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Meticulous Mouthfuls: Two-Star Michelin Atelier Crenn

“It’s awfully quiet in here… And did you notice, those were her own paintings.” Last year one of the biggest highlights of our dining excursions for the team, was visiting this Michelin star institution in SF. When Associate Editor Dylan alluded to how the menu transcript was structured in a poetic format, I was slightly intrigued. Weeks … Continue reading

The Restaurant At Meadowood: Mt. St. Helena’s Best Kept Secret (Retrospect Review)

“Nestled away in a piney cul-de-sac of Napa Valley, the Meadowood resort has always been a place of secluded beauty, but for several years its restaurant gave up trying to compete with big names like the French Laundry and Domaine Chandon”- John Mariani, Esquire 10/10/2006 Meadowood’s reputation is perceived as the runner-up 3-Star Destination of the entire … Continue reading

Bottega: The Fastest Fine Dining Experience Ever (Retrospect Review)

“Oooh, what kind of surprise is it? Is it something I would like? Why don’t you tell me about it?” Napa… will I ever get sick and tired of this place? Probably, but for now I’ll enjoy every excursion until my mind grows weary of the crimson grape vines, luscious backdrops of Mt. St. Helena, … Continue reading

Meticulous Mouthfuls: Mother’s Day Special at Commis Oakland

 “You know back in my day, all the food was within reach and my grandfather used a rooted vegetable to brush his teeth, we all laughed at him. Now that we’re older looking back… that’s why we didn’t get sick so easily unlike now.” – Mom Piedmont is a place where I’ve visited many times … Continue reading

Meticulous Mouthfuls: Sons and Daughters, one star and two parallels

“We are the children of the S.F. culinary scene… the sons and daughters of this place.” – Waiter quoting the Owners of S & D Nob Hill, San Francisco…originally known as California hill and home of a select few of influential chefs who made quite an impact on the Northern California fine dining scene. Hubert … Continue reading

Loring Cafe: Bridging Minneapolis and Oakland

“This restaurant expresses a bohemian burlesque type of atmosphere…” When I first moved back to the Bay Area, I thought this old corner of the Bay would be converted into another Hipster hub. Not that I have anything against Hipsters, hell some of my friends make an argument that I could potentially be one in … Continue reading

Foodoofus Special Issue: The NorCal Chronicles #2; Reflect, Repent and Revisit.

Last year was a very unstable year for myself, however I discovered many new things about me that I didn’t notice until now. Before my current significant other, the last person I dated insisted to the very climax of our break-up, that I wasn’t “ambitious enough.” I guess it’s all in the eye of the … Continue reading

Foodoofus Special Issue: Christmas Edition 2011

Before we move forward with the current happenings in 2012 for Foodoofus, let’s take a few steps back shall we? “Can you watch your grandparents, while I drop off some gifts? It will only take an hour or two and then you can do whatever you need to do.” * Yeah it took a lot … Continue reading

Foodoofus Special Issue: The NorCal Chronicles #1; Bittersweet Bay Area

Wassup everyone, unlike most travel issues this one will probably be a consistent one for a very long time. I still have a good amount of family, friends and colleagues who live in and around NorCal (especially within the Bay Area) so from here on out, this exclusive series will be anything and everything experienced … Continue reading

Delightful Decadence of Del Tomate

“*after some Argentinian Spanish* She says, In traditional Pesto there’s no such thing as adding Lemon. Argentinian flavors aren’t that way. “Well I’m just stating my opinion, since she asked me… *sigh*” Initially what started as a small argument, soon came to peaceful conclusion about what food meant to Mr. and Mrs. Giacobbe. However let’s … Continue reading

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