Farley’s East in Oakland reopens grandly

by foodhoe on July 14, 2017

  1. 33 Grand Ave. Oakland, CA 94612 | 510.835.7898 | website | Menu

Today is the official grand reopening of Farley’s East who remodeled to include the next door space (formerly Subway) so they now offer more space, and an expanded menu with wine and beer on tap.  Join them today Friday, July 14 from 7-9pm.  There will be door prizes, give-aways, complimentary appetizers and drink specials!

It’s bright and airy with tall ceilings.

There’s a grab & go case and second register to streamline the experience, with a delectable array of healthy options like yogurt parfaits topped with granola, tonics and elixirs from Urban Remedy, along with chips and sodas to round out your meal.

I went for a media preview a couple of weeks ago and got to sample some very delectable bites!

Here is the whole health salad ($11) made with kale, mixed greens, quinoa, garbanzo beans, carrots, pumpkin seeds & tahini dressing.

The cobb salad ($11) is made with organic mixed greens, egg, chopped bacon, tomato, blue cheese, avocado & goddess dressing with some cubed chicken.

Caesar salad made with crispy chickpeas

Samples of turkey sandwiches on Acme ciabatta, side salads are served with all panini when eaten in the cafe. They use organic & sustainably produced ingredients wherever possible.

They will be serving a hot dish every day, this was a scrumptious Mac and Cheese made with tender Baia pasta (fresh pasta made in Oakland) in a creamy cheesy sauce that had just the right amount of spicy heat.

The newly expanded cafe side is tricked out to serve espresso drinks pulled double ristretto

They have local beers and wines on tap

and wonderful pretzels from Firebrand breads (a local artisanal bakery).  These are called cheese bombs, filled with gruyere and dusted with spices.

Soft pretzels sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds and sea salt, which made each bite a little nutty and flavorful.  An excellent snack to go with wine or beer!

Housemade chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with crunchy sea salt, are perfect with a coffee beverage.

Their house coffee and espresso blends are exclusively roasted by De La Paz, a small San Francisco roaster that takes pride in the highest quality product and transparent bean sourcing.

The owners were so gracious and gave me a pound of their house beans and a Farleys coffee cup.  I loved the coffee and my cat Zumi aproves of the cup.

I neglected to take a photo of the case displaying 500 magazines, which is always fun to dig through.  In the 8 years they’ve been in their burgeoning uptown location, they have been involved in the community offerung a space where they feature a non-profit of the month, local art, music and even parades…

 

HOURS Mon – Fri 7:00 am – 9:00 pm Sat – Sun 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

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Koja Kitchen in Walnut Creek

by foodhoe on June 16, 2017

1550 Olympic Blvd, WC 94596 | 925.448.8218 | website

I was so happy to hear that Koja Kitchen opened a restaurant in Walnut Creek.  I’ve loved their delicious koja burgers (the ones with the fried garlic rice buns) since the first time I tried one from their food truck at the Eat Real festival 5 years ago…  Koja is a unique sandwich that combines the best of Korean & Japanese flavors that are cradled within their signature crispy fried garlic rice buns. The restaurant is located at a busy downtown corner but has its own parking lot (parking meters), and I’ve been pretty lucky scoring a spot there, or in the lot by Z Gallery at Mt Diablo and Locust.

The decor is sleek and modern with edgy lighting and additional seating outside.  The format is fast-casual where you go up to the counter to order and pay for your food, they give you a pager that flashes when your food is ready to pickup.

The pager goes off, you can’t not notice the blinking lights and it vibrates energetically to get your attention. This is an exciting moment…  Your food is waiting for you on a tray at the pickup window.  This is an order of plain waffle fries that are not on the menu in the picture below.

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the tale of the catio

June 15, 2017

Life was good with our cozy little cat family until the outside cat Nori got hurt and we brought her inside to recuperate.  The two younger cats were really opposed to adding another cat in the house, especially Zumi who would hurl herself at Nori shrieking like a banshee, and Nori who grew up on the streets, fought […]

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lunch at Kendejah restaurant in San Leandro

May 29, 2017

197 Pelton Center Way, San Leandro CA  94577 | 510.756.6049 | website Mr. K and I recently joined a group of Chowhounders for a lively lunch at Kendejah Restaurant in San Leandro.  I was curious to try Liberian cooking which has an interesting history because it was colonized in the early 19th century by freeborn Blacks and former slaves from America and […]

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A feast at Khai Vietnamese Nouveau

May 11, 2017

655 Townsend Street, SF, CA  | 415.724.2325 | website | reservations Mr. K and I recently went to visit Chef Dương Khải’s new restaurant which is located in the design district of San Francisco.  It creates a cozy little restaurant row along with destination restaurants Omakase and Okane tucked in amidst the design showrooms and tech companies.  The tiny restaurant has just 20 seats which makes for an intimate […]

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Sanuki Udon at Kagawa-ya in SF

May 3, 2017

I have to tell you about a new udon restaurant Kagawa-ya that opened up in the mid-Market area of SF recently.  It’s named for the Kagawa Prefecture in Japan which is known as the udon prefecture because there are over 600 udon shops and the region’s per capita udon consumption is seven times that of the national average (even though it is […]

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BBQ for a cause at Lucille’s Smokehouse in Concord

April 23, 2017

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, […]

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