Food & Drink

COURTESY NAKEDWINES.COMOnline retailer Nakedwines.com also has a brick and mortar presence in Kenwood.

New purveyors bare all at Nakedwines.com

If you’re looking for the next best thing on your quest to…

COURTESY NAKEDWINES.COMOnline retailer Nakedwines.com also has a brick and mortar presence in Kenwood.

Pho a highlight at San Mateo's Ben Tre

South San Francisco and Millbrae’s popular Vietnamese restaurant Ben Tre has opened…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERThe chicken confit sandwich at the sandwich station exemplifies the deluxe offerings at The Market.

Upscale Market on Market Street has its pluses and minuses

When The Market — ­­­Twitter’s new marketplace on Market Street — launched…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERThe chicken confit sandwich at the sandwich station exemplifies the deluxe offerings at The Market.
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerJeffrey Crolius tends bar

Charbay hits the bull's eye when it comes to distilling alcohol

There's nothing more country feeling than shooting guns and drinking whiskey out…

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

Rustic Firehouse Bistro evokes pastoral Woodside

Firehouse Bistro in Woodside occupies the historic fire station that was the…

GABRIELLE LURIE SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERFor a nice example of a Peruvian classic

Tasty Peruvian fare, spotty service at Mochica

My first and second impressions of the recently relocated Mochica were that…

GABRIELLE LURIE SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERFor a nice example of a Peruvian classic
COURTESY JANOS GEREBENLilea Eshoo and her cousin Tybalt Parhad serve up California Lavash at the specialty food trade show in San Francisco.

California Lavash: ancient, exotic, versatile

Lilea Eshoo’s family business, California Lavash, began in a garage — not…

COURTESY JANOS GEREBENLilea Eshoo and her cousin Tybalt Parhad serve up California Lavash at the specialty food trade show in San Francisco.
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerGin is like a jazz solo -- one player steps up at a time

SF distiller Arne Hillesland hits all the right notes with No. 209 gin

Straight out of the still, gin never tasted better. It was mid-January…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerGin is like a jazz solo -- one player steps up at a time
GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERFresh fish filet boiled in house spicy sauce is a menu highlight at Spicy Legend on Clement Street.

Szechuan with a spicy happy feeling at Spicy Legend

Spicy Legend, a new Sichuanese spot on Clement Street, has one of…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERFresh fish filet boiled in house spicy sauce is a menu highlight at Spicy Legend on Clement Street.

Discovering the martini's Bay Area roots

The next time 007 orders a martini, shaken not stirred, he’ll be…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerFog Harbor Fish House bar manager and sommelier Nusan Brounstein says the restaurant's insistence on fresh ingredients extends to the drink menu.

At Fog Harbor Fish House, bar and restaurant practice what they preach

It is perhaps fitting that bar manager and sommelier Nusan Brounstein has…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerFog Harbor Fish House bar manager and sommelier Nusan Brounstein says the restaurant's insistence on fresh ingredients extends to the drink menu.
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Californios' upscale Mexican fare exquisite, delicious and coy

In concept, Californios is a clear, attractive restaurant. There is no menu…

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COURTESY WATERBAREating oysters at Waterbar helps support local charities like the Make-a-Wish Bay Area.

Drink and dine for a good cause

Sipping Champagne and slurping oysters is a beloved pastime for food and…

COURTESY WATERBAREating oysters at Waterbar helps support local charities like the Make-a-Wish Bay Area.
COURTESY  PHOTOThe Lava Special Chicken -- with curry

Lava Indian gives Brisbane a spot on the dining map

Practically hidden off U.S. Highway 101, Brisbane doesn’t often make dining headlines,…

COURTESY  PHOTOThe Lava Special Chicken -- with curry
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Avid wine drinkers toast some great apps

How we ever navigated the world without our smart phones is a…

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Lunchpad sandwiches perfectly balanced, crazy delicious

It’s been almost two years since The Lunchpad started slinging hearty, artisanal…

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Arte Ristorante sees renaissance in Palo Alto

After a brief renovation and acquiring new ownership and a new chef…

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Brenda’s Meat and Three the utmost in Southern cookin'

Recently, I had the privilege of dining at Arnold’s, the vaunted Nashville…

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New Year's resolution: Eat, drink and be thrifty

Well, it's that time of the year again when we're spooling down…

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The Empire Room breathes new life into former tiki-themed space

It's amazing to see the many lives that certain spaces in this…

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