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Five of the City’s Best Spots for Solo Diners

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Some folks are uncomfortable dining out alone and would rather keep their eyes glued to their iPhone all night, while others enjoy the adventure of solo flight; it certainly makes it easy to meet new people, and to get to know the restaurant staff. Here are five of the city’s best counters where solo diners can score a totally delicious meal (and not feel like a freak).

Five New Culinary Skills to Master in the New Year

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While everyone is talking about classic hard-to-fulfill New Year’s resolutions like “lose 10 pounds!” and drinking less (wah!), why not focus on something that adds to your arsenal of culinary and wine skills instead? Below are our five picks for ways to increase your bragging rights.

Pastry Chef Nicole Plue Plays with Childhood Classics

Nicole Plue

Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs? Or Oreo cookies perhaps? So is pastry chef Nicole Plue, a James Beard award winner who’s feeding the craving for her favorite childhood sweets with a just-launched line of treats and toppings called Sideshow by Nicole Plue.

Meet Your New Main Squeeze

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After doing some serious holiday damage (oh, you know, the decorated cookies, the latkes, the holiday party buffets, the prime rib at Christmas, the rum balls), your body could probably use a break. The next big thing that seems to be hitting our fair city is a large number of fresh juice shops and stands and cleanse deliveries. Whether you’re up for a three-day cleanse, or maybe just a liquid lunch, here are five spots that will have your body giving thanks for the nutrient boost (instead of the egg nog).

Seven Bay Area Cookbooks to Give Your Favorite Foodie


Here's what to add to the cook in your life's bookshelf.

Five Places Serving a Tasty New Year’s Day Brunch

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Nothing quite like ringing in the new year with a raging headache. You’d think we all would have learned by now, but no, every year, we manage to overdo it. Since New Year’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, I for one am grateful for all the restaurants open and serving New Year’s Day brunch for the bleary-eyed masses (or lunch, depending on what time you roll out of bed). Here are some places where you can let the healing begin.


Five New Restaurants to Try This Month


So you are probably getting most of your nourishment from holiday parties right now, right? But (wo)man can’t live on canapés and latkes alone. When it’s time to have a proper meal, here’s your monthly reminder of five new spots that recently opened around town.

Local Restaurants Going Above and Beyond to Feed SF

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At the corner of Fulton and Gough streets, bakery-cafe Hayes Valley Bakeworks serves a healthy dose of real-world solutions with scrumptious maple-bacon cinnamon rolls and ginger marmalade muffins on the side. The secret ingredient: A staff composed largely of disadvantaged and at-risk employees.

Where to Get Your Buffalo Fix

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One of America's proud contributions to the flavor canon is the trinity of spicy Buffalo sauce, blue cheese, and celery. It's such a classic combo that it offers a perfect opportunity for chefs to play around with it. If you're a fan of spicy Buffalo sauce, here are seven spots around town that offer some fun options.

Five Holiday Markets That Are Good Enough to Eat

Nana Joe's Granola

Gift giving can be tricky for some folks in your life (like people at work, or your therapist). But really, one gift almost everyone is happy to receive is the one of food—quality jams, or honey, or tea? Yes please!

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