• Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Brace Yourselves For Third-Wave Tea to Be a Thing

    Tea has been making a "comeback" for years but it finally seems like it's on the verge of breaking out. You've heard of so-called "third-wave coffee" -- the single-origin, pour-over, absurdly tasting-noted brew that you find at places like Blue Bottle, Four Barrel, Sightglass, and just about every ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    S.F., You Have Some Damn Fine Arnold Palmers

    Every six months I resolve to kick my Diet Coke habit and develop a short-lived enthusiasm for a caffeinated mid-afternoon alternative. You name it, I've tried it: kombucha, yerba mate, iced tea, BibiCaffe, cold-brewed coffee, on and on. Eventually I always drift back to the real thing. This time i ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 28, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Number 37: Red Blossom Tea Company's Aged Oolongs

    ​SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition ​The Bay Area's coffee roasters may get scads of national press, but our tea merchants, too, have become a force in their own realm of connoisseurship. Among them are Red Blossom Tea Company's Peter and Alice Leong, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Tea Lover and Thai Idea Open, Stow Lake's New Café, and John Campbell's Bakery Back to One

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Over the weekend we spotted Tea Lover (544 Clement at Seventh Ave.), a new boba spot in the Inner Richmond. We weren't surprised the place had a line Sunday afternoon -- the city loves bubble tea. It was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Local Diners, Local Gin, & Clay Pot Rice: This Week in Food Bloggery

    Jeremy Brooks/SF Weekly Flickr pool​ Highlights from SFoodie this week: 1. Joe Eskenazi, whose love for diners surpasses all of ours at SFoodie, writes a great guide to the five best diners in town -- one of which, he points out, is actually a hofbrau but feels like a diner. Also, we're reminded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    House Kombucha: Mild and Pure Enough For Doubters

    ​Even intestinal parasites, perhaps an occupational hazard, can't stop SFoodie. When you're killing everything inside you with antibiotics, rather than the cocktails you normally employ, that leads you, when mobile enough, to the kombucha section of your grocer's beverage case. Why? If you're a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Naivetea's Lawrence Lai Talks Taiwanese Oolongs and Kettle Whistle

    NaiveteaNaivetea's owners, Lawrence Lai and Ann Lee.​The Bay Area is steadily, quietly becoming a nexus for premium Chinese and Taiwanese tea in America. The owners of Teance, Far Leaves, Imperial Tea Court, and Aroma Tea Shop all travel to Asia to tour plantations and buy directly from farmers an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    South Sea Seafood Village: Special Tea, Good Siu Mai

    Photos by W. Blake Gray​Most dim sum houses have a selection of tea, but don't usually advertise it. Somebody says, "Tea?" You say yes, and you get a pot of watery oolong made from the cheapest tea bags available. South Sea Seafood Village has a small sideline in selling imported teas, includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Dear Honest Tea: Is This Honest Enough for You?

    Tejava is significantly better than Honest Tea​Coca-Cola brought dozens of bottles of its sweetened tea brand, Honest Tea, to downtown San Francisco yesterday, left them sitting out in Justin Herman Plaza, and expected us to pay $1 for them. Amazingly, 93% of us did! San Franciscans are just ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    A Spot of Tea at the First Kettle Whistle

    Jesse HirschPeach oolong iced tea and a first course, including bánh mì financiers.​Tell Tale Preserve Company and Naivetea launched their monthly tea event this weekend at the Burritt Room, and if you haven't attended many tea services, it may take a bit for the East-meets-West conceit to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Kombucha Cuisine

    House KombuchaScallop crudo.​Kombucha Dinner Where: House Kombucha, 498 Natoma (at Sixth St.) When: Sat., Mar. 19, 7-10 p.m. Cost: $48 The rundown: At the intersection of live cultures and cultural experience, the earnest apostles at House Kombucha are teaming up with the arty foodsters of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Lev's Charts the Next Frontier in Kombucha: Extract

    Tamara Palmer​In the wake of the voluntary kombucha recall, Lev's Probiotics of Treasure Island (formerly Lev's Original) has returned to Whole Foods with a vengeance, or at least with a cool new product. Lev's Green Tea Kombucha Extract is designed to be added to all kinds of beverages and sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Local Kombucha Makers Actually Benefit from Ban

    ​It should have been a disaster. Healdsburg-based Vibranz Kombucha launched March 20, 2010, with a promising start. The company had just won a product award at the Natural Products Expo, which had brought them to the attention of natural-foods distributors, not to mention placement in every Whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Kombucha Starts Returning to Bay Area Shelves

    As of last Saturday, Berkeley Bowl West was fully stocked with kombucha.​Things are still tense in the kombucha industry. Earlier this summer, several federal agencies announced they were investigating the fermented tea to see if its alcohol content was high enough to regulate kombucha like an alc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Jessica Simpson's New Vegan Diet Guru Works Out of San Francisco

    US Weekly​Jessica Simpson's weight is back in the tabloids again, this time as a result of a "desperate" and "radical" new diet she's supposedly taken on thanks to the advice of her spanking-new boyfriend, former 49ers tight end Eric Johnson. OK! Magazine reports that Simpson recently went on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Five New Local Foods You're Gonna Want in Your Mouth Right Now

    Besides eating and drinking everything in sight, our chief mission at the Fancy Food Show was to forage for compelling new products and companies from the Bay Area. And it was a success; keep your eyes out for these five new standouts, all available now:T. PalmerKari's Malva Pudding: Ready for Recch ... More >>

  • Music

    December 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    The Mayor's Favorite Milkshake? A Frothy Blend of Voting Blocs Topped with Whipped Cream

    jdlasica/FlickrNewsom's favorite is green -- and no, it isn't a Shamrock Shake.​Far be it from us to knock a politician for playing politics with food, but really? Gavin Newsom's iconic milkshake is a green tea creation? Seriously? Today the Got Milk? launched a list of celebrity-themed milk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    New Bottled Iced Teas from Peet's: Rrefreshment Without the Weirdness

    Alfred Peet's tea legacy lives on -- in the fridge. Peet was originally from Holland, and grew up in the coffee and tea trade before opening his first store in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto in 1966, long before there was such a thing. Now, just in time for S.F.'s fog-shrouded summer, Peet's bottled iced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Around Town: The Chill Cafe

    It seems a new frozen yogurt shop opens somewhere in San Francisco almost every week. In that kind of environment, how do you distinguish yourself? Trang Nguyen is hoping she's found the answer at her Financial District shop The Chill Cafe (125 Kearny at Post). There's much more on tap than the stan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Last Night: Tea Tasting at Samovar Zen Valley

    Janine KahnSamovar's third SF location is built into a Hayes Valley Victorian. Samovar Zen Valley Tea TastingPage at Laguna StreetsMarch 4, 2009Better Than: Brewing a generic, borderline metallic-tasting tea bag in your cold, lonely apartment.The Samovar Tea Lounge's Hayes Valley edition has been up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    We Love Lovejoy's Attic, as Well as Its Tea Room

    We were reminded, when we read the following delightful passage from Writers' Favorite Recipes, our new favorite book which we wrote about here, by the somewhat insalubriously named Kay Dick, that we'd promised ourselves to revisit Lovejoy's Tea Room and/or Crown & Crumpet very soon, two perfect ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 24, 2008

    Tea from Two

    Treat yourself to English tapas at tearooms old and new.

  • Calendar

    December 12, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 23, 2007
  • Dining

    February 28, 2007

    World Cup

    And very tasty sweets that your Midwestern grandma would cook

  • Culture

    April 26, 2006

    Rose of No Man's Land

    It may be fiction, but it's real

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 11, 2005
  • Best of San Francisco

    May 19, 2004

    Best Fortune Cookie

    Japanese Tea Garden

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 19, 2004

    Best Tea Shop

    Ten Ren Tea Company of San Francisco, Ltd.

  • Calendar

    December 31, 2003

    Average Punk Band

    This bassist is Salty and sweet

  • News

    September 3, 2003

    Brewing Conversation

    At a proper teahouse, tradition and communion are at least as important as the libation

  • Dining

    July 2, 2003

    Full of Frappé

    The only folks who should drink tea-as-milkshake are microwave-challenged Eskimos

  • News

    March 5, 2003

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of March 5, 2003

  • News

    March 5, 2003

    A Little Slurp of Heaven

    You can become a coffee man in five years. It takes a lifetime to make a tea person.

  • News

    February 19, 2003

    Tea and Hormones

    Lemon Curd? What in hell is Lemon Curd?

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 15, 2002

    Best Tea House

    Imperial Tea Court

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 15, 2002

    Best Tea and Scones

    Rotunda at Neiman Marcus

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 23, 2001

    Best High Tea


  • Dining

    May 9, 2001

    Pinkies Up

    High tea

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 17, 2000
  • Best of San Francisco

    May 17, 2000

    Best Atmosphere at a Sushi Restaurant

    Blowfish, Sushi to Die For

  • Dining

    March 19, 1997

    Two for Tea

    Afternoons spent on the English beat

  • Dining

    March 20, 1996
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