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Nosh Box: On a Roll in May

We begin May’s celebrations with May Day, a holiday with an international following, but not much domestically. So don’t be looking for a May Day song, dance, libation, food—or a day off work. Moving on, usually in the same week, up pops Cinco de Mayo festivities. In Mexico this holiday is primarily historical, celebrating the military victory over the powerful army of the French. In the United States, we use the date to celebrate all of Mexican culture. According to National Public Radio’s Dan Pashman, “Cinco de Mayo, which has followed a similar path as St. Patrick's Day: Started by activists to celebrate Mexican culture; embraced by people just looking for a good time.”
May 01, 2018

Nyum Bai Puts Banana Blossoms into a Salad

Gently crunchy and tasting nothing like bananas, banana-blossom salads are typically served augmented by soup and rice as a whole meal.
April 27, 2018

Benchmark Chef Loves Asparagus

Let asparagus, burrata, and green garlic grace your table.
April 20, 2018

Nosh Box: Not a Bad Actor during April

“A bad actor who performs in an exaggerated or playful way when people are watching,” is a colloquial definition of a ham. Merriam-Webster and theatrics aside, April is the month when hams perform, but not on stage.
April 01, 2018

Belotti Serves an Extensive Grappa Collection

The tiny College Avenue restaurant currently features 13 grappas made by Vittorio Capovilla, the mad scientist of artisanal grappa producers.
March 30, 2018

Bomba Rice Is the Bomb at La Marcha

Valencia’s most popular dish, arroz al horno, is a regular feature on the tapas restaurant’s menu, and it’s delicious.
March 23, 2018

Roses’ Taproom in Temescal Softens the Pub Image

Hillary Huffard and husband Luke Janson, both Alamedans, choose to create a lighthearted, approachable brewery.
March 21, 2018

Pea Shoots Gaining Popularity

Burma Superstar’s wok-tossed pea shoots serve as a fine complement to curries and noodles.
March 16, 2018

Nosh Box: As Irish as Kung Pao Chicken

Named for the Roman god of war, month-wise, March shows a checkered past and offers a mottled future. Julius Caesar was stabbed on the Ides of March. Despite this timing, the month of July—and not the salad—remains his principal namesake. March has emerged as the center of the U.S. collegiate basketball universe. This month an annual bracketed tournament for 68 teams will crown a national champion through competitive elimination, aptly dubbed “March Madness.” On the religious front, Easter sometimes occurs as early as March 22, and Passover often begins in March. Weather-wise, March is the first month of spring. As to festivities, it’s the month when Americans celebrate National Nutrition, Women’s History, Fire Prevention, the American Red Cross, and—on March 17—St. Patrick’s Day.
March 06, 2018

All Wrapped Up

Imperial rolls at Dragon Rouge are a new twist on a golden oldie.
February 23, 2018