Where to Eat in San Francisco

Favorite San Francisco Restaurants

Apr 2013: For over 30 years the International Association of Culinary Professionals has been having annual conferences in various cities around the United States; and this year it was in San Francisco. My friends and I are now think of ourselves as the “old timers”of this organization; but we still have great fun going out to dinner every night and seeing our friends! So, where did I take Darina from Ireland; Paula from Dallas; and Nina from Boston?

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Where to Eat in San Francisco (Updated)

Jun 2011: Or, a better title would be “Where to take Darina Allen, from Ireland, on a whirlwind tour of Restaurants in the Bay Area? Darina is famous in her native Ireland for teaching literally thousands of people how to cook in her Ballymaloe Cookery School in county Cork or through her many cookbooks, many television shows or through her many articles in magazines and newspapers. She has unbelievable energy and wants to spend every minute of her visit here learning about the food trends.

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The New SF Food Scene

May 2011: There is a whole new generation of cooks! While in the early 70's so many of us were teaching ourselves how to cook by reading cookbooks, the new generation is also teaching themselves how to cook; but, this time it's with a consciousness of where food comes from and how it nourishes the body and soul. They are also cooking and serving food to the public in unusual locations.

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So, You’ve Always Wanted to Run a Restaurant?

Apr 2010: Since owning and running a restaurant is a dream of so many people, I thought I would write up a profile on a successful 38-year old San Francisco restaurateur, Shelley Lindgren.

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Chez Panisse

Oct 2009: Is the fabulous reputation of CHEZ PANISSE really worth it? Is having dinner downstairs at Chez Panisse really worth the long trip from San Francisco? Is the food all that good; and the ambiance and the service? The answer is a resounding "Yes"!

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What’s the Difference Between Salumi and Charcuterie?

Dec 2007: Why is every new and good restaurant offering a starter of a plate of house-cured Salumi? How did bringing in a whole hog become so popular with chefs? Really, I don't know!

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San Francisco’s Pastries

Mar 2007: Who amongst us would not agree that French pastries are just about the best in the world? Well, America is catching up pretty fast! When I first went to France many years ago, I was interested to learn that there were two kinds of bakeries.

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More Favorite Restaurants

Jul 2006: In my last Newsletter, I wrote of my five favorite restaurants in San Francisco; namely, Boulevard, Slanted Door, COCO500, A16, and Rubicon, all of which are essentially destination restaurants—where you would take someone from out of town. Here are three more.

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My Favorite Restaurants

May 2006: "What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?" That is the question I am asked most often at Tante Marie's Cooking School! So, here for you is my answer.

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Insalata’s in San Anselmo

Mar 2006: There's a whole new look at INSALATA'S in San Anselmo! Wait until you see it — the dining room is warmer in tones with a more intimate feel; the service is very special; and the food has a new look and taste. Congratulations to Heidi Krahling and all staff — great job!

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COCO500 in San Francisco

Nov 2005: COCO500 is the newest hottest restaurant in San Francisco! As soon as you walk in, you are struck by the life of the place.

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