Welcome to Noel Barnhurst's blog. Noel is a food photographer based in the South Park neighborhood of San Francisco, California. He has photographed for a wide range of clients including Williams-Sonoma, Kashi, Haagen Dazs, Driscoll's berries, Sunset Magazine, and Burger King. Here you will find a plethora of recipes, tips, and news from a professional food photographer. Enjoy!

All photography is exclusively done by Noel Barnhurst.

Happy National Sourdough Bread Day!

Happy National Sourdough Bread day! We are certainly celebrating the beloved San Francisco specialty bread at the studio. Some of our favorite places in the city to get sourdough bread include: Acme BreadTartine, and Thorough Bread & Pastry.

If you are feeling brave enough to make your own starter and bake your own sourdough bread, we recommend looking at the Tartine Bread cookbook or reading through Michael Pollan’s experiences in his book Cooked. 

Artisanal Bacon

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Patronize your local butcher! If you live in the bay area and you are looking for inspiration, check out Star Meats in Berkeley. Other options include The Local Butcher Shop and Marin Sun FarmsThe artisanal bacons featured in this post comes directly from these sellers! Here at the studio, we appreciate bacon for its versatility! The meat can be for breakfast, lunch, or dinner— casual or formal!

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If you choose the more casual route, you will be more familiar with the BLT. Don’t be afraid to top it with a fried egg, too!

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Of course, the more formal thinkers would love this bacon wrapped pork loin roast!

The Spirits of San Francisco

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San Francisco is best known for its hugely populated foodie culture, but the city is also home to some of the best bars too! Check out Trick Dog (3010 20th St.), once famous for their pantone themed menus, recently changed over to displaying their menus on vintage records! Also, the restaurant Roka Akor is home to the new and inventive Roka Bar (801 Montgomery St.). In a recent Serious Eats article, bar manager Daniel Hyatt claims, “For years, what’s been going on in the San Francisco cocktail scene has been essentially conservative. [Roka Bar] has the potential to be something else.”

Check out other great bars to visit in San Francisco here.

Fish Tacos in San Francisco

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According to SF Eater, the top restaurants to eat fish tacos includes: El Metate (2406 Bryant St.), Nopalito (306 Broderick St.), Garaje (475 3rd St.)**, and Papalote Mexican Grill (3409 24th St.). Check out the rest of the article here

**We are a little biased to this choice since it is right around the corner from the studio!

Gastropub

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The gastropub, defined as a bar and restaurant that specializes in beer and food, is no longer exclusive to the pub scene! San Francisco is home to many great gastropubs with innovative menus and beverages, such as Monk’s Kettle (3141 16th St.), Wayfare Tavern (558 Sacramento St.), Hard Water (Embarcadero, Pier 3), and Hog & Rocks (343119th St.).

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Charcuterie in the City

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7x7 recently posted an article about the seven best spots in San Francisco to sample charcuterie. Some of the top choices included, Incanto (1550 Church St.), Salumeria (3000 20th St.), Beast & the Hare (1001 Guerrero St.), and The Fatted Calf (320 Fell St.). Check out the article here to read about more charcuterie hot spots!

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Local Milled Flour

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Owner of The Mill, Josey Baker, is one of the forerunners in San Francisco to actually mill his own flour. In a recent SFWEEKLY article, he explains that most of the city is preoccupied with sourcing their meats and vegetables locally, but he believes that locally sourcing grains is equally important. Read the article here or try for yourself at The Mill