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The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

A chocolate operator oversees the roasting of the cacao beans at a low temperature for long periods of time at Dandelion Chocolate on 16th St. in San Francisco, Calif., on Feb. 17, 2023. The roasting time and temperature affect the outcome of the flavor of the chocolate, like anything in cooking, and is a trial and error process for making chocolate when new beans come into the factory. (Tatyana Ekmekjian/Xpress Magazine)

For the Love of Chocolate

Kamal Taj, Senior Reporter
March 6, 2023

In the wake of the holidays, students and staff alike shake off their confectionery hangovers. Belts are retightened, diet promises are renewed and vows are made to hold off on the sweets altogether –...

SF States Station Cafe, shuttered during heavy rain. The cafe is open weekdays and often serves commuter students early mornings. (Eian Gil / Xpress Magazine)

Serving More than Food

Eian Gil, Editor in Chief
December 12, 2022

Some quotes in this article have been translated from Spanish to English As of 2022, SF state has a latinx student population of around 37%, according to President Mahoney. Alongside being named Hispanic-Serving...

Different styles of tamales pictured at La Espiga de Oro Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District on May 5, 2022. Although the restaurant specializes in Mexican cuisine, La Espiga de Oro also offers traditional Honduran and Guatemalan tamales. (Maximo Vazquez / Xpress Magazine)

Tamales Wrapped in Different Flags

Lorena Garibay, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

  It’s 3:35 in the afternoon, and the smell of sweet bread and salsa combines as patrons of the Guatemalan panaderia, Eterna Primavera, get in line to order. Blanca Estella Ruiz is in the kitchen...

Tamales with Roosevelt – Video

Lorena Garibay, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

This video was created to accompany the story "Tamales Wrapped in Different Flags: Tamales in San Francisco" by Lorena Garibay.

Alex Gómez Uribe, a Jalisco native, holds a bottle of mezcal from Mezcal Totoy in Oakland on March 11, 2022. The contents in the bottle were produced by Antonio Leon, a “Maestro Mezcalero” and the maguey used to make this particular mezcal was Jabali. (Bianca Heredia / Xpress Magazine)

More Than a Trend: Mezcal Finds a Home in Bay Area Bar Culture

Lorena Garibay, Staff Writer
March 18, 2022

Jamie Bernal smiles as he points out the menu located behind his bar. Written in chalk, it reads, “agave cocktails, with tequila or mezcal,” but that menu read differently five years ago. He’s still...

Peanut butter rice cake

Food For Thought and Your Wallet

Photo story by Maddison October
March 20, 2020

Cooking on a college student’s budget is often difficult to do, but hopefully these recipes might help inspire some new additions that are relatively cheap and can last a couple of days. Some of the...

Roasts and Robots: How Automation Might Change the Way We Eat

Roasts and Robots: How Automation Might Change the Way We Eat

Joshua Chan
May 21, 2019

On Market Street in San Francisco near the Montgomery BART station, there’s a tiny, sleek storefront with a black sign reading “CAFE X.” It blends in with pretty much every other piece of brutalist,...

How to Prepare Gourmet, Healthy Meals on a College Budget

Danielle Parenteau
December 18, 2014

Eating healthy does not have to mean sacrificing flavor or paying a lot of money. Healthy meals can be flavorful and extremely cheap to prepare, as low as less than a few dollars. Good eating habits regularly...

Whats for Lunch?

What’s for Lunch?

Hillary Smith
September 18, 2014

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, just a student sharing what I found on the SF State campus. You’ve heard it before: “Pack your food, it’s healthier. You’ll save time and money.” But...

Best Boba Places in SF

Catherine Uy
September 16, 2014

With a dry and sweltering atmosphere, only two words can describe this Bay Area moment - disgustingly hot. Out comes the cargo shorts, bro tanks, and flower crowns. No, we’re not at Coachella. We’re...

Good vibes and music take over Haight Street

Ivane Lund-Soyombo
September 15, 2014

Throngs of people flocked to Haight Street on Sunday for the 1st Annual Haight Street Music and Merchants Festival. For the adults, there were drink specials at the many bars along Haight Street,...

Against the Grain

Xpress Mag Staff
May 23, 2014

Written by Katie Mullen Photo by Tony Santos It’s a beautiful Saturday in San Francisco. The sun has come out to play and so have you. You and a group of friends decide that the only thing to...

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