Janelle Bitker, SF Chronicle

Janelle Bitker

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Oakland, CA, United States

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Past articles by Janelle:

How Flour + Water makes 83 pastas

San Francisco Italian restaurant Flour + Water makes 83 pasta shapes, keeping track with an encyclopedia. A look at how the chefs do it. → Read More

Flaky Jamaican pastries arrive at the Ferry Building, plus 6 more great new Bay Area restaurants

These are the best new restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area so far in 2023, including Acre, Casa Borinqueña, Parche, Peaches Patties and Piglet & Co. → Read More

Lunar New Year Recipe: Tang Yuan With Peanut, Coconut and Sesame

This dessert recipe for Chinese New Year combines traditional tang yuan, mochi-like glutinous rice balls, filled with peanut butter, toasted coconut and sesame seeds. → Read More

Where to find Dungeness crab specials at SF Bay Area restaurants

Think crab rolls, crab pasta, garlic crab and more. → Read More

The San Francisco Chronicle's most popular recipes of 2022

These are the most popular recipes from Christian Reynoso, Amisha Gurbani and Jessica Battilana, including perfect pancakes, chicken and lime soup, and strawberry-rhubarb cake. → Read More

Most beautiful new restaurants in the SF Bay Area of 2022

The 10 most beautiful new restaurants in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Wine Country that opened in 2022 feature maximalist interiors. → Read More

Prominent S.F. taco restaurant is closing after 20 years

Popular San Francisco restaurant Nick's Crispy Tacos is closing in December. The owners are looking for a new location. → Read More

The Bay Area's best new restaurants, including Champion's Curry and Noodle Dynasty

Where to find chewy bagels, superior loco moco and great ravioli. → Read More

15 gift ideas for food and drink lovers in the SF Bay Area

A gift guide for the San Francisco Bay Area food lover in your life: The Bay Area is full of ideas for edible, drinkable and otherwise food- and beverage-themed gifts for the holiday season. → Read More

These are the 10 best cookbooks of 2022

Expect creative takes on classics from Bay Area chefs like Reem Assil and Tanya Holland. → Read More

Bay Area company’s lab-grown meat is safe for human consumption, FDA says

Berkeley company Upside Foods just gained a green light from the FDA, the first of two... → Read More

Excellent bowls of soup at Bay Area restaurants for chilly weather

Staff favorite soups in the Bay Area, with borsch, laksa, cioppino and more. → Read More

No turkey for Thanksgiving? Make this easy maple-roasted duck

Dustin Valette's Maple-Roasted Duck with Butternut Squash Hash comes from Jennifer Reichardt's new cookbook, "The Whole Duck," from the Liberty Ducks family in Sonoma County. → Read More

Mission Chinese Food chef puts a vegan spin on a favorite Korean comfort food

Mission Chinese Food chef Danny Bowien put a vegan spin on the comforting Korean soup samgyetang, putting a similar stuffing in winter squash. It's a great choice for a vegan Thanksgiving main dish. → Read More

Best pies in the San Francisco Bay Area

These are the best bakeries, restaurants and pop-ups for pies in the San Francisco Bay Area, whether for Thanksgiving pumpkin pie needs or year-round celebrations. Including Pie Society, Three Babes Bakeshop, Heidi's Pies, Edith's Pies and Loquat. → Read More

Bay Area ramen restaurant shuts down after 19 years, plus more closures

Read on for a dozen notable September closures in the Bay Area. → Read More

8 places to get food near SFO while airport workers are on strike

San Francisco International Airport restaurants are closed with workers on strike. These restaurants serving takeout and quick meals near the airport offer an alternative. → Read More

16 Bay Area bakeries serving fluffy round challah for Rosh Hashanah

Round challah is traditional for Rosh Hahanah, the Jewish New Year. Pre-order from these Bay Area bakeries and restaurants for pickup in time for the holiday. → Read More

Make these modern pistachio mooncakes for this year’s Moon Festival

These mooncakes filled with sticky-sweet pistachios come from the award-winning... → Read More

Where to eat on your road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles

A guide to the best restaurants to stop at for food on the road trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles, taking Highway 1 or I-5. → Read More