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Focused on trends in style, food, wine/spirits, design and travel, the San Francisco Chronicle publishes fresh storytelling and service journalism that resonates with our unique Northern Californian culture. Our coverage ranges from rich entertainment and insight, along with access to the region’s influential and creative people and institutions. It’s high-end fashion, society events, Michael Bauer’s restaurant reviews, wine recommendations, and great trend reporting on food and drink. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can’t read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com

Focused on trends in style, food, wine/spirits, design and travel, the San Francisco Chronicle publishes fresh storytelling and service journalism that resonates with our unique Northern Californian culture. Our coverage ranges from rich entertainment and insight, along with access to the region’s influential and creative people and institutions. It’s high-end fashion, society events, Michael Bauer’s restaurant reviews, wine recommendations, and great trend reporting on food and drink. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can’t read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
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Focused on trends in style, food, wine/spirits, design and travel, the San Francisco Chronicle publishes fresh storytelling and service journalism that resonates with our unique Northern Californian culture. Our coverage ranges from rich entertainment and insight, along with access to the region’s influential and creative people and institutions. It’s high-end fashion, society events, Michael Bauer’s restaurant reviews, wine recommendations, and great trend reporting on food and drink. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can’t read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com

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Berkeley’s Cupcakin’ Bake Shop is in expansion mode

8/17/2018
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Phil's Sliders: Awesome little spot near downtown BART station. Little burgers are made from Marin Sun Farms beef, plus vegetarian slider options and homemade tater tots! -Ethan Fletcher Koja Kitchen: First brick and mortar location of popular Korean-Japanese fusion food truck. Kamikaze fries are popular—served with Korean beef and kimchi. -Ethan Fletcher Manpuku: Surprisingly good sushi for the price.

Duration:00:02:41

A Brown Kitchen: Fried oyster sandwiches for the modern era

8/16/2018
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We’re in that period of summer where I know I shouldn’t encourage oven use or especially frying. But the crunchiness of fried oysters encased in a loaf of bread accompanied by a glass of cold white wine or iced lemonade is, for me, an exciting thought. And so, I must indulge. Food can be controversial; old recipes even more so.

Duration:00:03:18

Yuanbao Jiaozi: For the best dumplings, avoid the freezer

8/15/2018
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The freezer is both the savior and the enemy of the dumpling. Frozen dumplings keep San Francisco businesses like Kingdom of Dumpling and Yummy Dumpling afloat, and keep millions of us fed on busy weeknights. The freezer allows dumpling restaurants — there are so many in the Bay Area — to list a dozen varieties on their menus, most made in batches the size of a dinner table days before they’re served.

Duration:00:02:58

Ballast Point Brewing to open San Francisco outpost in Mission Bay

8/14/2018
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Bartender Justin Wilkinson pours a beer Tuesday, May 15, 2018 on the first day of operations at Ballast Point tap room in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS) Bottles of Ballast Point beer sit on a shelf at Ales Unlimited on November 17, 2015 in San Francisco, California. San Diego’s rapidly-expanding Ballast Point Brewing Company appears to be in the process of opening an outpost at 705 16th St., marking the brewery’s first Northern California foray.

Duration:00:02:46

Gozu to bring a Wagyu beef restaurant to San Francisco

8/10/2018
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Former Alexander’s Steakhouse chef Marc Zimmerman is opening Gozu, a new restaurant focused on Wagyu beef. It will be located at 201 Spear St., a stone’s throw from the Embarcadero and just a few blocks from the multibillion dollar Transbay Terminal. The 45-seat restaurant will have counter seating for 29, as well as 14 seats in a forthcoming lounge/whiskey bar.

Duration:00:02:07

A Brown Kitchen: To make a better society, look to the tomato

8/9/2018
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On an unassuming slice of plain white bread, lathered with creamy mayonnaise, sits a rather generously cut slice of tomato. It doesn’t beg for much: a sprinkling of salt and a light dose of freshly ground black pepper. Another slice of bread might go on top. Either way, the construction seems fitting. This is how my husband makes his tomato sandwiches. It’s how he grew up eating the fruit on his farm on the southern edge of Virginia.

Duration:00:03:35

La Mejor Bakery in the Mission matters now more than ever

8/6/2018
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Carmen Elias converses with a customer at La Mejor Bakery in San Francisco. The establishment has been owned by Elias for 25 years. Elias, who was born in Mexico and moved here in the 1960s, turned her bakery into an information hub for her Spanish-speaking customers and fellow business owners. less Carmen Elias converses with a customer at La Mejor Bakery in San Francisco. The establishment has been owned by Elias for 25 years.

Duration:00:08:20

Wildfires, women and wine

8/3/2018
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Wildfire is a fact of life in today’s California, and right now a series of fires are devastating communities throughout Northern California. The Carr Fire near Redding, now classified by Cal Fire as the sixth most destructive fire ever in California, has killed at least six people. In Wine Country, the Mendocino Complex has destroyed at least 13 buildings. Many of you have asked whether any vineyards or wineries have been affected, and so far the answer is no.

Duration:00:06:00

Add instant color to your summer soiree with potted plants

8/1/2018
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Let’s say you’re having friends over for a get-together next week and you want to entertain outdoors. Then you notice your yard could use a little sprucing up. What to do? Let me say as a nurseryman that there is no shame in buying “instant color” to supplement your existing garden. Fortunately, nurseries and garden centers have your back. Here are a few tips that will lead to SUS (sprucing-up success).

Duration:00:04:10

Doc’s Lab, Doc Ricketts find new owner in Sonoma wine veteran

7/31/2018
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There’s a new act heading to the former home of Doc’s Lab in North Beach. The venue was one of few remaining in San Francisco where folks could eat, drink, and listen to comedians or musicians on any given night. In February, Doc’s Lab (124 Columbus Ave.), along with its subterranean neighbor, Don Rickett’s restaurant, closed abruptly before quickly being put up for sale.

Duration:00:02:32

Drinking in a drink desert

7/30/2018
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What do you drink when there’s nothing to drink? This was my dilemma last week, when I found myself on a 6-day Caribbean cruise. (Before you sneer at my choice of vacation, read Michael Ian Black’s brilliant, and very charitable, paen to cruises in the New York Times.) Ostensibly, there was plenty to drink on the cruise ship, with bars at every turn, cocktail waiters roaming the pool decks and frequent wine-glass refills at dinner.

Duration:00:06:24

Jonathan Gold made dreams come true

7/26/2018
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My story is typical. When I moved to Los Angeles, Jonathan Gold taught me about the city — certainly more than “The Day of the Locust” or “If He Hollers Let Him Go” or Raymond Chandler or Mike Davis or Joan Didion — or any of the wonderful and awful movies I’d seen. From San Gabriel Valley Chinese to tacos in Bell Gardens to Compton barbecue, I mapped Los Angeles through eating.

Duration:00:07:15

Avery is a tasting menu restaurant for modern San Francisco

7/25/2018
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The cake and ice cream, the last dish of the 7-Course Cello Player, at Avery in San Francisco. The cake and ice cream, the last dish of the 7-Course Cello Player, at Avery in San Francisco. The oyster aebleskiver, the second dish of the the 7-Course Cello Player at Avery in San Francisco.

Duration:00:08:51

Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold dead at 57

7/24/2018
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Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles restaurant critic and one of the most influential food journalists of his generation, has died. He was 57. He died of pancreatic cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times, his current employer. He was reportedly diagnosed with the disease in early July.

Duration:00:05:59

City Beer’s new project is a cavernous library dedicated to good beer

7/23/2018
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Beth and Craig Wathen have a vision for their forthcoming City Beer space on Mission Street: it’ll be a cavernous beer library where customers are set adrift in a sea of labels and high-quality restaurant food. Barring any permitting or construction delays, City Beer’s new digs will open to the public sometime in August. The Wathens told Inside Scoop they plan to vacate their current space by July 31, and around the same time they’ll be handed the keys to 1148 Mission St.

Duration:00:03:30

Appreciation: Madeleine Kamman

7/20/2018
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A few years ago — I’m not sure when, because I remember it like it was yesterday — I was having dinner with Madeleine Kamman at a popular restaurant in San Francisco. The French-born Kamman ordered the roast chicken. When it arrived, she brushed back her white hair, looked down at the plate then focused her piercing blue eyes on the server: “A chicken breast?” she asked incredulously. “I’d like a thigh.

Duration:00:06:34

Junko Schwesig throws a hidden dessert pop-up, Oyatsuya, in the Mission

7/19/2018
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After nine years of living in San Francisco, cooking professionally most of that time, Junko Schwesig has become well acquainted with the paradox of time in this city. When she thinks of friends back in Tokyo, she can remember exactly when she saw them (“I was wearing a winter coat! We ate ramen!”). Here, the seasons elide together into an unbroken mush. (“Is it January? July? 2014?”) Except when she’s at the farmers’ market.

Duration:00:06:40

Former Tosca chef lands new gig at Tofino Wines

7/18/2018
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Josh Even, the former head chef at San Francisco’s Tosca Cafe, has found a temporary home in the kitchen of Tofino Wines, where he’ll design the shop’s small, snack menu. It’s a purposeful — transition for Even, who said he simply “needed a breather” following his departure from Tosca. Last month, Tosca’s then co-owner Ken Friedman was the focus of numerous sexual harassment allegations.

Duration:00:03:01

What’s next for Chronicle restaurant criticism?

7/17/2018
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Nite Yun (wearing a bandana) and her employees prepare food orders at Nyum Bai on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Emeryville, Calif. Yun, the owner, was aided by La Cocina, a kitchen incubator that helps women of color and immigrants by providing affordable kitchen space. less Nite Yun (wearing a bandana) and her employees prepare food orders at Nyum Bai on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Emeryville, Calif. Yun, the owner, was aided by La Cocina, a kitchen incubator that helps women of .

Duration:00:02:51

Sammy Hagar closes his Mill Valley restaurant El Paseo

7/16/2018
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The bar at El Paseo restaurant in Mill Valley, California, on May 20, 2011. El Paseo, Mill Valley’s high-profile, celebrity-backed restaurant from Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar, has closed suddenly. In a statement posted on the restaurant’s website, Hagar said he plans to “revisit” the restaurant in October. But for now, it “has become far too time consuming” for him.

Duration:00:03:11