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Secret Recipe: Cala's Back Alley Pork Adobo Tacos

If you haven't committed to a sit-down meal at Cala yet (and you totally should), make the time to visit their no-reservation-required taco stand in the back of the restaurant. Open weekdays for lunch starting at 11am, Tacos Cala offers a daily array of Mexico City-style tacos guisados, or homestyle stews. Our favorite is the pork adobo tacos, with chunks of pork shoulder that are browned and braised until tender in a spicy, smokey red salsa. We love it so much, we got the recipe (and it's surprisingly easy). 

Secret Recipe: Sink Your Teeth Into 1760's Classic Pork Sisig

Leaving Sausalito's acclaimed Sushi Ran for San Francisco's struggling 1760 was the best decision Chef Carl Foronda ever made. Well, it was the best decision for 1760, anyway, which is having a revival thanks to Foronda's global flavors. And we're not compaining...have you tried the pork sisig yet?

Secret Recipe: Tasty Breakfast Potatoes From Plow

Portero Hill’s oh-so-Instagrammable brunch hotspot, Plow, has some of the best potatoes in the city. Hand-mashed and sprinkled with rosemary and thyme, the crispy side dish makes braving the brunch line totally worth it. Even better, now you can get plowed at home and cook these babies up whenever you want. Just follow this easy recipe. 

Secret Recipe: Cheese Dumplings With Cilantro Pesto from Sessions

Cheese dumplings mean next-level decadence. But when served with spicy cilantro and jalapeño pesto, you'll want to devour them by the platter. 

Secret Recipe: The Advocate's Chicken Liver Toast

While chicken liver toast can be ordered on menus all around the Bay Area, we're partial to the version at Berkeley's The Advocate, where Chef John Griffiths adds a brilliant layer of currant pistachio relish to the creamy dish. 

Secret Recipe: Juhu Beach Club's Masala Chai Tea

There's something about masala chai that just warms our hearts, and we can't think of a better blend than the spiced goodness being served at Oakland's Juhu Beach Club. Now you can get the same feeling at home with the JBC official recipe. Feel free to add bourbon or dark rum for a treat!

Secret Recipe: Calavera's Rhubarb Rose Margarita for National Margarita Day

At least once a month I belly up to the bar at Calavera in Uptown Oakland to sip their magical, salt air-rimmed margaritas and snack on guacamole con chapulines. It's my favorite tradition

Secret Recipe: Grits with Goat's Milk Curds at Al's Place

Al's Place was named The Best Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit Magazine last year, and we have a feeling that their grits had something to do with that decision. Topped with goat milk curds and shaved parmesan cheese, these are some of the tastiest grits you'll ever put in your mouth. Make them at home for a dinner that's sure to impress everyone you know. 

Secret Recipe: El Techo de Lolinda's Chicharrones de Carne

El Techo

It's no surprise that El Techo de Lolinda's chicharrones de carne are the stuff of legend. While inspired by Latin street food, these crispy morsels are not your basic sidewalk cracklins—El Techo's chicharrones are roasted and fried chunks of pork shoulder, and taste best when shared with your friends over a long (and margarita-filled) evening. Bottoms up.

Secret Recipe: Spaghetti Bros.' Toasted (Actually Deep-Fried) Ravioli

Though they're officially called 'toasted raviolis' on the menu at new Marina eatery Spaghetti Bros., these delicious pockets of pasta and cheese are actually deep-fried. According to Chefs Erik Lowe and Aaron, they're a St. Louis specialty, and they taste very similar to fried mozzarella sticks (in the best way possible). There's some leg work involved in making these at home— the ravioli dough and marinara sauce are both made from scratch— but you'll savor every moment. Try it out over the upcoming three-day weekend. 

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