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Michael Bauer Gets Nostalgic for Contrada’s “Ubiquitous” Cal-Ital

Also: Bauer was spotted at China Live, Pete Kane tastes through Khai and Momo Chang finds locavore bonafides in Alameda Contrada Rolling into his thirty-first year of critical writing for the Chronicle, Michael Bauer [Read entire story]

Reem’s California Brings the Arab Corner Bakery Home to Fruitvale

Reem’s California launched two years ago as a food stand serving traditional Arab street foods — now, it has opened as a bright new brick-and-mortar restaurant in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. Meanwhile its [Read entire story]

The First Word on China Live From Michael Bauer Is Here

Also: Pete Kane asks “where’s the beef?” at Hitachino Beer & Wagyu China Live Michael Bauer is ready to voice his opinion on China Live, “the Eataly of Chinese food,” this week and discovers the $20 million [Read entire story]

A Full Decade Later, Michael Bauer Updates His Review of Divino

One of the benefits (?) of having the same critic for over 30 years Divino In Belmont, Michael Bauer returns to “unsung” neighborhood Italian spot Divino 11 years after his last review. It’s been so long since his [Read entire story]

Ayesha Curry’s International Smoke Will Take Over RN74

The global barbecue concept and Michael Mina partnership will open in the bottom of the Millennium Tower Accomplished lifestyle expert, soup disruptor, and grilled meat aficionado Ayesha Curry is reportedly expanding her [Read entire story]

Ryan Scott is No Longer the ‘Top Chef’ at Finn Town

Chef Steve Dustin will take over executive chef duties starting in June After launching a cookbook, opening a restaurant, designing a McDonald’s sandwich and making many regular guest appearances on the Today Show, [Read entire story]

Bauer Takes His Post-Top 100 Glow to Oakland’s Bellanico

Also: Pete Kane keeps on truckin’ to Old Bus Tavern and the East Bay Express discovers the “hot dining trend” called veganism Bellanico With the Top 100 behind him, Bauer snuck in an update review meal at [Read entire story]

Flour + Water, Hawker Fare Chefs Popping Up at Stones Throw and More A.M Intel

Five things to know this morning “Eat Like a Chef, Drink Like a Somm” series gets a summer lineup The folks from Stones Throw have released the details of the next two dinners in their collaborative charity dinner [Read entire story]

Michael Bauer Has Three Stars for Rooh’s Modernist Indian Cuisine

Plus: an update at Le Colonial, Cuban sandwiches at Media Noche and berbere-spiked everything at Anfilo Rooh The progressive Indian food revolution is apparently getting so heated Michael Bauer spotted Dosa owner Anjan [Read entire story]

The Chronicle’s 2017 Rising Star Chefs Are Culinary Leaders

The paper looked outside of traditional restaurant kitchens to find this year’s honorees Over the past 25 years of honoring the best local up-and-coming chefs, the Chronicle’s Rising Star honors have adapted to meet [Read entire story]

Super Duper is Giving Away Free Burgers and More A.M. Intel

Three things to get you through your Monday Cafe Du Nord will be a music venue again According to Hoodline, the basement cocktail bar and lounge at Cafe Du Nord has parted ways with bar stars The Bon Vivants. Although [Read entire story]

Martha Stewart and José Andrés Join BottleRock’s Star-Studded Culinary Stage

Expect crossover appearances from E40, Green Day, Macklemore, Everlast and more Despite some hiccups in its early years, Napa’s BottleRock festival continues to attract top-notch culinary talent to match the musicians [Read entire story]

ZeroFoodprint’s Earth Day Campaign is a Delicious Way To Neutralize Some Carbon Emissions

Participating restaurants will donate $1 per meal to help fund food-related carbon reduction projects After a successful campaign in 2016, the folks from ZeroFoodprint are back to help diners around the world do some [Read entire story]

Get Hip to B-Side, the Easygoing New Cocktail Lounge at SFJAZZ

Expect “uncomplicated” drinks, straightforward small plates and plenty of vinyl records The cocktail bar and restaurant inside the SFJAZZ center in Hayes Valley has struggled to hit the right note since the space [Read entire story]

West Oakland’s FuseBox Will Shutter This Weekend

Lease disputes and the high cost of doing business have claimed another local favorite Celebrated Korean fusion destination FuseBox will officially close its doors after a five-year run in an industrial corner of West [Read entire story]

Oakland’s Encuentro Returns for Earth Day and More A.M. Intel

Four things to know this Friday morning Encuentro’s Earth Day Celebration Vegetarian café and wine bar Encuentro, which closed abruptly after 9 years in Jack London Square this past January, is returning for a [Read entire story]

Michael Bauer Hops Aboard Dad’s Luncheonette

Also: tech titans at Tamarine, the New York Times in Chinatown, Pete Kane in the Bayou and buttery French in Berkeley Dad’s Luncheonette For his Sunday review, Bauer traveled to Half Moon Bay where former Saison Chef [Read entire story]

Michael Bauer Chews Up The Wolf, Drops Two Stars

Also: contemporary Indian at Rooh and third-wave coffee with a Southeast Asian influence at Drip Line The Wolf Bauer pulled an East Bay double this week, adding his voice to the critical reviews of Oakland’s newly [Read entire story]

San Francisco Brewing Co. Headed to Ghirardelli Square and More A.M. Intel

Four things to know today Scott’s Seafood fined for limiting bayside access Scott’s Seafood Restaurant in Jack London Square was hit with $395,000 in fines from the city of Oakland for blocking public access to the [Read entire story]

Sababa’s Second Location Will Greatly Increase the Financial District’s Pita Consumption

The humble little pita bar from the AQ team has some big plans in the works Since opening last May, Financial District Mediterranean spot Sababa has been doing brisk business out of its tiny space on Kearny Street. Now, [Read entire story]