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Hidden kimchi: Java Hub, San Anselmo, Calif.

Hidden kimchi: Java Hub, San Anselmo, Calif.

Many assume the territory between San Francisco and Sonoma County wine country an hour’s drive north is bereft of Korean cuisine. I did, too, until I discovered one long-disguised as a coffee shop. Java Hub Cafe is Marin County’s only noted venue for...
Is American soju 'watered down'?

Is American soju 'watered down'?

Twitter makes it so much easier to “eavesdrop” on conversations of random strangers, which I do via a list of search terms related to Korean cuisine. For every person who asks a question, many others have the same one bouncing around their minds. Even...
Review: Korean Village Wooden Charcoal BBQ House, San Francisco

Review: Korean Village Wooden Charcoal BBQ House, San Francisco

The restaurant was nearly empty when we sauntered in at 1:45 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. Two men were engaged in an animated conversation in a Chinese language at a table on the opposite side of the restaurant, their words echoing off the walls and the mirror that...
Chefs grapple with 'authentic' Asian vs. California cuisine

Chefs grapple with 'authentic' Asian vs. California cuisine

Is “authentic” just a synonym for “traditional,” and how does that color restaurant patrons’ impressions of an Asian-American restaurant’s menu offerings? This was one of several topics up for discussion during Monday night’s...

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