the Cheese Therapy Truck

by foodhoe on November 24, 2014

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The food trucks have finally  made their way out to Contra Costa county and every Thursday noon, Taste of the Market presents a selection of trucks at the Pleasant Hill Bart/Contra Costa Transit Centre, which is mere blocks away from my office. I was very intrigued to check out the Cheese Therapy Truck when it showed up for lunch recently.   They are a mobile artisan cheese truck based out of Livermore offering a creative and delicious option for lunch!  You can buy cheese by the pound from the case, Chef Denise plans to stock the two built-in cheese cases with a dynamic, rotating stock of 15-20 fine cheeses, both domestic and imported.  The cheese case was ignored as I was too busy checking out their cheese-centric menu of seasonal soups and savory bread puddings, served with a medley of fresh and marinated vegetables, and the signature Plowman’s Lunch, an imported food concept from the great pubs of Europe. A bread-warming oven is onboard the truck so you can enjoy “warm bread out of the oven!”   I wish they came to our building every day… You can check their schedule on their website here


Cheese Therapy is the mobile food brainchild of Chef Denise Creek Garcia and Teri Tith Concannon, who connected over a plate of cheese one day and are now permitted to serve up the artisans cheese in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.  I consider myself fortunate that I live and work in those two counties!   Here is the beautiful display for The Plowman’s which is similar to a picnic in a box, comprised of four artisan cheeses, rustic bread roll, a cured meat or salumi, vegetables lightly tossed with a vibrantly flavored dressing, hummus, and olives.


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Dimsum at Tin’s Teapot Bistro in Hayward

by foodhoe on November 19, 2014

320 Jackson Street, Hayward, CA  |510-881-0211 | website


photo courtesy of Tin’s Facebook page

Since we moved to San Leandro and I started working in the ‘burbs, I have lowered my expectations for encountering meals that excite my tastebuds.  Our nearby go-to spot for dimsum recently changed owners and gone sadly downhill and so I was elated to hear that Tin’s Teapot Bistro had opened up in nearby Hayward.  Tin’s originally was in Oakland, then closed and reopened in Walnut Creek (read my old post from 2008 here), which closed again in 2010 and reopened as Tin’s Teapot bistro near to my hood, yay!  They open at 10am on the weekend and were crowded when we got there at 10:45, but we had no problems getting a table for 5 adults and 3 kids.  There is an impressive collection of plants festooned with congratulatory ribbons and according to their Facebook page, Governor Brown and Mayor Barbara Holliday attended their opening ceremony!


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The epic SF lobster rumble 2014

November 13, 2014
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I was invited to the Lobster Rumble in San Francisco 2014 courtesy of Tasting Table, to experience a lobster smackdown where eight chefs competed for top honors and to help raise funds for Share Our Strength. There was agony and ecstasy.  We gorged on mounds of tender lobster encased in buttery rolls, deliberated and went back for more. There were […]

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Jack’s Oyster House, Oakland

November 11, 2014
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336 Water Street, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA  94607 | 510.271.7952 | website Mr. K and I celebrated his birthday last week with a delicious and enjoyable seafood feast at Jack’s Oyster Bar in Jack London Square.  I was so excited when we heard that the owners of Bocanova were opening a new seafood restaurant in […]

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A sampling of Dave’s meat and nuts

November 7, 2014
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website | twitter | instagram | facebook | kickstarter page I was recently contacted by Dave Gadlin who is launching Dave’s Meat  & Nuts out of Napa Valley, offering to send me some samples of his meat and nuts for me to try, to which I immediately responded yes!  This is one of the perks for all of the […]

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the wondrous Shake Shack burger

October 28, 2014
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1450 S Dixie Hwy Coral Gables, FL 33146| 786.470.3701  | website Mr. K and I recently vacationed in the Florida Keys, a stunning resort area surrounded by brilliant turquoise blue waters and wafted by warm gulf  breezes.  In the spirit of vacation, I abstained from controlling our eating agenda, with a single exception when I […]

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hiro sandwich worship at urchin bistrot

October 23, 2014
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584 Valencia St San Francisco, CA 94110 |  415.861.1844 |  Website When my friend Ben, who writes the evocative and lovely food blog Focus:Snap:Eat, told me that there was a new restaurant in the Mission whose menu listed a number of dishes featuring its namesake sea urchin, also known as the foie gras of the […]

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