Tamara Palmer

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    December 28, 2012

    Raw Golden Healer Honey Sources Natural Candy From Stern Grove

    When we think of Stern Grove, we think of concerts and Shakespeare, but it's also a hidden source of some great natural candy. Raw Golden Healer Honey, in collaboration with Alla's S.F. Apiary, offers two sizes of honeycombs made from bees who chill in the park. See Also: - Jardinière Installs Roo ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    T.I. Previews His New Album Trouble Man in San Francisco

    When T.I. took a seat on a couch at S.F.'s Studio Trilogy last night to show guests the short film that accompanies his forthcoming album Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head (due Dec. 18), he had no idea that he was sitting underneath a photograph of Marvin Gaye, whose own album of the same name was part ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Le Soleil's New Quail Is On Fire

    There is both a new menu and a fresh look at Le Soleil, a Vietnamese restaurant in the Richmond District that closed for a six-month retool. Chef Dennis Wong has a light approach to his food that largely puts an emphasis on simple and natural flavor combinations, but the quail appetizer ($7 for a ha ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Canadian Tea-tailer DAVIDsTEA Opens First San Francisco Shop

    DAVIDsTEA opened its first San Francisco shop on August 25. The Canadian tea-tailer launched in 2008 and now has 78 locations across Canada, where it has helped to popularize the idea of loose tea, and it's now making serious inroads in the Bay Area. Eater SF reports that a Noe Valley (3870 24th St. ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Silent Dancing and $68,000 Sound Systems: The Music of Macworld

    There were more curious wallflowers than hula-hooping dancers yesterday as the wireless headphones-assisted dance party Silent Frisco took over the second floor of the Macworld conference. (It continues today from noon to 6 p.m. with DJs Motion Potion and u9lift). For Sunset Promotions, which takes ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Kicks Cookies and Ice Cream: So Good, You Might Reconsider White Chocolate

    Tamara PalmerKicks' white chocolate and apricot cookie.​Your Cook E. Monster is not what you would call a big fan of white chocolate. In fact, if it were legally possible to petition to stop calling that particular substance chocolate, we'd be campaigning right now. But Kicks Cookies and Ice Crea ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Inside Cookie Time: Organic Treats on a Truck

    Tamara PalmerMarina Snetkova bakes on her truck, Cookie Time.​Marina Snetkova used to wake up at 5 a.m. for her Wall Street job as a day trader for a hedge fund; now she rises at the same time to hop in her truck to start baking. After losing her job in 2008, Snetkova, who is originally from ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Next Door Sweets Scoops Up San Tung's Patrons, If Not Its Traditions

    Tamara Palmer​We returned to the scene of some plywood that we spotted more than a year ago in the Inner Sunset to discover Next Door Sweets in full swing. So named for its proximity to San Tung, an insanely popular family-owned Chinese restaurant, the shop is owned by Joy and Frank Chu, and F ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    What Are These Waxy Things?

    Tamara Palmer​This is the only thing in town that's coated in wax that we'd totally still eat. Can you name this item and the San Francisco-based food business that sells them? Try your hardest in the comments below. SFoodie readers are closing in on last week's Mystery Spot, but the exact an ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    What Restaurant Serves This Dish?

    Tamara Palmer​For this week's guessing game challenge, we'd like you to name this dish and the San Francisco-based restaurant where this image was stolen (don't worry; we tried to leave the soul intact). Leave your answer in the comments below. Congratulations to returning champion lhc, who i ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    The Mystery Spot: What Is This Strange Thing?

    Tamara Palmer​SFoodie readers are remarkable in their abilities to put the correct name to almost any mystery we present, and so this might be one of the most deceptive-looking pieces of food we've served up yet. Can you identify this item -- as well as the SF-based eatery where we shot this p ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Guess That Sandwich

    Tamara Palmer​Today, we offer some toasty goodness to contemplate. But what is it, exactly? Please leave the specific (rather than general) name for this sandwich as well as the San Francisco eatery where this image was captured in the comments below. Good luck and start guessing! Congratulat ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Who Offers This Dish?

    Tamara Palmer​This appetizer is a big hit at a popular San Francisco restaurant, but what is it? If you can name the dish as well as the specific restaurant where this frame was frozen, please leave your best guesses in the comments section, and we'll let you know if you're hot or cold. Congr ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Name That Pastry Case

    Tamara Palmer​There are dozens of pastry cases across San Francisco, but few have as many instances of pink as this one does. Name that pastry case! Leave your guesses in the comments below. Congratulations to SFoodie reader lhc, a returning champion, for correctly identifying the takoyaki in ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Who Makes This Meal?

    Tamara Palmer​Climb up to the counter here and watch this dish being prepared. But what is it, and where is it served? Try to name this dish as well as the SF-based spot where SFoodie froze this frame in the comments below. Congratulations to Ashley P., who figured out that the seasonal botan ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    This Weekend's World Veg Fest is Guaranteed Bananas!

    Tamara PalmerOCD Sweet's Caramel 'Not' Corn for your face.​What: 12th Annual World Vegetarian Festival Where: San Francisco County Fair Building When: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 & 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $8 suggested donation The rundown: Gather round, ye hippies and bleeding hearts, it's ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Who Makes This Dish?

    Tamara Palmer​Here's something that's offered specifically as a brunch item, but we think would be suitable to eat at any time of day. Can you name this dish and the San Francisco-based restaurant where this frame was frozen? Give your guess a whirl in the comments below. Congratulations to D ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Who Makes This Meatball?

    Tamara Palmer​We invite you to have a ball on this Monday by trying to guess who serves up this rather hefty bowl. Name the San Francisco restaurant in the comments below if you haven't already fallen asleep at your desk at the mere sight of this image. Cheers to Antonia, who we were unable ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Petals, a Floral Farewell by The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton

    Tamara Palmer​After 20 years, The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton will close for an extended beauty sleep and extreme makeover, from which it will emerge impossibly fresh and new, a more casual experience and concept in contrast to the hours-long, multi-course tasting menus that are a current ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Where Can You Get Monkey Time?

    Tamara Palmer​Happy Monday, are you ready for some Monkey Time? First, you'll have to figure out the San Francisco restaurant where you can order a concoction of pineapple, orange, and primates freely -- or at least for your little one. Take a guess in the comments section, and we'll let you k ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Who Serves This Burger?

    Tamara Palmer​Here's a recipe for an afternoon nap under your desk, a juicy and cheesy food coma for your consideration. But where does it live? Can you identify the San Francisco-based eatery where SFoodie freezed this frame? Try your luck in the comments below and we'll let you know how you ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Who Makes This Lovely Smile?

    Tamara Palmer​Every Monday should be greeted with a smile such as this one. Can you identify the San Francisco-based spot where SFoodie grabbed this image? Give it a guess in the comments below. Last week's Mystery Spot remains a mystery. Head over there to give that a guess, too. Follow SFo ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Jane Deere, a Macho Yet Fruity Cocktail at Bluestem Brasserie

    Tamara Palmer​Oh, you fancy, huh? Bluestem Brasserie is a swank new downtown affair, or at least it felt that way when we ran into Da Former Mayor when we dipped in to check out the small but focused cocktail list at the restaurant. We settled on a Jane Deere (Makers 46, Coeur de Lion Calvados ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Going Illegit: How to Be an Outlaw Food Cart

    Tamara Palmer​On Thursday, SFoodie's Jonathan Kauffman will finish "Going Legit," an excellent six-part series providing valuable tips on how to navigate the tricky world of legal street food businesses. The articles should save prospective vendors lots of bureaucratic nightmares, and probabl ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Who Serves This Colorful Bowl?

    Tamara Palmer​Here's a regional specialty from elsewhere that's been tweaked with California freshness. Can you identify this dish and the San Francisco-based restaurant where SFoodie snapped this picture? Offer your guess in the comments below. Congratulations to Johnny Doughnuts for pinpoin ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    5 O'Clock Somewhere, a Sneaky Summer Special at Clock Bar

    Tamara PalmerWho knows what this mug held before its current assignment?​A highlight of the new summer cocktails at Michael Mina's Clock Bar is a wonderfully deceptive flip called 5 O'Clock Somewhere. It's a flip due to the use of a whole raw egg, in this case shaken with a healthy pour of Bul ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Where Are These Legs Served?

    Tamara Palmer​With all due respect to our vegan and vegetarian friends, there are times when we simply can't resist devouring some hot legs (and more). Can you name this dish and the San Francisco-based restaurant where this picture was captured? Take your best guess and leave it in the commen ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Le Basilic, a Vibrant Cocktail at Cafe Bastille

    Tamara Palmer​Cafe Bastille, nestled in the outdoor-focused restaurant row on Belden Place, is a great spot to grab what might be our fleeting rays of summer during actual summertime. Our summer spirits were lifted this week by the restaurant's Le Basilic, a blend of Citadelle gin, sugar, lime ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Tomorrow: Pizza, Moshing, and Brewery Tour

    Tamara PalmerInside PizzaHacker's 1000-degree "Franken-Weber" oven.​Speakeasy Brewery Punk Rock Pizza Party Where: Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, 1195 Evans (at Keith), 642-3371 When: Fri., June 24, 4-10 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: If Jello Biafra played your 13th birthday party, and you were ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Who Makes This Sizzling Bowl?

    Tamara Palmer​We can be a small eater sometimes, but when this sizzling bowl is set in front of us, we're inhaling it until the bottom is scraped clean. Can you name this dish and the San Francisco-based restaurant where SFoodie shot this sizzling picture? Offer a guess in the comments below. ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Crusta, a Bittersweet Cocktail at Som Bar

    Tamara Palmer​The Crusta is a lovely choice when you seek something both bitter and sweet that packs a huge punch in a tiny glass, a mix of Bulleit rye, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, Royal Combier, lemon juice, and a dash of Fee Brothers bitters. The rye and the Royal Combier (which contains cog ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Who Serves This Dessert?

    Tamara Palmer​It's never too early to start with sweets. Can you identify this dessert and the San Francisco-based eatery where SFoodie snapped this picture? (Hint: It's named after a ridiculously catchy tune.) Offer your guess in the comments below. Congratulations to Mary Cray, who correctl ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Naughty Eskimo, a Liquid Nitrogen-Assisted Tippler at Commonwealth

    Tamara Palmer​Commonwealth always has one special drink on the menu that's frozen with the use of liquid nitrogen, and the current offering has the best name ever: Naughty Eskimo. Fino sherry and grapefruit juice are infused with hints of tarragon and litsea (evergreen shrub) for a graceful b ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Who Roams With This Bowl?

    Tamara Palmer​The contents of this bowl are hand-crafted or sourced from local organic farms. Can you name this dish and the roaming San Francisco business that serves it? Take a guess in the comments below. Congratulations to Ana, who correctly identified the sign pictured in last week's Mys ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Ciao Bella Offers Free Scoops For Military Personnel on Memorial Day

    Tamara Palmer​Oh, how our servicemen and women must long for a taste of chocolate jalapeño or maple ginger snap gelato when out in the field. We don't tend to hear of too many special food deals for members of the Armed Forces around here, but Ciao Bella has a sweet one. The shop will offer a ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Who Scoops This Ice Cream?

    Tamara Palmer​We're going to make this game a little bit easier on you this week: Since it's quite clear that what's pictured here is ice cream, please tell us what San Francisco shop scoops it up? Take a guess in the comments below. Congratulations to Kendall, who correctly identified the mo ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Who Makes These Dumplings of Goodness?

    Tamara Palmer​Dumplings, meat- and/or veggie fillings encased dough, are universal food clear across the globe. Can you identify what sort of dumplings these are and the San Francisco restaurant where SFoodie took this picture? (Hint: They are not potstickers.) Offer a guess in the comments be ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Who Pops This Up?

    Tamara Palmer​We discovered this fine specimen while living the pop life. Can you name what this is, exactly, and the San Francisco restaurant where we took this picture? Take a guess in the comments section. SFoodie readers are honing in on the identity of last week's Mystery Spot, but it ha ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Who Makes This Soup?

    Tamara Palmer​Thankfully, it doesn't look like soup weather this week, but there's always room for this tempting and restorative bowl. Can you figure out what kind of soup this is, plus the San Francisco restaurant where SFoodie snapped this picture? Offer a guess for both in the comments belo ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    What Kind of Burrito Is This?

    Tamara Palmer​Here we have a fine slab of a San Francisco burrito for your Monday morning identification. Can you figure out what kind of burrito this is, as well as the restaurant where SFoodie snapped this picture? Offer a guess in the comments below. Congratulations to Jimmy, who correctly ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Frozen Mango Sake, A Tacky But Tasty Tipple at Bushi-Tei Bistro

    Tamara Palmer​For the first time in the history of this column, our favorite drink this week was a slushy tipple we sneaked in during a hump-day lunch at Bushi-Tei Bistro. The bartender blends icy Sho Chiku Bai -- a cheap and cheerful sake made in Berkeley -- with a choice of frozen raspberries or ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Who Serves This Colorful Plate?

    Tamara Palmer​This plate of organic goodness was snapped at a San Francisco restaurant. Can you identify the dish and the joint where it is served? Please offer a guess in the comments below.Congratulations to SFoodie reader Stonefruit, who correctly identified the Gabba Gabba Hey sundae in last ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Saddle Up to Mango-Tini, a Fermented Cocktail at Fondue Cowboy

    Tamara PalmerAmid all the melting and dipping, Fondue Cowboy serves one of the more imaginative soft liquor cocktails that we've tried in recent months. The Mango-Tini uses Petrov Reserve, a triple-distilled vodka that is fermented and therefore can be used by businesses with a beer-wine license. Th ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Cako Reopens in Japantown, Once Again Dispenses Cuteness

    Tamara Palmer​Don't panic, San Francisco: Yet another cupcake emporium is now open. The second location of Cako Bakery originally opened in Japantown in late February, underwent a little renovation in March, and is now reliably dispensing cuteness, if not kickass flavor. Cako seems unusually s ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Where Can You Have This Ball?

    Tamara Palmer​We can't have this ball on a Monday morning, but we can have a ball trying to figure out exactly what it is. Can you name this dish and the San Francisco restaurant where SFoodie snapped this picture? Offer a guess in the comments below. High-five to Schielenyc, who correctly i ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Who Makes These Cupcakes?

    Tamara Palmer​Some of you want them to die, and others still cannot get over the wonders of cupcakes. Can you name the flavor of these specimens and the San Francisco shop that baked them? Offer a guess in the comments below. Congratulations to Mark Looman for identifying the Sunrise ShowDog ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Volcano, a Flamer at Cocktail Bar of the Year Smuggler's Cove

    Tamara Palmer​We have found much to love about pyrotechnic drinks around town, but the showstopper of 'em all is poured and set aflame at Smuggler's Cove, recently named "Cocktail Bar of the Year" at the 2011 Nightclub and Bar Awards. The icy sweet Top Notch Volcano (pineapple, lime, passion f ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Lime-Ginger Chu-Hai, Chotto's Fizzy Juicer

    Tamara Palmer​Cow Hollow izakaya Chotto features a take on Kirin Chu-Hi, a canned, shochu-and-juice-based alcoholic soda sold in Japan. The restaurant's version, called Chu-Hai, is available in lime-ginger, orange, grapefruit, and apple flavors, all made with fresh juices and plain or ginger ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Who Makes This Sandwich?

    Tamara Palmer​A decadent sandwich fit for a king. Can you guess its exact name and the San Francisco restaurant where we took this picture? Leave your answer in the comments section. By the way, we've also got some mystery balls from last week that still need identifying. We rarely stump SFoo ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Sunday's Cupcake Challenge Was an Orgy of Hoarding

    Tamara PalmerThink cupcakes are out? Tell that to the people who shelled out $40 to attend Sunday's competition in SOMA.​Sunday's Bay Area Cupcake Challenge was supposed to be a competition. Turns out it was an exercise in hoarding by excited patrons who paid $40 to spend a few hours at Mezzan ... More >>

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