about

me:

I don’t forage in the traditional sense, I do my foraging in restaurants.  There are so many delicious bites to experience in the Bay Area, join me as I explore menus, searching out specialties and fabled dishes and share them here with you.  Occasionally I post my favorite recipes, but mostly I’m out there eating and taking photos along the way.

The information that I post up may resemble restaurant reviews, but I’m not a critic; I am an enthusiast and tend to focus on things that I liked about a restaurant or meal.  All of these meals are paid for with my own dime, and shhhhh, I admit that I regularly peruset the boards at chowhound for inspiration and occasionally resort to consulting the unreliable oracle called Yelp to research recommended dishes…

photography:

I have an avid interest in photography.  If you haven’t already read this fantastic post on Jaden’s Steamy Kitchen, you should.  It is an excellent resource on home lighting techniques that has proven to be revelatory for me. I bought a single Lowel EGO light and keep it in my kitchen for taking pics of food, which I do very rarely I might add…

My main cameras right now are :

iphone 4S, it is indispensable for uploading to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Panasonic Lumix G2, it’s not a DSLR, but accepts interchangeable micro four thirds lenses.  My favorite lens for food photography is the Leica 45 mm.  It takes beautiful pictures but has some serious limitations… like I generally have to be around 2-3 feet back from the plate for a super closeup shot!  I am saving up in my piggy bank for the superfast Voigtlander .95 lens.

Lytro lightfield camera that I posted about here. It’s small and fits in my purse, so I have that with me almost always.  I love the variable depth of field and find myself clicking on the bokeh in non-Lytro photos with no results.

I often eat at restaurants at night, most of whom have dim mood lighting, so sometimes I use the flashlight feature on my phone for additional illumination.  So, yeah, that crazy person using her phone as a flashlight at the table across the room  last night at the restaurant you dined at?  That was probably me…

I used to use the Sony Cybershot DSC-W300 all the time because it’s small and fast, but three cameras is my limit!

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ari March 5, 2007 at 5:43 am

you should try Sushiya at 40th and Broadway. it is a wonderful sushi place, my favorite. it’s across from mama’s royal cafe. go from 5-7pm and its happy hour. that is my suggestion. thanks
-ari

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Sandy March 5, 2007 at 8:46 pm

ooh, thanks for the rec! i will check it out

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Pete March 24, 2007 at 8:56 am

You are killin’ me with all these Asian food reviews!! To rub it in you even have PICTURES!!!! … All I get here in Alaska are $10/bowl of nasty Pho and nuthin’ but Korean food. Kimchi’ed out…

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foodhoe March 25, 2007 at 2:32 am

Awwww, sorry Petey. You know I am obsessed with food, so you could think of it as vicarious thrills…

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Ron October 30, 2007 at 2:06 am

Nice job, Sandy! I’m amazed at how much pride you take in your food reviews and photos. I wanted to take your moniker but felt it would be cheap. I’ve chosen to go by Food Slut but not sure if I can match your expertise…

Hope things are going well for you out in the Bay area…

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Bruce Marlin December 2, 2007 at 6:20 am

I just found your blog and I am struck by the quality of your photos. They are remarkably excellent. I wonder what kind of camera and settings you use?

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foodhoe December 2, 2007 at 5:07 pm

Hi Bruce, thanks for the compliment! I use 2 point and click digicams. I take a Fuji F20 everywhere because it is pretty small and takes really nice low-light pictures especially in restaurants. I have a Panasonic LX-1 that is somewhat larger but takes better pictures (thanks to the gorgeous Leica lens), except for low-light situations. Since most of my pictures are food pictures taken indoors, I end up using the Fuji more.

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jrsff December 6, 2007 at 4:57 pm

Your blog is impressive and inspiring. Rock on! jr, sf foodie

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mary-anne (shanti) February 28, 2008 at 11:47 pm

I chuckled as I read your “about me” as I am much the same-camera in hand at all meals. We love to cook, eat, drink wine, travel where the food and drink are excellent. Just returned from yet another trip to Thailand (Hua Hin and BKK this time) plus a marvelous trip to Siem Reap and Phnom Pinh-ate our way through the country-yummmm!

Now planning the next trip – this summer to Serbia and back to Montenegro which we love and a hop over to Dubrovnik again. Just can’t get enough of the the Balkans-love the people-food and drink and the sights are awesome too.

DH is commuting to Houston-poor boy and is missing our great foodie spots here, and the family weekend feasts. He even missed the spit roasted piggy last weekend.

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Jessica January 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Hi there! I ran across your blog and I love your work! I’d love to feature some of it in our upcoming iPhone app, a guide to the best signature dishes across the country.

Please let me know what is possible.

Thanks,
Jessica

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Sarah February 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Hi,

I am reaching out to you as a fellow food enthusiast and fan of your blog. I genuinely appreciate the perspective on food you provide for your readers in the Bay Area.

As part of the outreach team for Full Circle, an organic produce and artisan grocery delivery service that delivers to Washington, Idaho, Alaska and soon, northern California, I am contacting you with an offer to participate in our sneak peek promotion ahead of our expansion into the Bay Area starting in April

The sneak peek promotion will include $200 worth of service from Full Circle. Depending on the box size you order and the amount of additional groceries you purchase, this should afford you about 4 weeks of free food delivered to you from Full Circle – a great way to try out our program and enjoy a whole lot of local farm fresh fruits, veggies and other groceries while you’re at it!

If you are interested in participating, please reply to me (sarahb@fullcircle.com) and provide your zip code so we can verify delivery service in your area. The promotion will begin the week of March 12th and I will provide all the sign up information and promo codes then. After you’re signed up, you will have access to your personalized member account where you will be able to completely customize your order on a weekly basis, shop for other groceries in our Green Grocery section and enjoy the complete Full Circle service at your leisure.

There is no commitment involved and you are not required to make additional purchases after your promotional period ends. We simply hope that your participation will inspire you to cook, photograph and write about the food and your experience. We do not require any reviews but hope you will want to share your observations with your readers.

If you are interested in participating (and I hope you are!) please reply to me by March 5th. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Sarah

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Matthew Mantyla March 10, 2012 at 2:02 am

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This module acts as search tool for your users as well. Can you email me, call me, or send me your number and a good day/time to connect please?

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Director of Media Integration

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Erica Nevins March 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

Hi there,
We recently came upon a photo that you took at Bocanova restaurant in Oakland and we’d love to be able to submit it for a cookbook, as they are looking for the specific photo of the scallop dish. It turns out that your’s is much nicer than the one we have on file. If this interests you, please let me know your full name and if you are OK with the photo credit. The name of the book is Smash Mouth’s Recipes from the Road. Many thanks for your time and consideration. Kind Regards,
Erica

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Falon Fatemi April 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Hi Foodhoe!

I absolutely love your blog and would love to feature you as a blogger for our users. Please contact me asap! Falon@livestar.com

Thanks!
Falon

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Morgan Craft August 22, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Restaurant Cuvee Napa is hosting the next amazing Cochon Heritage Fire event THIS SATURDAY in a grassy field overlooking the Napa River just behind the River Terrace Inn. It’s an all-you-can-eat-and-drink extravaganza featuring 15 of the best grillmasters from around the country. Discounted tickets are available ONLY through Cuvee, so feel free to send out my email address and the restaurant phone number of 707-224-2330. Tickets can be purchased all the way up to and during the event, which runs from 3-6pm. And I’d like to invite you and a friend to be my guests at the event!

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Connor August 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Hi,

My name is Connor and I am working for a new recommendations startup that is recruiting bloggers with great taste to provide early reviews for our product. Since our last contact, Livestar has completely transformed itself– we would love for you to join us.

I was browsing through your reviews and thought you might be a great fit. We currently have an iPhone app which we would like you to download and contribute your reviews to. In return, you would presented as a Featured Tastemaker in our app.

If you’re interested please email me at connor (at) livestar (dot) com and we can provide more details.

Thanks,

Connor

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patriciaj August 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Hi Foodhoe, We have a new app that we would like you to try and maybe, review. It is about San Francisco food and culture by neighborhood. Let me know if you are interested. prj145 at gmail dot come.

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Adam September 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Hey,
I’ve noticed you share a lot of great content about your food adventures around the Bay Area. I’m working for a new start-up called HeyLets and we’re trying to get people excited about doing what you do. We want our users to rediscover their city through mini-recommendations from people with similar interests and hopefully pay it forward. I was wondering, would you be interested in sharing some of your positive experiences in your community with us? We’d love to hear what you have to say and help you promote your blog.
Drop me a line if you’re interested in more info: adam@heylets.com
Thanks for your time and keep up the good work!
-Adam

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Alexey December 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Hi, My name is Alexey Kuvaytsev and I am contacting you regarding you professional field of expertise – food media.
First I would like to say that your blog is so cool. It is very interesting and creative project. After reading a couple of articles and food reviews I was impressed by your style and approach
to share information. I like your way of going away from cliches and formats. Currently I live in SF and work with my team in food tech start-up and would like to get you feedback on our idea.
Here’s a brief summary of our idea:

Cookstream.tv
is an new online interactive cooking experience. Our platform brings together foodies with professional chefs and gives them the opportunity to cook together through online live cooking classes.
This is a great opportunity for food lovers to learn how to cook from a professional in the comfort of their home at a time that is convenient for them. For professional chefs our platform gives a way of establishing credibility and their brand on the web, market themselves to new customers, as well as monetize existing ones through sale of online cooking classes. We also see it as a way of driving more people to their existing businesses (restaurants, catering services, etc).

Please let me know what you think.

Regards,
Alexey

408 605 6017
akuvaytsev@gmail.com

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Marisa January 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Hi there,

The Menuism team would like to invite you to participate in an exclusive food blogger survey!

Your response will be featured in a blog post alongside other top bloggers in San Francisco, giving you free exposure to a broad audience. As an added bonus, the article may get selected for republication through our Huffington Post account.

Details are included in the survey link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDBwcHh2Z2JqT2RCZmEyb0Z6TzJNekE6MQ

Thanks for your time!

Marisa Miyasaki
Menuism.com

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Giuseppe February 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I would like to pass along a little East Bay info that Salvatore Ristorante will be opening for lunch:

Due to the overwhelming support of our loyal and dedicated guests, we have decided to open for lunch starting March 5th, 2013 for four days a week; Tuesday through Friday.

Our diverse lunch menu features Grilled chicken and Portabello mushroom paninis, delicious Carbonara pasta and much more.

Also proceeds from the first week will be going to ARF to help all those cute animals in need.

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Chelsea M. March 6, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Hey there!

I just stumbled across your blog on Local Eats- I’m a newbie SF food blogger and they recently featured me on their site as well, yeee!

Anyway, I love your blog & I’d love to be featured on your food bloggers list! If you have a second, feel free to check out my blog about dining in SF and let me know what you think.

Thanks so much,

Chelsea M.
http://chowdownbythebay.blogspot.com/

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alexa dennis May 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

hello, my company bay roots is a start up hemp seed food company, just moved off of the Hawaiin island maui to expand our production, and source our ingredients in northern California. I am interested in reaching the people who visit foodhoe for my indiegogo campaign that we just launched April 28th. What would it take to be featured on your blog?
Link: igg.me/at/bayroots

A little about what we make: We use the hemp seed, along with other organic ingredients to bring to the dinner plate a really special veggie burger, we call it a hemp burger. It has 18g of plant based protein in it, and is not yet produced by any other food companies or sold in stores. We as a couple and as business partners made the jump across the pond from maui to our new residence in orinda California to bring these hemp burgers to the west coast communities, and to bring the nutritional benefits of hemp into the american diet.
I think your readers will enjoy the story behind our entrepreneurial journey, and may even discover our hemp burger is something they’d like to try for themselves in the sanfransisco Bay Area.
bayroots.com
http://www.facebook.com/bayrootshemp

-alexa 425 478 8219
206 799 1774

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Lexie Dreyfus October 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

Hey there, could you please give me a call 310-913-8796 or email me at lexie@ncompassonline.com? Chef Ryan Scott from Market & Rye will be in San Francisco THIS Saturday October 12th only, at the 13th & Harrison Best Buy Store from 1-4p showcasing small appliances to create amazing and delicious recipes. I hope you can come by. May we schedule an interview? Call me please. With such a huge nearby residential community, we know lots of people would enjoy this experience! Help us spread the word?

Thank you so much!

Lexie

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Lara Southern November 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

Hi there,

I wanted to gauge your interest in sampling and featuring Giovanni Rana pasta and sauces (www.giovannirana.com) as the products recently became available in San Francisco in Safeway stores. And with Thanksgiving around the corner, busy home cooks can use Giovanni Rana products in a variety of ways to create a quick pasta course for the holiday feast, to spice up any traditional dish or make the most of everyone’s favorite part of the festivities – leftovers! Giovanni Rana is a renowned pasta master in Italy whose family last year launched its first full-service restaurant and state-of-the-art factory in the U.S. The factory is now producing the Giovanni Rana retail line of 13 varieties of flat and filled pastas and four sauces including Marinara, Bolognese, Alfredo and Pesto. Some highlights of the products:
• Healthy and high-quality ingredients: The fillings are created from artisanal ingredients including DOP Parmigiano Reggiano cheese imported by the wheel and DOP Genovese basil
• Thin pasta: Mr. Giovanni Rana created proprietary machinery (being used at the U.S. factory) that mimics the movements used to create handcrafted pasta to produce an exceptionally thin pasta with a delicate bite
• Speed: Because the pasta is fresh and impossibly thin, it cooks in boiling water in under 4 minutes

As mentioned, we’d be happy to send you a variety of our pasta and sauces for you to try out on your own. For the holiday, we’ve included a Thanksgiving-inspired recipe rich in warm Fall flavors below and you can also visit the Giovanni Rana website (www.giovannirana.com) for more background on the company and other recipe ideas. Thanks so much for your consideration.

Best,
Lara

Mushroom Ravioli in Brown Butter with Sliced Almonds

Ingredients:
3 Tbs. sliced almonds
4 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 generous pinch Kosher salt
1 package Giovanni Rana Mushroom Ravioli
3 Tbs. Parmigiano Reggiano
2 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped

Method:
Toast almonds in a dry pan over medium heat, constantly tossing until fragrant. Transfer to a cool dish. Add butter to pan and melt with a pinch of Kosher salt over medium heat until milk solids are browned and foam subsides; remove from heat.

In the meantime, prepare Giovanni Rana Mushroom Ravioli according to package instructions. Immediately add ravioli, cheese, and almonds to brown butter, constantly tossing pan to coat ravioli in butter. Return pan to medium heat and continue tossing until cheese starts to melt and brown slightly. Add parsley and toss.

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Jessica November 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Hello!

Have you heard of Sprig: dinner on demand? Its an app you download to your iphone and in under 30 minutes you will be delivered a hot, local, sustainable meal with top notch free range ingredients. Check out http://www.eatsprig.com and bring the foraging straight to your dining room!

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Ellen McKay March 26, 2014 at 11:43 am

Hi there

I have a website related to healthy eating, nutrition and fitness and I am interested in buying a link on your site.

Are you interested in something like this?

If so, please let me know your price, etc

By the way, nice site! :)

Hope to hear from you.

Thanks
Ellen

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Angeline April 11, 2014 at 11:13 am

I’m Angeline from Taste Trekkers the food and travel website (http://tastetrekkers.com). We really love your blog. Are you on Pinterest? We have a Pinterest board for San Francisco:

http://www.pinterest.com/tastetrekkers/san-francisco-food-scene/

We’d love to add you as a contributor. If you follow us on Pinterest, we will follow you back and add you so that you can add photos to our board if you like. Just let me know.

Thank you,

Angeline Capati

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Brock April 24, 2014 at 9:41 am

Hi –

I’m working with a start-up for food bloggers in Southern California called Tabelog (www.tabelog.us). They’re a subsidiary of the largest company in Japan Tabelog.com (similar to Yelp here in the US).

We’re bringing their annual restaurant awards to the US that are judged solely by a panel of local food bloggers (all online). The winning restaurants get a framed 2014 award and the food bloggers get an “official judge” icon/etc and related PR for their blog. We’re looking for bloggers from the Southern California area to invite as an official judge. Is this something that you would be interested in?

Thanks in advance!
Brock

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Thoi Trinh April 25, 2014 at 1:20 am

Hi Foodhoe’s Foraging!

My name is Thoi Trinh and I am a Restaurant Manager at Lark Creek Blue in Santana Row, San Jose. I have been following your blog for some time and really admire your enthusiasm for food. I would love to have you join me for dinner at our restaurant. Being a foodie myself, I am excited to share some of our ocean-fresh seafood dishes with you. All of our products are from sustainable sources, one example is our long term partnership with the Monterey Aquarium Seafood Watch program. We are working on extending our relationship with the food blogging community. Please contact me at your convenience at ttrinh@larkcreek.com for a chat.

Thanks and good eatin’!

Thoi

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Lionel June 5, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Hello there, I recently discovered Pomme d’amore at Knead, and while searching online I stumbled onto your blog, which apparently you have discovered that back in 2012!
By the way, if you like pastries, please check out teaandbuns.com, we are on a quest to bring all the best pastries in bay area to the doorsteps of San Franciscans! If you would like a free box during our “soft launch”, please sign up on the site, or shoot me an email. We’d love your suggestions too.
The best thing about working in this new venture is that I now have a legit excuse to try all the pastries in town, and I love pastries so much.
I sure will come back more often to check out your blogs, and hope to hear from you.

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