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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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The Best Books I’ve Read Since Lockdown

My birthday was a few months into the 2020 lockdown, and one of my friends came through with a Bibliophile journal. I’ve finally filled it out in full! Here are the winners. Two notes for context: 1. My favorite novel of all time is William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, currently loaned out to the […]

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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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Virtual Sightseeing

Photo roll 3/22

Marvelous architecture just north of Golden Gate Park (shoutout to Roshelle): Spooky graffiti at Forest Hill Station: Pretty tile work at The Father’s Church:

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Try Some, Buy Some: Socks

My little sister is the sock horse to my shoe horse. Is it a gift occasion? Someone’s getting socks. This list has been very handy for the last while. Rest assured, the designs are zoomer-approved. Try Some: If you’re a yarn person, Imagiknit has several cheeky, colorful patterns that could easily compete with the other […]

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Great SF spots for playing “I Spy”

If you enjoy lots of intimate details in limited spaces, have I got a treat for you. I started making this list because all of these joints basically hypnotized me: West Portal’s El Toreador, above. I spy an interesting use for a colander. West Portal’s Cole Valley Antiques, which warrants at least three walkthroughs. I […]

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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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Virtual Sightseeing

Obligatory golden hour photos 2/22

I somehow wound up riding most of the length of the J line this month. Made it to the Ferry Building again on one of the clear days: St. Francis Circle has some of the best views in the city when it’s clear. Stray photo of Pac Heights:

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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 […]