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Sound Bites: Rose Pistola’s Laurie Thomas Discusses Leaving Tech for Food

Sound Bites: Rose Pistola’s Laurie Thomas Discusses Leaving Tech for Food

Rose Pistola, the North Beach Italian eatery, is an institution in San Francisco – twenty years and counting. Behind it is owner Laurie Thomas, who also owns local staples, Rose’s Cafe and Terzo. Thomas wasn’t always into food. Before she went into the food business,…

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KQED’s Check, Please! Party to Include 40+ Restaurants

KQED’s Check, Please! Party to Include 40+ Restaurants

This year KQED’s much-loved Check Please! program turns 10. To celebrate, the annual Check, Please! Bay Area Taste & Sip event is going bigger than ever – with more than 40 restaurants, vendors and featured wineries taking over the San Francisco Design Galleria on June…

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Smitten Ice Cream to Open New Location in Pacific Heights

Smitten Ice Cream to Open New Location in Pacific Heights

On a day like today, when the weather’s nice, ice cream is definitely in order. Cold, creamy and forever childhood-evoking, good ice cream is always a welcome escape. Local brand Smitten Ice Cream is always there to help out with the experience. Their unique liquid…

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SFMOMA Picks Local Roaster Sightglass

SFMOMA Picks Local Roaster Sightglass

The independent SF-based coffee roaster Sightglass, opened its second location in the Mission, in February last year and rapidly positioned itself as a destination for coffee snobs. So with the announcement of a partnership with the highly anticipated reopening of SFMOMA, 2015 is proving to…

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Sound Bite: Aster chef-owner Brett Cooper on New Californian Cuisine and Tattoos

Sound Bite: Aster chef-owner Brett Cooper on New Californian Cuisine and Tattoos

Pop-up restaurants are a local commonality these days, but a series of teaser pop-up dinners held in another restaurant’s space as a warm-up for a brick-and-mortar opening of the new spot? That’s rather innovative. But anything’s possible within a powerful restaurant group. The curious restaurant…

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Sound Bites: Al’s Place Chef-Owner Aaron London Brings Veggies to the Forefront

Sound Bites: Al’s Place Chef-Owner Aaron London Brings Veggies to the Forefront

Al’s Place, on Valencia near 26th St., has gained a lot of attention in culinary circles with its unique approach to proteins. Vegetarian entrées are the focus of the new American menu with meat and fish sides, ranging from $10 to $17, that can be…

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Five Highlights from ‘High Style’ at Legion of Honor

Five Highlights from ‘High Style’ at Legion of Honor

High Style is a new and impressive display of 1910-1980 fashion, visiting from the Brooklyn Museum at the Legion of Honor through July 19. Curated by fashion historian Jan Glier Reeder and featuring original designs by iconic visionaries Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel and…

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Rye Project’s Adam Mesnick Discusses the ‘Newish’ Jewish Deli Scene in SF

Rye Project’s Adam Mesnick Discusses the ‘Newish’ Jewish Deli Scene in SF

Jewish deli food is having a moment. Like ramen and the humble taco, it has been reinvented and challenged by a new generation with aspirations to make it trendy, accessible and fun. One of our local messengers of the deli reinvention is Adam Mesnick, the…

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Sound Bite: Farallon Executive Chef Ryan Simas on Cooking in San Francisco

Sound Bite: Farallon Executive Chef Ryan Simas on Cooking in San Francisco

As the executive chef of downtown seafood destination Farallon, Executive Chef Ryan Simas works closely with chef Mark Frantz and kitchen staff to deliver highly Instagrammable, tasty dishes. We caught up with him about cooking in San Francisco, food trends and Black Bass. What’s a…

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Bay Area Well Represented Among James Beard Award Semi-Finalists

Bay Area Well Represented Among James Beard Award Semi-Finalists

2015′s James Beard Awards semi-finalists were announced today, with a hefty Bay Area representation in the list. Until the nominees are finalized on March 24th, there’s plenty of time to take pride in some of our favorite local eateries. San Francisco naturally tops the list…

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First Bite: Chris Cosentino’s Cockscomb opens in SoMA

First Bite: Chris Cosentino’s Cockscomb opens in SoMA

Chris Cosentino’s new SoMa eatery, Cockscomb, is now officially alive and kicking. The name is hard to pronounce, the entrance is hidden, the location is hot – this is the baseline for Cosentino’s much anticipated restaurant. Almost simultaneously, Cosentino’s previous venture, Porcellino (a reincarnation of…

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Brewcade Brings Arcade Games and Booze to Market Street

Brewcade Brings Arcade Games and Booze to Market Street

2014 is the now officially the year of the revamped sports bar. Gone are days of simple darts and big flat screen TVs– instead, places like Oakland’s Plank offer alcohol and actual ways to engage with sports by playing bowling and other active games. Arcade…

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