San Mateo

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Ramen Dojo's Excellent Spicy Garlic Ramen Is a San Mateo Highlight

    It's no easy feat to stand out amidst the stiff competition of ramen shops on the Peninsula, aka the ramen belt of the Bay Area. But Kazunori Kobayashi certainly knows how to put together stand-out ramen bowls. His small ramen empire in San Mateo stretches over three beloved shops, each with its own ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 8, 2014
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    October 11, 2013

    Peninsula Dining Update: Burlingame's Futuristic New Ice Creamery, More Ramen for San Mateo

    A visit to the local ice cream shop now has some added drama thanks to Cryo Cream, an ice cream shop that freezes its creations in seconds thanks to liquid nitrogen. Customers choose from the brief list of flavors and watch as the sweet liquid turns semi-solid front of their eyes. Flavors change oft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Peninsula Dining Update: Napa's Legendary Burger Joint Comes to Palo Alto

    Beloved Bay Area burger institution Gott's Roadside (née Taylor's Automatic Refresher) opened its third location earlier this week. Located in Palo Alto's Town & Country Village, the new Gott's has a similar menu and atmosphere as its locations in St. Helena and San Francisco's Ferry Building. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Baby Lobster Roll at Sushi Sam's is a Favorite Sandwich in Nigiri Form

    When you see lobster on a menu, usually you have visions of hot dog buns overstuffed with lobster meat and succulent claws, mixed together with some mayonnaise or warm butter, and perhaps a few diced bits of celery for crunch. Sushi Sam's in San Mateo won't be confused with any of the lobster shack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Whose Tech Boom? Rebuttaling Farhad Manjoo's Version of the Bay Area Tech Boom

    By all measures, the opening anecdote of Farhad Manjoo's current San Francisco Magazine feature, "The Care and Feeding of a Tech Boom," seems magical. It tells the story of Austen Allred, a 23-year-old Mormon entrepreneur who emigrated to San Francisco from the hinterlands of Provo, Utah, to start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    House Bill Cutting Food Stamp Benefits Expected to Come to a Vote Tomorrow

    Last week, while I was blogging about my five days on a $4.50-a-day food stamp budget, I alluded a few times to a bill currently in Congress to cut the SNAP budget by $40 billion. The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, which, if pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Peninsula Dining Update: San Mateo's Cajun Invasion, New Wine Bar in San Carlos

    We're a long way from Bourbon Street, but now you can smell the gumbo on San Mateo's B Street. Cajun House has marched into town bringing bold Cajun and Creole flavors to the Peninsula. It's the second edition of Cajun House, with the original in San Francisco's Inner Richmond. Of course gumbo is on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Funding For New San Mateo Jail Blocked

    Enemies of the police state are celebrating today, as San Mateo -- which is in the middle of building a new jail in Redwood City, a project for which the county is currently $80 million short -- tried and failed to get state funding. The 500-bed jail was originally set to cost $165 million, and S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Peninsula Dining Update: Food Trucks Touch Down at SFO

    Travelers have been enjoying the food at SFO's recently remodeled Terminal 2, but now, you don't even need a plane ticket to enjoy some of the Bay Area's best food at the airport. Off the Grid now is bringing a pair of food trucks to SFO every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., parking at the Terminal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Peninsula Dining Update: Station 1 Branches Out From Prix Fixe

    For more than two years, diners from all over the Peninsula have been enjoying the three-course prix fixe menu at Woodside's Station 1. That dining format left with spring at the solstice, and the restaurant has shifted focus to a la carte. Chef Andrew Mitchell's tidy menu revamp now gives diners th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Peninsula Dining Update: Devil's Canyon Moves to San Carlos, The Refuge Opens in Menlo Park

    On the hop-forward front, the ever-popular and growing Devil's Canyon Brewing Co. has moved operations to San Carlos after a dozen years in its Belmont digs. For now, the brewery continues to mainly sell its brews via restaurants and bars, aside from growler fills every Friday (4-6 p.m.) and an open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Class Alert! Master The Art of Fermentation, Indian Dosas and More

    If you're a parent looking for an alternative to a summer camp, the Junior Chefs intensive workshop ($325) at Draeger's in San Mateo on the week of June 24 might be up your alley. The hands on class takes place each day from 9 a.m. to noon, covering different themes such as breakfast, pasta, Asian f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Peninsula Dining Update: New Coastal Restaurants, a Hofbrau, and Pizza in Palo Alto

    Just in time for the summer beach season, a few new destinations have opened up along the coast. In Pacifica, the 140-seat Puerto 27 is now open inside the Pacifica Beach Hotel. The Peruvian-style cuisine comes courtesy of Jose Calvo-Perez, most recently of Pasion in San Francisco's Sunset District. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    California's Economic Recovery Has Been a Tale of Two States

    When President Obama was elected in November 2008, the national unemployment rate was at 6.5 percent, and quickly rising. The Great Recession was picking up speed. By the inauguration, the unemployment rate had reached 8.5 percent. It eventually peaked a year later, in January 2010, at 10.6 percent. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Markegard Family Grass-Fed Offers Workshops for the Aspiring Urban Farmer

    If you have an itch to drive out of the city learn more about the country life, then Markegard family of Half Moon Bay have a workshop series that might be for you. The Markegards run a large grass-fed farm and ranch in Half Moon bay and raise beef, lamb, eggs and pastured pork, all available via CS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Bradley Mrozek, S.F. Man, Busted by Police for Allegedly Kidnapping 9-Year-old Girl

    A San Francisco man spent the weekend in jail after he allegedly assaulted and abducted a elementary school girl in San Mateo on Friday afternoon. According to police, 25-year-old Bradley Mrozek contacted the 9-year-old girl at Parkside Elementary School, assaulted her and then transported her a sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Jerky v. Jerky: Eliminating the Bland in the Big Meat-Off

    When we wrote up Krave's artisan jerky, a reader suggested that Oaktown Jerk made a jerky worth looking into. Then we discovered the new artisan jerky Jerk'N Pickle at the SF Chocolate Salon, and realized that it was time for a jerky-off. Oaktown Jerk: Cool label to be sure, but the meat was less i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    BarBot 2012: (Drunken) Man Vs. Machine

    What: BarBot 2012 Where: pariSoma Innovation Lofts When: Fri., March 2 and Sat. March 3, 8-10 p.m. Cost: $15 at the door, $10 presale online The rundown: Nerds have come up with the ultimate way to meet girls with the fifth annual "festival of cocktail robotics." Cosmopolitans, White Russians, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Bay Area Trading Firm Falls Victim to Online Hijacking Scam, Costing Customers Millions

    ​A Lativan man is being accused of a massive online hijacking scheme where he manipulated stock prices, making more than $850,000 in illegal profits from trading firms, including one in San Mateo. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit in San Francisco this week, claiming Igors Nag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Ramen Parlor Adds to San Mateo's Ramen Empire

    Luis ChongPork broth ramen with lobster oil.​While the city's ramen culture is just beginning to flourish, San Mateo's ramen scene is leaping ahead with a modern variant of ramen. One-month old Ramen Parlor is the latest ramen venture from chef-owner Kazunori Kobayashi, whose San Mateo ramen ... More >>

  • News

    September 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Draeger's Makes American Kobe Beef Pastrami Sweet

    ​Viognier restaurant, atop the impressively upscale San Mateo grocery store Draeger's, is moving into meat production, and was kind enough to drop us off a taste of its first product, American Kobe Beef Pastrami. The idea is fascinating. Pastrami, usually made from beef brisket -- one of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Naked Chorizo, Filipino Food Truck, Offers its Pork Sausage Uncased​Chef-owner Zenia Llamas was looking for a provocative name for her new Filipino food truck which debuted in April. Naked Chorizo is a literal translation of Chorizong Hubad, a seasoned uncased pork sausage. Llamas' version is marinated and then cured for 5 days, to be us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Haggis on a Stick, South Asian Fusion, Making the Easter Bunny Cry

    ​Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.1. The good kind of scary. Thrillist came out with a list of five fried dishes that I think are supposed to be unnerving but just look delicious. On the bucket list: Bar Agricole's fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Get Your Ass to San Mateo for: Romolo's Cannoli

    Luis ChongSpumoni and cannoli from Romolo's in San Mateo.​Traditional cannoli seem to have been all but forgotten in this era of cupcakes and macarons. SFoodie took advantage of a rare sunny weekend earlier this month to rekindle memories of Romolo's in San Mateo, the oldest (and only, for tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Get Your Ass to San Mateo for: Chuka Ryori Cuisine at Yu-Raku

    Luis ChongYu-Raku is the Bay Area's second eatery specializing in Chuka Ryori, Japanese-style Chinese food.​A new series that urges SFoodie readers to get their butts out of the Mission. For a couple hours anyway. It may sound strange, but Japanese-style Chinese food (known as "Chuka Ryori") ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2011
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    January 12, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    High-tech Thieves Jury Rigged Gas Pumps to Steal Customers' Identities

    ​A pair of MacGyver-esque identity thieves has pleaded guilty to implanting devices in gas pumps that stole customers' checking-account information, a scheme that state officials say brought in $90,000.The California Attorney General's office announced today that the men -- David Karapetyan and Zh ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 5, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Giants' World Series Trophy in City Hall Tomorrow

    You think he was there for the trophy or the supes meeting? ​The confluence of the current Board of Supervisors' final meeting and a two-day stopover by the Giants' World Series trophy portends for large crowds in City Hall over the next several days. Expect lots of wild clothing and boisterous sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Oidon's Champon, the Un-Tonkotsu

    Luis ChongDespite appearances, champon, a noodle soup with roots in Nagasaki, bears little relation to tonkotsu ramen.​Thursday, December 23, 2010 Luis Chong​Cold, wet days call for hearty comfort dishes. One of our favorites is a popular noodle soup from Nagasaki, Japan, called champo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    'Tis the Season -- For Sewage Maladies: 1 Million Gallons Spill in Marin

    Yes, again​Sewage-Related Terrorism?Yesterday we wrote about rain-induced sewage overflows befouling beaches South of San Francisco in San Mateo county. Now sewage is spewing into waters north of us, in Marin's Corte Madera Creek. Lots of sewage. And rain may have nothing to do with it. Perhaps 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Sewage Deposits Lead to Beach Closures

    ​Long walks along the beach need not be romantic. As is all too often the case, heavy rainstorms result in overflowing sewers leading to foul detritus littering the bay. To put it bluntly, beaches in our vicinity are currently despoiled with what 17th-century London diarist Samuel Pepys would have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Nudists Planning Airport TSA Protest. Cops Planning Arrests.

    In your dreams, TSA​The TSA might just get the chance to make good on its claim that the agency has no problem with people going through the airport security line naked. San Francisco nudist Rusty Mills -- whom you may recall from our recent cover story -- told us he was heartened by the news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Chef of Gator's Neo Soul Cafe Bringing BBQ Back to San Mateo

    Luis ChongGlenn "Gator" Thompson will begin by introducing a stand-alone BBQ menu to The Grill.​Glenn "Gator" Thompson was chef-owner of Gator's Neo Soul Cafe in downtown San Mateo from 2007-2009 before getting his current gig at Bayonne Casual Southern Dining in San Jose. This week, Thompson ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Ginji Izakaya Coming to San Mateo's J-Food Zone

    Luis ChongThe site's a former flooring store in the heart of the Peninsula's Japanese-cuisine ghetto.​There's no end in sight for San Mateo's glut of J-food ― not that we're complaining. The Peninsula city is about to get yet another izakaya restaurant, this one named Ginji, presumably after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Hawaii Six Five-0: Takahashi's Polynesia on the Peninsula

    Tamara PalmerGuava chiffon cake from Redwood City's Cake Happy.​Tokutaro Takahashi started his eponymous San Mateo market in 1906, and there it still stands, operated by three generations of the Takahashi family. What it might lack in polish, it more than compensates for with the Bay Area's be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Friday at Draeger's, S.F. Culinary Classics Revealed

    T. PalmerShrimp Louis, the San Francisco treat.​We heart the demonstration classes at Draeger's Cooking School (locations in San Mateo, Blackhawk, Menlo Park, and Los Altos). It's a great evening -- you plop behind a very studious desk, but instead of doing any real work, sip a glass of wine as be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    What Bay Area Bridge Will Feature an Upended Big Rig Truck Today?

    What truck mayhem will hit a Bay Area bridge today?​The tried and true journalistic maxim is that it takes three instances to have a bona fide "trend." So, no, the Bay Area isn't experiencing a "trend" of big rig trucks flipping over on local bridges. But, you have to admit, the knee-jerk phrase o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    That's Just the Sound of the Employment Rate Whizzing Past Your Ears

    The California Employment Development Department released their latest statistics pertaining to unemployment and industry today, and guess what? They are not awesome. California hit a record high of 11.2 percent unemployment in March, which is nearly five points higher than March of last year. San F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2008
  • News

    February 15, 2006

    Greening the Left

    Tycoons will pay to generate leftist ideas in voters' minds, but now they want to see results

  • News

    April 20, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of Wednesday, April 20, 2005

  • News

    January 19, 2005

    Zipped Up

    S.F. Archbishop William Levada doesn't want the public to know about decades of alleged sexual misconduct by his clerics. But why are district attorneys in San Mateo, Marin, and San Francisco helping him keep secrets?

  • Calendar

    October 13, 2004

    Let It Roll

    A skate date

  • News

    June 12, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of June 12, 2002

  • News

    January 26, 2000

    Worst of the Lot

    Bay Area nursing home regulation lags behind state

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