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Tag: Cecilia Chiang

End of the Mandarin

Cecilia Chiang. Intrepid and astute until the end at 100 years old. Chinese refugee landed in San Francisco to become owner of the Mandarin in 1962 on Polk Street, then moved to its landmark spot in Ghirardelli Square. Her independent view of what Chinese food should be steered her away from Chinatown’s chop suey mush to other neighborhoods of Fog City. Cecilia’s food was subtle, fragrant, vibrant and sauces sublime. She was recently featured on Padma Lakshmi’s Taste of the Nation and at her seasoned age, Cecilia was sharp, witty… Read more End of the Mandarin