April is Autism Awareness Month and Lucille’s BBQ is supporting this by donating $1 to Autism Speaks everytime you order a Blueberry & Basil Margarita and they are participating in the Round It Up America, where you can round up your purchase to the nearest dollar amount (or more) and help families across the country through research, education, community outreach, and more!

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.  ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.

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Drip Line Coffeehouse in West Oakland

by foodhoe on April 16, 2017

Last month I was invited to check out an exciting new coffeeshop that can be found deep in the vast industrial section of West Oakland.  It’s a little off the beaten track, but you should definitely make an effort to find it, because it is a hidden gem that has more than just coffee, good company and a beautiful serene environment to hang out in.  The food alone is worth the trip, it’s so much more than the average fare found in a coffeeshop.

It was an evening event so I enjoyed a cup of herbal tea that was infused with intriguing herbs and spices, and I managed to snag the last Chinese Five Spice morning bun.  The five spices are a mixture of star anise, Szechuan peppercorns, fennel, cassia (a relative of cinnamon) and clove.  This bun is fantastic, it is made of flaky pastry dough that is liberally coated with spiced sugar and I found bliss in each crunchy bite of the buttery bun that was coated with caramelized spiced sugar.

The dog treats aren’t the usual bone shape but cute alligators or are they crocodiles?

The executive chef Nora Dunning introduced herself and provided narrative throughout the meal.  She was very warm and engaging and we were all drawn into her story.  Her passion for cooking began while helping her mom prepare meals while growing up in Singapore and while traveling through Italy.  She attended the San Francisco Baking Institute and was formerly in the kitchen at Blue Bottle Coffee, Farley’s, and then Executive Chef at Monkey Forest Road and Crema in Berkeley.  At Dripline, they offer small-batch drip coffee, espresso, and a seasonal breakfast, lunch and grab-n-go menu, influenced by her diverse heritage.  She focuses on seasonal ingredients and sustainable sourcing, with a deeply rooted sense of place in Oakland.

We began with Kaya Toast ($9), which is a staple breakfast in Singapore.  Her version is very elegant, toasted brioche soldiers served with a scoop of pandan infused coconut butter (kaya), a coddled egg sprinkled with chives and soy sauce is contained in an adorable glass jar to dunk the lovely sweet and savory kaya slathered toast into.

I’m still thinking about that toast…

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Burger Lounge in Walnut Creek

April 7, 2017

2920 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek | 925.433.8958 | website I recently discovered a new shopping area in Walnut Creek called the Orchards, which is anchored by Safeway on one side of Ygnacio Valley Road and Whole Foods on the other.  There is plenty of parking and a few lunch spots that are definitely worth […]

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live sea urchin from fresh catch

March 21, 2017

Look at these beauties!  Last week I signed up for a really cool service called Fresh Catch, a local CSF (community supported fishery) who procure the very best seafood from traceable, sustainable sources every week and delivers it to your home.  I immediately jumped at the chance when my friend Brenda sent me this link because I was smitten with the […]

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Omakase at Kinjo

March 1, 2017

2206 Polk St, SF 94109 | 415.921.2222 |  facebook page Last week Mr. K and I were invited for an omakase feast at Kinjo, a new upscale sushi house which opened in Russian Hill earlier this year.  The plain curtain gently swaying in the breeze caught my eye, which is a good thing because the signage is so subtle, […]

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Curry Up Now in Oakland

February 19, 2017

1745 San Pablo Avenue, (near 18th St) Oakland | 510.858.7475 | website Last week I went to check out the newest location of Curry Up Now which opened in Oakland earlier this month.  It’s in an area that is really busting out with so many new bars and restaurants and is next door to The New Parish venue.  Curry Up […]

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Delicious dumplings at Din Tai Fung

February 8, 2017

Westfield Valley Fair, Santa Clara | 408.248.1688 | menu | reservations Din Tai Fung is a chain from Taiwan that is legendary for their xiao long bao or soup dumplings.  They currently operate over 100 locations worldwide and finally, finally opened a branch in the Bay Area last May.  From the beginning, the lines to get in were […]

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