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Nosh Box: Tasting Cuba Libre

If there’s a national Cuban dish it’s clearly ropa vieja. This is shredded flank steak that has been brazed in a zesty tomato-paste and beef-broth sauce. Throw in onions, bell pepper and garlic, then season with cumin and cilantro. Finally, a dash of olive oil and vinegar are added for mouth-feel and balance. But ironically, most Cubans don’t eat it, because beef is controlled by the state in Cuba, and is too expensive for the natives.
March 1, 2019

Nosh Box: Time for a Wise Crack

Now’s a great time to crack a Metacarcinus Magister, whom we know as Dungeness crab. After five years of Latin during high school and college, the literal translation is somewhat whimsical: “teacher crab.” This crustacean is renowned along the West Coast, and especially in the Bay Area. Dungeness crabs are a very important in California as one of the oldest and most valuable fishing grounds, creating jobs for coastal fishermen and processors, as well as emerging in local folklore.
February 19, 2019

Nosh Box: Soup’s On

Neck and neck with February for the year’s coldest month, January better personifies cold and damp. There’s one food that satisfies and warms the body and soul in the heart of East Bay’s winter. A cup or bowl of steaming soup is like a soft woolen sweater for your innards—and your outlook.
January 1, 2019

Don't Call Them Tortilla Chips

Temescal restaurant Doña Tomás serves guacamole and totopos.
December 20, 2018

Wooden Table Adds New Treats: Conitos

These dulce de leche “mountains” are named after real Andean peaks.
October 26, 2018

Trap Kitchen Changes Lives With Food

The duo will be in the Bay Area for a food show-dance party mash-up.
October 4, 2018

Nosh Box: Spooked in October

Today’s Halloween foci are kids and candy. But that doesn’t prevent adults from indulging in both the costumes and the calories. Adult Halloween parties likely motivated Ogden Nash when he opined, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.”
October 1, 2018

Eat Real Turns 10

This year’s three-day food extravaganza showcases more than 70 sustainably sourced menus and more than 40 craft beers, wines, and cocktails.
September 13, 2018

CoRo Coffee Room Redefines Locally Roasted and Fresh

Bay Area Co-Roasters four production roasters, a cupping room, and two processing spaces in which coffee can be weighed, bagged, and sealed, and its cafe opened in July.
September 7, 2018

Nosh Box: Cheese to Please

September shows a split personality. The month blesses us with most of summer’s bounty, yet holds equal promise of fall comfort food. Typically regarded as the harvest month, September also is time to select seasonal cheeses, especially those made from goat’s milk. Cheese isn’t seasonal the same way that stone fruit or table grapes are. And globally, cheese isn’t seasonal at all. Seasonality applies in the realm of small-scale cheese-makers, like Pacific Cheese in Hayward, or Belfiore Cheese in Berkeley.
September 1, 2018