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TwoXSea inks new location in Portland, experiments with tilapia

From Inside Scoop: San Francisco seafood purveyor TwoXSea, which supplies sustainable seafood to restaurants and markets around the Bay Area, just settled on the location of its first new location, in NW Portland. Last week owner Kenny Belov signed a lease on a warehouse space near the Pearl District. After a quick build-out, he hopes […]

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Foodie highlights of Bernal Mission Corridor

Outsiders have a hard time categorizing the San Francisco neighborhood at the foot of Bernal Hill at Mission Street, but most locals are firm that this area — which has also been playfully and controversially called La Lengua (The Tongue) because of its flat, elongated shape — is part of Bernal Heights. Regardless, the restaurants, […]

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Sprouting revival takes root

It’s a science experiment I remember dearly from childhood. Poke an avocado pit with toothpicks, suspend it in a jar of water and wait for it to sprout. I don’t think I ever actually followed through and planted the seed in the backyard; it was more about witnessing life at its earliest stages. These days, […]

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Hearth: Pairing coffee with pastry

Most people don’t consider becoming a certified sommelier a prerequisite to opening a coffee shop. But that’s what Ariana Akbar did before she opened Hearth Coffee Roasters in the Castro neighborhood with her husband, James Kafader; the couple previously owned Brown Owl Coffee on Taraval Street. Instead of a wine-focused cafe, Akbar wanted to use […]

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Ugly food getting some love in an effort to combat drought

In the supermarket produce section, carrots are perfect orange cylinders. Apples are unblemished, and asparagus spears are as uniformly thick as a box of children’s markers. Yet, in nature, carrots don’t always grow straight, apples can get sunburnt markings and asparagus comes in all sizes. Millions of pounds of this produce gets tossed out every […]

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Escabeche, tiny fish with a vast presence

Photo: The Chronicle On the Adriatic coast in Puglia, Italy – Matthew Accarrino’s family home – there’s a saying, “Little fish is good fish.” Anchovies, sardines and tiny branzini are a major part of the cuisine, says the chef of SPQR in San Francisco, and it’s these little fish that benefit best from the pickling […]

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Restaurants uncork a return to California flavors

For all the obsession with eating locally, and all the chefs who source ingredients from their own backyards, restaurant wine lists haven’t necessarily kept up with the times. Many American sommeliers, fond of European wines, have a complicated relationship with California – mostly because the state’s wines can be more fruit-forward and oak-tinged, and potentially […]

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Bees on rooftops

For the Bay Citizen’s Culture Feed, I blogged about the growing trend to put bees on urban rooftops, including a lot of restaurants and cafes in San Francisco and Oakland.

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