2102 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 94704 | (510) 549-9950 | website

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I recently met my friends Brenda and Christina for dinner at Revival Bar + Kitchen in Berkeley.  These are some fine friends, the kind who send you flowers and say let’s go out for dinner when you are feeling down.  And such beautiful flowers from Farmgirl Flowers in the City too!   My kitty Zumi was very intrigued by the lush foliage, especially the lovely cabbage, sprigs of eucalyptus and bay leaves, it certainly looks good enough to eat.  But I digress…

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When they asked me where I wanted to go, I thought of Revival bar+kitchen in Berkeley, which is woman owned.  I had read that Chef Sophina Uong, formerly of Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland has been co-cheffing in the kitchen since the beginning of the year while chef-owner Amy Murray returns to her other restaurant, Venus, for a menu revamp.  Apparently Brenda and Christina said that they all follow each other on social media, and boom!  Brenda tweeted to Chef Sophina that we were coming for a visit.

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We sat at a cozy booth, toasted each other and enjoyed our cocktails.  While we perused the farm-to-fork menu, our server brought out an amuse from Chef Sophina of toasted baguette slices spread with pork liver mousse that is on the charcuterie menu from their whole-animal butchery program.  The garlicky mousse was rich as velvet and topped with a bit of grainy mustard and sprinkled with tiny purple chive flowers.

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Kronnerburger in Oakland

by foodhoe on May 11, 2015

4063 Piedmont Ave. Oakland, CA | websitetwitter

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Mr. K and I met my frequent dining partners, Christina who writes the ubiquitous East Bay Dish blog and Ben from focus:snap:eat, at the new Kronnerburger which opened up last week on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.  We were excited to check out the new restaurant, which is housed in an oddly shaped triangular building that has been completely reimagined into a temple for kronnerburger devotees.  It is stunningly gorgeous with lots of marble and filled with bright natural light.

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The pattern of the dining room walls echo the pattern on the front counter and the dining tables are also made of marble.  It’s cozy but we felt compartmentalized and not too squished in. [click to continue…]

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a seafood feast in Popotla, BC

May 1, 2015
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Mr. K and I drove down to Baja California again last week, enjoying the beautiful coastline while hunting for more of the delicious seafood we sampled last year (in Ensenada and Rosarito Beach). One of the most exciting places we encountered was a tiny fishing village called Popotla, where you can feast on freshly caught seafood, cooked right on the […]

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Dinner at Iyasare in Berkeley

April 6, 2015
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1830 Fourth St Berkeley, CA 94710 | 510.845.8100 | website I met my blogger friends Brenda of Bites & Bourbon, Ben of focus:snap:eat and Christina of East Bay Dish, for dinner at Iyasare recently to check out Chef Shotaro Kamio’s restaurant that replaced O-Chame when it closed two years ago.  The interior layout is the same, but all […]

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Veggie Grill, vegan dining in Walnut Creek

April 2, 2015
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1320 Locust Street, Walnut Creek | 925.942.1024 | website I was very excited when I heard that The Veggie Grill was opening in downtown Walnut Creek.  If you follow my eating adventures, you must know that I have a serious need to include more healthy eating into my life…   Enter Veggie Grill, a chain that […]

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A visit to El Pípila in the Hall, SF

March 30, 2015
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The Hall, 1028 Market St., SF 94102 | website | 510-684-9456 Last week, my friend Brenda who writes the stimulating blog, Bites and Bourbon, invited me along as her guest to La Cocina’s launch party for El Pípila, a brick-and-mortar kiosk at The Hall in mid-Market.  It was fun to check out The Hall, which is a temporary food+drink venue featuring 6 independent local food […]

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The Grassfed Cheeseburger from 4505 Burgers & BBQ

March 24, 2015
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705 Divisadero, SF | 415.231.6993 | website | facebook People are always asking me about which is my favorite burger,  and I don’t really have a definitive answer and so I decided it was time for me to find out.  Up to now, my favorite has been the cheeseburger from Cafe Zuni, but the Marlowe burger […]

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