Asian Food & Wine

Happy New Year of the (Wine) Horse

SF Chinatown ready for the Year of the Dragon /Photo Michelle Locke

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Which is to say Happy New Year of the Lunar Calendar, which begins Jan. 31, the Year of the Horse. And what better way to celebrate than with one of the many excellent wines that celebrate our equine friends. Let’s start with a bit of bubbly from Iron Horse Vineyards, a reliably…

UPDATE: Sam Wo’s could reopen

The popular Sam Wo restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown may not have served its last supper after all. The restaurant is a Chinatown staple famous for serving up solid Cantonese fare as well as being the stomping grounds of the late Edsel Ford Fung, a no-filter kind of guy who would sometimes insult customers —…

Chinatown’s Sam Wo’s to close

Big news out of San Francisco’s Chinatown. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Inside Scoop section reports that owner David Ho confirms the place is closing down after service Friday. Even if you’ve never been to San Francisco or its Chinatown, you may have heard of this tiny restaurant sandwiched into a sliver of a building. It’s been…

Happy New Year of the Dragon

SF Chinatown ready for the Year of the Dragon /Photo Michelle Locke

Gung hay fat choy, people. Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year, celebrated by a number of Asian cultures. And recently, since everybody likes a good party, I’ve noticed it’s been creeping into the mainstream. I am all for this. The holiday usually falls at the end of January/beginning of February which…

Yao Ming, vintner: UPDATE

Big news in the wine world if you are into basketball and the rapidly developing Chinese wine market. Yao Ming, the recently retired Houston Rockets star, announced today he has formed Yao Family Wines in the Napa Valley. The company has released its inaugural wine, a 2009 Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, under the brand name YAO…

Congee cure-all

You know how sticking the word “French” in front of things makes them seem ever so much more glamorous and exciting? French kiss, French lavender, French fry …. Well I am sorry to tell you that this does not work for French colds, which is what I brought home with me as a little souvenir…

Parsing parsnips

  Back in the BC era (before children) Mr. Vinecdote and I used to enjoy scouting out locations for cheap eats, especially in Oakland’s Chinatown, and one of our best finds was fried parsnip cake at a place called Happy Noodle. (And if I might digress for a moment, how fun are those Chinatown business names?…

Totally tofu

    If there’s one thing I enjoy it’s watching other people work _ doesn’t matter whether they’re fixing lunch or fixing a pothole. So you can imagine how much I enjoyed a recent visit to the Hodo Soy Beanery in Oakland, a state-of-the-art tofu facility tucked away in what was once a candy factory.…