From Drinks

UK + Norway

This year, braving the elements was a common theme for our family trip. Rain, snow, hurricane-force winds, you name it, we saw it. Well, actually, not really, according to every local we met, each who said that this winter had been one of the mildest Europe’s had in years. There could’ve been a whole lot…

Pacific Northwest

As I opened the back of our rental minivan, an avalanche of canned salmon cascaded down the mountain of overstuffed luggage. The farmers market vendor’s spiel had worked and my mom caved, buying 30 cans. Three things to point out about the Peek family: We buy in bulk, we are chronic over-packers, and we love…

Chomp List 2015

A bit late this year, life gets busy. Still the Chomp List is live and well. Spreading out passed the 7 by 7 border, this one is about exploring flavors from various neighborhoods in the Bay. From bowls of ramen on the Peninsula to delicate nigiri in the East Bay, sometimes that last bite is…

Maui Eats Well

I glanced up to see a rusty, utility truck barreling down the road directly at us. A right turn would have resulted in a 2,000 foot drop into the Pacific Ocean and a left turn would have sent us into a sheer rock wall that jutted up from the roadside. It was a close your…

Southwest: Van Life

To begin our road trip, we broke the most basic law of road trips: drive a car you know how to drive. In other words, if you’ve never driven a stick shift, a 2,140 mile journey is not the time to learn. But logic and reason can’t always win, especially not when you’ve been offered…

Monte Rio Food and Farm Film Fest

Tucked up in the bends of the Russian River sits an old Quonset building made of corrugated steel, mortar, and years of films. This is the Monte Rio Theater: a World War II era building that was recently bought by 25 friends who pooled their money to keep the local icon alive and showing. The…

Hopscotch Counter

Hopscotch

Once in awhile, in an effort to balance all of the kale and quinoa that makes up the typical San Francisco diet, I get that real urge for a good old diner. Hopscotch in uptown Oakland is a place that always satisfies that urge, and then some, by creating classic favorites with a little Japanese…

Leopold’s Gasthaus

A bell chimed throughout the restaurant and a table in the corner erupted in cheers. A giant glass boot that was filled to the rim with an amber colored ale arrived at the table. A scene from Beerfest flashed through my mind – a line of German competitive beer drinkers, dressed in ridiculous team uniforms,…

Izakaya Yuzuki

From a small table inside Izakaya Yuzuki’s quiet dining room, we looked out the window and across the street to where an ever-growing line at Tartine Bakery stretched out of sight. Thirty plus people, all patiently waiting for their delicate, buttery croissant or morning bun, was an interesting contrast to the deliciously plain, silken homemade…

Swan Oyster Depot Menu

Swan Oyster Depot

On a sunny Saturday morning, I rubbed a dollop of sunscreen onto my cheeks and prepared to trek to the number one spot on my Chomp List: Swan Oyster Depot. This journey was 4 years in the making, and I was mentally prepared to spend the next 1.5 hours waiting outside to get in. We…

Chomp List 2014

February. It’s that time of year when the taste buds wake up from their tryptophan-induced comas and start craving some bold, winter warming flavors. Here’s my 2014 Chomp List, a compilation of the top places that have caught my attention. Cheers to a year full of good company and happy taste buds. Now let’s eat.…

Burma Superstar

Stepping through the front door of Burma Superstar, the intense aroma of Burmese curries and spices instantly warmed us. The smell, which was so potent that it felt as if it were the reason for our warming bodies, was the perfect antidote for a bitterly cold day in the City. Flashing a giant, welcoming smile,…

Chocolate Lab

Beakers, test tubes, and whimsical glass objects are scattered throughout the little space. Aromatic liquids boil and gurgle in the back corner. I’m in a lab, but I’m not here for class. I’m here to eat. Chocolate Lab, a chemistry lab in a sense, develops decadent, edible concoctions. I was always a periodic table geek…

Darwin Cafe

I speed walked down Brannan Street, narrowly avoiding traffic and sidewalk-hogging pedestrians. I had one thing on my mind: the roast beef sandwich from Darwin Cafe. This is the kind of sandwich that would knock most vegetarians off the bandwagon. It’s that good. The problem is that the sandwich loves to sell out. Or, I…

Eat Real Festival 2013

We walked into Oakland’s Jack London Square, where at the edge of a crowded parking lot, a collection of colorful food trucks sat under a blazing sun that beat down on their metallic roofs, causing everyone to slide on sunglasses and bare those vitamin-D deprived shoulders. Today was the Eat Real Festival, 2013, and I…

Chicago Eats Well

The minute I bit into the giant Kobe beef rib on my plate, my small innocent crush transformed into a full blown love affair. That’s right San Francisco: you will always have my heart, but Chicago and I just had a wonderful week away. Now, the weather, is another story but all summer sweatiness aside,…

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Italy Eats Well

Italy is most famously known for its copious amounts of delicious gluten : pizza, pasta, eggplant parmesan, breadsticks, and everything else wheat-filled. Gluten is the lifeblood of the country. Gluten is also my papa’s mortal enemy. His kryptonite. “Sono celiaco… senza glutine.” These are the only four words of Italian that my papa knows. But…

Marla Bakery Pop Up

Sunday morning marked the coming together of two beautiful and delicious things: Marla Bakery and State Bird Provisions. Marla is a stellar SF bakery that does all things baked, brined, and pickled, and State Bird Provisions is, well, State Bird Provisions. For the last month, Marla did pop ups in State Bird on the weekends…

Hard Knox Cafe

Maybe it’s just the mac and cheese, but people always seem happy in soul food restaurants. Hard Knox Cafe is no exception and owner, Tony Hua, strives to “feed your appetite and feed your soul.” We sat at the bar and the bartender flashed us a big smile and said: “I’m Anthony. I’m in charge…

Miss Ollie’s

Fried chicken has officially infiltrated the Bay Area. Popping up on menus across the Bay, it is becoming as entrenched in San Francisco culture as mustaches and fixies. It comes in all varieties, each place adding their secret touches to spin off on the traditional. Miss Ollie’s in Old Town Oakland has a fried chicken…

Citizen’s Band

The friendly waiter placed a steaming cup of coffee down in front of me. The cup read “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” I smiled as I sipped the strong stuff, it was 75 degrees outside and I had shorts on, a rarity in San Francisco. We were seated on metal stools at…

Disposable Film Festival

At the J. Rusten Furniture Studio, the table saws were quiet. That Friday evening, justice was served. Literally. Films goers and local foodies arrived at the tiny furniture studio hosting The Disposable Film Festival, a film festival centered around films created with consumer electronics. Just Food: Dining with Justice Dinner and Screening, highlighted the current…

Ramen Shop

Stepping through the glass door into Ramen Shop is like stepping into a back alley in some forgein country. A large painted fish stares down at you from the rafters, overlooking the front bar, and hangs next an intricate wood paneled wall that separates the restaurant into two distinct areas. Up front is a large…

Mission Cheese

The population of San Francisco seems to double when the sun is out. While the thick fog and a constant temperature range of 55 – 65 for most of the year add to the charm of hilly city, hot sunny days are fully embraced by every San Franciscan. Blinded by the sunlight, people flock out…

State Bird Provisions

Peg boards and colorful yarns are common staples in almost every kindergarten class. State Bird Provisions, the year old SF eatery, does peg boards and yarn better than any kindergarten class that I have ever encountered. This tiny restaurant’s colorful yarn artwork starkly contrasts the exposed concrete wall on the opposite side of the room.…

Boot and Shoe Service

A weathered sign out front reads Boot and Shoe Service. But don’t let the name fool you—Boot and Shoe Service fixes food cravings, not worn leather soles. Its name pays homage to the original tenants, which is pretty cool considering today’s world of trendy restaurant tags (sorry 21st Amendment). Charlie Hallowell, the mastermind behind Pizzaiolo…

Good Food Awards

Every Saturday morning, the iconic Ferry Building in San Francisco turns into a bustling hub of farmers, foodies, and coffee connoisseurs alike. Hundreds of tables are filled with colorful produce, geometric cheeses, fresh meat, and fragrant flowers. A couple of weeks ago, on a Friday evening, the Ferry Building hosted the Good Food Awards. The…

Tank 18

My heart broke a little last year when my wine club, Cellar 360, closed their tasting room. I’d spent many great evenings with friends drinking wine and telling stories while looking out Cellar’s backroom windows toward a fog-drenched Alcatraz Island. The volume of talking and laughter directly correlated to where we were in the tasting…

Chomp List 2013

As some of you know, I am a woman of lists. My little black notebook is packed with them, all kinds of them, usually a hodgepodge of grocery items to purchase, people to catch up with, letters to mail, bills to pay, photos to edit. But one list has been missing since the first of…

Samovar Tea Lounge

On a winter Friday morning, rain pitter-pattered against the iconic San Francisco trolley tracks outside my window. I was in my bed, still half asleep, listening to the soothing sound of the falling rain drops. This was nice. I had no desire to change a thing. But then I was reminded I had no choice.…

Edible Selby and Blue Bottle

Todd Selby is a character. One of those characters that you want to have as a close friend. Not only is he an amazingly talented photographer but he is also a wonderful storyteller. I’ve been a fan for years and when I heard he was going to have a book signing with James and Caitlin…

Pickles and Popsicles

If you’ve ever ventured to the Eat Real Festival in Oakland you’ve found yourself surrounded by hundreds of tasty little bites in the center of Jack London Square. Indian street food, Vietnamese spring rolls, steaming cups of ramen and slow cooked meat all beg to be consumed as you patiently (depending on your hunger level)…

Utah Eats Well

Green Jello is the state food. No lie. Despite this somewhat humiliating and comical fact, Utah does eat really well. Our one week trip back to my home state consisted of many back porch BBQs, farmer’s market meals, and local beer. I may be a bit biased when I say this but there is something…

Food From Yesterday

Yesterday I ate. And before I ate, I took a picture. I guess I am, and have always been, one of those insanely annoying people who snaps pictures of every crumb of food they consume. But it’s what I do, what I love to do. Sure I’m a hypocrite but, truthfully, I shoot my meals…