San Francisco Bay Area

November 16, 2016

Eat This Now: Japanese-Style Hot Dogs in Alameda

by Sarah Han

Japanese-style hot dogs are not new. In fact, they’ve been around for at least a decade, long enough that they fall under the “Asian fusion” umbrella (a food phrase that fortunately is falling out of favor these days. It seriously gives me the heebie-jeebies). The marriage of Japanese toppings – like Kewpie mayo, takuan (pickled daikon radish), and nori […]

November 14, 2016

Cooking with Sushi Kuni: Dobinmushi

by Kayoko Akabori

Autumn is my favorite season. I love the foliage, the chill in the air, the shift in sunlight. In Japan, it is a great time of year to EAT! Mushrooms, grilled sanma (saury), shinmai (new rice), persimmon, and satoimo (Japanese taro) abound, and certain dishes begin to pop up on menus that signal the change in season. Japan is a place […]

November 7, 2016

Bartender Spotlight: Chris Lane of Ramen Shop

by Chris Cabrera

For this installment of Bartender Spotlight, I met up with Chris Lane, Bar Manager at Oakland’s Ramen Shop. We talked about a variety of things, such as how he first got started in bartending, why Ramen Shop is so polarizing, and some of his favorite things in the world of bartending. Be sure to make it to […]

October 25, 2016

Where to Get Japanese Breakfast: Cassava

by Kayoko Akabori

I’ve heard a lot about Cassava in the last few years and finally made it over to the Avenues in Outer Richmond for the Japanese breakfast. To my knowledge, it is the only traditional Japanese breakfast offered in the Bay Area, and absolutely worth the trip. Cassava opened in 2012 (just like Umami Mart!) by […]

October 18, 2016

Eat + Drink Here Now: Nomica

by Patrick Lu

    NOMICA 2223 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94114 T: 415.655.3280

October 5, 2016

Meet the Man Behind the Best Yakitori in Oakland

by Kayoko Akabori

Recently, I got into a discussion about all the restaurants that have been popping up in the Bay Area. The constant stream of new, hip restaurants is never ending in the East Bay and San Francisco, and it’s hard to keep up. Of all of those restaurants that have opened in the last year, Hina […]

October 4, 2016

Bay Eats Japan: Oct 2016

by Sarah Han

Welcome to our new column, Bay Eats Japan, where we’ll alert you to newly and soon-to-be opened Japanese restaurants and bars in the Bay Area. As we’ll be listing new places, a mention is not necessarily a recommendation. Use this as a handy way to keep track of new spots you might want to try in the […]

October 3, 2016

Bartender Spotlight: Will Tsui of Rich Table, Lazy Bear

by Chris Cabrera

For this edition of Bartender Spotlight, I spoke with Will Tsui, who tends bar at Rich Table in Hayes Valley and Lazy Bear in the Mission. Will lives in Oakland, in Jack London Square, where he invited me over for a cocktail on a Monday morning. He made me a Vieux Banane, a drink using […]

September 12, 2016

Eat This Now: Curry Ramen at Muracci’s

by Sarah Han

Berkeley – home of cheap eats and cuisines from all over the world. As I’ve said before, I usually avoid the area within a close radius of the UC Berkeley campus, but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and brave the sea of hungry Cal students to get a taste of goodness. So it was the case recently, when […]

September 6, 2016

Bartender Spotlight: Polina Kharnas of Flora

by Chris Cabrera

For this installment of Bartender Spotlight, I headed to Flora in Uptown Oakland to chat with Polina Kharnas. We started talking casually, when I realized that there was some pretty good conversation going on, and I decided to hit record midway through: So the Bay Area is not as close knit as San Diego? San Diego’s got a […]