Liam's List: Dumpling Fest, Giants Race and Bungalow Kitchen

Chef Harrison Chernick of Bungalow Kitchen in Tiburon.
Chef Harrison Chernick of Bungalow Kitchen in Tiburon. Photo credit Liam Mayclem/KCBS Radio

It's time to get out and join the dumpling festival in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The menu has something for everyone, from vegetarian and shrimp dumplings, tea leaf egg, wonton, to mochi and French Toast, and your favorite boba milk tea. You have 15 items to try out, all for only $15. Enjoy Chinese music performance and two rounds of raffles. Great prizes include: ginseng wine, mini mooncake box set, a rice cooker, historical US coin, a gold-plated tiger ornament and more. What's not to like? It's at 827 Stockton Street near Sacramento Street, Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign up now!

A young chef (Jeremy Allen White) of Shameless fame is from the fine dining world and comes home to Chicago to run his family sandwich shop after a heartbreaking death in his family. A world away from what he's used to, Carmy must balance the soul-crushing realities of small business ownership, his strong-willed and recalcitrant kitchen staff and his strained familial relationships, all while grappling with the impact of his brother's suicide. As Carmy fights to transform both the shop and himself, he works alongside a rough-around-the-edges kitchen crew that ultimately reveals itself as his chosen family. A must see that Chefs recommend I too cannot recommend highly enough.

This weekend the little town of Cotati welcomes accordion lovers from around the Bay and across the country. For decades this little NorCal town has celebrated all things according to the accordion. The festival attracts characters and performers – there is music and dancing and food too! It takes place Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You don’t have to play the accordion to attend.

The fine folk at Volt Garden in San Francisco invite you to join them for their 3rd Annual Lobster Boil on Friday, August 26. This now feast is one for all lobster loving peeps, a throwback to East coast summers. Lobster will be in abundance, bibs and crackers provided and each course paired perfectly with stellar wines. Seating is limited for the upcoming feast so book now.

The 13th Annual San Francisco Giants Race presented by Alaska Airlines is taking place in San Francisco this Sunday. Passionate runners and walkers will come together for a one-of-a-kind race that finishes on the Field at Oracle Park and benefits 2022 charitable partner, The Guardsmen. Enjoy the expo on Saturday and the race on Sunday. Register now.

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City extends its immersive, mixed-media art exhibition, AloneTogether. The world renowned chorus’ installation exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the hearts and minds of children and young adults will continue to run at the CIA at copia in Napa through September, and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s the new kid on the block in Tiburon at Bungalow Kitchen by Chef Michael Mina, which is turning one in November. The surf and turf menu shines here but the view from Tiburon looking back at San Francisco is an enormous draw. The menu is full of seafood faves and comfort food for all. Mina’s famous tuna tartare is a must have. Lobster Pot Pie with whole Maine Lobster, Truffle-Lobster Bisque & Root Vegetables is the hug of love one craves at every visit.

Meat lovers will be satisfied here too.

The 36 ounce dry-aged Tomahawk is big enough for two. For veggies, you’re not left out. The Heirloom salad is my favorite with persian cucumbers, red onion, kalamata olives, capers & feta cheese

Don’t leave without springing for dessert or the OTT cheese selection.

Finally on the beverage front try the “GBU” The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
(Tequila & Mix & Beer). Crafted cocktails are aplenty so imbibers take note.

The wine selection as with any MINA restaurant is unparalleled featuring the best of nearby wine country & from the old world too with stellar wines from France, Germany, Italy & Spain all featured.

Music is a big part of the story at Bungalow Kitchen. Enjoy dining with the rich strains of Ella, Huey, The Stones or Otis Redding & more. Photos of music legends you’re  listening to adorn the BK walls. On the BK website you’ll discover their Top 10 albums paired with sommelier Jeremy’s Top 10 Bungalow wines.

Venture to Bungalow Kitchen for an intimate dinner or brunch for two or come with some friends and make it a party. A solo experience at the bar is another way to go. Getting here is easy from the city with the Ferry literally outside the back door. At a recent wine dinner featuring Heitz Cellar wines, Chef Harrison Chernick took a few minutes out to talk to me about the BK menu and the experience at this most special of spots on the Tiburon waterfront.

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