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This Hookah Sandwich Lounge Is Redwood City’s Buzziest Late-Night Hotspot

A woman with long red, white and blue braids poses next to a display of spices and tinned fish inside an African market.

Beloved African and Caribbean Market Is Opening a New Restaurant in Oakland

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Most Berkeley Restaurants Didn't Receive Health Inspections Last Year

No Sushi Dinners at Bay Area's Famed Flintstone House, Code Officers Say

a Peruvian cafe's exterior announces "Peruvian coffee"

A Hidden Cafe on the Peninsula Serves Rare Peruvian Coffee and Tea

Customers eating jollof rice out of black plastic takeout containers.

At Jollof Festival Oakland, West African Chefs Face Off in a Battle Royale of Rice

a man holds up two shots of mezcal inside a garage

This Rare-Bottle Mezcal Collector Offers Unique Tastings in Oakland

California's Junk Fee Ban Begins, but Restaurants Get a Pass

Illustration: A gray-haired man proudly holds up two boba drinks.

San Jose’s Late-Night Boba Shop Is a One-of-a-Kind Experience

Beyond The MenuBeyond The Menu

A young light-skinned black woman stands in the foreground holding a bottle of chamoy. In the background, a large bottle of chamoy sauce is squeezed onto half an orange.

It’s Mexican, Asian, a Candy, a Sauce…It’s Chamoy

A young light-skinned black woman with long hair holds chile peppers in two outstretched hands. There is a bowl of spicy chile paste behind her.

This Fiery Hot Sauce Uses a Pepper Lost To History

A plate with a piece of fried chicken sitting on top of a waffle next to the show's host, Cecilia Phillips

Chicken and Waffles: from Amish Country to Harlem

A close-up of a metal serving dish with rocky road ice cream scoops topped with marshmallow fluff next to a woman holding a jar of mini marshmallows and almonds in each hand.

The Chilling History of Ice Cream

A close-up of a bag with store-bought corn tortillas next to a woman tearing up a tortilla with her hands.

Your Corn Tortilla Sucks…Science Can Fix It

A smiling woman holding a samosa is positioned against a backdrop that is a closeup of a bowl filled with crispy triangular samosas

Samosas aren’t from India…Wait, what?

A close-up of a birria taco with cheese next to the show's host, Cecilia Phillips.

Your Birria Taco Is Ancient History—Here’s Why

A smiling woman is standing in the kitchen in front of four different sweet buns that each have a flag from their country of origin next to them.

Hong Kong’s Most Popular Treat Has A Surprising Backstory

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Check, Please! Bay Area Returns for a Four-Course Serving of Back-to-Back Episodes in July!

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Good to Eat, Foreign Cinema, Barcote

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Abacá, Bombera, The Caprice

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Shadowbrook, Villa Azteca, Wild Fish

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: The Butter House, Cafe Fina, Corkscrew Cafe

Check, Please! Bay Area Makes Waves in Monterey To Kick Off Its 19th Season This April!

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Outer Orbit, Piazza D'Angelo, Limewood Bar & Restaurant

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Kinara Fusion Kitchen, It's Italia, Delage

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Birch & Rye, Easy Rider, Bake Sum


A smiling woman is standing in the kitchen in front of four different sweet buns that each have a flag from their country of origin next to them.

Hong Kong’s Most Popular Treat Has A Surprising Backstory

A big bowl of green pea soup with chives in the background. Jacques pepin stands in the foreground in a blue plaid shirt

Get Cozy with Jacques Pépin's Pea Pod Soup Recipe

A triptych image with a close up of rocky road ice cream on the left, a tray of oatmeal cookies on the right, and a young bald Filipino man with glasses standing over a chocolate ice cream sandwich in the middle

We Recreated an It's-It Ice Cream Sandwich at Home — With an Oakland Twist.

One poached egg, one hard boiled egg, one oueff mollet with brilliant yellow yolks on a plate. Jacques Pepin in foreground looking at the camera.

Jacques Pépin's Tips for Perfectly Cooked Eggs

A baked apple cake with spatula removing a slice

Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake is a Gorgeous and Delicious Holiday Recipe

Slice of savory tart with sweet potato, chard, and a jar of hot honey

This Sweet Potato Galette with Hot Honey is a Cozy Fall Treat

Slice of French toast casserole with whipped cream and pecans

This Baked Pecan Praline French Toast Will Impress Your Brunch Crew

Spicy chicken sandwich on a croissant

Spicy Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

Oversized gooey grilled cheese sandwich with spicy vegetable relish

Grilled Cheese with Tomatillo Chow Chow Brings Comfort with a Kick

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Bay Area Foodie Culture Goes Way Further Back Than California Cuisine

How Rice-A-Roni Became The San Francisco Treat

Golden State Plate: Sriracha’s Journey From Southeast Asia to Southern California

Golden State Plate: Rocky Road Ice Cream's Bumpy History

Golden State Plate – The Backstory Behind California-Born Food and Drinks

Yes, Your 'Tropical' Mai Tai Was Invented Here in Oakland

An Island Drink With California Roots: The Mai Tai Turns 75

Unwrapping the California Origins of the Fortune Cookie

Golden State Plate: Santa Maria Barbecue, It's Not Just Tri-Tip