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    April 14, 2014

    Talking Subs with Merigan's Liza Shaw

    I walked into Merigan Sub Shop on a Thursday, otherwise known as "pig day." In between building subs, Liza Shaw and her team were butchering down a whole pig. All of its parts lend themselves to different sandwiches. The shoulder and loin are combined in the Arista, the back legs become the prosciut ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Hapa Ramen Chef Richie Nakano's Wüsthof Video, Plus Pop-Up Tomorrow at Wing Wings

    Monday afternoon break time: Watch this new video for Wüsthof Knives & Cutlery that chronicles Richie Nakano's journey to open Hapa Ramen, the pop-up noodle shop that is opening a brick-and-mortar on Fillmore sometime next spring. In the video, he talks about the insanity of starting a food busines ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Prime Your Palate for Litquake's Food Events

    Every year, Litquake brings together a veritable orgy of events for writers and readers, and anyone whose soul is a little bit thirsty for some literary juice or a chance to worship at Dave Eggers' feet. This year there are some seriously stellar-sounding food events programmed into the lineup as we ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Hapa Ramen Seeks Public Support to Build Dream Kitchen

    Chef Richie Nakano and crew have worked for nearly a year to open the first brick and mortar location of Hapa Ramen (1527 Fillmore). While an opening date has yet to be set, after two years of throwing pop-up events and appearing at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Off The Grid events, Nakano's kitche ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    While the Restaurant Is Being Built, Hapa Ramen's Doing More Pop-Ups

    While we wait for Hapa Ramen's permanent location at 1527 Fillmore to open this summer, preview pop-up dinners will have to suffice. Chef-owner Richie Nakano said things are moving slowly because of permits. The next one takes place next Tuesday at Wing Wings in the Lower Haight. At this dinner, N ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    What Does Selling Out Mean for a Chef?

    ​It is beyond debate that Rocco DiSpirito has sold out, but what about Mario Batali? Thomas Keller? Chris Cosentino? When you get some TV time or film an American Express ad, are you destroying your credibility -- and with whom? Yesterday, on, Hapa Ramen's Richie Nakano wrote about growi ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    If Twitter's Any Evidence, Cooks Are a Very Peeved People

    ​Here's your time-wasting assignment for the morning: type #kitchenpetpeeves into the search bar of Twitter. Yesterday's biggest Twitter meme in the food world began with a New York cook with the handle @jasoncooksfood, who posted a picture of what looks like bacon half-covered in plastic wrap, w ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Screw Authenticity: Asian Food in America

    Lummmy/FlickrShould Americans even be calling pad thai "Thai" at this point?​This week, Gilt Taste is running a fantastic series about Asian food in America -- or rather, Asian American food. The series led with an article by former SFoodie editor (and current East Bay Express critic) John Birdsal ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Ramen Week Revisited: Hapa Ramen Steps Up Its Game

    Luis ChongThe new and improved Hapa Ramen.​SFoodie has been a fan of Hapa Ramen since its inception last year. Common in Japan, it's currently the only ramen street vendor in San Francisco. We've long adored Hapa Ramen's sous-vide egg, crisp and tender chicken katsu nuggets, and succulent pork ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    French Beef, Better Ramen, and Olive Garden: This Week in Food Bloggery

    Jeremy Brooks/SF Weekly Flickr poolBanana display in Chinatown.​1. Today's the last day that Laura Beck serves as interim SFoodie editor before flying to Europe. A huge thanks to Laura, not just for keeping the blog alive, but for writing posts like a guide to the best chain restaurants in the Bay ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Hapa Ramen Serves It Up Indoors at Bar Tartine

    Gil Riego Jr.Richie Nakano.​Maybe there's something character-building about enduring the lines outdoors at Ferry Plaza for Richie Nakano's ramen, maybe not. You'll have a chance to ponder that as you slurp, seated ― indoors ― tonight and again on Dec. 27, when Nakano brings his Hapa Ramen ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Oh, Snap! The Best San Francisco Food Photos of 2010

    San Francisco's culinary landscape is an ever-changing one, and this past year was no exception. Scores of restaurants opened and closed, events were thrown, and new chefs stepped into the spotlight. Here are some of the most arresting images SF Weekly and SFoodie captured in 2010. Lara Hata​ ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

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    November 23, 2010

    Pop! Desserts' Coffee Pudding

    John BirdsallA quartet of Pop! Desserts puddings, clockwise from top: chocolate, black sesame, matcha, and coffee, all $2.​Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Marielle Nuval's knife roll must've still been new when, months after graduating CCA, she got a job in the pastry department at Michael Mina. S ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Scenes from SF Food Wars' Ultimate Potluck

    Alex HochmanAziza's Louis Maldonado, left, and Mourad Lahlou act out their love for Joyce Goldstein.​In choosing a greatest hits collection of Times recipes dating back to the 1850s for her new The Essential New York Times Cookbook, Amanda Hesser took on a daunting task. Just as daunting was t ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Take a Little Hapa Home with You

    Tamara PalmerHapa Ramen's veggie miso ramen.​Nomadic noodle vendor Hapa Ramen has started offering home make-at-home versions of its veggie miso ($8) and pork ($9) ramen bowls. All you need to do is cook the noodles, add them to the broth, and top with garnishes (all included). We consider t ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010
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    October 18, 2010

    NYT Cookbook Ultimate Potluck Draws SF Chefs and Mixologists

    ​Former New York Times editor and current columnist Amanda Hesser will celebrate the release of The Essential New York Times Cookbook in San Francisco in just the right way, by hosting an "ultimate potluck cocktail brunch" thrown by SF Food Wars. While SFFW is known for its lively culinary battle ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Richie Nakano, Ramen Renegade

    Gil Riego Jr./SF WeeklyHapa Ramen's Richie Nakano.​Audrey Fukuman​When we asked you to ID the easiest-on-the-eyes chefs in San Francisco, Richie Nakano's name kept surfacing, like eggs in a poaching pot. Nakano ditched the restaurant track earlier this year to strike out on his own (he'd ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010
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    August 31, 2010

    Hapa Ramen Adds Tuesday Ferry Plaza Market

    John BirdsallBeginning next week, Hapa Ramen is expanding exponentially.​Hapa Ramen doubles its cumulative presence at Ferry Plaza next week. Starting Sept. 7, Richie Nakano's traveling noodle shop will sell at the Ferry Plaza Tuesday market, in addition to Nakano's regular Thursday slot. Knif ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    The 30-Year-Old Chefs Influencing What You Eat

    chez pim/FlickrJames Syhabout (foreground).​Our favorite morsel from the Web. Argue on your own time whether the Spice Kit guys belong with Ravi Kapur, Corey Lee, and James Syhabout. The August issue of San Francisco magazine has house food scribe Josh Sens waxing all Dawn of a New Age on the ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Ferry Plaza's Thursday Food Market Turns 1 Today. Celebrate with Lindsay Lohan

    niallkennedy/Flickr4505's Ryan Farr busting it out.​Ferry Plaza's Thursday farmers' market turns one today, and CUESA is celebrating with special giveaways and deals. The first 111 people to hit the info booth today will receive a coin worth a dollar off any purchase. As for the deals: Two pie ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Hapa Ramen Makes Converts in Ferry Plaza Debut

    John BirdsallVeggie bowl with chicken kara agae ($11.50).​Blame the city's unmet zeal for ramen that rises above the okay, blame the aura of Nopa. Today's Ferry Plaza debut of Hapa Ramen from ex-Nopa sous chef Richie Nakano skewed more event than lunch option. John BirdsallRichie Nakano.R ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Sightglass Coffee Begins Roasting Its Own Beans

    Premshree Pillai/FlickrNow a working roaster.​Sightglass Coffee, Jerad and Justin Morrison's already-cult coffee roasting company, has been operating a kiosk out of the entryway of its roastery and future cafe on Seventh and Folsom for almost a year now. While the building is still under construct ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Hapa Ramen Launching at Ferry Plaza June 17

    dotben/Flickr​Turns out Hapa Ramen's June 29 Heart pop-up won't be your first opportunity to slurp Richie Nakano's noodles. The long-awaited Ferry Plaza opening? It's scheduled for next Thursday, June 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Then there's Hapa's pop-up at Louie's Bar and Grill the following Saturday ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Get Ready for Another Hapa Ramen Pop-Up, This Time at Heart

    dotben/FlickrRichie Nakano at Hapa's May 8 pop-up at Coffee Bar.​Last time Hapa Ramen popped up, shit went down. Until the day ramen entrepreneur Richie Nakano manages to open his stand at Ferry Plaza (July's a good bet), events like the just-announced June 29 pop-up at Heart are likely to hav ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Was Hapa Ramen a Victim of Blog Buzz?

    Bay Area BitesSome 500 ramen seekers showed up at Coffee Bar for last weekend's pop-up.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. It took us a day to digest Andrew Simmons' brilliant, sharp-toothed account on Bay Area Bites of Saturday's Hapa Ramen pop-up at Coffee Bar. The bowl of ramen Simmons le ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Hapa SF, Ex-Citizen Cake Chef's Filipino Taco Truck, Launches in Brisbane

    Hapa SFChef William Pilz hopes to be on a regular schedule by mid-May.​Back in July, we blogged about a meal that, as it turned out, was a sort of watershed. William Pilz ― then chef of Citizen Cake ― collaborated with his mom to turn out a meal of Filipino classics (check it out here). ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Hapa Ramen Previews Its Noodles on May 8

    Jesse Friedman/Beer & Nosh​At this point, bands deliberately leak songs before their albums drop. If they don't themselves, someone else will, usually posting files of inferior quality. Sneaky food bloggers can't quite do the same, prematurely scattering morsels of a new restaurant's offerings ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Hapa Ramen Hoping for April Launch at Ferry Plaza

    Jesse Friedman/Beer & NoshNakano (right) with homemade noodles.​The next addition to the Thursday street-food market at Ferry Plaza is likely to come in a bowl. With chopsticks. Nopa sous chef (and Linecook blogger) Richie Nakano is hoping for an April launch for Hapa Ramen, a project that's o ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Doggy Bag: Food Ink

    Jake Godby's little promise to himself.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Mastering the art: At Bay Area Bites, Megan Gordon probes the psychology of kitchen tats. She makes Jake Godby, Richie Nakano, John Stewart, and Chad Newton to bare their forearms, like junkies checking into detox. Na ... More >>

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    July 3, 2009

    Summer Reading That Won't Make You Stupid: Food Memoir with the Scent of Balls

    In Cooking Dirty: A Story of Life, Sex, Love and Death in the Kitchen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.00) Jason Sheehan rolls and ties an autobiographical narrative of a life spent toiling in the lower regions of food. Sheehan is resto critic for Westword, the Denver alt weekly and SF Weekly sister ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Twitter-Size Recipes: Nopa Sous Chef Richie Nakano's Pancetta

    Richie Nakano, sous chef at Nopa (560 Divisadero at Fell), is also a talented multimedia producer with a witty 'n gritty blog and podcast, both called line cook. Nakano jumped at our challenge to put together a recipe in the 140-character space carved out by Twitter. Here's his tweet-w ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009
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    April 2, 2009

    Saturday Night at Mission Street Food (Plus Charitable Links)

    It's been a while since we checked in with the ever-popular Mission Street Food, and not always for lack of trying -- sometimes it's simply too busy to accomodate. But that's a wonderful thing, because MSF has successfully been donating its profits to charity each week since the beginning of the ye ... More >>

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