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    March 7, 2011

    Sunday: Oakland Rapper Too $hort Makes His Fillmore District Debut at Yoshi's

    Tamara PalmerMartin Luther and Too $hort.​Too $hort March 6, 2011 @ Yoshi's SFBetter than: Listening to a studio gangster who's behind closed doors getting his booty all spanked up.He staked a permanent place for Oakland on the international rap map over a more than 25-year career, but T ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Whose Balls Are These?

    Tamara Palmer​Some of the finest balls in town were previously something you could hook up with only during daylight hours. Now, SFoodie's happy to say, they come out at night, too. Can you name these balls and the San Francisco restaurant where we snapped this picture? Offer your guess in the ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Who Serves This Spicy Plate?

    Tamara Palmer​We'll give you a clue on this one: It's super spicy! Take a shot in the comments below, both the name of this dish and the San Francisco restaurant where SFoodie snapped this picture. While you're at it, why not take a look at last week's Mystery Spot, which is still remarkably ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Zona Rosa, A Snow Melter at Eve Lounge

    Tamara Palmer​Eve Lounge combines well-made cocktails with really decent music from DJs spinning a combination of hip-hop, funk, soul, and house on most nights. The Zona Rosa (Gran Centenario Roseangle tequila, guava, lime, rose water, simple syrup, and pink peppercorns) might help fend off th ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Who Serves This Hungryman-Size Plate?

    Tamara Palmer​It takes a Hungryman appetite to conquer this plate of food. Can you identify what this is and the San Francisco restaurant where SFoodie took this picture? We tried ― and failed ― to take this dish down, though we enjoyed the attempt. Congratulations to the eagle-eyed Eric ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Siamese-kaze, a Little Lime-on-Lime Action at Basil Canteen

    Tamara Palmer​Asian citrus is popping up with more frequency on drink menus around town, but the Siamese-kaze at Basil Canteen is hardly a bandwagon-jumper. It's been a staple here since the place opened in 2008. Vodka infused with Thai kaffir lime is whirred together with house-made lemongra ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Who Makes This Thing?

    Tamara Palmer​Animal and land unite in this simple yet very unusual item. Can you name this dish and the San Francisco restaurant where SFoodie shot this picture? Leave your guesses in the comments below. Congratulations to Jenifer, who quickly pinpointed the potato gnocchi pictured in last ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    What's In This Bowl?

    Tamara Palmer​Here's a warm bowl of comfort that we wish we were eating right now, even though the day's just started. Can you name this dish and the San Francisco restaurant where SFoodie shot this picture? Leave your guesses in the comments below. While you're at it, why not try giving last ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Who Builds These Blocks?

    Tamara Palmer​Think of these as building blocks to both good health and a satisfied palate. If you think you can name both this dish and the San Francisco restaurant where SFoodie snapped this picture, leave your answer in the comments. Congratulations to Joe L. and Chubby, who managed to nai ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    The People's Favorite Street Food: Tacos or Buns?

    Tamara PalmerWhat is San Francisco's favorite street food? Click to enlarge.​Last night's street food panel hosted by Commonwealth Club's Inforum was a lively musing on the diverse and still-growing local mobile food scene. Is it a trend? "While it's trendy," said Off the Grid promoter Matt Co ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Who Makes This Delicacy in a Bitty Bun?

    Tamara Palmer​This little bitty bun packs huge flavor. Can you identify what dish this is and the San Francisco restaurant where SFoodie snapped this pic? Give it your best shot in the comments below. Congratulations to SFoodie reader LC, who correctly identified the beef sushi roll pictured ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    Who Makes This Sushi Roll?

    Tamara Palmer​Sushi in San Francisco is not bound by tradition; a full palette of strange, rolled-up offerings await in the city's many Japanese restaurants. Can you name this wild sushi roll and the S.F. restaurant where this picture was taken? Answers in the comments below. Congratulations ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Commonwealth Club Takes Another Bite of Street Food

    Tamara PalmerOff the Grid at Fort Mason.​Venerable public affairs forum The Commonwealth Club is revisiting the topic of street food after its tremendous growth over the past year. Moderator Matt Cohen has been the catalyst for much of that via his Off the Grid mobile food events; he'll provid ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Who Makes This Sizzling Skillet?

    Tamara Palmer​This arrives at your table still sizzling and shimmying. Can you name this dish and the San Francisco restaurant where this picture was taken? Offer your answers in the comments below. We salute SFoodie reader Steph_in_SF for correctly pegging the potato pesto pizza from last we ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Pebbles, A Champagne Tipple by Fifth Floor

    Tamara Palmer​Fifth Floor bar manager Morgan Young channels the liveliness of peach Pop Rocks in her champagne cocktail Pebbles, but luckily she does it without mimicking the high-fructose zing of the candy. Orange curaçao, peach bitters, a grapefruit twist, and a sugar cube are married with ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Belly Good Cafe's Smiley-Face Treat

    Tamara PalmerAt last ― kawaii you can lick.​With this happy face crepe, Belly Good Cafe and Crepes might have managed the ultra-difficult feat of serving the cutest food item in all of Japan Center. The base model ($4) features a crepe "cone," a choice of eight ice cream flavors (such as gre ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Who Serves These Claws?

    Tamara Palmer​'Tis the season for copious claw cracking. Can you identify this dish and, more importantly, the San Francisco restaurant where this picture was snapped? Offer a guess in the comments below. Props to Mlutsky who correctly pinpointed the Spam musubi pictured in last week's Myster ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Nog O'Mine, a Holiday Light Show at Elixir

    Tamara Palmer​After last Friday's fiery Drink of the Week, we were still in the mood for something that lit up, so we headed to Elixir for the Nog O'Mine, which just landed on the menu alongside other winter-warming classics. We chose Meyers's dark rum as our adult add-on to the nutmeg-dusted ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Last Call for Dirty Dishes Street-Food Party

    Tamara PalmerSay goodbye with a KitchenSidecar banh mi.​After a successful monthly run that began in February, Castro street-food dance party Dirty Dishes is running one last load tomorrow night. KitchenSidecar and Dulceria provide the eats, and B-Haul and Gordon Gartrell the kitchen sink beat ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Who Makes This Mysterious Meat?

    Tamara Palmer​This dish is known to cause fear in the hearts of some some and delight in others. You might have an easy time identifying it, but how about the San Francisco restaurant where this picture was taken? Leave your guesses for both in the comments below. The winner of last week's My ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    Big Nose Goes to Mexico, a Maya Flamer

    Tamara Palmer​We needed a little heat in our life this week, so we went for Maya's splendiforously named Big Nose Goes to Mexico, a cocktail blending two tequilas (Cabrito Blanco and Jimador Reposado) with dark rum, guava, and orgeat, served with a flaming, wildly inverted lemon half. Fiery dr ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Who Makes This Colorful Dish?

    Tamara Palmer​This is a restaurant's namesake, but what is it exactly? If you think you know what this dish is and the spot where this picture was snapped, offer a guess in the comments. For the first time in the history of this game, no one guessed last week's Mystery Spot yet, so take a loo ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Who Makes This Fall Dish?

    Tamara Palmer​Tis the season for schizophrenic weather, and for quintessentially fall dishes. Can you name this delicious dish and the restaurant where this picture was snapped? Offer a guess in the comments below. Congratulations to the wonder twin powers of last week's simultaneous winners! ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Last Chance Thanksgiving Gifts at Underground (Mini) Market

    Tamara PalmerRoger Feely of Soul Cocina plans to be there with Thanksgiving sides and desserts.​Iso Rabins' forageSF is hosting a smaller version of its popular Underground Market tomorrow in the Mission. Wednesday's edition will focus on pre-packaged last-minute gift ideas like jams and cooki ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Can You Guess the Purveyor of This Food Porn?

    Tamara Palmer​For us, this is the true definition of food porn. The way the meat greases up the protective wrapper makes us want to jump through the computer screen and tear off big hunks with our bare hands. But we digress: Can you name this dish and the San Francisco restaurant where this pi ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Lev's Debuts Kombucha Vinegar

    Tamara Palmer​Following the recent release of its kombucha extract, Lev's Probiotics of Treasure Island has just introduced two types of kombucha vinegar. Made with aged green tea kombucha, it's available in original and hibiscus varieties. The price point ($12) puts it below the cost of the e ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Vice is Flavoring Chocolates with Roasted Garlic. Does It Work?

    Tamara Palmer​In our copious chocolate samplings, we've only encountered one other candy maker who combined garlic with dark chocolate, but without the confidence to offer up the results for sale (probably a good thing). Now, Vice Chocolates offers a dark chocolate bonbon with garlic ganache. ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Who Makes This Diet Breaker?

    Tamara Palmer​This picture makes us feel a little heavier in the thighs just by looking at it. Can you name this item and the San Francisco restaurant that serves it? Please offer your best guess in the comments below. Though many were close, last week's Mystery Spot ended up being a stumper. ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Cydonia Fizz, a Frothy Cocktail at Cotogna

    Tamara Palmer​Cotogna, the casual new eatery from (and located next door to) Quince, opened Nov. 8. That's meant a revamping of Quince's cocktail menu and the creation of an all-new one for Cotogna. The latter is also offering an innovative prix-fixe program for wine, with all bottles priced a ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    PizzaHacker's Frozen Dough Balls

    Tamara Palmer​PizzaHacker Jeff Krupman has devised a way to bring a taste of his street-slung pies into people's kitchens with the introduction of new frozen pizza dough balls. Made with organic wheat and pizza flours (most likely from Central Milling), sourdough starter, filtered water, and L ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon

    Tamara PalmerDon't let the moderation fool you.​TasteTV's Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon is a miniaturized version of the larger event that takes place in the spring, but still promises to pack plenty of confectionery sampling and gift-shopping into a small space. We'll be making a beeline to loc ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Who Serves This Salad (with Extras)?

    Tamara Palmer​Here's a beautiful salad made of local ingredients. Can you tell us the specific name of this dish (plus its add-on extra), as well as the San Francisco restaurant in this picture? Offer your guess in the comments below. Congratulations to for figuring out that the corned beef p ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Vegan Pumpkin Tamale at Papalote

    Tamara PalmerVegan pumpkin tamale, $3.95.​Friday, November 5, 2010 While the menu at Papalote is as meat-centric as any other burrito place, the restaurant does periodically bring out some vegan specials. One example is the vegan adobo burrito that gets unleashed during occasional "Mexi-Pino" ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Port Royal, a Jamaican Heater at Smuggler's Cove

    Tamara Palmer​Stepping into the lair that is Smuggler's Cove ―the nearly year-old shrine to rum and its friends ― you know you're in the right place for a drink when your cocktail menu contains a table of contents. Drawn to the darkside and the promise of "Hellfire tincture," we enjoy the ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Bacon Candy by Nosh This

    Tamara PalmerChocolate, caramel, almonds, bacon: Natural bedfellows.​Ain't San Francisco grand? Soon, it should be easier to sell food on the street, and in the meantime you can get two varieties of nicely wrapped chocolate candy with bacon in it right on the pavement thanks to Nosh This, Kai ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Big Hip at Sweet Maple

    Tamara PalmerBig Hip with fried bananas and candied walnuts ($9.99).​Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Sweet Maple, which opened Oct. 22, has taken over the former Cassis restaurant, a spot that's been declared one of San Francisco's cursed restaurant spaces. And while the space is huge and could be ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Citron Lemonade, a Brunch Affair at Absinthe

    Tamara Palmer​The cocktail menu at Absinthe is rife with literary, historical, and personal references, making it one of the most fun to read in town. Of course, we recommend actually sampling from it, and note that the restaurant has a particularly lively selection of brunch libations availab ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Next Door Sweets Coming to the Inner Sunset

    Tamara Palmer​We spotted this new sign announcing Next Door Sweets in the Inner Sunset. It's located next door to the always-bustling San Tung. There are very few clues on the storefront or on the website (which projects a "Fall 2010" opening), but the latter has a pretty handsome picture of c ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Who Serves This Complete Meal?

    Tamara Palmer​Here's a complete meal on one paper plate, with every food group represented. Can you pinpoint what specific menu item this is and where in San Francisco this picture was taken? Offer a guess in the comments below. Last week's Mystery Spot was the Summit; congratulations to Luis ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    A16's Funghi Pizza

    Tamara PalmerFunghi pizza with smoked mozzarella, grana, garlic, oregano, dandelion greens, and olive oil ($17.50).​Wednesday, October 13, 2010 A16 recently underwent some minor renovations to add some additional seats last month, and some simple touches have made a big difference. A steely g ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Growing Popcorn Shoots

    Tamara Palmer​The Sprout People of San Francisco have an impressive online business selling everything you need to sprout seeds, beans, nuts, and grains, and a cool YouTube channel demonstrating just how easy it is to make these nutritious snacks. Geeking out on the site, we learned that popco ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    In Praise of Local Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Tamara PalmerNamu's ice cream sandwich contains a lashing of Korean chili paste in the chocolate.​If you haven't noticed, it's been pretty darned hot outside this week, and glorious ice cream sandwich season is definitely here. We've been scarfing down many flavor-forward versions of this conf ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Sidekick's Cottage Cheese Dumpling Soup

    Tamara PalmerCottage cheese dumplings in Grana Padana cheese broth with toasted levain ($6.75)​Tuesday, October 12, 2010 Tamara Palmer​We don't frequently rave about soup, but we shook our head and marveled at every slurp of the cottage-cheese dumpling variety we recently inhaled at Cowgirl Cre ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Who Serves This Pizza?

    Tamara Palmer​If there's anything San Francisco needs more of, it's pizza joints. (Kidding.) Can you name the restaurant where this picture was snapped, as well as what kind of pizza this is? Please take a shot in the comments below. Frequent winner Luis correctly pinpointed last week's Mystery S ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    The Lychee Martini, a Sweet Sip at Seasons Bar

    Tamara Palmer​The cocktail menu at the Seasons Bar and Lounge inside the Four Seasons Hotel is not good for the indecisive. You're likely to flip through the pages and flirt with a number of possibilities. One lovely no-fail option: a martini of vodka that's been infused with the complementary ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    A Peek Into Tell Tale Preserve's October Society Bag

    Tamara Palmer​As we've noted, in advance of his Maiden Lane bakery (due this fall), William Werner's Tell Tale Preserve Co. has set up a case of treats at Coffee Bar in Potrero Hill and launched a monthly offering of what it calls its Society bag. The preorder, prepay bags (actually burlap sa ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Mariquita's Rolling Pumpkin Patch at Piccino

    Tamara PalmerMariquita's baby bear pumpkin.​Watsonville's Mariquita Farm grows incredible organic produce for a who's-who of top Bay Area restaurants as well as the public, delivered via CSAs and biweekly Mystery Box deliveries. This Sat., Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Piccino (801 22nd St ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Humphry Slocombe Introduces Kombucha Sorbet

    Tamara PalmerGinger pineapple kombucha sorbet.​We hurried to Humphry Slocombe today as soon as we saw a tweet announcing the debut of ginger pineapple kombucha sorbet, the first we've heard of anyone using the cultured beverage as dessert application. We got there about three hours after openi ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Who Makes This Breakfast Treat?

    Tamara Palmer​Doesn't this look like an awesome way to start the day? Can you name this breakfast dish and the San Francisco spot that makes it? Offer a guess in the comments below. We salute Connie Mah, who figured out that last week's almost-stumping Mystery Spot was Yamo. Congratulations! ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    'Local Flavor': Fabric8 Mounts Food-Obsessed Group Show Friday

    Jason MecierThe infamous Nomi from "Showgirls," rendered in real licorice by artist Jason Mecier.​SFoodie's Tamara Palmer makes the leap from reporting to curating this week, with Friday's opening reception of the "Local Flavor" show at Mission gallery Fabric8. Palmer is collaborating with Fab ... More >>

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