The Foodie Beet: Andrew Knowlton’s 10 Best Restaurants of 2015

Photo Cred: Elizabeth Cecil via

In spirit of starting a graduate program in journalism (at dream school of mine, UC Berkeley) I’m adding a new type of post to this blog. My hope is that highlighting the happenings in food and restaurant news from other sources will serve two purposes for me as a student and new reporter. The first goal is for this to allow me to supply fresh content when I’m overworked and don’t have the time – or remaining brain power – to write my own words and, secondly, that it will help me keep with the newly encouraged practice of scouring the news and staying in the know of a certain topic of interest, also known as a ‘beat.’

It so happens that the beat I like the most has to do with beets.

So far, I’ve only posted my own content on this blog – my words and my photos. But there’s so much inspiration to be found in other people’s passions, creativity and talents as well. The photos and stories in Andrew Knowlton’s Top Ten Restaurants of 2015 are beautiful expressions of just that. They’re love stories, they’re success stories, they’re inspiration for decoration and for lifestyle, and… for travel directly to their location.

Photo Cred: Elizabeth Cecil via

Kindred of Davidson, NC  Photo Cred: Elizabeth Cecil via

PS – It may appear that I had no time for blogging this summer even while I was not yet overworked by a masters program. This is the case because I was traveling and discovering all there is to do, see and eat in this lovely state of California. Epic blog post to come, you’ll thank me eventually.

[Maine] The Way Food Should Be: Thistle Pig of South Berwick

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Given chef Ben Hasty’s experience at the French Laundry in Napa Valley and with a few James Beard awarded Maine chefs, and given Jen Fecteau’s baking and front-of-house experience, this husband-and-wife duo could have settled anywhere to find success. But the New England natives came home, and lend their talents to the quiet town of South Berwick, Maine, providing their community an invaluable gift. While farm-to-table isn’t a new mentality in this farm-conscious,… Read More

To Hype or Not To Hype: State Bird Provisions

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A person can accomplish a lot in three months. He or she can read a book two, watch a Netflix series or ten, fly around the world or he/she can count down the days until a reservation at State Bird Provisions. That’s right, it takes planning three months in advance to get a reservation at this James-Beard-awarded ‘Best New Restaurant of 2013.’ By the time the fates… Read More

[The SF List] Bahn Mi at Bun Mee

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You know how sometimes when you know you just… know? I know at this level of knowing that last week I had the best bahn mi sandwich I will ever eat in my entire life. I had tried Dinosaurs; it was okay. I had tried the little vietnamese coffee shop in my neighborhood. It was better than expected. Then I tried… Read More

Oakland’s Cream Filling

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Over the past few weeks I’ve discovered another dimension of the Bay Area’s personality: Oakland. I had heard of Oakland thanks to Childish Gambino and the people who told me not to attend an Oakland Raiders football game. (I attended the Oakland Raiders football game). I had also heard that Oakland is ‘sketchy,’ ‘dangerous’ and ‘too far from San Francisco’… Read More

Lessons Learned from a Year With San Francisco’s Food

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It’s official. I’ve lived in San Francisco for a year. That’s approximately 1/6th of the time I’ve wanted to live here. So, whether I feel crazy for giving up comforts of home or like I’ve won the lottery because I left winter behind; whether rain shine or shine (there’s no rain here), I’m proud I made it. Starting over in a new place is certainly… Read More

A Brunch (or Three) Worth Waiting For


Like your average San Franciscan – or human – I’ve spent some of my weekend hours stuffing my face with some pretty stellar brunches, and waiting in some not so stellar lines to do so. I present to you three brunches that stand out among the rest, in the order to which I would like to return (and that doesn’t mean… Read More

Wise Sons: Pastrami in a Deli-Deprived State

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It’s safe to say that if there’s one influence lacking in San Francisco’s food, it’s that of traditional New York Jewish Deli. Possibly due to the difference in California water (or lack thereof), few and far between are the fat bagels with cream cheese and lox, the decent mid-range pizzas (though SF has plenty of high-end pizza options), and the sandwiches leaking slaw and horseradish and pastrami. The aforementioned dilemma… Read More

5 Things to Eat in Portland Oregon Before You Die (of Over Consumption)


You don’t have to search too hard these days to find great food in most major cities. We have the modern emphasis on cognizance about where our food comes from and the rise of craft restaurants and food culture to thank for that. Yet if you find yourself in Portland, Oregon you may realize a hierarchy still exists in regard to cities and the relationships they have with their… Read More

{SF} ¡Chino! : Asian Fusion & Margaritas


¡Chino! lies along my commute. Thanks to passing it five days a week and the fact that its bright pink sign and lightbulb-ridden ceiling make it impossible to go unnoticed, I think about it a lot. We have a special connection. Rumors fly about the food at ¡Chino! It’s known for its Asian-fusion small plates and world-fusion cocktails – all… Read More

[The SF List] Banana Cream at Mission Pie

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At no point does a passerby stepping off the street and into Mission Pie expect to have a normal pie-related experience. I observed first the multitude of seats and, furthermore, space – much more than you would expect for a pie shop. Nonetheless, during my time sitting and eating the most stellar Banana Cream Pie I’ve ever laid eyes on, the large space filled up… Read More