San Francisco Bay Area

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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...

2021/22 Live Local Dungeness Crab Price Watch

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 hours 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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Best lox in the Bay Area?

Dave MP
by Dave MP 1 day ago

I was thinking of ordering lox from Zabar's in NYC, but the shipping prices are really high. I'm wondering what's the best lox I can buy locally in the Bay Area? I know that best means different th...

Jane the Bakery | Western Addition - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 years ago

Jane, the cafes, have been joined by Jane the Bakery, opened December 7. http://www.chowhound.com/post/cafe-grumpy-coffees-jane-san-francisco-821644 I had a chance to try the new bakery-cafe for br...

Keitt Mangoes are back

by tre2012 16 days ago

I'm late posting this; they have been available thru Good Eggs and Farmstead delivery services for about 3 weeks. Short season so if you love mangoes, these are the best we've ever found and wel...

Brie Le Cremeaux at Costco: v. v. good

by trueblu 1 month ago

Was at the Richmond (near Berkelely/Albany) Costco today. They had put some cheese near the entrance, and the triple-creme Brie caught my eye. It, very, very surprisingly for a US-supermarket chee...

Sample of Sonoma County Holiday Pies

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 days ago

For the past couple weeks, I've been tasting Thanksgiving pies around Sonoma County when there's an opportunity to buy a sample slice. Tough work, but someone's gotta do it! Quail and Condor, He...

New York Times' "The Restaurant List 2021" List

by patsully 2 months ago

A new top 50 list, unranked thankfully. "Together they reflect the rich mosaic of American dining — from the melding of Thai curry and Texas brisket in the Pacific Northwest, to heritage crab r...

McInnis Park restaurant (San Rafael)

by Malcolm Ruthven 3 days ago

I met a friend for dinner last night at the restaurant at McInnis Park in north San Rafael. It's one of those off-the-beaten-path places. I had one of their pizzas (Sausage & Onion - italian sausag...

East Ocean Seafood in Alameda, state of play?

by anothernotch 7 years ago

While a student at Cal I quite enjoyed East Ocean Seafood both for dim sum and dinner service. I will be up in the East Bay with my family and was considering returning for a meal, likely an early...

Healdsburg’s Downtown Bakery & Creamery for Sale

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

After 35 years on the Healdsburg Plaza, Kathleen Stewart has put her iconic bakery up for sale and plans to retire. From the broker’s quote, sounds like it will sell fast, so revisit and stock up o...

Fresh Chanterelles wholesale at Far West Fungi (SSF & other venues)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 days ago

One of the rewards for October's atmospheric river deluge is a healthy crop of wild mushrooms. A friend foraged bolete/porcini mushrooms on the Sonoma Coast the size of his head last week. And pric...

NYT Cooking: How Samin Nosrat Makes Thanksgiving Less Boring

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 days ago

Samin demonstrates how to make three flavor-packed condiments to liven up the Thanksgiving meal.

Dungeness Crab Season Could Be Delayed Again This Year

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . Whales seem to be hanging around Monterey Bay longer due to warmer ocean temperatures, says Geoff Shester, California campaign director and senior scientist with Monterey-based Oceana Conse...

Cheapest sources of oxtail in bay area?

by xivzgrev 10 days ago

I love oxtail soup, but it is expensive! Costco is the best deal I've found so far at $10 per pound for 5 pounds, which makes about 2 batches. Has anyone found anywhere cheaper in bay area? ...

Forrest Fire BBQ in San Rafael?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 17 days ago

Forrest Fire BBQ vends at "MarinWood Market 155 MarinWood Ave San Rafael Friday - Sunday 2pm- 6:30pm. Preorders welcome by text or phone call 628.800.3473." The pitmaster's family is from Alaba...

Where to buy hand-pulled noodles?

by learntocookchinese 22 days ago

Asian grocery stores have freshly made noodles, but they're machine-made as opposed to hand-pulled or hand torn. Is there a place to buy hand-pulled noodles? I'm thinking noodles from A&J beef n...

Dark Coffee Scotchmallow | See's Candies Centennial Treats

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 16 days ago

Happy 100th birthday, See's Candies! This is an especially happy occasion coming so soon after many of us feared that it would be a victim of the pandemic. Fortunately, See's adapted and has reo...

Soy milk that's not too sweet

by learntocookchinese 6 years ago

I'm talking about authentic Asian soy milk, not the Americanized stuff. I like my soy milk slightly sweetened. The sweet kind is too sweet. If I mix sweet and unsweetened 50/50, it's just right....

Wine Deal: 2020 Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel Rosé "La Dame Rousse"

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 13 days ago

Domaine de la Mordoree is one of my reliable standbys for the Southern Rhone, so I took notice when this email offer for T-day hit my inbox this morning. "Perfect for Thanksgiving Day to share w...