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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

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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,

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How to Cook Corned Beef, with Aaron Rocchino

This is the second part of our two-part corned beef recipe by Aaron Rocchino of The Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley, California. Aaron’s a chef and a butcher, an advocate

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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

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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 mistake for Google Bus, the lessons of Tosca

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Colcannon: Awesome Irish Potato and Cabbage Hash

Chef Huw Thornton has English and Irish roots, childhood memories of San Jose, California, and a cool Welsh name. In San Francisco, he cooked Italian at A16 and SPQR; in

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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 announced that their last dinner service will be March 24. The space

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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 in Oakland (with reasonable sound levels just as important as

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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’t specialize in bagels. A

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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 spot is much cozier than the warehouselike roasting facility and

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Petaluma’s Central Market Is Back

Petaluma’s Central Market has reopened. Early Chowhound reports have a bit of advice for anyone within driving distance: Go. Sounds like the chef’s tasting menu is a good first stop,

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A Woman in SF Is Barrel-Aging Sriracha, and It’s Awesome

Lisa Murphy (above) came to CHOW’s offices in San Francisco last year to show off some delicious ketchup she’d been making under the name Sosu. She was leaving soon for

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Olive Oil Finds in Wine Country

During a trip to the wine country north of San Francisco, stop by one of the olive oil producers in Sonoma or Napa to find fine-quality oils that may be

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A Taste of the Caribbean in the Bay

Caribbean food reflects a melding of cultures in the islands, with touches of African, Spanish, French, and other cuisines. In the Bay Area, try the grilled dishes at Suya African-Caribbean

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SF Spots for Loading Up on Local

When seeking exceptional ingredients that are made in the Bay Area, the Ferry Building provides easy one-stop shopping for olive oil, wine, chocolate, and other products. Look farther afield, though,

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Crispy Cuban Croquetas North of SF

“Old school Miami Cuban,” says one admirer of San Rafael’s new El Chevere. Skip the line at nearby Sol Food and sink your teeth into El Chevere’s crispy ham croquetas

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SF Early Report on Kin Khao, Thai Food Chez Pim

Kin Khao, the new Thai restaurant from Pim Techamuanvivit of blog Chez Pim and Chef Michael Gaines from Manresa in Los Gatos, has opened in the Parc 55 Hotel. Before

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Ponying Up for Brazilian Pastries in the East Bay

Richmond’s Tempero Goiano, a Brazilian restaurant, looks out for both bird-like appetites and big eaters. For a light bite, one Chowhound ponies up to the pastry case for a pastel

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Berkeley’s Cult French Butter Addiction

Your new addiction is calling and it wants your $7.50. That’s the price for 250g of a rare fermented French butter beloved by chefs; find Beurre de Baratte from maker

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Take-Home Gems from SF’s Dumpling Master

Kingdom of Dumpling in San Francisco, which moved last year to Taraval from Noriega, sells frozen dumplings and potstickers that you can turn into quick, easy dinners at home. What

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Korean Tacos, Affordable Cocktails at an SF Newcomer

When only a strong drink and a bite will cure what ails you, a bar with decent food is the logical solution. Chowhound vulber says that SOMA newcomer Bergerac offers a

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