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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.…
Dr. Paul Thomas and Robert Chang of the American Truffle Co. are flanked by Chefs David Barzelay, Frank Tramonto, Ken Frank, and Stefano Ciotti    By Betty Teller January 28, 2016 - What do a former lawyer turned chef of an underground restaurant, an Italian chef who began his career as a teenager, and a well-known restaurateur have in common? They were the exciting guest chefs for the 2016 Truffle Festival.
Looking eastward from edge of The Richmond. Photo: David Sawyer  By Marcia Gagliardi January 18, 2016 – San Francisco’s Richmond District (which runs north of Golden Gate Park) is full of international restaurants, from Chinese to Vietnamese to Burmese to pizza. Here are a few highlights of some local favorites that visitors may enjoy.
TASTE News Service December 29, 2015 – The coming months are an especially beautiful time to visit Yosemite as the valley is blanketed in fresh snow and the winter brings a solitude that you cannot match any other time of the year in this very popular destination. The view from the tall windows of the Ahwahnee’s solarium is lovely anytime. On an afternoon when deer are crossing the meadow as new snow falls, it’s just about perfect.
Azalina Eusope serves Malaysian food By Paula Keung The name San Francisco is derived from Saint Francis of Assisi, a Roman friar who was canonized in 1228. What’s interesting about Saint Francis is that he is the patron saint of animals and the environment. So it is only natural that the vegetarian lifestyle is so popular in the scenic City by the Bay. We tapped into the veg-scene via two locals, Mirran and Jenny, who shared with us some of the best places for deliciously conscientious dining. Mirran Raphaely, Founder & CEO at FLOW GLOBAL “I’m a lifelong vegetarian at…
Chef Paul Prudhomme 1940 - 2015 By Dan Clarke October 9, 2015 – Chef Paul Prudhomme has died at age 75 after a brief illness. A native of Opelousas, Louisiana, the young Prudhomme traveled around the United States to expand his culinary horizons beyond the Cajun culture in which he’d grown up. He returned to New Orleans in the 1970s and soon became head chef at that city’s Commander’s Palace, a plum job for any chef, especially one who was relatively young and without formal training. In 1979 Paul Prudhomme and his wife, Kay, created their own restaurant, K-Paul’s Louisiana…
 By Marcia GagliardiOctopus at La Ciccia People always ask chefs where they like to eat, but unfortunately chefs don’t get to eat out very much, and when they do, it’s often on the late side. But here are a few places where you’ll find cooks and chefs in San Francisco when they have a chance to let someone else do the cooking. La Ciccia (291 30th St.) A San Francisco restaurant industry favorite, this authentic Sardinian restaurant in Noe Valley always has a happy crowd dining on chef Massimiliano Conti’s spaghetti and bottarga, spicy octopus, fresh seafood, and fregola and…
Chef Cimarusti and piscine friendTASTE News Service, September 21, 2015 – Chef Michael Cimarusti has announced an innovative fish-sourcing project for his Los Angeles restaurant, Providence. Working with 16 commercial fishermen from Santa Barbara organized by Captain Brett Wilson, the pilot program is establishing the first-ever Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF) in the state of California. Through the Dock to Dish program, participating restaurants receive a weekly delivery of freshly caught seafood, based on the species available to local, small-scale fishermen. The concept is reimagining the seafood marketplace throughout multiple domestic seaports and making wild, traceable and local fish readily accessible…
Cracked Dungeness crab at Alioto'sBy Marcia Gagliardi Let’s take a look at some dishes that come from San Francisco, mythical items that almost every visitor has on their checklist. (To be clear, while items like the focaccia at Liguria Bakery and the egg custard tarts from Golden Gate Bakery are superlative and local favorites, those dishes’ origins are not in San Francisco.) And don’t forget: if you want to try an It’s-It, you just need to visit a corner store and nab one on the fly. The question is: vanilla or mint chip? Dungeness Crab When local Dungeness crab comes…
TASTE News Service September 16, 2015 - This month, the iconic Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, located at Fairmont San Francisco, will celebrate seven decades of delighting guests with tropical décor and island-inspired libations and cuisine. Tonga Room, the oldest continually-operating tiki bar in North America, opened its doors on September 18, 1945 and has reigned as a swanky outpost of South Seas splendor ever since.
TASTE News Service August 24, 2015 - 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. Several restaurants that originated in Asia's Pacific Rim can be found at Diamond Jamboree, a unique Southern California retail destination that brings together a variety of cuisines and international flavors. Three such restaurants include; Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, Nagoya, Japan, Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle, Jinmen, Taiwan and 85°C Bakery, Bao-Ping, Taipei. Specializing in coffee, cakes, and breads, 85°C Bakery opened in Irvine in…
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