There's always something new happening in the Bay Area. In this biweekly newsletter, we've rounded up the best offerings, so you don't have to. From new restaurants and spa days, music festivals and art openings...
The cheekily named, Hi Felicia, is an East Bay original. Run by a 25-year-old Black chef, the semi-secret supper club is set all outdoors perched in the Oakland hills. Head’s up: The chef loves her food spicy, and specialties include a padrón pepper with olive oil, salt, chile oil, and Sichuan spices, and a lamb enchilada with cherries, cherry tomatoes, and pickled habanero crema.
The contemporary food hall started in dense urban centers, but it’s a concept quickly spreading to the suburbs. The latest example is the 20,000-square-foot State Street Market, which is set to bring several restaurant concepts and nearly a dozen smaller food vendors to Los Altos on the Peninsula. Among the acclaimed chefs launching projects there are Traci Des Jardins, Srijith Gopinathan, and Meichih and Michael Kim.
Feel like sipping world class wine and then crashing in a vintage camper in Guerneville? How about a yurt in Sebastopol? Maybe a gingerbread house in Geyserville? For those looking for a more offbeat Wine Country adventure, check out this list of cool, unusual, and unique places to stay the night in Sonoma County.
Mission Chinese gets all the headlines. But star chef Danny Bowien’s famous Sichuan-influenced Mission district eatery was partly inspired by a popular, under-the-radar Chinese restaurant in the Inner Richmond. Click here to read the story behind Spices and its fiery menu of Hunan and Sichuan specialties, including spicy cumin lamb, mapo tofu, and the outrageously pepper-filled fish in flaming chili oil.
Good news S.F. foodies. Ahead of a planned reopening, beloved Castro district restaurant Frances will hold a series of pop-up dinners this month hosted by owner and executive chef Melissa Perello. In a departure, the dinners will have no planned menu, because in typical California cuisine parlance Parello wants “to be able to use fleeting ingredients and let the land dictate to me—rather than the other way around.”
He has his hands full in replacing longtime luminary Michael Tilson Thomas, however the San Francisco Symphony’s new musical director will come out with batons blazing when the acclaimed orchestra returns to live performances this October. The productions being organized by Esa-Pekka Salonen include world premiers, commissions with acclaimed artists, and the return of past favorites such as Itzhak Perlman and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Horn BBQ in west Oakland; North Block in Yountville; Reve Bistro in Lafayette; 3rd Cousin in San Francisco. What do they all have in common? They’ve all been recognized by the esteemed Michelin food guide as among 10 “Delicious Discoveries” in the Bay Area. Check out the full list, which should whet your appetite for the official 2021 guide set to be released in late September.
Bay Area literary heavyweights Dave Eggers and Mary Roach are among the authors coming out with new books this fall. Check out this fun list of seven local books to consider settling into, including investigations into the African culinary diaspora by an Oakland chef-entrepreneur and a manifesto on how to streamline your life by professional Bay Area home organizer Shira Gill.
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