Janelle Bitker, SF Chronicle

Janelle Bitker

SF Chronicle

Oakland, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Janelle:

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

Outside Lands 2022: the festival’s 5 must-eat dishes

For some festivalgoers, sampling the newest food options is as important as checking out certain bands. → Read More

Mensho ramen team opens first East Bay restaurant, plus 7 other enticing openings in the region

This month’s New in the East Bay roundup includes multiple Nashville hot chicken spots,... → Read More

The Bay Area food tech industry is creating more than vegan burgers. Here’s what’s next

The high-tech, animal-free food options are getting more diverse, with new options like... → Read More

Nashville hot chicken and Super Mario: World Famous Hotboys opens in Walnut Creek

World Famous Hotboys, one of the Bay Area’s best fried chicken sandwich spots, expands... → Read More

This 8-year-old’s plan to sell Girl Scout cookies turned into a hard lesson on ‘Silicon Valley ethos’ of business

Some Bay Area parents say a new partnership between Girl Scouts and DoorDash isn’t fair... → Read More

‘You’re not at Katz’s’: Bay Area chefs are making pastrami their own

The Bay Area is seeing a rise in Jewish delis and other pastrami-focused restaurants.... → Read More

The East Bay is the Bay Area’s great unsung destination for Filipino food

Daly City has long been considered the best destination for Filipino food. But about... → Read More

Meet the sweet bean pie, an African American Muslim treat that's a rarity in the Bay Area

Papa’s Bean Pies is one of the featured businesses during Black Muslim Food Week, which... → Read More