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Hey SF, You Can Taste Stylish Food from Guam

All I know about Guam is that it has a lot of brown tree snakes. Oh, and once on TV I watched Guy Fieri eat some pretty sweet-looking Guamanian food from a truck in Portland (Guy called it the “Guam-Bomb-Dot-Com,” but that’s just Guy). Now I’ll be able to taste some pretty stepped-up Guamanian food in San Francisco. READ MORE

Why Alta CA Is the Zuni Café of Right Now

Why Alta CA Is the Zuni Café of Right Now

This is an essay about why I love bistros, disguised as a piece about a restaurant in San Francisco. You should pronounce the name of Alta CA like I do, by saying just the first part, , no or , or if you're a stickler, you can verbally spell out the last part when you say it, . I mention this because Alta’s owner is Daniel Patterson, a chef I like a lot. Half of why I admire Patterson is that, after eating his food at Coi, I can say he is a man who thinks a lot about the details. A name with a silent ending is a frame for the quietness, the peculiar immanence of the experience here, a restaurant with an understanding of both history and place, but where you can just get a burger at 1 a.m. and not have to think about much if you don’t want to. READ MORE

How to Cook Corned Beef, with Aaron Rocchino

How to Cook Corned Beef, with Aaron Rocchino

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SF Bar Is Pairing Girl Scout Cookies with Booze

A bar in San Francisco has found some wholesome inspiration for its new cocktail pairings: Girl Scout Cookies. At The Alembic Bar in the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, General Manager Greg Quinn developed a cocktail pairing menu for classic Girl Scout Cookies like Thin Mints, Samoas, and Do-si-dos. READ MORE

Hapa Ramen’s Taco Pop-Up: Why San Francisco Is Still Fun

Hapa Ramen’s Taco Pop-Up: Why San Francisco Is Still Fun

Everybody’s writing about San Francisco: our tech boom (different from our tech bubble, unless it isn't), our Google Buses, our restaurants people for Google Bus, the lessons of Tosca and $4 toast. They’re saying San Francisco is the new New York, or maybe it’s the old Easthampton (I get confused), that it’s gentrifying beyond anything anyone knew and loved in 1979, or 1993, or 2011, or whatever year you dropped your cat carrier and your backpack on the stained carpeting of your first-ever San Francisco apartment and felt the warp-shift of destiny over the phone when you said to your old roommate in Philly or Fresno or wherever it is you started that morning, . READ MORE

Colcannon: Awesome Irish Potato and Cabbage Hash

Colcannon: Awesome Irish Potato and Cabbage Hash

Like boiled dinner, milky tea, and Guinness, colcannon is pure Ireland. Traditionally on Halloween, a pot of potatoes mashed up with kale or cabbage and onions landed on the table for everyone to dip in with spoons, hoping to find the lucky ring or thimble buried in the mash: fun, definitely filling, but from a textural standpoint, boring. It occurred to me that colcannon had been around since at least the 18th century, long before there were food mills or even proper sieves in most homes—there must have been a much more rustic way of doing it back then. I was going for something much more like hash: melted, buttery onions, cabbage that retained some of its crunch, and crispy caramelized potatoes. You’ll never see a colcannon recipe that does this—that smashes the potatoes so that they’re chunky, exposing the interior so that as much of the surface as possible gets crispy, and that caramelizes them in two stages. READ MORE

In SF, Incanto’s Countdown to Closing

Incanto, the Noe Valley Italian restaurant where Chef Chris Cosentino proved masterful at preparing (and popularizing) offal, has announc... READ MORE

Oakland Restaurants for the Older Set

Grandma and grandpa need to eat, too! When a Chowhound posted a tongue-in-cheek request for restaurant recommendations for older diners i... READ MORE

In the Bay Area, House-Made Bagels Are on a Roll

A fresh, well-made bagel is a thing of beauty, and across the Bay Area you can find small batches of bagels prepared by bakeries that don... READ MORE

SF Coffee Roaster’s New Outpost Is Buzzworthy

Sightglass recently opened a new space in the flourishing gourmet ghetto on 20th Street in SF's Mission District. The 1,200-square-foot s... READ MORE