.Food & Drink

Feb 1, 2023

Saltbreaker, Dream Maker

Bring a sense of adventure when setting out to find this Alameda restaurant   Under the cold winter stars, a beacon of light beamed out of the Alameda darkness. After circling several streets lined by unlit buildings, Saltbreaker appeared like a remote outpost in the middle of the Arctic tundra. It’s...
Jan 4, 2023

We All Scream

For the soft serve ice cream at MyGoodness Bear Silber’s pop-up, MyGoodness, was inspired by a Toronto dessert shop he visited in 2016. “Sweet Jesus was making really fancy cones,” Silber recalled. “Instead of including toppings, they would...
Dec 28, 2022

Low Bar

Co-owners Matt Meyer and Daniel Paez have set the bar pretty damn high   On a recent Friday night at Low Bar, I was reminded of my 30-year-old self for a couple of hours. At that age, I and...
Dec 21, 2022

Pie Society

A not-so-secret society of delicious sweet and savory pies   The best-selling pie at Angela Pinkerton’s Pie Society is the passion fruit meringue. The chef developed the recipe when she opened her San Francisco restaurant, Theorita, in 2018. But...
Dec 14, 2022


Where hummingbirds are a symbol of good luck  Chef Jesus Wence has been working in his family’s business since it opened in Pleasant Hill 10 years ago. He was 14 when he started to work in the kitchen...
Dec 7, 2022

Hotpot Hotspot

Phoget about soup and set the hotpot to boil  Happiness is a hotpot filled with vegetables simmering in a bubbly broth. East Bay diners out for Vietnamese food are probably more familiar with bowls of phở. But at...
Nov 30, 2022

Eat the Rich

One course of horror, another of refined camp As Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films, Ralph Fiennes expresses a self-reflexive sense of awe and pleasure each time he causes someone harm. His regenerative capacity to summon up...
Nov 23, 2022

The Sunday Brunch

A fusion of Korean American brunch and dinner  Brunch lovers will find—if not a cure—then a temporary salve for their hangovers at The Sunday restaurant. Not only does the menu take a comprehensive approach to all forms of...
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