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Gloria Tai

SF Station Writer

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SF Outpost Gets a B-Minus, Oakland Spot Scores Higher
By Gloria Tai (Jul 16, 2007)
While YBCA, MOMA, and the Metreon offer much in terms of arts and entertainment, dining options in the area are limited to just-palatable mall food (e.g. Buckhorn Grill, Chevy's, Jillian's) and super high-end fine dining (Ame, XYZ). B Restaurant and Bar strives to provide an upscale middle ground. Located just outside of the main building and on the second level of San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens, B occupies an ideal spot overlooking much of the downtown skyline with extensive patio seating. It may be a little confusing to find, but the views, especially on an unusual warm day in the city, make the search worthwhile. More »
By Gloria Tai (Jul 12, 2007)
To a background DJ sound of electronic beats in tune with the hip Hayes Valley locale, this cool Belgian house of small eats serves up big paper cones full of thick Belgian fries with a wide selection of flavored ketchup and mayonnaises such as Creamy Wasabi Mayo, Ginger Orange Mayo, Caper Onion Ketchup and Curry Ketchup. There are also savory sandwiches, salads, and crepes to fill bigger appetites. Wash it all down with a proper Hoegaarden on tap on the outdoor patio out back. The feel is more lounge than cafe, but who needs coffee when youíve got Belgian ale and fries. More »
By Gloria Tai (Jun 11, 2007)
The U-shaped bar and ballpark-chic location creates a see and be-seen vibe at this wine bar and lounge, but the concept certainly attracts curious wine appreciators as well. With its group-friendly lounge setting, District has also become a designated spot for many a girls' night. The enticing wine flights, of which there are several, are nicely accompanied by a plentiful variety of small plates, including cheeses, salumis, and pizzettas. More »
By Gloria Tai (Jun 11, 2007)
In the now-fashionable-yet-still-sketchy Loin locale, Olive was one of the first swanky cocktail bars to brave the neighborhood. Though further gentrification has brought brighter, shinier bars to the area, Olive is still going strong with its short but solid drink list and choice small plates including calamari with chipotle aioli and pizzas to soak up that second or third martini with goat cheese-stuffed olives. Acquired in January 2007 by the fellows who own Rickshaw Stop, Olive maintains a comfortable vibe and a rotating art collection. More »
Get into Gear for Beach Weather
By Gloria Tai (Jun 10, 2007)
The temperature is rising. The sun is bursting. It's time to don flip-flops, shorts, and break out the SPF30. But first and foremost, the bathing suit. Only which to wear? Whether your style is sassy, sexy, or prim and proper, finding just the right suit is essential. With the innumerable options out there this season, you're bound to find the perfect one, or the select few that will fit like a glove and make you the sunbathing beauty at the beach. More »
Stellar Mall Dining, Vegas Style
By Gloria Tai (May 06, 2007)
No matter how much I claim to be a Northern California girl, you just canít take the Southern Cal mall rat out of me. So when I first stepped into the new Westfield Centre at 5th and Market in downtown San Francisco, my heart skipped a beat at the excellent selection of boutiques. But this gargantuan, 1.5 million square-foot mall not only tempted the shopaholic in me but also called to my literal hunger with its plethora of dining possibilities. More »
By Gloria Tai (May 05, 2007)
This sleek and intimate sushi and sashimi bar is not for amateurs seeking California rolls. Fresh raw fish takes center stage. There is also an optional omakase tasting menu. Michael Black and Danny Dunham, former chefs of now defunct Midori Mushi, bring back the brilliant yet minimalist combination of tuna and lemon in the maguro roll. Sake selections from Beau Timken of True Sake, a sake boutique down the street, are sure to be winners and perfect matches to the delicious sushi. More »
By Gloria Tai (May 05, 2007)
If Iím going to a vegetarian restaurant, it better have flavor and make me forget thereís no meat on the menu. Cha Ya (a favorite of many vegans in SF and in the East Bay, home of its flagship location) doesnít exactly meet this requirement. However, it does offer a variety of meatless eats that make me hesitate before I sink back into my state of carnivoric bliss. Among the offerings, vegetable tempura, soba and udon noodles sway you into focusing on textures and flavors, while the vegetable sushi only convinces one that it could only be done right with raw fish. More »
By Gloria Tai (May 05, 2007)
Located at the prime lower corner of North Beachís Washington Park, Avenue G has the potential to be the local haunt for those seeking something other than straight up Italian. While there are a few pizzas, appetizers and mains roam the globe from Korean short ribs to a classic Cioppino, and further to that special Brazilian stew, feijoada. A definite plus is the late night menu offered until 12am on weeknights and until 12:30am on weekends. More »
By Gloria Tai (May 05, 2007)
As the name suggests in its Italian translation, Chiaroscuro displays in its ambiance, and in its fare, a contrast of light and dark, simple and complex. The team that created this establishment hail from different corners of Italy, bringing influences that vary from Rome to Sardinia with a long menu that adds variety to regional cooking. You canít resist the Italian casual charm that has given new life to the former home of Elisabeth Daniel and the angular Tartare. More »
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