A directory of bay area community sites and bloggers

92510 East Bay Blog

If one mayor represented all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, that person's 2.5 million constituents would live in the country's fourth-largest city. And just as these East Bay counties are very different from the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area, the East Bay Express is a very different paper. From the international populations that make Oakland and Richmond so dynamic, to the ideological diversity that separates Berkeley from Walnut Creek, our readers are united by their love of a region that is second to nowhere in beauty, livability, intellectual firepower, and cosmopolitan charm. Every week, the Express provides these well-educated world travelers the only medium dedicated exclusively to them. From our authoritative cover stories; to our in-depth local reporting, arts and dining coverage; to the area's most comprehensive weekly calendar; the East Bay Express has been this vibrant region's leading voice since 1978.

Alameda, CA Restaurants

The intention of this blog is for people to post their own food experiences or stories of restaurants, cafes or diners in Alameda, CA. One person could potentially eat at every single food establishment in Alameda since the city is still quite small, but I have not come across that special person just yet.

Alemany Farm

Alemany Farm is a 4.5 acre working organic farm in southeastern San Francisco. The Farm is collaboratively managed by volunteers, San Francisco city officials, and residents of the Alemany community. Friends of Alemany Farm (FoAF) is a volunteer-managed project sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Trust. We are dedicated to working hand-in-hand with the surrounding community to increase food security and support environmental education for all San Francisco residents. FoAF oversees organic food production at the site, offers workshops and educational courses, coordinates the volunteer efforts, manages a free neighborhood produce delivery, and hosts field trips for children and adults.

Bay Area Bites

Bay Area Bites is part of KQED's Blog Authors Collaborative. Blog contributors and commentators are solely responsible for their content. If you're interested in writing or contributing to a blog on kqed.org, email us with your idea. Bay Area Bites, KQED's aggregate food blog, is dedicated to providing a variety of food-related information from the Bay Area and beyond. BAB bloggers are culinary professionals, food writers, and cookbook editors. Many have local food blogs of their own. Blogger profiles are online so you can learn more about each BAB contributor. KQED advocates citizen media and has started aggregate blogs to provide a forum for alternative, non-mainstream points of view, including those of the user. BAB is committed to providing accurate and honest information. Posts are based on individual bloggers' opinions. These perspectives are not necessarily the opinions of KQED. KQED Interactive supports BAB bloggers' contributions and has provided ethical and stylistic guidelines for them to follow.

Burrito Justice

Burritos, taco trucks, The Mission, technology, Macs, iPhones, Canada — so much to discuss.

Chez Pim

Pim grew up in Bangkok, was shipped off to study in other places, and somehow found herself living and loving it in the San Francisco Bay Area. She quit her Silicon Valley job in 2005 to pursue a career in food: the writing, reporting, and basically anything interesting thereof that comes her way. Her recipes, writings, and photographs have since appeared in the New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appétit magazine. She's also moonlighted as a judge on Iron Chef America. Chez Pim chronicles her globetrotting adventures –and misadventures- in the world of all things edible, from vibrant street-side fares in Asia to the refined world of Three Michelin Star restaurants in Europe. Pim also cooks a mean pot of curry.

Cooking With Amy

Hi! I'm Amy Sherman, a San Francisco–based cookbook author, food writer and recipe developer. I launched the blog, Cooking with Amy, in 2003. Not long after it was chosen one of the top five food blogs by Forbes and also singled out by The Guardian (UK) as a top food blog. It has received over 2 million visits. On the blog I offer original recipes, reviews, commentary, news and culinary travel information. I hope you enjoy visiting as much as I enjoy writing and sharing my discoveries. I am honored that my blog is listed as a “Site we Love” by Saveur, linked to as a favorite by Cooking Light, Epicurious, Good Housekeeping and Redbook among others and was “blog of the day” on the Julie & Julia movie web site. I write for various magazines, including Cheers, where I write about food and beverage pairing. I also write about trends and culinary travel for Epicurious, write restaurant reviews for SF Station (a local city guide) and was a weekly contributor at KQED’s food blog, Bay Area Bites for over five years. I was also contributing editor at Glam and wine and spirits writer at Project Foodie. I am the author of Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers and Wine Passport: Portugal (SmartsCo) and wrote the introduction to a recent reprint of the classic Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book.

Cooking With the Single Guy

Single Asian male living in the SF Bay Area. Self-taught home cook, into sharing recipes and reviews. Loves traveling and discovering new food. Seeks like-minded foodies.

Cupcake Bakeshop By Chockylit

Cheryl Porro – software quality engineer by day, erstwhile baker for hire by night – stumbled upon the world of food blogs through a forwarded link, sent by a friend, admirer, and consumer of Cheryl’s baking experiments. A few hours of surfing later, the rest was history… Although a devoted baker since the age of 13, Cheryl simply wasn’t ready to abandon the reliable world of software for the high-stakes game of owning a bakery. But the creativity, the exchange, and the inspiration she found among this community of food bloggers – this was just the outlet she needed! In short order, Cheryl signed up for her very own blog, and Cupcake Bakeshop was born that fateful day in March 2005. Baking, namely cupcakes, has since taken residence in Cheryl’s day-to-day life. Cupcake Bakeshop has evolved into a place to experiment, inspire, create, and share her work with others. Cheryl continues to lead a double-life as an amateur baker and full-time professional software quality engineer, with a degree in chemical engineering. She has also become a dedicated food blogger and amateur food photographer (her main client being herself). Cheryl lives in San Francisco with her musician husband, new baby, and sensitive Boston terrier and can be found during her lunch breaks at the Ferry Building Marketplace coveting pricey ingredients. About the Blog Cupcakeblog.com is about – you guessed it – cupcakes. More specifically each post features a unique cupcake recipe created by Cheryl Porro and accompanied by her own photography. The recipes on Cupcakeblog.com reflect Cheryl’s food philosophy – think slow food meets sweets. Cupcakeblog.com has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle food section (print and web), in the San Francisco edition of The Onion (print only), in the fall 2007 edition of Adorn Magazine (print only), on Yahoo! 9 Web TV (the 9th story), as a Yahoo! Pick, in Yahoo! Buzz (the ‘cool’ link), and in the Wall Street Journal Online blog watch.

Eater SF

Eater is the source for people who care about dining and drinking in the nation's most important food cities. A favorite of industry pros and amateurs alike, Eater has an uncanny knack for finding out what's opening where, who's serving what, and how it's all going down. Since its launch in New York in 2005, Eater has opened its doors in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland OR, and Miami. And Eater National brings Eater's signature coverage to parts far and wide, with beefed-up reporting on celebrity chefs, reality TV, and national dining trends.

Fat Bottom Bakery

Fat Bottom Bakery Oakland, California, United States Fat Bottom Bakery is a project started by Carolynn and Ashley in Oakland, Ca-- the manifestation of our desire to spread delicious, cute, cruelty-free things to the world. Keep up with us through our blog and look around town-- you'll be seeing us around at shows, Pride, parks, parties, and maybe even farmer's markets!

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been serving the community for 35 years. We provide food to more than 132,000 hungry people in need every month directly at community sites and through a network of 180 charitable agencies, and distributed 12.6 million pounds last year! The Food Bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people, and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger. The work could not get done without the help of the hundreds of volunteers that donate their time to coordinate food drives, sort and pack the food, and help distribute it to their hungry neighbors.

Forage Oakland

Forage Oakland is a project that- at its core- works to address how we eat everyday, and how everyone can benefit from viewing their neighborhood as a veritable edible map, considering what is cultivated in any given neighborhood and why, and what histories influence those choices. The gleaning of unharvested fruits; the meeting of new neighbors; the joy of the season's first hachiya persimmon (straight from your neighbor's backyard, no less); the gathering and redistribution of fruits that would otherwise be wasted- can be powerful and can work to create a new paradigm around how we presently think about food in our collective consciousness. Imagine gathering several friends for morning, midday, evening or weekend foraged city bicycle rides through your neighborhood.

Full Circle Farm

Full Circle Farm is a small, organic farm 7 miles west of Davis, Ca. In 2005 the land was entrusted to a few UCD alumni who created Full Circle Farm through their hard work and dedication. The farm is now managed cooperatively by a new group of food and agricultural enthusiasts, who are also UCD alumni. We offer a CSA to approx. 20 members. We also raise free-range chickens for eggs, various animals for meat, a steer in training to be an ox, and goats for fun. In addition to the CSA we also supply small, specialty orders for local restaurants. Frequently we have students visting the farm and visitors are always welcome. We like to save our own seeds and keep bees.

Funk Town Farm Blog

We are Funk Town Farm, a community garden located in the area known to locals as “funk town” in East Oakland. The garden was started in 2008 behind 219 East 15th Street at 3rd Avenue and two blocks up from Lake Merrit. We are a group of novice and experienced gardeners who want to grow our own produce (and flowers) to use and sell at a sliding scale farm stand on Sunday mornings. We also raise chickens for eggs, as well as involve the community in “sponsoring a chicken” and composting. We want to provide our neighbors with the opportunity to have fresh organic fruit, veggies and eggs no matter what their socioeconomic status may be. Unlike most community gardens we garden together on our lot and share the produce. Each hours work = one basket of produce.

Ghost Town Farm

A child of back-to-the-land hippies, I grew up in rural Idaho and Washington State. I went to University of Washington in Seattle where I majored in Biology and English. I’ve had many odd jobs including: assassin bug handler, book editor, media projectionist, hamster oocyte collector, and most recently, free-lance journalist. I studied under Michael Pollan at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism for two years. My journalistic work reflects my interests–in farming, food, the environment, and culture. In a nutshell, I like to tell stories about people who follow unconventional paths.

Grub Street San Francisco

Grub Street covers the San Francisco restaurant and dining scene with news about openings, closings, chefs, food trends, and more.

Inside Scoop SF

Inside Scoop SF is a one-stop source for the latest restaurant coverage in the Bay Area and beyond. Here\'s where you’ll find real-time reporting on restaurant openings, juicy chef buzz, hot-button dining issues and more, updated throughout the day. In the Voices section, prestigious food folks share insights and expertise. San Francisco Chronicle critic Michael Bauer offers candid thoughts in his Between Meals blog, and wine editor Jon Bonne writes about all things related to beverages.

Kristendish

Kristen enjoys working as a consultant dietitian in a variety of capacities including policy development for sustainable food and health initiatives at UC Berkeley, nutrition consulting for patients and care givers, menu planning at hospitals and child care centers, as well as creation of public relations materials for healthcare services. She originates from the Northern California coastline and received her BS in dietetics from UC Berkeley then went on to obtain a Masters in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University. Kristen resides in San Francisco where she enjoys exploring the local food scene on foot and experimenting with goods harvested nearby. She currently acts as President-Elect for the Bay Area Dietetics Association, eZine Editor for the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition subgroup of the American Dietetics Association, and Co-Chair for Slow Food East Bay. Kristen has a strong passion for nutrition and food sustainability and believes a healthy lifestyle necessitates the enjoyment of great food.

Living Labs Project Blog

Living Labs Project aims to connect youth to their ecosystems, their communities, and their own abilities through hands-on learning experiences. By facilitating unique ecological regeneration projects, or ‘Living Labs,’ we engage young people to create and enjoy vital outdoor spaces. Educators, family, and local community members share in our process and our enthusiasm for environmental stewardship. It is our hope that the young people who learn and play with us outdoors will inspire many others with the passions and skills they have nurtured.

Mission Loc@l

Mission Loc@l believes that by covering a neighborhood fairly and thoroughly, we can build community and a sustainable model for quality journalism. As part of that effort, we seek collaboration and experimentation that will serve the community we cover and journalism. In the Mission District that means being a bilingual site and using print, multimedia and video to deliver information that offers diverse residents a way to connect and stay informed. The site launched in October 2008, opened an office in the Mission District in January and many of us are Mission residents. The project is part of an initiative in hyper-local coverage developed by UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and supported by the school, the Ford Foundation and other donors. Our aim is to become a self-sustaining model for public private partnerships that involve journalism schools, private foundations and community supporters. This summer’s staff includes five interns from UC Berkeley, one intern from SF State and a visiting scholar from Mexico. We also participate in collaborations to mentor young journalists.

My Organic Day

My Organic Day is a blog that was created in 2006 by Christine (Lin) Patel with a passion for sustainable, green living with a focus on organic food and events in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been an advisor for Om Organics, a nonprofit dedicated to local and organic products and services in the Bay Area and also a volunteer walking tourguide for Cityguides, a nonprofit dedicated to tours in San Francisco. You can contact me at christine<at>myorganicday.com. I hope you enjoy the blog!

Oakland Local

Oakland Local is a news & community blog for Oakland that combines reported stories, blog posts & news and events from over 35 community and nonprofit partners. Updated several times a day, OL takes a social justice approach to Oakland issues including food access, climate change, development and transportation. We are diverse and reflect many voices...and we welcome new bloggers, community members, and writers. If you are a blogger in Oaktown, list yourself in our directory--we have 186 blogs there--are you among them?

Oakland North

Oakland North is a news project of U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. With support from the Ford Foundation, graduate student reporters at the School are creating focused news outlets to concentrate on different parts of the Bay Area. Our goals are to improve local coverage, experiment with online and digital media, and listen to you–about the stories and features that most interest you, the issues that concern you, the information services you want, and the reporting you’d like to see undertaken in your own community. Oakland North is staffed this fall by the reporting students of Cynthia Gorney and Kara Platoni, both journalists who have lived in Oakland for years. You can click here for bios of all 18 students. We hope to keep Oakland North a source of news and community conversation, and we welcome all comments, corrections and suggestions. Please check out our sibling news outlet across the bay, Mission Local, covering San Francisco’s Mission district; and look for the launch this fall of the new Richmond Confidential. We all take seriously our Ford Foundation mandate, which is to explore new ways to give communities back the coverage they’re losing as regional newspapers shrink–and also to be inventive about what digital journalism can do for all of us in the future. We’re learning new ways of telling stories in sound pictures, in cellphone dispatches, and in other forms of back-and-forth still under development.

Oliveto Community Journal

Oliveto is a restaurant with varied interests and experiences. We opened in 1986, and are known (possibly only somewhat known) for being at or near the front of many ideas that later became more common practice (olive oil, salumi, extensive menu of quality house –made pastas, whole animals use, to name a few). We approach things with lots of energy and integrity, and we try not to take short cuts. We like to keep things fresh, and this web journal is our latest idea in that vein. It puts to use many of our interests, skills and experiences. In this new journal of stories, movies, cooking information and news we hope to give you an insider’s look at the workings of our restaurant community, of Oliveto, as a part of a larger community in which we live. We also think that we are entering a time when people want to actually know where their food comes from not just for wholesomeness and nutrition or for assigning it worth, but for the joy and satisfaction that can come of it—a fuller more connected life.

SFoodie

SF Weekly's food blog.

The Ethicurean

The Ethicurean was founded in May 2006 by me (Bonnie Powell) and my friends JC Costello, Erika Bodoin aka Omniwhore (who came up with our name), Kathryn aka Corn Maven, and the Butter Bitch and Miss Steak (who prefer to remain anonymous due to their corporate jobs). Since then, several more writers have joined us; we now have contributors in six states. (Meet/contact the Ethicureans.) We have more than 20,000 unique visitors a month, and over 40,000 page views.

The Oakland Berkeley Journal

When walking down the streets of Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, I often see folks I know. Waving to the familiar faces makes me happy, as I have a home amidst the city! From my morning latte at Peet’s to my Sunday shopping at the Farmer’s market, I enjoy all the East Bay offers. Follow this real estate blog covering the beautiful cities of the East Bay!

Vegansaurus

Vegansaurus is a vegan eating/living guide to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is definitive/arbitrary.

Vin Divine

VinDivine, what to drink, where to eat, what to buy and an all-around how-to guide for going through life, having a blast! VinDivine is a blog dedicated to food, wine, travel, gadgets and things to do, from San Francisco to New York City and beyond! email: info@vindivine.com twitter: http://twitter.com/vindivine

Vinography

Vinography began on January 15th, 2004 as a personal project for founder and editor Alder Yarrow. The site is now a respected source for non-mainstream wine writing, and one of the most influential wine blogs on the Internet. Featuring wine and sake reviews, restaurant reviews, editorials, book reviews, wine news, and wine event coverage, Vinography publishes new content daily to a global readership. The site's contributors work hard to create an alternative to the traditional sources and styles of wine journalism, partially through its emphasis on the stories, the people, and the passion behind wine, all told from a decidedly down-to-earth perspective.

Yummy SF

Hi there! My name is Fanny, food writer at YummySF.com. This food blog started in 2007, after my first trip to the Winter Fancy Food Show. YummySF was a way to share my discoveries of healthy, unique, and delicious natural food products as well as favorite recipes and restaurants. In San Francisco, you can find a rich culture of restaurants that cater to vegans and raw foodists as well as almost any ethnic food you can imagine. That’s one of the reasons why San Francisco is a top destination for tourists from around the world. Whether you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or you want to visit our beautiful city, check out YummySF for my latest food adventures.
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