Cooking with Smoke and Direct Fire at Primitivo in the Garden District

What: Primitivo @EatPrimitivo At this NOLA newcomer, our waitress explained that there isn’t really a theme or nationality that guides the menu Primitivo, just a philosophy. That philosophy is to use local, seasonal ingredients and prepare them in some manner that involves their gigantic open-flame hearth. Smoke is the key to nearly every dish they […]

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Feed a Family of Four with a Single Pastrami Sandwich at Harold’s

What: Harold’s NY Deli An old-school NY-style sit-down delicatessen serving monstrous portions of all of the Jewish classics. I’m by no means the first to speak the praised of the place – it’s been written about all over the place including in Saveur, the New York Times, as well as a feature on Man vs. […]

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Unusual Yucatan Specialties from a North Beach Hole-In-The-Wall

What: Panuchos Let’s name all the Mexican dishes you’re used to finding in restaurants. Tacos, burritos, nachos, tortas, quesadillas, flautas, tostadas, etc, etc, etc. I bet we could go on and on and on. But, how about a “panucho”? Ever heard of that? I certainly hadn’t before this meal, but I’ll get more into that […]

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This is Undoubtedly the Best Po’ Boy Shop in all the Land

What: Parkway Bakery and Tavern @ParkwayPoorboys This bar and restaurant is quite old, very famous, and generally regarded as the ultimate place to go for the very best poboys in NOLA. Where: Midcity 538 Hagan Ave. New Orleans, LA 70119 When: This is the kind of place that’s perfect for any time you need a […]

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Impressive Cocktails and Fine Dining Small Plates with Filipino Flair

What: 1760 @1760SF A well-regarded, two-year-old, high-end restaurant that focuses on globally inspired tapas style small plates. Who: New Chef, Carl Foronda, has overhauled the restaurant’s entire menu with dishes that include influences from his Filipino heritage. Where: Lower Nob Hill On Polk Street 1760 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 When: Perfect for a […]

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Mike Winston’s Best Meals of 2015

Yes, I know this year-end list is beyond belated. Actually, I’m probably over a month late. Normally, I’m not one to make these kinds of excuses, but my life has been pretty hectic lately. As you may or may not know, I’m getting married in a couple of months, so my time has recently come […]

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Experimental Meat-tastic Creations at Chris Cosentino’s Cockscomb

Break out the confetti and champagne!! It’s a perfect ten! Chef Chris Cosentino knows exactly how to work his way into that soft spot in my heart. All it took was a few of his crazy, funky, zany, inventive, and downright delicious over-the-top meat-filled culinary creations. Yes, that’s right — I’m giving this place my […]

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Your Next Date Night Should Involve SF’s Very Best Burger

I love that we live in a time where the modest and familiar burger is treated with the same skill and care as a seared duck breast or other fancy-sounding entrée. These impressive creations are no longer haphazardly assembled by slapping together unwanted scraps and trimmings and are no longer regarded just as greasy pub […]

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Where to Find Incredibly Fragrant, Spice-Loaded Afghan Food in Sunnyvale

This is what happened when a craving that doesn’t often strike me, struck. Usually when I crave Middle Eastern food, it comes in the form of intense yearning for falafel or hummus. But, on this particular day, I needed to find an extremely meaty meal of kebab over rice and a quick search of the […]

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A Portal From SF to Cuba and Its Unexpected Relation to Homemade Fettuccine

There I was, seated inside of a gold-painted shipping container, face-to-face with a live-streaming 23-year-old girl in Havana. What in the world should we talk about? First, names. Then I quickly learned that she — just like me — studied to be a graphic designer and had just finished her studies at university. We talked […]

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