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By Tyler Cohn If you are planning on running or walking the 7.45 miles that make up the Bay to Breakers route, you will need to do two things.
TASTE News Service, May 3, 2017 – Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week, is set to return June 2-11, 2017.
A Day in the Life of Maurice Amzallag is ultimately a story about a state of mind of being an octogenarian who is 84 years young and actively bartending.
by Dan Clarke New York City’s Eleven Madison Park is the best restaurant in the world. It was deemed such by an organization named World’s 50 Best Restaurants last Wednesday in Melbourne, Australia.
By Dan Rosenbaum San Francisco’s restaurant scene is always hot, and 2017 is no exception.
TASTE News Service, November 4, 2016 – Visitors can discover one of the nation's top producing agricultural centers by following the local flavors of Greater Palm Springs.
by Dan Rosenbaum   The San Francisco Bay Area is no stranger to earning Michelin stars for its ingredient-driven and cutting-edge restaurants and now can boast something that New York has: six restaurants with three Michelin stars. This year featured several new winners in the pantheon.
TASTE News Service, October 17, 2016 - After a successful 2016 edition in New York City, The World's 50 Best Restaurants has announced that its 2017 awards will take place in Melbourne in April. The flagship event, celebrating its 15th anniversary, will be hosted at the city's historic Royal Exhibition Building on the evening of 5th April.
By Dan Rosenbaum Mr Holmes Bakehouse cruffin   San Francisco neighborhoods are just like people. They evolve, grow bigger, grow tired or are born one day and become the center of attention. A four-block area above Little Saigon, west of Union Square and south of Nob Hill, with its flourishing dining scene of freshly mashed avocado toast, banh mi sandwiches packed to the brim with different kinds of meat, croissants falling in love with muffins making the aptly named cruffin and cocktail bars serving made-to-order waffles, is just that, the center of attention.
85C Bakery in Irvine serves coffee at that temperature TASTE News Service, September 21, 2016 - With nearly 40% of its population being Asian, Irvine offers foodies true global cuisine, with a wide selection of delicacies from China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and other distant shores.
Patio has a tropical feel at Palm HouseBy Dan Rosenbaum San Francisco is a late bloomer. When the rest of the country starts to cool down and the leaves start to change colors, the city starts to heat up. With the weather getting hotter, you better spend your time outside on these patios with a beer in hand or food in your stomach.
Selecting crabs for Scoma's on Pier 47 By Dan Rosenbaum Seafood. The word is vague, yet a catchall for everything that comes from the sea/ocean. However, the word conjures up images of succulent steamed shrimp and crab; buttery, red lobster, or savory pearls of oysters.  
Chef Michael Rotondo of Parallel 37 TASTE News Service, August 16, 2016 - You're headed to San Francisco for its iconic views and signature swagger. The rumors suggest there's nothing like an epic helicopter tour over the bay followed by drinks in Central Market . . . and the rumors are true.
 Forbes Island at Pier 39By Marcia Gagliardi For those looking for something a little different in San Francisco, here are five unique places to eat at that offer plenty of atmosphere, from the funky to the fantastic.
TASTE News Service, July 6, 2016 – Residents of California’s Capital have embraced the idea of eating dinner by the river. Actually, not just by the river, but right over the top of it. The Tower Bridge might seem an unlikely setting for something billed as a Gala Dinner, but the event is becoming a sold-out tradition.
Restaurateur Michael Mina TASTE News Service March 22, 2016 - There's no question that San Francisco is one of the culinary capitals of the world. Bon Appetit magazine called it the best food city in the country last August. Now the 2016 James Beard Foundation Award nominations are saluting the formidable talent at eleven of San Francisco's bars and restaurants. The James Beard Foundation presents its awards annually to the chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and designers who excel on the culinary scene. There's no higher honor for food professionals in America, like the Academy Awards of food.
Karen Leibowitz and Anthony Myint of Perennial By Marcia Gagliardi The restaurant scene in San Francisco continues to grow, with new openings happening faster than diners can keep up, making the “restaurants to try” list for locals ever-changing. 2016 is no exception to that list. Here are nine restaurants to seek out in 2016:
There's high energy at the Balboa Café By Marcia Gagliardi February 19, 2016 - Fillmore Street is known for many things: its jazz history, its famous music venue, its very steep grade (near Broadway) and also its extensive shopping. Fillmore stretches all the way from the Marina to the Haight, crossing through many neighborhoods—here are some restaurants to note along the way. Balboa Café (3199 Fillmore St.)This American mainstay dates back to 1913 and has a San Francisco saloon style. It’s known for its burger and offers other classics like a Cobb salad and a good Bloody Mary. (It also…
Richard Blais heads the kichen at Juniper + Ivy by Candice Eley February 4, 2016 - With a booming culinary scene, San Diego is currently home to some of the nation's most talked about gastronomic stars. In recent years, San Diegans have been crowned champions of nationally renowned cooking shows, and established celebrity chefs excited by the city's culinary energy have been relocating to the region.
  By: Ann Wycoff January 29, 2016 - New Orleans has po'boys, Chicago loves its pizza, Philly takes pride in its cheese steaks, and San Diego, well here, it's all about tacos - a nod to the city's beach lifestyle and Baja neighbors. Tacos are the ultimate expression of San Diego's Cali-Baja cuisine that celebrates two cultures, along with fresh fish, farm produce, wood-smoked meats, zesty salsas and sauces. From food trucks and hole in the walls to oceanfront and high-design eateries, San Diego offers up everything from delicious 99 cent deals to gourmet tacos prepared by local top chefs.…
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