Reviews

  1. Contigo: Let’s Do It…Together!

    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 Continue…

  2. Kazu Sushi: Change in the Routine + Local Pairing

    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 Continue…

  3. Cafe Claude: Alley Dining

    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 Continue…

  4. Stellina: Modern Italian Comfort in Pt. Reyes

    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, Continue…

  5. Serpentine: Another Local Gem in the Dogpatch

    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 Continue…

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

    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 Continue…

  7. Review: Gialina Pizzeria and an Ode to Pizza

    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 Continue…

  8. A Wine Country Treasure: The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant

    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 Continue…

  9. Venus in Berkeley

    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 Continue…

  10. Cuba Cuba: Colorado Gets Gastronomic

    Someone once told me that Colorado sees something like 300 days of sunshine per year. I might be totally off on this number, but I thought that my odds of getting a sunny day on my visit were pretty good. I got one sunny day–interspersed with some rain. And then came the clouds, rain and Continue…

  11. Nopalito: You’ll Wait for Your Taco (Plus a Local Pairing of Birds & Batteries)

    Sometimes a restaurant is so hyped up, that I begin to question just how good it could be. Such was the case with Nopalito, a long-anticipated newcomer from the owners of one my favorite San Francisco restaurants, NOPA. DailyCandy alerted newsletter subscribers to its arrival. Michael Bauer raved about them. And San Francisco ‘foodies’ were Continue…

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