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At Mourad, A Visual Matrix That Blends Morocco With Northern California

The story behind the Bay Area restaurant’s design
Apr 27, 2015 9:00 am

Welcome to Interior Motives, our new feature focusing on the design inspiration behind just-opened restaurants, food halls and bars. Next up: Mourad, chef Mourad Lahlou’s latest transporting restaurant, located in the old PacBell Building, an Art Deco relic that was once San Francisco’s tallest skyscraper.

St. George Spirits Is America’s Craftiest Distillery

A Bay Area pioneer, always pushing boundaries
Apr 22, 2015 10:00 am

Since its founding in 1982, St. George Spirits has developed a reputation as one of America’s pioneering craft distillers and easily one of the most fun to visit. Inside the company’s massive 65,000-square-foot Bay Area facility, you’ll find the laboratory, where wacky and wonderful distilling experiments hint at the next product in the pipeline. Writer Virginia Miller examines the legacy of this innovative distillery.

Where To Drink The Best Craft Beer In And Around San Francisco

Breweries and beer bars to put on your list
Apr 20, 2015 12:00 pm

You won’t make it very far in the Bay Area without finding excellent beer, whether at local breweries or beer bars. While brewhounds from around the world regularly make pilgrimages to malt meccas like Sierra Nevada in Chico, Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa or San Francisco’s original craft brewer, Anchor Brewing, there are dozens of classics and newcomers opening monthly all around the region. Here are 10 of the best destinations, plus additional recommendations to further your sudsy adventures while in town.

What Do Movie Stars Know About Making Wine?

It’s all about storytelling, says Kate Hudson
Apr 1, 2015 1:00 pm

The lifestyle of the wealthy celebrity inevitably leads to all sorts of investment opportunities. Some Hollywood starlets get into profitable but rather innocuous sidelines, like Jessica Alba with baby products. Others opt for more adult diversions, like wine. Indeed, a diverse array of actors and actresses have gotten heavily into the grape in recent years, ranging from romantic-comedy mainstay Kate Hudson to the X-rated-film siren Savanna Samson, both of whom have put out their own labels.

Should You Even Ask For A Glass Of Water At Restaurants In Bone-Dry California?

New rules put parched diners in a tough spot
Mar 18, 2015 3:00 pm

The once-standard complimentary glass of water is no longer automatic when patrons sit down to dine at restaurants in California. On Tuesday, the drought-stricken state imposed new conservation rules that prohibit restaurants from serving the life-sustaining liquid unless customers ask for it. But just because you can ask for water doesnt mean you should. We examine the moral dilemma.

Italian-American Wines Are Ready To Make A Comeback

12 great Italian varieties from U.S. producers
Mar 12, 2015 3:00 pm

The magic of traveling throughout many parts of California is that over the course of a relatively short drive you can experience entirely different climates — it can be 10 degrees warmer or colder and go from foggy to clear within a couple of miles. Such microclimates would not be unfamiliar to an Italian winemaker. Perhaps this little patch might be just right for Nebbiolo, while down in this valley over here the Sangiovese might be perfect. As winemakers in the U.S. realize that it’s possible to work with wine varieties that aren’t Francophonic, Italian-American wines are positioned for a major resurgence.

12 West Coast Chocolate Shops Raising The Bar

A cacao-fueled road trip from Seattle to L.A.
Feb 11, 2015 12:00 pm

First it was wine. Then coffee. And now it’s chocolate. The West Coast has always been one step ahead on food trends, and it’s ahead of the curve again — this time with craft chocolate. Sure, the popularity of so-called bean-to-bar chocolate makers is exploding (hello, Mast Brothers), but it can still be pretty hard to find to good stuff. 

McDonald's Japan Is Struggling, Cali Foie Gras Fighting, Pop Tart-Stuffed Donut

Some cool stories from the day in food news
Feb 5, 2015 4:30 pm

Welcome to the afternoon roundup! If it happened in food today, it's news to us. Here are a few stories that have caught our attention, including fast food, ice cream and goose liver.

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