Go Streatery, feeding the urban peasant

by foodhoe on December 16, 2014

website | facebook | twitter | menu | schedule


The mobile food trucks are still a novelty out here in Coco County, so I’m out stalking them during lunchtime.  One of my favorites is the Gostreatery truck which has artistic touches like rustic planters filled with succulents, distressed wood set against the shiny metal of the truck and modern edgy graphics.  It is full of visual appeal, and as they are able to tame the stainless food truck to look cozy and inviting, they  transform humble ingredients into glorious peasant food.


To get more information about food trucks, one must rely upon social media to get their schedule, look up their menu and to learn more about the people behind the food.  The about page on their website has a wonderful personal story of the chef, who professes “a passion for made-from-scratch cooking, a knack for creating inventive dishes, and a refusal to associate deliciousness with wealth. It may be nothing like what you have in mind when you think of peasant food, but it will have the spirits of peasant food—nourishing, hearty, delicious, inventive, and all made from a labor of love.”  And from the dishes that I’ve eaten from GoStreatery, I’m a peasant food fan. [click to continue…]


A bountiful brunch at Gather in Berkeley

by foodhoe on December 1, 2014

2200 Oxford St Berkeley, CA 94704 | 510.809.0400 | website | twitter


I hope you enjoyed your long holiday weekend and I’m ready to move on from Turkey and talk about my favorite meal, breakfast.  Here’s one of my favorites in Berkeley.  I’m such a fan of this restaurant, I had a memorable dinner where I got to try their famous vegan charcuterie plate here, a lovely brunch here and recently visited for brunch with Mr. K’s nephew James who is a freshman at Cal Berkeley.  It’s literally across the street from the campus, although it’s a bit upscale for the student budget, it’s the perfect spot for a special meal.  It’s been a while since we visited and the kitchen is now led by executive chef  Charis Wahl who worked previously at Rivoli and Ozumo prior to spending the last five years at Gather.  We got there when they opened without reservations and were able to get a table, although the hostess seemed to disapprove of the fact that we just showed up…


The bar has an energetic vibe even for the morning service, and there was a mixologist at hand vigorously shaking and stirring up drinks. [click to continue…]

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