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San Francisco Bay Area

Find the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, ice cream, and more in San Francisco and its suburbs. We also have tags for many of the individual cities in the region, which you can browse here.

This Russian Honey Cake Is Layer Upon Layer of Pure Deliciousness

In honor of National Honey Bee Day on August 15, we've already taken a dive into the difference between regular, raw, and Manuka honey, and showcased some of the best honey recipes—but this Russian...
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How to best stay safe when dining out?

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by gutreactions 5 days ago

Are you dining out again? What safety guidelines do you follow during this time of Covid? What should restaurant venues be doing? It's been difficult all around, but we do want to stay safe and sti...

2021/22 Live Local Dungeness Crab Price Watch

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

The Dungeness Crab season kicked off today, December 1, in California for areas north of the Sonoma County line, and also in Oregon and Washington. The fleet began dropping pots two days earlier an...

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Dago Bagel • Toscano Brothers Italian Bakery • Antonio's Italian Pastries | North Beach - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 days ago

Today's National Bagel Day, making it as good a day as any to report on Tony Gemignani's bagel venture. Housed in Toscano Brothers Italian Bakery, Dago Bagel debuted in May. I tried an everything b...

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Anyone know which place has the widest variety of cheeses?

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by imBoo69 2 days ago

I love cheese. That being said, I try to buy a new kind of cheese every visit at the store. I normally check for new cheeses at Grocery Outlet. If Im not going to Grocery Outlet, I'll check Safeway...

SFGate: Workers ‘living in pain’ at beloved Bay Area food empire Amy's Kitchen, report alleges

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 14 hours ago

" . . . The brand has been headquartered in Petaluma since 1987 and was valued at nearly $500 million as of 2017. Beyond its initial frozen food products, the Bay Area company has four Amy's Drive-...

Where to buy loose leaf tea?

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by snewdl 6 months ago

During isolation, I've transformed into a tea snob. Do folks have a favorite store carrying loose leaf tea in SF or on the peninsula? I'm particularly looking for wulong, e.g. nantou county tea or ...

Seeking Seville / bitter oranges

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by eel 5 years ago

I'm seeking a source for Seville oranges to make bitter marmalade. South bay preferred.

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Search for game meat

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by beeflover1 4 days ago

Searching for game meat in the bay area. Seems to be difficult to find on West coast. Where do you guys normally go? There's one place called Polarica USA which I've never been to.. anyone have exp...

Inzana Ranch

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

A couple weeks ago I bought some spectacular fresh figs from Inzana Ranch at the Monday evening farmers market in Pacific Grove. I tried a couple peaches too and these were luscious, tree-ripened, ...

Update on Cesar, Berkeley

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by Melanie Wong 19 years ago

The roving birthday celebration kicked off Monday last week at Cesar in Berkeley before stepping next door for dinner at CP. Tom Meglioranza (shown below with a local chowchick) had just arrived f...

Curry Leaves Bistro: Malaysian in Pleasanton

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 13 days ago

Keep forgetting to post that Curry Leaves Bistro opened in Pleasanton in November. Friends say it's very good. The chef/owner was well-known in the Malaysian community as a caterer and offers a var...

BobaBunni | Richmond District - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 days ago

For Lunar New Year . . . "We have a new seasonal special that will be launched for Lunar New Year! Social media followers can have early (in-person) access to this limited drink starting today, whi...

Don Julio's Salvadoran Tamales | Rohnert Park - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 29 days ago

Salvadoran tamales purchased from Don Julio's in Rohnert Park a few days beforehand were this year's Christmas Day lunch. They're good-size and $3.99 apiece (or $40 per dozen). Wrapped in banana le...

b. patisserie & b. on the go | san francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

"B patisserie is temporarily closed. We are open at B on the go — FRI, SAT, and SUN from 8am to 4pm. Visit B on the Go website to place order and pick-up." Online ordering: https://orders.cake.n...

Mushroom Buns from TC Pastry in San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 15 years ago

Since reading about it here a couple years ago, TC Pastry has become one of my favorite stops for take-out dim sum. Overall quality is quite good with few clunkers and just about everything I've ...

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SF Examiner: Will climate change impact San Francisco's famous sourdough?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 days ago

"...The situation is complex. While droughts are expected to become more extreme under warming conditions, climate change may actually benefit wheat, expanding its growing range, according to new r...

Chicharrones from Los Piños in Cloverdale

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 13 years ago

What is it about chicharrones that gets people so excited? For a 5 de Mayo weekend wine-tasting, I picked up some chicharrones and queso fresco from Los Piños market in Cloverdale for the occasion...

Happy Hour @ Rustic House Oyster Bar | San Carlos

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Last Wednesday three of us got together for happy hour at Rustic House Oyster Bar and Grill in San Carlos. A first time for each of us, we were pleased with the quality and value found here.