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Where to find the best salsa in SF

El Rancho Grande in the Haight provides chips with every meal, alongside an excellent spicy red sauce. (You’ll have to trust me on this one; they don’t appear to have their own website.) El Toreador in West Portal, whose table salsa is as bright and somehow cohesive as their interior. Boyfriend and I went through […]

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Where to find the best ice cream in San Francisco

My boyfriend and I constantly try to outdo each other. In 2019, we were setting up plans to spend his 30th birthday in Japan… so come 2021, I arranged his gifts around a virtual tour, beginning at a konbini and ending at hot springs. He countered with getting me 30 books for my 30th, so […]

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How to make the best hummus in the Bay Area

I made these for a panel tasting by my friends, who unanimously loved them all. If you have a blender and are willing to spend the time, they come out to about $5 in ingredients each! FoodGal’s hummus with miso, above, for a light umami kick The Civic Kitchen’s carrot hummus, which gets increasingly garlicky […]

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Inspired Japanese Restaurants in San Francisco

Not cooking sure sounds nice this weekend! Grab something delightful at a local Japanese joint. Near the Glen Park BART station, Tekka House offers fairly traditional fare, as well as some truly inspired fusion dishes. That’s roe, on jalapeno, on mango, on whitefish: Japantown’s Izumiya prides itself on its highly customizable (and very filling!) okonomiyaki. […]

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How to make the best ice cream in the Bay Area

No machine? No problem! Check out the best ice cream recipes from some talented local bloggers. Recchiuti Confections’ watermelon granita (above) tastes a bit like an adult snow cone: light and satisfying. It’s much better than a snow cone, though – you can’t lick the flavor off! Berkeley-based Yummy Supper’s nectarine sherbet has a flavor […]

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The Bay Area recipe blogs I follow religiously

With restaurant staff continuing to leave their positions in droves (which I understand and fully support), it feels vital to reclaim and hold close the semi-lost art of making high quality food at home. I’ve only been cooking for pleasure since the pandemic began; I started as a novice. I’m happy to report that I’ve […]

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Try Some, Buy Some: Cakes

How to scratch that dessert itch whether or not you feel like baking. Make a great cake with the help of these local recipes. Try Some: Delightful Crumb‘s delightful, muffin-top-like blueberry almond cake, above Edible East Bay‘s subtly sweet polenta peach cake, almost mild enough to have for breakfast Note: I am lactose and gluten […]

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Try Some, Buy Some: Cookies

To paraphrase Hot Cookie, put something sweet in your mouth- no matter how social you want to be! Try some: Try Oaktown Spice Shop‘s molasses cookies (above) for some bite-sized holiday flavor. For a truly professional-tasting sugar cookie, go for Community Grains‘ Holiday Cut-out Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies. It’s easily the best sugar cookie I’ve […]

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How to make the best ribs in the Bay Area (No grill required!)

Craving BBQ? No grill? No problem: the local chefs have you covered. Spiciest: Cowboy Barbecue Ribs by Oakland’s Community Foods Market. Also makes excellent leftovers! Best DIY dry rub: Cinnamon Coriander BBQ Ribs by Spice Tribe, also the winner for “most texture”. The rub forms a distinct, delicious layer that sears in the oven. Best […]

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How to make the best pasta in the Bay Area

Staying in this weekend? Treat yourself with the help of the following recipes from local bloggers: This crab bucatini recipe by Edible East Bay is, no joke, one of the best things I’ve ever made- and I burned it a bit! If you don’t clean the crab yourself, it’s very quick and easy. That’s my […]