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

from KCRA Channel 3 Sacramento -

The wine industry is changing. Supply is exceeding demand and local grape growers are seeing that impact as the California wine country is leveling hundreds of acres of vineyards


New “affordable” housing?

Luke -

Welcome to Suhoor Fest, an annual food-focused, late-night Ramadan celebration co-organized by Halal Fest and El Halal Amigos. Now in its third year, the festival’s 2024 edition will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., at the SABA Center in North San Jose. It’s by far the largest event of its kind here in the Bay Area. All told, about 25,000 people attended last year’s event, Abdelfattah estimates. This year, he expects the turnout to be that big again — if not bigger.

Suhoor Fest will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 11 p.m.–5 a.m., in the parking lot of the SABA Islamic Center (4415 Fortran Ct., San Jose). El Halal Amigos is located at 1100 Lincoln Avenue in San Jose. For its Suhoor Nights series during Ramadan, the restaurant will serve breakfast burritos on March 23 and March 30, and crunchy tacos on April 6 — from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on each of those Saturday nights.

The rest of the menu covers the whole gamut of traditional Tanzanian dishes. There are vitumbua rice pancakes — a popular breakfast street food — which are like dense, chewy balls of slightly gingery rice pudding. There’s chips mayai, or “zege,” which is essentially a French fry omelet, similar to a Spanish tortilla. And, for heartier eaters, Mkenda fries whole fish and serves it with ugali — the traditional Tanzanian cornmeal dough — on the side.

Swahili Spot is open Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at 1327 Peralta St. in Oakland.

first SF Chron review from MacKenzie Chung Fegan- Zuni Cafe


Not Bay Area but Mickey Mouse explains Nowruz, Persian New Year, which started this week -


Luke Tsai and artist Briana Loewinsohn on late night dining at the original Top Dog, 2543 Durant in Berkeley -


Many a time a late night visit was made to Top Dog on Durant , whether it was coming back from a concert at Winterland, the Greek or elsewhere or to break up a study marathon, Top Dog was there and a pleasant walk from campus.


Salmon fishing limits and alternatives (such as closure of the season) due to low stock will be discussed by Pacific Fishery Management Council in a Santa Rosa meeting on Monday, March 25, 2024 -

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has produced three options for ocean salmon seasons beginning May 16, 2024. Two of the three alternatives would authorize short ocean salmon season dates and establish small harvest limits for commercial and sport fishing off California in 2024. The third alternative would close the ocean fisheries off California for a second consecutive year.


Fremont Restaurant Week. March 22 -31 2024

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Flaky Yemenite Jewish Pancakes Just Landed in Silicon Valley – Ma’lawach Bar opened in Palo Alto last week and serves Yemeni-Jewish cuisine that’s rarely seen in the Bay Area. Currently open Sun–Thurs only. 4131 El Camino Real, Suite 100, Palo Alto

Ma’lawach Bar opens in Palo Alto

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Spring SF Restaurant Week

April 5-14, 2024



On KQED FM Radio 88.5 Forum today Friday 3/29 at 10 am repeated at 9pm and then in the archives -

Author Arielle Johnson talks about her book “Flavorama” and talks about the science of flavor.

Crab season ends early.


from Plant
Based News -

On Wednesday, March 27, the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters officially confirmed that a citizen-led petition to ban factory farms qualified for the ballot. Volunteers from the Coalition to End Factory Farming (CEFF) submitted over 37 thousand signatures earlier this month.


SFGate: Bay Area Safeway and Target stores are overcharging customers, officials say


The sneaking suspicion that Safeway is overpriced is real. I really try and avoid them at all costs.


From Oaklandside/Berkeleyside -

Bageltopia opens today 4/2 on University between Sacramento and Acton in Berkeley.


1401 University Ave., Berkeley; www.thebageltopia.com

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Dan Graf’s bagel recipe is inspired by the New Jersey bagels he ate growing up in the Garden State. Credit: Kelly Sullivan

Luke Tsai on Rasa Rasa Indonesian in the Mission.

Rasa Rasa Kitchen is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m.–9 p.m. for dinner, at 2200 Bryant St. in San Francisco. The Rasa Rasa food truck is open 11 a.m.–8 p.m. daily inside Parklab Gardens at 1379 4th St. in San Francisco.

Luke Tsai and artist Thien Pham -

Viet-Cajun in San Jose.

This Viet-Cajun Spot in San Jose Serves the Freshest Crawfish Boils Until 4 a.m.

By the end of our meal at Cajun Bistro 7, we’d left a pile of shrimp and crawfish carcasses in our wake. The Viet-Cajun spot in San Jose is open until 4 a.m. daily. (Thien Pham.


SF Ube Festval Sunday April 7 2024 at 428 11th St. SF

Ube cupcakes, ‘flandesals’ and ube flan cheesecakes — all from Hayward-based Marley’s Treats, where the ube desserts are by far the most popular items. (Marley’s Treats

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I’m heading to Four Kings this Saturday, very excited! Will report back.


here’s my review of Four Kings: Four Kings - San Francisco Chinatown


Just found out that Monk’s Kettle in the Mission is moving over to Rockridge. Dang.

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NamaFest will take place in Umami Mart’s back lot (4027 Broadway, Oakland) on Sat., April 13, from 1–5 p.m. Tickets are $55 and include a tasting of all 16 sakes.

from KQED -

As the founder of If Only Creative — a Berkeley-based creative agency that supports dope East Bay destinations such as Popoca, DAYTRIP and Burdell — Sanchez-Dunning is fiercely aligned with those who share her sense of community values. A homegrown Chicana, she predominantly works with small business owners of color. She carved her way into the scene with her relentless hustle, building her studio from the ground up by hiring other women of color that represent the Bay Area she knows. Beyond providing photography, social media management and branding for a handful of local outlets, Sanchez-Dunning hosts events to celebrate the Bay’s rich food traditions.

The Bay Area’s Official SUHOOR FEST 2024 which was held on Saturday Night March 23rd, 2024 from 11 PM to 5 AM at the SABA Center in San Jose, CA

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IKEA Downtown SF 945 Market St new 450-seat Saluhall food hall opens today 4/11. Open Wed -Sun until May 6 when it will be open 7 days a week.


from SF Standard


  • Curry Up Now

  • Kayma Algerian Eatery

  • Casa Borinqueña

  • Momo Noodle

  • Taqueria La Venganza

A plate of two mofongo cups from Casa Boriqueña at Saluhall costs $13. | Source:Garrett Leahy/The Standard



    8 AM - 10 PM

11 AM - 10 PM

Open 7 days a week starting May 6, 2024