Food & Drink

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERThe crazy-souding Risky Bizness at Lou’s Cafe – a sandwich busting with pastrami

Tasty, offbeat sandwiches at Lou’s Cafe in the Richmond

While recently guest speaking to my daughter’s sixth grade class, I decided…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERThe crazy-souding Risky Bizness at Lou’s Cafe – a sandwich busting with pastrami
GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERA piece of tasty

Cheap, groovy, global rotisserie chicken at Spinnerie

Spinnerie, a new fast-casual spot on the corner of Polk and Pine…

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COURTESY  PHOTODosa owner Anjan Mitra

Great synergies pairing wine with Indian food

As a passionate consumer of Asian food — and a big fan…

COURTESY  PHOTODosa owner Anjan Mitra
Courtesy photoIPhone app Snooth allows users to both rate and locate wine in the surrounding area.

Meet the queen bee behind Summer Place in Nob Hill

The first time I met Suzy Gordon at Summer Place in Nob…

Courtesy photoIPhone app Snooth allows users to both rate and locate wine in the surrounding area.
COURTESY  PHOTOUpscale traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes are on the menu at ichiZen in Millbrae.

Warm atmosphere at ichiZen in Millbrae

A new Millbrae eatery, ichiZen, is serving upscale traditional and contemporary Japanese…

COURTESY  PHOTOUpscale traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes are on the menu at ichiZen in Millbrae.
COURTESY PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCEL’Aventure winery produces a Cote a Cote blend that takes its inspiration from the Rhone Valley.

Discover off-the-beaten-path red grapes

California has long been producing stellar cabernet sauvignons and food-friendly pinot noirs.…

COURTESY PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCEL’Aventure winery produces a Cote a Cote blend that takes its inspiration from the Rhone Valley.
COURTESY  PHOTOChicken-and beef-based soup options are many at OK Pho in Daly City.

Much more than ordinary noodles at OK Pho

OK Pho, a new Vietnamese restaurant on the Colma-Daly City border, offers…

COURTESY  PHOTOChicken-and beef-based soup options are many at OK Pho in Daly City.
GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERDon’t miss the flawless eggs Benedict and roasted potatoes at Elmira Rosticceria

Super fresh Italian tastes at humble Elmira Rosticceria

It’s no secret that I’m more than a little obsessed with Italy.…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERDon’t miss the flawless eggs Benedict and roasted potatoes at Elmira Rosticceria

Amoura opens first South S.F. outpost

Amoura owner Sam Shihadeh brings the Mediterranean theme from his casual Amoura…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERThe distinctive papaya salad at the new Hawker Fare in San Francisco is studded with tasty black crab.

Fun funk factor with Hawker Fare’s Thai and Lao fare

A few years ago, chef James Syhabout opened Hawker Fare, a casual…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERThe distinctive papaya salad at the new Hawker Fare in San Francisco is studded with tasty black crab.
COURTESY GLODOW NEAD COMMUNICATIONSSonoma Valley's Girlfriends Getaway in March and April offers wine-related promotions geared toward women.

Girls just want to have fun in Sonoma Valley

Sonoma Valley’s Girlfriends Getaway began five years ago as an activity-packed weekend…

COURTESY GLODOW NEAD COMMUNICATIONSSonoma Valley's Girlfriends Getaway in March and April offers wine-related promotions geared toward women.
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerBartender Stellar Cassidy has made craft beer her specialty.

Falling in love with craft beer in SF

You will not find a sign with Church Key's name on it,…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerBartender Stellar Cassidy has made craft beer her specialty.
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Made in China’s amusing menu leads to dining adventure

“There is no cauliflower in the Shenyang cauliflower,” our server mysteriously warned…

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COURTESY MICHAEL GARLANDFresh fish has been a staple at Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant for nearly 150 years.

Sam’s Grill up for another century of no-nonsense dining

The term classic is literal – and used in the best sense…

COURTESY MICHAEL GARLANDFresh fish has been a staple at Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant for nearly 150 years.
GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERTacos at Padrecito – featuring thick

Chips, calamari tacos, comfy feeling at Padrecito

Padrecito suits Cole Valley. The upscale Mexican spot is full of dark…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERTacos at Padrecito – featuring thick
COURTESY  PHOTOThe menu at Cowboy Fishing Co. spotlights crab – in dishes such as crab cakes (pictured)

Cowboy Fishing a friendly spot for bites and brews

Half Moon Bay’s fishing and horse ranches come together at Cowboy Fishing…

COURTESY  PHOTOThe menu at Cowboy Fishing Co. spotlights crab – in dishes such as crab cakes (pictured)
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerTim Stookey’s Stookey’s Club Moderne on 895 Bush St. is a sophisticated cocktail lounge that hearkens back to post-Prohibition bars.

New Orleans in SF, upscale cocktails, ramen and booze, and a fond farewell

Here’s a small samplings of bars around San Francisco doing good things…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerTim Stookey’s Stookey’s Club Moderne on 895 Bush St. is a sophisticated cocktail lounge that hearkens back to post-Prohibition bars.
GABRIELLE LURIE / SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERThe bright

ABV brilliantly pairs ethereal bar bites and spirits

I fell in love with ABV the second I took a bite…

GABRIELLE LURIE / SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERThe bright
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerJeffrey Crolius tends bar

An Old World approach to a New World whiskey

Adam Spiegel is as humble a distiller as they come. After graduating…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerJeffrey Crolius tends bar

Join the bone-broth trend at Belcampo

Not just cooking stock anymore, bone broth — a nutrient-rich drink and…