Our New Reality

As we learn more about COVID-19, it’s become clear that the reality of social distancing will be with us for the foreseeable future. For many of us, it’s been disheartening as we grapple with the deep challenges of living during a pandemic. But, there have also been moments of hope and encouragement. So many of us have made the necessary adaptations to help keep one another safe while at the same time, rising together for racial justice.

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Ice Cream: Classic Sweet Indulgence Breaks the Mold

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. Not just any ice cream, either, but small-batch, ultra-premium ice cream. According to the most recent State of the Industry report by Dairy Foods magazine, indulgence, variety and high quality are all trends that have traction and have helped to build a new category of artisanal ice cream.

Amy Sherman
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alaMar's Chef German: “Let’s Not Quit”

A born-and-bred New Yorker who’d spent his career working in Manhattan kitchens, Nelson witnessed his destiny unfold when he baked a cake for his best friend’s birthday party. It was there that he met his future wife, May. “When she tasted that, it made her get my number,” he says with a grin. “We’ve been together ever since, which is why I’m here today—I came to California for love, of course.” 

Susannah Chen
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Restaurants Have Survived—and Even Thrived—During the Pandemic

In the three months since we checked in with merchants on the state of their restaurants during the pandemic, a lot has happened. The global economy saw its worst downturn since the Great Depression. Black Lives Matter became the largest movement ever in U.S. history. Loosened social distancing restrictions at the onset of summer brought on a second spike in COVID-19 cases across the Sun Belt, prompting officials to shut down states yet again. 

Susannah Chen
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RT Rotisserie: Changing the Delivery Game

When Sarah and Evan Rich met in Manhattan 18 years ago, they hardly could have imagined that they would someday be running a small empire of restaurants in San Francisco. In fact, if it weren’t for the need to change clothing before and after service, the wife-and-husband chef duo might never have met at all.

Susannah Chen
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The Peninsula’s Food Revival

Aside from a year-round temperate climate, proximity to countless Internet startups, and some of the priciest housing in the country, the Peninsula towns of Burlingame, San Mateo, Woodside, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Mountain View share something surprising in common: They all have Michelin-starred restaurants.

Susannah Chen
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How Temescal Transformed from a Small Creek to a Multicultural Neighborhood

Unless you’re familiar with the Oakland neighborhood, the word “temescal” probably doesn’t ring a bell. That’s because it’s derived from the ancient Nahuatl language of the Aztec people.

James Lee
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Bubble Tea: A Cool Way to Chill Out

It’s hard to imagine a beverage that’s more fun to drink that bubble tea. It’s customizable, cool and quenching, and sippers can choose their preferred flavors, sweetness level, and any number of add-ins and toppings.

Amy Sherman
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20 Over-the-Top Burgers You Simply Can’t Miss

Sometimes you want a burger, but an ordinary one just won’t do. These burgers put a new spin on the classic you already know and love. Get ready for toppings galore! These burgers include everything you can imagine including down home chili and cheese, fig marmalade and blue cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and even a glazed donut bun.

Amy Sherman
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20 Fries to Satisfy Every Craving

Sometimes French fries are a complementary side to a burger or hot dog, but sometimes they are more like a meal themselves. From sophisticated flavorings to toppings that include everything but the kitchen sink, these are the fries that we crave!

Amy Sherman
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Poke: From Hawaii With Love

Sushi was once considered unimaginable to most Americans—who in their right mind would want to eat raw fish?—but similar to how sushi made its way into the mainstream, poke is following in its footsteps decades later. 

Amy Sherman
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13 Hits to Order for Lunch Now That You're WFH

While it’s great in theory to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your lunch routine just isn’t the same. Missing your midday lunch breaks around town with co-workers now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular lunch ideas that you can get sent right to your doorstep (lunch buddy not included).

Susannah Chen
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14 Hits to Order for Lunch Now That You're WFH in East Bay

While it’s great in theory to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your lunch routine just isn’t the same. Missing your midday lunch breaks around town with co-workers now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular lunch ideas that you can get sent right to your doorstep (lunch buddy not included).

Susannah Chen
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13 Hits to Order for Lunch Now That You're WFH in South Bay

While it’s great in theory to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your lunch routine just isn’t the same. Missing your midday lunch breaks around town with co-workers now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular lunch ideas that you can get sent right to your doorstep (lunch buddy not included).

Susannah Chen
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11 Standouts for Breakfast Now That You’re WFH

While it’s great to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your breakfast routine is probably all off. Missing your mid-morning breakfast runs from the office now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular breakfasts that you can get delivered straight to your door.

Susannah Chen
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11 Standouts for Breakfast Now That You’re WFH in East Bay

While it’s great to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your breakfast routine is probably all off. Missing your mid-morning breakfast runs from the office now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular breakfasts that you can get delivered straight to your door.

Susannah Chen
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