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Enter Ali Baba’s Cave for superlative shawarma

Ali Baba’s Cave bears a somewhat comical resemblance to a real cave.…

 

MICHAEL ARES/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERThe shawarma at Ali Baba’s Cave on  Valencia Street is as good as the eatery’s signature falafel sandwich

Enter Ali Baba’s Cave for superlative shawarma

Ali Baba’s Cave bears a somewhat comical resemblance to a real cave.…

 

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to The S.F. Examiner<p>Forgery owner Jacques Bezuidenhout

Forgery brings cocktail finesse to burgeoning area of SoMa

There's something new shaking up in the old club space Sloane. Forgery…

 

AP PHOTO/CHRIS PIZZELLOWhen purchasing wine at a restaurant

Key questions can open doors when buying wine at restaurants

It might be getting easier to choose a good bottle of wine…

AP PHOTO/CHRIS PIZZELLOWhen purchasing wine at a restaurant
COURTESY PHOTOCharcuterie is among the offerings on the new late-night menu at Martins West in Redwood City.

Sushi, oysters shine at Amami San

Amami Sushi in San Bruno has been a Peninsula favorite for creative…

COURTESY PHOTOCharcuterie is among the offerings on the new late-night menu at Martins West in Redwood City.
COURTESY  PHOTOThe plentiful menu at Opa! features Greek classics and dishes from the grill.

Great Greek at Opa! in Palo Alto

The sixth Bay Area location of the Greek cuisine mini-chain Opa! is…

COURTESY  PHOTOThe plentiful menu at Opa! features Greek classics and dishes from the grill.
Courtesy photoIPhone app Snooth allows users to both rate and locate wine in the surrounding area.

Great wine apps for your smartphone

The selection of wines available on the market has grown enormously in…

Courtesy photoIPhone app Snooth allows users to both rate and locate wine in the surrounding area.
GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERThe tasty chicken Parmesan sandwich at Jersey is a menu item truly evocative of the eatery’s owners' New Jersey roots.

Jersey surprisingly has California influences

Upon learning that the Rosenthal brothers (of Town Hall and Anchor and…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERThe tasty chicken Parmesan sandwich at Jersey is a menu item truly evocative of the eatery’s owners' New Jersey roots.
LESLIE KATZ/S.F. EXAMINERRoasted turtledoves were served at a Renaissance feast prepared by Ken Alabala

UOP kicks off graduate food studies in The City

If a recent Renaissance banquet hosted by University of the Pacific history…

LESLIE KATZ/S.F. EXAMINERRoasted turtledoves were served at a Renaissance feast prepared by Ken Alabala
AP PHOTO/ELAINE THOMPSONTrusting a good importer or wine shop specialist

A few tips on how to buy a great bottle of wine

Lots of people, including my mother, ask me how to find that…

AP PHOTO/ELAINE THOMPSONTrusting a good importer or wine shop specialist
COURTESY GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERPoussin pot pie – with its nicely flaky crust and flavorful filling – is a menu highlight at Huxley.

American food tasty, on trend in tiny, impeccable Huxley

Photographs of food in magazines like Saveur or Canal House Cooking are…

COURTESY GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERPoussin pot pie – with its nicely flaky crust and flavorful filling – is a menu highlight at Huxley.
COURTESY YVONNE D. WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHYThe yummy Baked Potato Pizza at Howie’s Artisan Pizza is topped with scalloped potatoes

Howie’s Artisan Pizza expands to Redwood City

Howard Bulka, longtime chef-owner of Menlo Park’s fine-dining stalwart Marché and Palo…

COURTESY YVONNE D. WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHYThe yummy Baked Potato Pizza at Howie’s Artisan Pizza is topped with scalloped potatoes
COURTESY  PHOTOGlengoyne Distillery in Scotland has been making premium whisky for two centuries.

The spirit of San Francisco, made in Scotland

In March, the 15th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition unfurled at…

COURTESY  PHOTOGlengoyne Distillery in Scotland has been making premium whisky for two centuries.
COURTESY WENDY GOODFRIENDLeslie Sbrocco says one of her tasks as host of “Check

‘Check, Please!’ celebrates 10 tasty years

“Check, Please! Bay Area” – the TV show made popular by local…

COURTESY WENDY GOODFRIENDLeslie Sbrocco says one of her tasks as host of “Check
REMY DE LA MAUVINIERE/AP FILE PHOTOOld World wines

A few tips on how to read a wine label

Wine labels can seem very confusing, but they don’t need to be.…

REMY DE LA MAUVINIERE/AP FILE PHOTOOld World wines
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerTroy Bayless

At Hawker Fare, take your perfectly paired cocktail upstairs or downstairs

In a city as cramped and expensive as San Francisco, businesses need…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerTroy Bayless
GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERBrilliantly flavored with pesto

Marcella’s joyfully serves the ultimate lasagna

I grew up eating lasagna. The no-cook noodles came out of a…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERBrilliantly flavored with pesto
COURTESY  PHOTOTandoori dishes are a highlight at Rasoi Restaurant & Lounge.

Stylish, flavorful Indian dining at Rasoi in Burlingame

Aslam’s Rasoi in the Mission has been a favorite Indian and Pakistani…

COURTESY  PHOTOTandoori dishes are a highlight at Rasoi Restaurant & Lounge.
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Bartender at The Sea in Palo Alto knows the art of cocktails

The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse may have an unwieldy name, but every…

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COURTESY  PHOTOVisitors to The Exploratorium can enjoy wine

Get your tipple on in S.F. cultural institutions

There’s only so much art you can process without taking a break.…

COURTESY  PHOTOVisitors to The Exploratorium can enjoy wine