Behind the Scenes as El Celler de Can Roca’s Roca Brothers Cook in San Francisco

It was a little like getting a backstage pass to a U2 concert. Only way better. That’s how I felt when I was invited to hang around in the kitchen on Wednesday night when the three Roca brothers, owners of the illustrious El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, were in San Francisco to cook a series of ...more

Cheesy Zucchini and Olive Bread — For Breakfast or Dinner

If given the choice between sweet and savory, I will almost always veer at full speed toward sweet. But a dinner four years ago at San Jose’s The Table had me backpedaling. That was when I had Chef de Cuisine Anthony Jimenez’s take on zucchini bread ....more

Vinebox Brings the Tasting Room to You

In much the same way that Birchbox sends subscribers samples of new beauty products monthly to try, Vinebox does the same with wine. But of course, you do need to be 21 to take possession of this box when it’s delivered to your door. And not every state allows shipping of alcohol ....more

What’s Old Is New Again At Dan Gordon’s

Some laws are meant to be broken. Or rescinded. Especially when it comes to the one that California enacted in 1999 that prohibited someone from owning both a restaurant and a bottling brewery ....more

Kinda, Sorta Patatas Bravas

Whenever I think of fried foods, I can’t help but think of two friends, whose opinions couldn’t be more divergent On one side, I have my buddy Ben of the blog, FocusSnapEat, who vows no fried foods will ever pass his lips. On the other side, I have my friend Andrea Nguyen, creator of the Viet World Kitchen blog ...more

A Tale of Three New Cookies

On-Demand Cookies with Doughbies In a world where most anything seems capable of materializing with just a click or swipe on an app comes cookies delivered to you in 20 minutes after you’ve placed your order online. That’s the premise of San Francisco startup Doughbies. I should qualify that ....more

Sate Your Thirst and Appetite at Smokestack

Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing Company in San Francisco specializes in B2B operations. That’s beer-to-barbecue to you and me. Think the usual suspects of ribs and chopped pork ....more

My Vietnamese Escargot Vongole

Inspiration comes in many forms. Reading a clever turn of phrase that captivates. Feeling the bracing spray of the ocean against your face ....more

Join the Food Gal and Dan Gordon of Gordon Biersch For A Cooking Demo

You know you’re in for a rousing good time when Dan Gordon is in the house. Join me when I host the South Bay’s famed brewmeister and founder of San Jose’s Gordon Biersch Brewing Company for a cooking demo, 2 p.m. Aug. 21, at Macy’s Valley Fair in Santa Clara ....more

You’d Be Wise To Stop In At Wise Sons

I did not grow up in New York. But I can still appreciate a good bagel, nevertheless. A native San Franciscan, I found my standard bearer to be the home-grown House of Bagels ....more