Cover story on dining trends in San Francisco magazine's food issue.
Amy Sherman is a San Francisco–based writer, recipe developer and publisher of the award-winning food blog Cooking with Amy. She has written for food, travel and lifestyle publications including Afar, Architectural Digest, Tasting Table, Food Network, Epicurious, KQED's Bay Area Bites, Fodor's, 7x7, Frommer's and CleanPlates. You can also find her work in the following magazines -- San Francisco, Marin, Westways, Wine Enthusiast, Via, Gastronomica, Caviar Affair and Avianca (inflight).
She also develops recipes for clients including Whole Foods, Grocery Outlet, Dannon, Cargill, Keurig, Colman, T-fal, USA Pears, MyWinesDirect and the California Avocado Commission.
She is the author of Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers and WinePassport: Portugal, A Microwave, A Mug, A Meal and wrote the new introduction to Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book and the foreward to the reprint of the Betty Crocker Good & Easy Cookbook.
Cover story on dining trends in San Francisco magazine's food issue.
The suicide of Anthony Bourdain last year was a wake-up call for many in the restaurant industry, and health- and abuse-related tragedies have inspired new support groups within the hospitality world.
Caviar has long been considered an extravagance-and at $95 and up for an ounce, that's not surprising. The good news is that today there is a wider choice of caviar and other cured fish roe, making it's more accessible than ever. And guess what? It's also healthy.
Chefs are often influenced by their colleagues, but these days they are showcasing their sources of inspiration right on the menu.
Check any restaurant's event page and it's likely you'll see a chef collaboration event or even an event collaboration series. Though the idea of chef collaborations has taken off, the style and scope vary immensely depending on the restaurants and chefs involved.
Insight into the staying power of local restaurants
Use our guide to eat your way through the best tacos in San Francisco, from the Mission to Bayview.
An interview with Dan Sachs with some great insights.
In San Francisco, the city that launched the $4 toast trend, we take breakfast seriously.
American regional styles of barbecue are distinguished by types of meat, such as brisket versus spareribs, and also by the many different kinds of barbecue sauce available. Some sauces are used in cooking and others are served on the side. Here is a rundown of the most important styles of barbecue sauce.
Christiaan Röllich leads the bar program for the Los Angeles-based Lucques restaurant group, which includes a.o.c., Tavern, and Lucques. Originally from the Netherlands, Röllich gains inspiration from the produce available in Southern California and the farm-to-table ethos. Röllich is also the author of Bar Chef: Handcrafted Cocktails a new cookbook with easy-to-follow recipes for syrups, ...
The debate is likely to rage on forever about which region serves the greatest style of American barbecue. But you won't be dissapointed at these top BBQ spots, including Oakland's Smokin Woods BBQ, Phoenix's Trapp Haus BBQ, Santa Maria Valley's Far Western Tavern, and more.
Middle Eastern food goes mainstream in the Bay Area
As the delicacy goes viral in San Francisco, restaurants offer a wave of innovative takes.
All about the Napa cult cab phenomenon
Cornwall is undergoing an artisanal food boom. Thanks to a mild temperature and extensive coastline, this picturesque county in the southwest of England already has a bounty of food, from high-quality local seafood and produce to top dairy products and traditional baked goods both sweet and savory.
Find the best restaurants in the Discovery City for ice cream, barbecue, pizza, dumplings and more.
Los Poblanos has a long and storied history, dating back to the 14th century when the Anasazi Pueblo people lived on the property; it was also part of a land grant in 1716. More recently it has included a residence, a working dairy, model experimental farm, and a center for cultural activities.
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Go for a ride Ease into the weekend with a horseback ride. Sea Horse Ranch offers guided trail and beach rides to horseback riders of all levels and kids as young as 7 years old. Spectacular scenery, friendly guides and sweet horses ensure a memorable experience.
A shortage of labor is often cited as one of the top challenges to the restaurant industry, but that's not what you'll hear from restaurateurs at in San Francisco, Cafe Momentum in Dallas, and in Cleveland.
San Francisco is a city of many neighborhoods, each with its own good eats. Should you eat your fill of sourdough bread and fresh crab down at Fisherman's Wharf? Most definitely - but don't stop there because San Fran has so much more to offer.
San Francisco may not be known for a specific style of barbecue, but we are gaining 'cue cred thanks to these talented pit masters
The World's 50 Best Restaurants convened in San Francisco this past week, bringing their speaker series, 50Best Talks, to the city by the bay. The event attended by chefs, media and guests began with an introduction by group editor, William Drew, who noted that San Francisco was an ideal venue for a discussion on how the culinary world can champion a more diverse future.
Hidden among the shops, theaters, and swarms of tourists in Union Square are some of San Francisco's best secret bars.
Discover the best vegetarian and vegan ramen in San Francisco at Mensho, The Ramen Bar, Nojo Ramen Tavern, Marufuku Ramen, and Hinodeya Ramen that rival even the most traditional bowls.
Once summertime rolls around, it's only natural to want to escape the big cities for some serious beach time. You'll find that, plus a whole lot more, just a four- to five-hour drive from London in the county of Cornwall , in southwest England.
It's not entirely wrong to think of pastrami as American. The classic New York deli meat made from cured, smoked, and spiced beef was an innovation of Romanian immigrants who came to the United States in the late 19th century.
Chef Staffan Terje on pasta and flour
We grew up watching Jacques Pépin effortlessly sift, slice and sauté on television, and, at 82, the legendary French-born chef is still cooking. And not only that, Pépin-who has published over 25 cookbooks in his illustrious 60-plus career-is still writing about cooking.
Everyone loves noodles, especially Japanese noodles. This year in San Francisco you’ll find new and creative ramen, including Yo-Kai Express ramen vending machines, Ippudo, a Japanese trendsetter and the self-proclaimed king of ramen, and soon-to-open Ramenwell in the Mission, where the menu w
New offshoots from Michelin star restaurants in San Francisco
The fires that swept Napa and Sonoma are last year's news. The rain has fallen, and the wine country is vibrant and green once again. Since last October, not only have many wineries and businesses reopened but several new ones have also sprouted up. Here are some noteworthy spots that have opened just this year.
Half Moon Bay is a dream for foodies. From May through December the Coastside farmer's market showcases some of the best in local produce, but year round you'll find outstanding farms, seafood and great restaurants that utilize the best local products. Here are some top picks for a long weekend getaway.
Ten years ago, Airbnb began with just two inflatable air mattresses on the floor of a San Francisco apartment. Today, the service offers 4.5 million listings in 81,000 cities around the world. That sheer volume can make it challenging to find the perfect place to lay your head, and-let's face it-not everyone wants to sleep on someone's living room couch.
Wine lovers aren’t the only ones who get to have fun with cheese pairings. We take a look at why Bourbon and cheese are a match made in heaven.
Three years ago, semiconductor engineer Andy Lin woke up hungry in the middle of the night and wondered why he couldn't get a decent bowl of ramen from a vending machine, like he could in Asia. Four prototypes later, his Yo-Kai Express vending machine is dispensing steaming-hot bowls of ramen at the Metreon, a shopping and cinema complex in San Francisco.
With a pioneering culture that dates back to the Gold Rush, San Francisco is also famously laidback and brimming with quirky character. Amy Sherman rounds up some of the must-visit sights and local favourites you should pack into 48 hours in the city.
Vancouver, Canada, is a great place to listen to live music. If you're in town for business check out these must-see musical venues. As the third largest city in Canada, Vancouver is an important stop on international tours for the hottest musical superstars in every genre.
James Beard Award-winning Slanted Door is the quintessential modern Vietnamese restaurant and is frequently ranked by Restaurant Business magazine as one of the top 100 independent restaurants in America. Originally the restaurant was located in the Mission District but moved to the San Francisco Ferry Building and quickly became an anchor tenant.
It's One Market restaurant's 25th anniversary, and an invitation announces a cocktail party celebration with hors-d'oeuvres, libations, and live entertainment from 5:30 until 7:30
South of Market - known as SoMa to locals - is a large area that encompasses various neighborhoods with distinct personalities. Yerba Buena boasts the convention center and several museums, South Park holds the San Francisco Giants' home ballpark within its borders and the intersection of 11th Street and Folsom is home to SoMa's main nightlife district.
Indian dishes are often well-balanced, and it may not seem like they need the added flavor of a drink, but we spoke with a few experts who all agreed that no matter your preferred beverage there's always a perfect pairing.
Whipped Ricotta: The New Crème Fraîche Ricotta is the black dress of Italian cheeses. It's not only versatile and affordable, but with the help of a food processor and a touch of lemon juice and olive oil, any home cook can turn it into a new cheese altogether-one that's luxuriously creamy and spreadable.
It's been five years since pastry genius Dominique Ansel introduced the Cronut-a combination of croissant and doughnut that proved to be irresistible, causing crazy-long lines and spawning imitators far and wide. Fast-forward three years to the cragel, a croissant-bagel created by The Bagel Store in Brooklyn.
The classic components of a cocktail are alcohol, a sour element (like citrus juice) and a sweet element (like simple syrup). But what about mocktails? That old ratio of two parts alcohol, one part sour, and one part sweet doesn't quite work without the alcohol.
Salad isn’t usually finger food, but True Laurel proves that with the right treatment, it can be. The food menu at the cocktail bar from Lazy Bear’s David Barzelay features bar snacks, which are often elevated or reinvented comfort food.
The dish: The Chinese Chicken Salad consists of strips of marinated and barbecued chicken breast with a mix of shredded romaine and iceberg lettuce, crispy rice noodles, scallions, toasted almonds, sesame seeds and a slightly sweet sesame rice vinaigrette.
Whether you want to delve into the city's history, shop till you drop, museum hop or take in a ball game, you'll find it all in this local's guide to four of San Francisco's neighbourhoods. Union Square Union Square is the name of San Francisco's central shopping, hotel, and theatre district.
Who: Moira Kuhn Farm: Marin Roots Farm Where: Petaluma Background: Kuhn found her perfect fit in farming, which is in line with her "big core values." It's challenging, makes a difference in her community and is something she's passionate about.
Year established:1986 Owner: Tory Monahan, daughter of the original owners Claim to fame: Legendary orange currant scones Background: " Half Day Cafe has been around so long that there used to be a smoking section," says Tory Monahan who has personally been at Half Day Cafe since her parents opened it in 1986.
San Francisco is the top city for quality of life in the United States, according to Mercer. It has many of the advantages of a world-class city, while still having a relatively small population with just under 871,000 residents. Its proximity to booming Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area are just some qualities that make it a desirable location.
Living in San Francisco can be a dream. It's a welcoming place, offering plenty of charm and character. It's also a hotbed of artistic creativity and innovation in technology. The city's beauty, access to nature and mild weather make it easy to love but also contribute to its desirability - and the consequential high cost of living.
Influenced by the individuality within their multicultural cuisine, Filipino-American chefs are moving their food into the spotlight by leveraging modern techniques and local ingredients. "Filipino cuisine is real fusion," says Manila-raised Francis Ang, chef-owner of Pinoy Heritage in San Francisco.
Bread and beer are practically cousins, according to pastry chef and culinary instructor Jenni Field. "They contain the same ingredients: water, grain, yeast-and both have a maverick sensibility in the U.S.," Field says.
Veal is a delicacy enjoyed since biblical times and greatly prized in the cuisines of many countries in Europe. Traditional dishes include blanquette de veau in France, Wiener schnitzel from Austria and saltimbocca in Italy-but Americans hardly eat much veal, about one-third pound per capita. The reason many people avoid eating veal?
If you're only in London, UK for a short time you're in luck, as most attractions are close to each other. From enjoying the long history and politics of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, to the sights and sounds of Piccadilly Circus, here are the top attractions to visit on your whirlwind trip to the British capital.
San Francisco is home to some notable Indian restaurants, but lately, the entire Indian food scene has stepped up its game, better reflecting the vibrant and varied cuisine of the world’s second most populous country. Menus now feature more local ingredients, dishes made using modern as well a
In the restaurant business, making it to 20 years is a major milestone, especially in San Francisco where diners are always seeking out what's new. Farallon restaurant opened to rave reviews two decades ago, not just for the food under the direction of co-owner and chef Mark Franz but also for the fantastic underwater-themed interior design by co-owner Pat Kuleto.
For most people, Spam is either the unwelcome clutter in their inboxes or a mystery meat. But in the Pacific Islands, it's no mystery at all. In Hawaii alone, seven million cans are sold each year, more than in any other state.
Swedish food isn't all meatballs and Princess cake. The Swedish Arctic offers a myriad of delicious surprises from berries that stay fresh in the dead of winter to a unique cheese that is made to be dunked in coffee. Here's what you'll eat and drink.
Participating in events and donating to charity can give your restaurant exposure to new audiences and foster good will, but it can also be a drain on resources. So how do you choose which charity events to align with and where to donate?
Bread may be the staff of life, but it's hard to get excited about a hunk of partially sliced bread sitting in a basket. Fortunately, that seems to be changing. More and more restaurants are paying closer attention to the bread they serve.
What's old is new again-in this case, the luncheonette. Luncheonettes, or lunch counters, were commonly found in department stores and "five and dime" stores starting in the early 1900s and are now experiencing a serious comeback. While still quick, convenient, and budget-friendly, a closer look ...
If you're not friends with Richard Branson and have yet to be invited to Necker Island, that's OK. There's actually another small island in the Caribbean that's just as quiet and unspoiled, blissfully free of casinos, duty free shopping and large cruise ships. The island of Nevis, however, has some serious celebrity cred.
Good partnerships are key to the success of all restaurants and they come in many forms. There is the partnership that arises with investors, the front of the house and the back of the house, and, in the case of Rich Table in San Francisco, co-chefs who happen to be a married couple.
You don't have to resort to burgers, tacos or pizza if you want to eat well on a budget in San Francisco-quite the opposite, in fact. These seven picks offer out-of-the-ordinary eats for extraordinarily affordable prices. Chef James Moisey whips up comfort food favorites at Eat Americana, formerly known as Americana Grill, located in the Outer Richmond.
You probably grew up eating pork that was cooked well done and thoroughly gray, but-news flash!-that's no longer necessary. RELATED Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Parsnip-Apple Purée " The most recent guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicate that whole-muscle cuts of pork (like pork loin, pork chop and pork roast) can be consumed safely when cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit using an instant-read thermometer and left to rest for three...
By Amy Sherman There are few win-wins in life: rescuing puppies, adopting babies, eating healthy sustainable food, those are a few that come to mind. We're here to tell you that you're now able to add maple syrup to that list.
Located in Central Ohio and surrounded by orchards, dairies, breweries, and distilleries, Columbus has fully embraced the farm-to-table ethos. You'll find hearty Midwestern fare, of course, but also elegant French, rustic Italian, and classic Spanish cuisine as well as traditional tavern-style dining. Read on to learn where to dine like a local in Columbus, Ohio.
The world has gone bananas: the culinary world, that is. Rich, sweet and naturally creamy, bananas are being used in lots of new and unexpected ways, from banana-based vegan ice cream and banana flour to, most recently, banana milk.
Any New Yorker knows that an egg cream contains neither egg nor cream -except that's not totally true anymore. RELATED An Ode to Coffee Milk, Rhode Island's Favorite Drink " Traditionally made from seltzer, chocolate syrup and milk, with a lusciously thick and creamy head of foam created from enthusiastic stirring, the original soda fountain-style drink has been popular in New York since 1900.
Let's get one thing straight. A is that musical instrument that's been annoying you in REM songs dating back to the 90s. A mandoline-with an e at the end-is a kitchen tool no one should be without. RELATED Anatomy of a Mandoline Slicer " The key benefits to using a mandoline are speed and uniformity in slicing, shredding and sometimes grating.
7 Things to Eat & Drink in the Swedish Arctic view slideshow Stockholm? Malmö? If you've been there and done that in Sweden, it's time to head north, way north, into the Arctic Circle.
Food halls are fast becoming must-visit destinations that appeal to visitors as much as locals. They offer a multitude of casual dining options all under one roof for eating on site or ordering to go, as well as local products for sale.
Do you feel like you need a drink just to tackle a restaurant's wine list? Even if you're something of an oenophile, do you get overwhelmed by the number of choices you have? Whether you want to try something new and different, discover a hidden bargain, or indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime splurge, these experts are quite literally here to serve.
Once upon a time, requesting water in a restaurant meant tap water. But in recent years bottled water has represented one of the most profitable items a restaurant can sell. Concerns about the environment and sustainability have led to an increased focus on water and the options available to restaurants.
What You Need To Know: Olio Nuovo or "new oil" is the first-press of extra-virgin olive oil. It has the most polyphenols and health-boosting properties of all the oils. Pressed in the fall, these oils should be bought before Spring for their fullest healthy effects.
Seeing the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is a popular bucket list item. But even in the best viewing spots, catching them can be elusive. Fortunately, there are plenty more exhilarating experiences in the Arctic and it's not as hard to get there as you might think.
By Amy Sherman Canned fish is like a long relationship: It's always there, so much a part of the routine that we forget just how awesome it is. Now's a perfect time to fall in love with this old friend all over again. It's nutrient-rich, shelf stable and convenient.
A great cheese course is more than just a few random selections on a plate. While some restaurants source their cheeses from specific regions or focus on hard-to-find cheese, others are actually making it or aging it in-house. In anticipation of National Cheese Lover's Day, here are some the country's best restaurant cheese plates and what makes them so special.
By Amy Sherman * Photos by Lori Eanes I GREW UP IN GREENBRAE and was obsessed with food from a very young age. My family loved going out to eat and experiencing new flavors. Savoring food from other cultures showed me there was a whole world to discover.
Put down the sugary cereal, grab a spoon and get ready for a warming, energizing a.m. meal By Amy Sherman Porridge, typically a hot dish of ground grains-oats, rice, barley, wheat, or millet-boiled or macerated in liquid, is traditional for breakfast in many parts of the world.
From San Francisco and Chicago to New Orleans and Sarasota, top pastry chefs have some pretty sweet visions of the future. If what they say is true, you're in for a supremely sumptuous and decadent year. Read on to learn about emerging dessert trends for 2017 from a few of our fave pastry chefs.
What You Need To Know: Saffron is so costly because 75,000 flowers are required to make just one pound. The nutrient-rich, aromatic spice has been used in cooking and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. From asthma to heartburn, saffron has many benefits.
VICTORIA WAS ONCE a sleepy British enclave, but not anymore. Thanks to a recent technology boom, the city is bursting with energy and now more well known for brewpubs and neighborhood coffee roasters than for tea and crumpets.
By Amy Sherman Step aside, bright-blue unicorn latte -there's a new healthy brew in town, and it's purple. Meet TRFK 306/1, a new purple tea variety from Kenya grown in rich volcanic soils. The tea, which is low in caffeine and has a pleasant earthy and sweet fruity flavor, is dark when brewed, but squeeze in some lemon and poof!
No question about it, the past year has been an exciting one for new San Francisco restaurants. There were several eateries with counter service that went full service in the evening and a plethora of prix-fixe-only, ultra-fine dining tasting menus as well as sushi restaurants.
What do servers at fine dining restaurants know that we don't? Plenty. It's their job to ensure we have the best possible experience when we dine out. But servers are only part of the equation. Receiving flawless service also depends on the guest.
The origin story of San Francisco's seafoodcentric stew (aka cioppino) may be as hazy as the city's famous fog, but there is definitely something to the dish's Italian-sounding name. Though no one can say for sure in what year the recipe was invented, the consensus is that it was created by the Italian fishermen who migrated to the area a century or so ago.
It's easy to get sucked into Tasty cooking videos. You know the ones that create something over the top and crazy to eat in about 30 seconds flat? Like everyone else, I want picture perfect Food & Wine meals in a microsecond.
Professor Paul Freedman specializes in medieval social history, the history of Catalonia, comparative studies of the peasantry, trade in luxury products, and the history of cuisine at Yale University. His latest book is Ten Restaurants That Changed America.
School your friends on why frozen fish provides great taste, nutrition and quality By Amy Sherman It's a natural question to ask-is the fish fresh? But it might not be the right one, because (surprise!) frozen fish is often a better choice than fresh. Why?
Loco moco might be the quintessential island-style comfort food. As the story goes, this hearty dish was invented at Lincoln Grill in Hilo in 1949 to satisfy some hungry teenagers. The classic version is a hamburger patty topped with a fried egg, smothered in brown gravy and served over a scoop or two of Asian short-grain rice.
Marcus Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and now makes Harlem his home. He developed a deep love for cooking from his grandmother and gained wide praise as executive chef at New York restaurant Aquavit, winning multiple awards including a James Beard Award, and starring in TV shows including Top Chef and The Feed.
Beignet is French for "fritter," but if you've ever had one, you know it's so much more than that. Typically served for breakfast or dessert, these airy pastries are made from dough, then deep-fried and heaped with a deliciously inordinate amount of powdered sugar.
10 Things I Ate About You finds 10 enticing bites in smaller cities from coast to coast. Sacramento (aka California's state capital) is known for its 28 museums, the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, and the quaint Gold Rush-era Old Sacramento district and state park.
There have been intense rivalries going on in Philadelphia for decades now surrounding one particularly juicy topic: the cheesesteak. The sandwich's first iteration featuring grilled meat and onions was cooked up by hot-dog vendor Pat Olivieri in 1930. Some years later, cheese came into the equation and an iconic Philly staple was born.
Baja fish tacos might just be the perfect fusion food. Their origin story begins in the Mexican state of Baja California, where locals reportedly learned about tempura-fried fish from Japanese fishermen working in the vicinity.
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious. There's some kind of magic that happens when pork fries into crisp, puffy bits of pure deliciousness. Call them pork rinds, cracklings or chicharrones - it's all good.
A visit to New Orleans should be on everyone's culinary bucket list. There are regional specialties galore and more storied restaurants that you possibly fit in one trip. But once you've had beignets, bananas Foster, red beans and rice, jambalaya and crawfish étouffée at iconic restaurants like Arnaud's, Galatoire's and Brennan's, it's time to branch out.
Traditional Korean cuisine uses fresh ginger, garlic, green onions, sesame oil, chili flakes, soy sauce and fermented chili paste to create bold and distinctive flavors we can't help but crave. Salty, spicy and tangy flavors are often tempered and balanced with sweeter notes.
When you first arrive in San Francisco, you will want to check certain things off your list: crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, visiting Alcatraz, Chinatown, and even Fisherman's Wharf. But after the first trip or second or third, then what?
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious. That tender green commonly known as miner's lettuce has a fascinating past that belies its delicate appearance. Though its scientific name is Claytonia perfoliata, the edible plant eventually earned its curious nickname because of its popularity among the Gold Rush miners who ate it to prevent scurvy.
Pim Techamuanvivit grew up in Bangkok and has been an internationally renowned tastemaker with stints as a food blogger, author, and jam maker. But her greatest achievement to date may be as an award-winning restaurateur in San Francisco at Kin Khao. Opening its doors in 2014, Kin Khao (which literally means "eat rice") quickly earned a well-deserved Michelin star.
Born and raised on Oahu, Ed Kenney is a restaurateur and chef and has been a James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef West every year since 2013. His first restaurant Town opened in 2005 in Kaimuki, a neighborhood in Honolulu.
Traveling to San Francisco? The Bay Area features a wide range of restaurant dining options, some with spectacular bay views.
Beyond festivals like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, New Orleans also offers food- and drink-focused festivals where you can get your fill of signature local eats like beignets, muffaletta sandwiches, bananas Foster, and crawfish étouffée, and also attend cooking demonstrations, check out arts and crafts, hear great live music, and party with the locals.
Humphry Slocombe may be the most popular ice cream shop in America. That is, if you count Twitter followers. Their almost 300,000 followers know that the next best thing to a scoop of ice cream might be a lick of humor.
Some of the best food and wine in Napa can't be found at restaurants, but at wineries. You'll have to reserve ahead, but these splurge-worthy tours offer gastronomic experiences that go far beyond the swirl, sip, and spit routine you'll find at most tasting rooms. Some programs offer a meal while others serve simple bites to accompany a flight of wines, but either way, it makes for a very memorable wine country experience.
By Amy Sherman * Photo by BLINK INC. For Iron Chef aficionados, Ron Siegel's claim to fame is as the first and only American to win in Kitchen Stadium on the original Japanese series. Luckily for Bay Area foodies, he didn't stop there.
One of the great charms of Healdsburg in Sonoma is that it manages to successfully maintain a small-town feel while constantly growing, adding new restaurants and tasting rooms. While the town boasts a number of notable favorites, some of the top picks are worth a second look, thanks to new chefs and new concepts.
Chefs' Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast. We're making our way across the country, finding chefs' favorite burgers in a variety of cities. We've talked to chefs about their picks in New York City, Chicago and Miami. Now we're heading west to San Francisco.
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious. Restaurants are serving up cauliflower in a whole new way - literally. Whole roasted heads of the cruciferous vegetable are the latest crowning glory at the table.
In a city famed for its food, where even sandwiches and salads can push $20, finding cheap eats is a challenge. From Mexican taquerias to upscale French brasseries and everything in between, we found some of the best under-$10 meals without resorting to a burger or a food cart.
If you don't know what pork roll is, you're clearly not from New Jersey. Known regionally by brand names such as Taylor ham, Case or Trenton, it's a cured and smoked processed meat that tastes like a spicy and salty version of SPAM (though it's sold in a roll, rather than a can).
Wake up to the wonder that is marmalade cocktails -- starting with the Breakfast Martini. If that's not a reason to get out of bed in the morning, we don't know what is.
Chia has come a long way since its time sprouting out of pet-shaped planters. Those tiny little seeds - packed with fiber, protein, calcium and Omega-3s - have become a healthy homemade go-to, but restaurants are sprucing up the Latin American superfood, going beyond the basics to include creative puddings in inspired flavors.
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Enjoying San Francisco's most iconic sights, stunning natural beauty, and thriving arts scene won't cost you a dime.
Part fermented potion, part hippie-joke punchline, kombucha existed long before yogis and hipsters caught on to it. The ancient beverage - made with fermented tea, sugar and scoby, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast - has now started popping up on cocktail menus.
If there's one thing the East Coast does better than the West, it's corn. So, pairing creamy avocado with sweet kernels of corn might be the next best thing to guacamole in the summer - and it's far easier to prepare. Just toss in some black beans to make it a heftier meal.
San Francisco has been a dining destination since the Gold Rush, when prospectors would spend their cash on "hangtown fry," a decadent omelet with oysters and bacon. Today the varying cuisines and outstanding produce available year-round (thanks to favorable climate and terrain) make it a haven for chefs and diners alike.
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious. Popular in Israel, shakshouka is a savory egg entree made with tomatoes, peppers and onions. Though it's most commonly served as a main dish for breakfast, it's also eaten for lunch and dinner.
With its mild weather, vibrant foliage, and irresistible seafood, Nova Scotia makes for an ideal fall getaway in any year, but the weak Canadian dollar makes it a bargain for American travelers to visit right now. Here are five reasons to explore this Canadian province in the coming months.
Ramen has established its place on the list of ultimate comfort foods. Here's where to find craveworthy bowls across the country.
Pie is the very symbol of all things American, homemade and nostalgic. It's a metaphor for financial success - not to mention a common prop in slapstick comedy. Most importantly, it's so delicious that we crave it. There are all kinds of pie: seasonal fruit pies, cream filled pies, savory meat pies, and even little hand pies and mini pies.
Pancakes aren't just for breakfast anymore. These fresh takes on flapjacks flip the sweet standby into a savory dish, swapping in vegetables for fruit, with varied and extremely creative toppings. Alden & Harlow, Cambridge, Mass. Inspired by a dish Chef Michael Scelfo's mother made, pickled Verrill Farm corn cakes have been on the menu since this Cambridge, Massachusetts, restaurant opened early last year.
Home to beautiful gardens and perfectly restored nineteenth-century architecture, Victoria has long been known for its charm, but today there's so much more than just its aesthetic appeal to enjoy. The city now possesses a dynamic energy thanks to its status as a thriving technology hub, one that has attracted young people and entrepreneurs from far and wide.
Cooking a steak at home is one of those daunting tasks that we tend to avoid at all costs. But thanks to this trick from recipe developer and cooking guru Amy Sherman, we can breathe easy. Start with a frozen steak so you get a better sear and the meat stays moist.
Experience Waikiki like a local with this guide to the best restaurants, deals and excursions.
Whether bite-sized or massive, appetizer or entree, served with sauce or spaghetti, paired with mashed potatoes, or even served on top of a pizza, here's where to find meatballs that are savory and satisfying.
I was about 8 years old when I had my first breakfast taco. Even in my naive, young mind, I had a powerful thought that has endured to this day: Why doesn't everyone do this ALL THE TIME?
Spanish language article on what's new in San Francisco dining.
From Ming dynasty emperors to Chairman Mao - they'd all agree on one thing, you haven't seen China until you've spent some time in Beijing.
Now more than ever, there are farms, festivals, food trucks, and fine dining that will delight foodies of all stripes.
Healdsburg is a perfect base for exploring Sonoma, but it has world-class wineries, restaurants, and lodging of its own that will tempt you to stay in town the whole trip.
We love a good shortcut - in life and in the kitchen. Recipes that require nothing more than tossing everything in a big bowl always get the most love from us. Pair that convenience with the possibility of coming home to a warm, fully-cooked meal? That's the stuff dreams are made of.
I am in the process of moving, and you know what I've discovered? That my kitchen pantry has basically become a spice graveyard - I've even had to blow dust off some of them.
There's no reason not to hit the slopes once the snow's melted away on the foothills. Park City's hills are alive in the summer, with music and outdoor fun abounds.