2024 Northern and Central California Food News and Journalism [SF Bay Area, Northern California, Central California, Northern Nevada]

Maria C. in Mission Local on Dumpling Story

Dumpling Story
694 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110


Beef tongue came next:

Beef tongue in 1,000-year sauce.

Also thinly sliced, it came in a soy sauce-based stock — a “1,000-year sauce” — known as a master sauce in Cantonese cuisine. It can typically consist of soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, ginger, garlic, coriander, pepper, salt, sugar and chili powder. Sometimes cinnamon, star anise and dried mushrooms are used. This tasted similar to the five-spice of the beef slices, but in hyperdrive. As much as I loved the previous dish, I preferred the tongue for its luxuriant beefiness. One of my favorite items of the night.

Matts catches a trout at 8,500 feet in the snow -

the catch starts at about the 24:26 mark

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Nite Yun’s Cambodian food at Lunette in the SF Ferry Bulding -

from SF Standard - The K.T.P.P. (Kuy Teav Phnom Penh) soup, made with rice noodles, shrimp, “pork three ways,” and crispy garlic, all afloat in a lovingly made 8-hour pork broth."

The Kuy Teav Phnom Penh noodle soup (left) and Mee Kola bowl at Lunette Cambodia. | Source:Tâm Vũ/The Standard

Luke and Thien late night at Golden Boy Pizza at 542 Green in SF North Beach -

I don’t know if this is the best slice in San Francisco, but it sure felt like it was. Standing there hunched over outside in the lamplight, balancing the pizza box in one hand and a can of soda in the other while we ate. Cars whizzed past. A saxophone guy on the opposite street corner was playing something plaintive and jazzy. In that moment, it was hard to imagine anything better.

Eating a Golden Boy slice while standing on the sidewalk late at night is an indelible San Francisco experience. (Thien Pham)


Edalatpour in the East Bay Express -

Risa Nye in Oaklandside -

Join Edible East Bay for a Summer Issue Launch Party at Mosley’s Cafe in Alameda’s Grand Marina on Thursday, June 20, 6:30–8:30pm.


from Hoodline Oakland -

Rocky Rivera at KQED -


FYI as most of us tend to forget: there’s a thread just for Berkeley food news. I just posted the news about the replacement for Westbrae Biergarten on Gilman St./Berkeley.

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This was overdetermined from their relationship with Dave Portnoy. Like it’s one thing to take the scumbag’s money if he’s giving it away for free, but slobbering all over him by celebrating “Dave Portnoy Day”? When I read that I knew Sam’s was getting my business going forward.

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Narsai David, Bay Area restaurateur and food journalist, has passed away at age 87.

from KCBS -

Narsai’s Restaurant became a destination for a budding culture of people who now call themselves “foodies” and David became an originator of farm-table cuisine. He fed rock royalty such as the Rolling Stones, and actual royalty from the U.K. That led to a TV show, newspaper columns and, eventually, a show on KCBS Radio starting in the 1980s.

The audio from the KCBS tribute to Narsai begins at about the 1:15 mark. Narsai had a food segment on KCBS radio for decades:

from YouTube -

Berkeley Historical Society: Narsai David, food and wine entrepreneur and raconteur, reflects on the Berkeley food scene before and after the opening of Chez Panisse–revolution or evolution? February 28, 2021.