Bay Area Cafés Worth the Buzz
Host Profile: Chef Arbel of BYWOOPS!
A new, hip, trendy coffee shop pops up on every street corner just about every month, each with its own schtick -- rainbow lattes, veganism, cats. It's like the mythological Hydra -- one goes under, two more appear the next day -- and your choices them become overwhelmingly varied. In distress, nearing hysteria, you scream to the heavens, how can I choose? Where do I shamelessly spend $4 on coffee? Which café's aesthetic will get my overhead latte-and-scone shot the most likes on Instagram?!
Never fear. I've got you.
Host Profile: Roe Sie of The King's Roost
BYWOOPS is a quaint, colorful bake shop based in New York City, offering DIY macaron classes to kids, adults, and anyone with a good sense of fun and adventure. At the helm is Chef Arbel, a French-trained mastermind who whips up their picturesque cookies like a machine -- and then some. Formerly serving in the army, Arbel found her calling as a pastry chef. Read on for her story and sage advice!
The Bay's Best Burgers
A farm smack-dab in the middle of Los Angeles? Seems unlikely. But for Roe Sie, bread making master of The King's Roost, it's a dream-turned-reality. His path from raising chickens developing a fully-fledged urban farm was not without hiccups, but resulted in a business that encourages city folk to get in touch with their roots.
Host Profile: Chef Michael Poole of Seattle
WARNING: Do not read this while hungry!
I've always believed there's nothing like a burger to brighten the day (except during the brief, dark period of my life in which I decided to become a vegetarian.) However, when people ask me where the best burger in the Bay is, I can never choose just one! So, I've compiled a list of all my favorites, from fast-food to gourmet.
Host Profile: Chef Simon of Atelier Sucré of New York
Who would have imagined Seattle firefighter Michael Poole would end up as a pastry chef running his own chocolate business? Read on to hear the story of how the Le Cordon Bleu graduate began his culinary career.
Host Spotlight: Chefs Frances and Sasha of Berkeley
Simon Herfray is an acclaimed pastry chef based in New York, owner of Atelier Sucré. His story is short and sweet (pun intended), but exciting nonetheless.
Remembering Anthony Bourdain
This week, I sat down with Frances and Sasha, the lovely hosts of The Field Kitchen Cooking School in Berkeley, CA. We covered topics ranging from Prince to pigs’ heads in our discussion about their passion, their pasts, and their journeys as chefs. Read on to hear more about the highs and lows of the culinary industry, and how they made it here in the Bay.
5 Bay Area Food Trucks to Follow
This morning, we lost another incredible member of the creative community. Bourdain, thank you for giving us your wise words, fresh perspectives, and love for food. You will be missed.
Host Spotlight: From Marketing Executive to Passionate Pastry Chef
I've always been a huge proponent of quick and (somewhat) reasonably priced meals, so I naturally gravitate towards food trucks, and here are a few of my absolute favorites. For each one, I'll recommend a dish or two, but I encourage you to go with your gut (literally). The best part? You can learn how to make all of these dishes with a Verlocal class!
Meet Amber, Chef Owner of Yume Patisserie: “It was only when I realized that I’d rather work for 14, even 15 hours everyday baking that I knew I had found my passion in life”