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Oliveto Restaurant and Meyer Sound Collaboration

Oliveto - Food Fashionista

Oliveto Restaurant recently got a much-needed facelift and with it, addressed a huge problem in restaurants… acoustics. With their new updated look, the owners tackled not only aesthetics, but thought deeply about providing a comfortable dining experience. Doing so, they collaborated with award winning, renowned, Berkeley-based Meyer Sound to address noise pollution in restaurants. Meyer Sound tailor made Constellation and Libra acoustic systems to install an integrated system of microphones, advanced signal processing, and small, self-powered speakers distributed throughout the upstairs dining room.

Oliveto Agnolotti

Striking photography of a historic California olive orchard conceals acoustic panels that provide the right level of absorption. As a result, conversation becomes effortless and natural, heard clearly and without interruptions or distractions from background noise or voices from a neighboring table — setting the perfect tone for conversation and connection, while maintaining the all-important buzz of an exciting, busy restaurant.

Next time you find yourself in the East Bay, visit Oliveto for their rustic, Italian cuisine while experiencing the benefits of their revolutionary sound system in the newly redesigned dining room.

Olivetti Whole Hog Dinner

Another great time to visit, would be for their upcoming Whole Hog Dinners in March. See the details on their website at:  Oliveto.com

Oliveto 

Rockridge Market Hall, 5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

510-547-5356

Festive Finds at Nespresso Boutique and Sur La Table

‘Tis the season for an abundance of holiday entertaining, gift giving and much-needed energy, so why not start planning earlier than later to avoid those crazy crowds AND the stress of that last-minute holiday rush.

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If you happen to be spending time in cities such as San Francisco, New York, or Beverly Hills, the Nespresso Cafe and Boutique is the ideal spot to grab a comfortable bite and coffee with a friend either before, mid, or after your shopping excursion. My friend Kathy and I met at the Nespresso Cafe in San Francisco’s Union Square and fueled up with a Grilled cheese, Mediterranean pita sandwich, a Mocha latte and a seasonal Honey Spiced Latte. If you’re trying to eat on the healthier side, but don’t want to skimp on taste, the Mediterranean sandwich is a winner with its soft pita stuffed with cucumbers, avocado, hummus and tzaziki. I had a bit of food envy and wished I had ordered that over my grilled cheese.

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Caffeine and Carbs at Nespresso Boutique, San Francisco

In addition to catching up, we plotted our necessary purchases for the upcoming holidays. After our meal, we zipped on over to Sur La Table and browsed through all the walls and aisles of offerings. There really is something for everyone on your gift list there. Make it a simple holiday on yourself and do some one-stop shopping. 

Here are some of the  Sur La Table festive finds that we found. Hopefully, they’ll make your holidays abundantly bright and cheery.

Nespresso Sur La Table Festive Finds Food Fashionista

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1. This Caviar Christmas tree ornament is just one of the many fabulous food-related ornaments you’ll find at Sur La Table. They even had macarons, ice cream sandwiches and a food truck.

2. Canning is already done with love, but make it even more so with these heartfelt labels.

3. These rose gold twisted spoons add a touch of chicness when you’re mixing those cocktails.

4. International cocktail napkins – très chic and also no added bundle for the washing machine.

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5. From knife skills to baking workshops, cooking classes are a fun and useful hands-on gift most everyone will appreciate.

6. A high-quality hand soap is a must – both in the kitchen and bathroom. Compagnie de Provence’s liquid soaps are hypoallergenic and the bottle can be either recycled or refilled after use.

7. Nespresso’s Aerrocino Plus is the most convenient at-home milk frother and steamer. I use mine every day for my lattes or a touch of milk for my English Breakfast tea.

8.This red and white candy cane apron is almost cute enough to go out in.

Nespresso Virtuo Line - Food Fashionista

Nespresso’s new VertuoLine offers a large single-serve coffee or espresso at home

For locations and hours, visit Sur La Table

For locations and hours, visit Nespresso 

I’m Aquarius by Metronomy – Mika’s Playlist

I’m a Capricorn but I’ve sang, hummed, jammed to Metronomy’s I’m Aquarius more in the last few months than to my own astrological sign. The beat is hypnotic, and Joseph Mount’s voice sinks into your soul when listening. It’s my recent go-to tune for blasting in the car while zipping around the city or playing on my iPhone when sweatin’ it on the bike after eating a pound of “crack and cheese” and a “vegan” doughnut (no, the vegan doesn’t make it healthier). But yup, I fell for that marketing trick earlier today…ate two in fact.

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The incredible wall of musical past at The Fillmore

Oh, and I recently experienced Metronomy live at the Fillmore. If you haven’t been, the venue is historic with the likes of Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd having performed there in the past. Next time you see a show at The Fillmore, arrive to the San Francisco neighborhood early and visit Fat Angel for some pre-show comfort food including the chicken pot pie or the gruyère, cheddar, parmigiano-reggiano, cayenne mac and cheese. Be sure to wash it down with one of their signature cocktails, bubbles, or their generous selection of beer. Shoop-doop-doop, ah…

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Dine at the bar under the sparkly chandelier at Fat Angel – just hope there’s not an earthquake

Learn more about Metronomy at metronomy.co.uk

Learn more about Fat Angel at fatangelsf.com

Learn more about The Fillmore at thefillmore.com

FOUR Magazine launches USA Edition

Four Magazine

Alinea’s Lobster, yellow Indian curry butter, Early Grey Gel, cauliflower custard, lobster foam & coconut pudding (photo: Christian Steel)

The inaugural Northern American print issue of FOUR Magazine, which is currently available in Germany, Italy and the UK, will debut on June 16 here in the United States. Why the name Four? In each bi-annual issue, the fine-dining food magazine focuses on four of the leading, cutting-edge chefs in the industry. The first American-focused FOUR will showcase recognizable chefs from the East to West Coasts including two current three-star MICHELIN chefs. Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park, NYC), Grant Achatz (Alinea Restaurant, Chicago), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, San Francisco) and Blaine Wetzel (The Willows Inn, Lumni Island) are the fab four featured in the new issue. I’ve read each of the interviews and they are great reads.

In the first issue of FOUR, you’ll find out how Miles Davis has inspired Chef Daniel Humm and his team at Eleven Madison Park. You’ll also learn how childhood walks through the forest with her father influenced Chef Dominique Crenn’s cuisine at Atelier Crenn. Chef Grant Achatz will discuss his desire for change and the need to evolve, and you’ll become more familiar with Blaine Wetzel - the chef who helped give a restaurant on the Pacific’s San Juan Islands archipelago a brand name.

In addition, FOUR will highlight the popularity of dim-sum style eateries, cool cocktails from Manhattan, a visit to Blackberry Farm, Tennessee, and an interview with FOUR North America’s Rising Star, Sean Brock.

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“At a time when the industry is rapidly evolving and pushing the boundaries of modern cuisine, #FOURUSA will deliver an insight into the best chefs, restaurants and cuisine across the country…” — Kerry Spencer, Editor in Chief of FOUR USA

Learn more about FOUR Magazine at four-magazine.com

 

 

Westfield Dine on Time with Lark Creek Steak

Plating with Lark Creek Steak Chef Ismael Macias

Plating with Lark Creek Steak Chef Ismael Macias

I’ve recently partnered with Westfield Labs and restaurant Lark Creek Steak to create an exclusive dish with Chef Ismael Macias. Starting today, you can order this dish with the Westfield Dine on Time app or on the website for scheduled pick-up or delivery for easy and convenient dining. It’s incredibly easy and convenient which makes it absolutely ideal for busy folks who don’t want to skip out on taste with their hectic work schedules.

It was wonderful working with Chef Macias. He’s been with the Lark Creek Group for over fifteen years, and recently decided to venture out of San Francisco to the world culinary stage to stage at some of the best restaurants in the world. He’s already an experienced chef, but with his new-found skills and techniques working with the most-experienced chefs from around the globe, it’ll be exciting to see what he’ll bring back to the Bay Area.

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Chef Ismael Macias of Lark Creek Steak and I created the Bacon-Wrapped Mary’s Free-Range Chicken Breast which includes artichoke, maitake mushrooms and chicken jus. It’s well-balanced and satisfying. The Niman-ranch bacon is finished slightly crisp and adds a bit of much-needed saltiness to the tender and juicy chicken breast. No surprise for the Bay Area, but we made sure to hand-pick and incorporate all local ingredients.

Chef Macias and my Rosemary Chicken dish. Doesn't it make you hungry!

Chef Macias and my Free-range Chicken dish. Doesn’t it make you hungry!

 

 

LarkCreekSteak In-App

Make sure to try out the app and order this exclusive dish or the one of many other temptations on the menu. Westfield will make a donation on behalf of the Tastemaker with the most exclusive dish orders to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank,

My fellow participating Tastemakers and their Westfield Dine on Time pairings include:

  • ·         Andi Fisher, Misadventures with Andi with M.Y. China Chef Tony Wu
  • ·         Melissa Sanchez, Savvy in San Francisco with Cupola Pizzeria Chef Marc Tennison
  • ·         Tara Condell, Food and Other Things with Straits Chef Julian Yeo
  • ·         Anita Chu, Dessert First with CocoaBella Chocolates Founder Michael Freeman
  • ·         Brenda Ton, Bites & Bourbon with Sorabol Korean BBQ & Asian Noodles Chef Theresa Lee

 Download and learn more about Westfield Dine on Time HERE