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The Corner, On the Corner

August 7th, 2009

I hang out in the Mission district of San Francisco a lot. I don’t consider myself a hipster, so I wouldn’t say that I belong there or anything. What really draws me to the Mission is the food–and the coffee. Prior to wedding planning madness, I would spend lazy Sunday afternoons walking around, popping into […]

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Contigo: Let’s Do It…Together!

July 31st, 2009

I’ll be honest: I’ve been dying to check out Contigo, the tapas and wine joint that opened in Noe Valley. Contigo’s opening had been highly anticipated–its owner and chef blogged his journey to opening up his first restaurant on his blog, In Praise of Sardines. From reading about it before it even opened, and then […]

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Kazu Sushi: Change in the Routine + Local Pairing

July 24th, 2009

Sometimes, I get stuck on things. The same salad for lunch (spinach, berries, goat cheese, walnuts). The same, super comfortable, worn-in leather flats. The same route to work. And the same sushi restaurant. When it comes to food, I’m generally an adventurer. But when it comes to sushi, I tend to stick to my tried-and-true […]

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Cafe Claude: Alley Dining

July 17th, 2009

Whenever a friend suggests that we meet up after work to grab dinner at a ‘convenient location,’ it usually means downtown–especially if said dinner were to take place right after work, or with a friend that’s coming into the city via public transportation. I tend to cringe a little–not because there are no restaurants in […]

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Stellina: Modern Italian Comfort in Pt. Reyes

July 10th, 2009

Sometimes, you take a wrong turn, and end up hiking twelve miles in five hours on a day when you anticipated hiking for two hours and eating oysters. Oh wait, that hasn’t happened to you? Over the 4th of July weekend, Matt and I decided to do a leisurely 5 mile loop in Pt. Reyes, […]

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Serpentine: Another Local Gem in the Dogpatch

July 4th, 2009

There’s something that always seems to pull me into hidden little nooks and crannies. Whether they be alleys–each with unique personalities (boisterous, quiet and cozy, peaceful)–off-the-beaten-path hiking trails, or used bookstores–the ‘diamond in the rough’ always seems to spark my fancy. It’s kind of like that with neighborhoods, too. I know that the Inner Sunset […]

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Domo: A Sushi Place…To Come Home To + Truffle Winner!

June 19th, 2009

Sushi is often my feel-good food. I like to go out to sushi when I have something to celebrate, when I want to have a deep conversation with someone, or when I want guaranteed gastronomic satisfaction. After an unfortunate sushi experience in Oakland about a month ago, I’ve been somewhat scared of sushi. I didn’t […]

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Review: Gialina Pizzeria and an Ode to Pizza

June 5th, 2009

I will admit that I am a bit of a pizza snob. I haven’t forgotten my elementary school love of Pizza Hut, or how much I craved Papa John’s pizza with that wicked butter garlic sauce in college, but my tastes have most certainly shifted to something a bit more…shi shi? The fact is, living […]

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A Wine Country Treasure: The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant

May 29th, 2009

California wine country holds a special place in my heart–I’ve spent three birthdays there to date and will be getting married there in September. I’ve spent most of my wine country time in Napa and Sonoma, but this past weekend, we headed in a bit of a different direction: the adorable town of Healdsburg. It’s […]

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Venus in Berkeley

May 22nd, 2009

Oh, the power of Twitter. A few weeks ago, as I was getting ready to head down to Berkeley for a ballet, I asked the Twittersphere if anyone had any good restaurant recommendations. @ciderandrye came back with an impressive list–one spot that she noted was Venus, right on the main drag of Shattuck Avenue. With […]

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