Food and Drink

The Blob eats Quebec

More than just poutine (but that, too): Surprising flavors enliven a brief tour through one of Canada's culinary capitals

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THE BLOB If you thought the first thing you'd see when you landed in Quebec City, Canada, was a mime in a black mock turtleneck playing "My Heart Will Go On" on an accordion, you'd be almost right. Almost, because the Blob promptly devoured him — chewy! — and went on to enjoy a brief culinary tour of one of the most charming, clean, and friendly cities she's visited.Read more »

Family meal: 18 Reasons joins forces with neighbor Three Squares to extend reach of healthy eating

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Community food hub 18 Reasons has always had the back of the well-meaning kitchen newbie. With a cafe space, educational programming, and tasting events geared towards making a healthy, sustainable diet doable, since 2007 when the organization's co-founders brought in Bi-Rite Market, a happy partner for the little space located a block from the family grocery store's Mission digs. Read more »

Small Business Awards 2013: It's-It

Golden Survivor Award indeed -- these icecream sandwiches have been around for 85 years

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What's been San Francisco's go-to cold 'n creamy treat for the past 85 years? No, its not Dianne Feinstein. It's It's-It, that native warm weather snack, created on a deliciously fateful day in 1928 when George Whitney squished a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two big oatmeal cookies and dipped the resulting sandwich into dark chocolate. For more than four decades, Whitney sold his It's-Its at Playland-at-the-Beach, until that legendary local amusement park was demolished in the 1970s. Read more »

Small Business Awards 2013: R&G Lounge

Chinatown's special occasion standby takes home our Employee-Friendly Busines Award

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The R & G Lounge has been a fixture in San Francisco's Chinatown for 28 years. Taking up three floors with a seating capacity of 225, it's served as the backdrop for many a wedding rehearsal dinner, birthday celebration, and other special occasion bashes. But it isn't just heartwarming memories of being surrounded by friends and family with a pleasant Tsingtao buzz that linger in diners' minds. Just as often, it's the taste of the establishment's signature seafood plate: salt and pepper live Dungeness crab.Read more »

Small Business Awards 2013: La Victoria Bakery

An uncanny ability to move with the times earned our Legacy Award for this Mission stalwart

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When Jaime Maldonado's dad Gabriel opened the family's corner bakery in 1951, it was the only Latino-owned business on 24th Street. In the years since, the story of La Victoria and its famous pan dulce has become, more or less, the story of the Mission District.Read more »

Kronnerburger

Downing Stranger Juice in the dark -- and biting into solid, juicy burgers at this Mission hotspot

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Mean Greens

Veg-tacular dishes and drinks at Cupola, Orbit Room, Market and Rye

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Coquettish

Michael Chiarello's new Coqueta seduces with Spanish flavors, intimate setting

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DINING When you name your restaurant Coqueta, Spanish for "flirt," you're really putting it all out there in terms of your food and atmosphere — playful yet unwavering, open but with a hint of mystery, and definitely attentive. After visiting Coqueta during its opening week, I'm confident celebrity chef Michael Chiarello's new venture will score.Read more »

Food for thought: 18 Reasons' class series encourages the slow chew

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Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. The axiom certainly sounds nice rolling off the tongue, but curative qualities aside, you'll never stick to healthy if it doesn't taste good. Luckily here in the Bay Area we have Carley Hauck of Intuitive Wellness, who proves in her "Mindful Eating and Cooking" series at community food hub 18 Reasons that comestibles can indeed be medicinal, and that medicine can taste amazing.

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Delicious beginnings: Chocolate 101 at Dandelion

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Photos by Bowerbird Photography

"Hi. My name is ______, and I'm a chocoholic."

The rest of us took turns, going around the room, introducing ourselves and proclaiming our unabashed love for chocolate. We were all gathered at Dandelion Chocolate the bean-to-bar chocolate company on Valencia Street, for Chocolate 101, an introductory class which included comparison tastings, a tour through their manufacturing area, and a slideshow presentation on farming.

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