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Hello, Healdsburg!

Hello, Healdsburg!

By Roberto Friedman

We heard Healdsburg calling us. That's the charming Sonoma County small town stocked full with wineries, luxurious accommodations and destination bars and restaurants. The town bureau invited us up there for an overnight stay.

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By Jim Provenzano | May 8, 2019

When North Beach's Café Zoetrope offered an invitation to their Winemaker's Dinner, it was an offer we couldn't refuse. Godfather jokes aside, the stylish restaurant, owned by Francis Ford Coppola and his related winery, offers great food and wines.

By Jim Gladstone | April 3, 2019

"We are everywhere!" may be a queer community rallying cry, but once again, Bestie voters don't seem to eat anywhere but the Castro and the Mission.


By Jim Gladstone | March 20, 2019

In 2015, spurred in part by the enthusiastic response their potluck dishes and birthday treats garnered from friends when they socialized, Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin started a recipe blog, Husbands That Cook. That's now also the title of their book.

By Sura Wood | March 5, 2019

Almost everything you wanted to know about the Kimono, or could reasonably be condensed into the space of two galleries, is shared in and around "Kimono Refashioned"'s immaculate, minimalist display cases.


By BARtab staff | November 14, 2018

With the holidays fast approaching, consider adding some locally-made delicious cheese to your party plates or brunch menu. Sonoma and Marin artisan cheese makers Laura Chenel and Marin French Cheese recently sent us some delicious samples.

By Jim Gladstone | October 17, 2018

Oakland couple James Erb and Jason Young would love to spill the tea with you. The pair share fascinating tidbits about the cultivation, processing and preparation of tea through their business, American Gongfu.


By Juanita MORE! | September 5, 2018

Supporting small queer business means getting your shoes shined at your local queer-owned cobbler, flirting with the racks at that cute atelier down the street, and tossing back a Paloma with the regulars at your local gay watering hole.

By Steven Underhill | September 5, 2018

Serving up burgers and drag shows, the recently opened Hamburger Mary's has become a popular Castro district restaurant for locals and tourists alike.


By Jim Gladstone | August 29, 2018

It's Labor Day weekend, the summer's third and final sanctioned drinking festival. A new bar, a new book, a new bottle, and a new drinking game have all shown up on the BARtab radar in recent days. Please, enjoy one on us.

By Jim Gladstone | June 13, 2018

Just in time for Pride, a small bouquet of eateries has bloomed in the Castro. Whether you're a local who's not often in the gayborhood, or you've got out-of-town visitors stoked to see the sites, swing on by and bring your appetite for something new.


By Steven Underhill | June 13, 2018

Hundreds of craftspeople, designers of homewares, clothing, soaps, art, jewelry and more showcased their handmade wares at the annual West Coast Craft show, held June 9 & 10 at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion.

By Jim Gladstone | June 6, 2018

As we head into summer, the Bay Area Reporter has ordered up a round of fresh libations, whether you're looking for a new haunt, a new drink of choice, a wine country escape, or intellectual rationale for an impending hangover.


By Events Editor | June 6, 2018

Along with Stoli's release of a Harvey Milk limited edition vodka bottle (see B.A.R. last week's issue), another spirit that's worth noting is the new brand, Blue Angel Vodka.

By Sari Staver | July 9, 2017

After more than a year of construction and permitting delays, The Castro Fountain is finally open, with a two-page menu of ice cream, cakes, pies, cookies, and fountain drinks.


By Jim Gladstone | June 4, 2017

To most of the world, Napa remains the stronger "name brand" when it comes to California wine geography. Even locally, when Sonoma does have name recognition, there's confusion between the County and the Valley. That's set to change.

By Roberto Friedman | March 4, 2017

We were pleased to be invited to the Catalan Wines USA Master Class & Wine Tasting that transpired at The Bently Reserve last week. More knowledge!


By Jim Gladstone | February 11, 2017

This past December, to counteract a hectic Thanksgiving weekend full of large family gatherings, my partner and I planned a just-the-two-of us getaway to Maui. It rained. So we poured.

By Jim Provenzano | May 22, 2016

"Glamour should make one convulse," some wise queen once said.


By Roberto Friedman | February 6, 2016

Everyone has their favorite local getaway for escaping the city, and for Out There, it's Healdsburg, CA.

By Joel Martens | December 7, 2015

Nothing says Christmas better than something homemade. Though some may not be the "most-handy" in the kitchen, these treats are as simple as can be and will mean the world to your recipient's tastebuds.


By Michael Flanagan | August 30, 2015

From the mid-'60s through 2008 there was another type of downtown bar - the businessman's bar. The two downtown bars which lasted the longest and had the biggest impact were Sutter's Mill and the various incarnations of Ginger's.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | August 30, 2015

On August 7, David Carver-Ford's Diva Hair opened for business. The new enterprise seeks to reach a clientele not often served by mainstream salons: Diva Hair will be a wig studio for drag performers and transgenders.


By Sean Timberlake | August 8, 2015

There are plenty of organizations and events that help put food in the mouths of those who need it while pleasing your palate. Here's a rundown detailing a few of them.

By Roberto Friedman | August 1, 2015

A warm summer night earlier this month in San Francisco. Out There and our personal-size pizza Pepi found our way down to the Embarcadero, invited to a dinner at the Americano restaurant in the Hotel Vitale.


By Heather Cassell | May 3, 2015

Beer nerds are getting hoppy this summer with the Bay Area's latest craft beer tour, the Bay Area Ale Trail.

By Jim Gladstone | March 1, 2015

San Francisco cuisine fans will have an opportunity to toast - and taste - the success of chef Melissa King on Monday, March 9, in her first local public event after rising to the final four in Bravo's "Top Chef" earlier this month.


By Heather Cassell | February 14, 2015

It's a big gay affair in wine country when the Big Gay Wine Train rolls out of downtown Napa up the valley to St. Helena. Guests will enjoy wines from LGBT vintners paired with a special menu. And this year marks the event's five year anniversary.

By Tavo Amador | December 14, 2014

Uncertain what to get for people on your seasonal gift list? A trip to a local bookstore -- yes, a few remain -- will offer a trove of ideas. Here are few to get you started.


By Gregg Shapiro | December 13, 2014

Have a videophile on your Holiday gift list? Here's a sampling of what's out there to stock stuffings and keep the Blu-ray player humming.

By Heather Cassel | July 28, 2013

Foodies got their wish this spring, when Juhu Beach Club opened in Oakland’s hip and trendy Temescal neighborhood.


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