Actually, the Arechigasâ€™ Cinco De Mayo plans are less a foodie smackdown than the kind of tag-team Blanca and her mother, Martha, have been in the kitchen all along. The Arechigas moved to Oaklandâ€™s Fruitvale district from Jalisco, Mexico when Blanca was small. As the eldest...
Frances: Worth the Wait?
By Teddy Witherington Published: March 22, 2012
When Melissa Perello, who earned her stripes at Fifth Floor, opened Frances, named after her grandmother who taught her to cook, a little over two years ago, I smacked my lips in anticipation. It takes a fast draw to secure a prime-time reservation at Frances, there are just fifty covers,...
Out for Brunch
Published: March 22, 2012
Brunch in the Castro has been called everything from a ritual to an art form for those who love being out in our neighborhood. Enjoying brunch on a recent Sunday at Jakeâ€™s on Market were Zakaria Abderrafi and Abid Alrashedi. Zak sampled the blackened chicken sandwich, featuring avocado, pepper jack...
Sweet Inspiration: Mom and Pop, Castro Style
Published: February 9, 2012
With its inviting, old fashioned glass case full of delectable desserts, itâ€™s no wonder that many happy couples have lingered, and fallen in love, at Sweet Inspiration on 2239 Market Street in the heart of the Castro. One such story concerns the Bay Timesâ€™ own Juan Torres.
French Faux Pas
By Teddy Witherington Published: December 15, 2011
Thereâ€™s French, California-French and then, well, thereâ€™s the sort of places that are about as French as a peck on the cheek - and as warm.
Chaya, with itâ€™s bayside view of the Bridge and Yerba Buena, claims to combine the culinary excellence and artistry of both Japan...
Canela Offers Life's Simple Pleasures
Published: November 17, 2011
By David GrabstaldThere are certain things in life I would prefer not to live without. Gucci loafers, a cashmere sweater or two, and coffee ice cream to name a few. High on my list would also be tapas, the delightful small plates that are an essential part of Spanish cuisine....
A Seafood Grill â€“ Home Away From Home
Published: November 3, 2011
By Melissa MyersThe choices of where to grab a bite to eat in San Francisco are endless. Each neighborhood is blocked with restaurant after restaurant. But sometimes, when youâ€™re in the midst of residential, youâ€™ll stumble upon a culinary gem, Alamo Square Seafood Grill, to be exact. Alamo Square Seafood...