SCOMA’S It was in Fort Bragg that I first heard about Scoma‚Äôs. A couple from even farther north was raving about this San Francisco seafood house. A year passed before I tried it; I went there for lunch. I was underwhelmed. The food was San Francisco-okay but nothing more. Since Scoma‚Äôs is in the middle… Continue reading Scoma’s


BOHO ONE of the great pleasures of reviewing restaurants is finding largely undiscovered gems. We hit wonderful Capannina¬†on opening night. Found Brenda‚Äôs¬†on a stroll through the Tenderloin. Lime Tree¬†is where I take my Writing For Real¬†students after a class at the Richmond Library. We came across Persian Alborz¬†on a rainy movie night. And discovered Progress¬†when… Continue reading Boho

Le Colonial: Sunday night tiffin dinners

Confess ‚Äunless you’re Asian, you don’t know what a tiffin is, do you? Confession ‚Äî neither did we. Resolution ‚Äa tiffin is: A Scottish cake that‚Äôs not baked. A town in Ohio. A multi-layered lunch pail. All of the abo ‚Äî yes, of course; 4‚Äôs the right answer. But in San Francisco, 3 is righter… Continue reading Le Colonial: Sunday night tiffin dinners

Courthouse 2021

Class As the peninsula south of San Francisco morphed from orchards to computers, the name changed from Valley of Heart‚Äôs Delight to Silicon Valley. As techies replaced farmers, with few exceptions, property values in the Valley rocketed. Redwood City was one of the exceptions. For years, the city was a backwater in a fast-flowing stream.… Continue reading Courthouse 2021