Dinner at Iyasare in Berkeley

by foodhoe on April 6, 2015

1830 Fourth St Berkeley, CA  | 510.845.8100 | website

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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 of the rustic charm has been replaced with sleek modern decor.  I kind of missed the lovely hand made wall art, but was looking forward to exploring the menu of Chef Kamio which is inspired by his native Tohoku region, a rural area in northeastern Japan.

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Brenda was the first to arrive after me (on her bike no less!) and since it was a lovely sunny day we decided to sit outside (next to the heater).  We quaffed refreshing beers, took some photos and perused the menu while we waited for the others to arrive (traffic was beastly that day).  The menu has many traditional dishes prepared with a modern flourish with no sushi or teriyaki bento boxes to be found.

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Veggie Grill, vegan dining in Walnut Creek

by foodhoe on April 2, 2015

1320 Locust Street, Walnut Creek | 925.942.1024 | website

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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 is mostly in Southern Cal, whose menu focuses on bringing on the deliciousness of healthy plant based entrees in a meat free zone.  Each time I went the place was packed and there was a line going out the door, clearly the locals are excited about it too.

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The Veggie Grill makes vegetables craveable with bold flavors and vibrant colors, putting vegetables at the center of the plate.  Instead of meat, the chain uses soy, wheat gluten and pea fiber, and offers vegan versions of classic sandwiches, wraps, burgers, entree salads and soups.  It aims to be a place where vegetarians and vegans can bring their carnivorous friends.

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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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Abura-ya in Oakland

March 16, 2015
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380 – 15th Street, Oakland, CA | 510.835.9515 | Facebook | twitter Last month, I joined the East Bay Dishing meetup group to check out Abura-Ya, a popup restaurant within a restaurant at the Garden House cafe in downtown Oakland.  The cafe is open during the day and the pop-up is only open for dinner Wednesday […]

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A brunch and a dinner at Nido in Oakland

March 8, 2015
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444 Oak St Oakland, CA 94607  | (510) 444-6436 | website Mr. K and I recently discovered Nido Kitchen & Bar in Oakland, located in an industrial area west of 880 on the edge of Jack London Square.  Its bright colors welcome you into the whimsical interior that combines raw and finished materials: the bar and planters are made from reclaimed wood and pieces of corrugated shipping containers […]

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Laotian Dinner at Champa Garden

February 27, 2015
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2102 8th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606 | 510.238.8819  I have joined a few Meetup groups to expand my dining opportunities, and found that there are numerous dining clubs focusing on food and wine pairings that have nothing at all to do with romance.  I’ll admit membership in the Fried Chicken Sluts and the Bay Area Noodle Whores, dedicated […]

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