunningham, who's turning 87. No doubt ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Acme Chophouse To Close at the End of the Year

    The upscale steakhouse is being axed -- er, cleavered.​The Chronicle's Michael Bauer reported on his blog last night that Acme Chophouse (24 Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park) is closing December 31. Rumors have been swirling for at least a year about the upscale steakhouse that emphasizes sustai ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Doggy Bag: Battle of the Blogs

    ​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Take a victory lap around your laptop: Congratulations to Carolyn Jung, who came in second for best food blog in a competition by the Association of Food Journalists. Jung's blog Food Gal clocked in behind Between Meals by Chron senior critic and exec food ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Pop Review: Frigid Melon and Good (But Not Amazing) Pizza at Gialina

    zipfly/FlickrWho are we to disagree with Ed Levine, for chrissake?​We're not sure why we turned down Delfina for this. Dinner was a thoughtful treat, extended impulsively out of sympathy for a rough 24 hours culminating in 10 excruciating minutes with the most alarmingly awful customer service ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Doggy Bag: Today's Odds and Ends

    ​Our favorite morsel from the food blogs. Ethic cleansing: At Between Meals, Michael Bauer ever so gingerly toe-kicks the issue of ethics. Did Mel's Diner cross some line when it offered diners 20 percent off their -- oh, let's say bacon burgers and freezer fries -- if they produced a glowing ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Meat Fire = Us: Is Barbecue at the Root of Being Human?

    wallyg/FlickrBarbecue's a reliably toasty topic, a hallowed strain of American Southern cookery known for endless regional variations and no shortage of strident expert-y opinions about them. Even here in San Francisco, debates rage on. This week, Chronicle reviewer-in-chief Michael Bauer mad ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Glitz, Glamour, and the Girl Fight That Almost Was: Who We Saw at SF Chefs.Food.Wine

    M. Ladd Circa's Erik Hopfinger, bearing tasty lamb chops. At the opening reception for SF Chefs.Food.Wine in Union Square last night, several attendees were giggling over reports that horns had trumpeted the appearance of Mayor Gavin Newsom minutes earlier. SFoodie spotted Michael Bauer and ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Doggy Bag: Today's Odds and Ends

    ​Our favorite morsels from the food blogs and beyond. Crimped and glazed: At Bay Area Bites, the increasingly excellent Andrew Simmons slices into pie. Lettuce-leaf conspiracy: Michael Bauer copped to checking out the soft opening of Gussie's Chicken & Waffles last weekend, part of Between M ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Our Picks for the Four Hottest Tickets at This Weekend's SF Chefs.Food.Wine. Fest

    ​This weekend's first-ever SF Chefs.Food.Wine culinary festival is a chance to get up close and personal with local food and wine talent through tastings, classes, and even a cocktail contest. The cost might make you balk (ticketed events are $40 and up, day passes $150), but keep in mind that ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Saturday Freebie: Delfina Panna Cotta at Macy's

    After that scoop of Ben & Jerry's this Saturday, foodies can flock over to the Union Square Macy's (170 O'Farrell at TK) cellar for another freebie. At 2 p.m., Delfina Executive Chef (& ahem! James Beard Award winner) Craig Stoll and Pastry Chef Koa Duncan will demo and offer tastes of "summ ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Doggy Bag: Today's Odds and Ends

    Our favorite morsels from the food blogs and beyond. The third estate: Call her the Judith Miller of the gutter food press (and believe us, we'd know). In yesterday's Yummy Letter ex-Chron Inside Scoop reporter GraceAnne Walden related what happens when you play spoiler to a TV food show. Last week ... More >>

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    October 5, 2007

    Chronicle Turkey Team Cook-Off: The Fame! The Glory! The Leftovers!

    Although cooking a turkey for Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer ranks very low on my list of enjoyable ways to spend Thanksgiving, there are surely some competitive home cooks out there eager to prove their mettle, and now is their chance. The Chronicle's Turkey Training Camp and Turkey Team Cook- ... More >>

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    October 5, 2007
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    July 7, 2004

    Fishing Again

    Charmed by a thoughtful neighborhood restaurant celebrating seafood and spirits

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    April 3, 2002

    You'd Better Chop Around

    A preview of Pac Bell Park's new restaurant, the Acme Chophouse

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    October 10, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    You Don't Have to Tell Us About the Clowns in This City; Maher Is Less; Responding to Terrorism; Leftovers; Correction

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    September 19, 2001

    Foie Gras for the Soul

    Restaurants react to last week's attacks

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    June 6, 2001

    Pop Philosophy

    Two clubs and a little Norwegian

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    April 19, 2000

    Side Dish

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