Din Tai Fung to Open Its First Bay Area Location, Blue Bottle Comes to Palo Alto & More

Din Tai Fung To Open at Valley Fair Shopping Center The news that rocked my food world? The announcement that Din Tai Fung, the dumpling-house darling, will open at Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose this winter. Publicists have confirmed that the popular Taiwanese chain will open a locale here, making it the first one in Northern California ....more

A Whale of A Meal at La Balena in Carmel-By-The-Sea

There are many reasons to adore Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s as picturesque as it gets, full of romance, and boasts a white sand beach that just begs you to doff your sandals and relax a long while. Now, I have another reason to love it: La Balena ....more

Noodle Bowls Are A Breeze with Oakland’s Nona Lim

Bowls of brothy noodles are the ultimate comfort dish. But you can work yourself into a tizzy in the time and care it takes to create one from scratch. Oakland’s Nona Lim makes it easy to enjoy your favorite Asian noodle bowl in a flash ....more

Presenting Carrot Tarte Tatin

It looks like a sweet. But eats like a savory. That’s exactly what this lovely “Carrot Tarte Tatin” is ....more

Oakland-Made Santipapas Salsas Tickle the Palate

As a registered nurse, Mark Sorenson definitely knows how to soothe the ailing. Now as a salsa entrepreneur, he’s proving he knows how to perk up the taste buds, too. What started as a hobby has now turned into a full-fledged business ....more

The Progress Report

How do you follow-up a smash-hit restaurant that proved a game-changer in the dining world? If you’re Chef-Owners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of the red-hot, James Beard Award-winning State Bird Provisions in San Francisco, you do it with The Progress, which opened next door in December. The Progress was originally going to be the couple’s first restaurant ....more

Scenes From GourmetFest 2015 in Carmel

Tranquil Carmel-by-the-Sea was abuzz over the weekend, as some of the most extraordinary chefs in the world descended upon this little hamlet for the second annual CarmelFest. They included Oliver Roellinger of Breton, who unceremoniously gave back his three Michelin stars at his Maisons de Bricort, because he said he could not physically cook at that demanding level any ...more

Join the Food Gal and the Chef of Zola for a Cooking Demo at Macy’s

Have you dined at the wonderful new Zola restaurant in downtown Palo Alto, which has been garnering rave reviews? If not, you can get a taste of its comforting French-California cuisine when its chef-owner, Guillaume Bienaime, joins me for a cooking demo at 2 p.m. March 14 at Macy’s Valley Fair. Bienaime opened Zola late last summer ....more

A Lemon Tart For When You’re Feeling Lazy

Have you ever rolled a vacuum cleaner over and over and over a dust ball on the carpet, knowing full well if you just bent over to pick it up with your fingers, it would be a whole lot quicker? Oh yeah, been there, done that. I bet you have, too ....more

The Goods on Manresa Bread Bakery

The South Bay’s most anticipated bakery, Manresa Bread, finally opened a week ago, in downtown Los Gatos. If you think that means bypassing those long, long lines at its stands at the Palo Alto and Campbell farmers markets on Sundays, guess again. The queue may be shorter at the new bakery, just around the corner from Michelin two-starred Manresa ...more