Gloria Tai

SF Station Writer

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Sweet and Petite Treats
By Gloria Tai (Nov 17, 2004)
Think back to the cupcakes of childhood days. The delight you'd get out of those little mounds of cake smothered over with thick chocolate frosting, usually topped with sprinkles or multi-colored dots, and individually wrapped with creased, colorful wax paper. But really, let's admit it, that cake was just a vessel for the frosting. Fast forward to the newly opened Citizen Cupcake Cafť and Bar, attesting that these treats aren't just for kids, and that they can be a very sophisticated, adult dessert with depth. More »
By Gloria Tai (Sep 21, 2004)
Thereís a whole new world of outfits and accessories to covet when you have a baby. And even if you donít have a tot and arenít familiar with Baby Bjorns or the latest model of Bugaboo strollers, youíre bound to have a friend expecting, or burping a little one as we speak. A few great local baby shops will help you rise to hip parent status, or even favorite godparent. More »
Slumber in Style
By Gloria Tai (Aug 04, 2004)
There's nothing like climbing into a tall, cozy bed to catch some ZZZ's. Imagine snuggling up under a European goose down comforter and into 500 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets over a cloud-like feather bed. It's enough to keep you in bed all day. More »
Bringing Back a Home-Cooked Meal
By Gloria Tai (Jun 22, 2004)
Takeout, already rather fancy in the Bay Area, has become even more elite with a wave of new delicatessens that offer up more than the usual fare. These aren't the typical corner delis with the sliced meat sandwiches and rainbow fusilli pasta salads, nor do they feign elegance by inundating patrons with sundried tomatoes and marinated artichoke hearts. These delis offer an array of gourmet dishes that carry the essence of honest, home-cooked meals. More »
Spring Fashion Review
By Gloria Tai (Mar 02, 2004)
Are you tired of moping over the impact that Carrie Bradshaw (from Sex in the City) has on today's fashion? Perhaps we can take her lead and infuse some genius into our own closets with this spring's loverly, ladylike looks. Spring is the best time to play with color, as evidenced by runways abloom with a palette of bright Easter egg hues. Canary yellow and lime green lead the way amplifying styles by Michael Kors and Stella McCartney. More »
Dining Gem Revealed
By Gloria Tai (Feb 22, 2004)
It's easy to overlook the entrance to Sociale. Tucked away in a quiet Presidio Heights alleyway behind a small salon and plant shop, this darling spot doesn't call attention to itself. And the locals like to keep it that way. I traverse through the pathway into the secret garden: Sociale's quaint courtyard, set with intimate candlelit tables warmed by heat lamps. A perfect spot for an alfresco dinner, even on a foggy San Francisco night. More »
By Gloria Tai (Dec 30, 2004)
Forget about your micro-greens and ahi tuna at this no-frills, down-home diner. Powell's Place is all about serious soul food. And it's not for the faint of heart either, literally. It's fried. And it's good. More »
By Gloria Tai (Dec 26, 2004)
Imperial silver noodles, "Monkey-Picked" Tieguanyin, bamboo aged Pu-erh, and boba tea might sound like witches brew, but these are an interesting few of the finest and most flavorful types of tea to consider besides your everyday green tea and English breakfast. Too long overrun by coffeehouses in every nook of the city, tea finally plays the star of the show at three recently opened teashops, with a fourth on the way. More »
Fillmore Grill Warms Up the Neighborhood
By Gloria Tai (Dec 21, 2004)
Barely two months old, this spot already attracts the bustling after-work crowd and local clientele. The short, and very reasonably priced, menu displays a good balance of dishes with a spin on what could've been average fare. More »
By Gloria Tai (Dec 21, 2004)
On a foggy summer night, in the quaint few blocks of upper Fillmore, there's no shortage of places to sip on cool cocktails, nosh on steaming plates of savories, and blow some serious cash. But great food, be it Italian, French, or Japanese, can certainly be had in this sophisticated neighborhood on a San Francisco dime. More »
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