4001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611 | 510.547.1446 | website
Last month, I went to a Chicken and Beer pop-up dinner at Clove and Hoof in Oakland, which was offering a 5-course beak to tail meal along with Fieldwork beers for $50. The kitchen is known for breaking down the whole animal and making use of all the parts, as they believe that is part of our responsibility as humans eating meat. The place was decked out with holiday cheer and I loved their christmas tree because it’s alive and the ornaments were so cute: pickles, Heinz ketchup and mustard bottles, plush cheese burgers, carrots, farm animals and more (psst that’s chef/owner John Blevins in the background).
A representative from Fieldwork beers was on site pouring refreshing beverages to get the party started!
I met my friends Brenda who writes the effervescent Bites & Bourbon blog and Christina of East Bay Dish as they are the ones who initially told me how good this place is. We found a well-lit table where we were served a refreshing beer to quaff, and while we caught up, we thoroughly enjoyed a delectable chicken liver mousse toast topped with gorgeously crisp leaves of little gems, tossed with a flavorful Garam Caesar dressing, thin slices of radish and fresh herbs, and wonderfully pungent marinated boquerones (sardines).
Last week I was invited to a popup dinner hosted by chef Sophina Uong, who paired with EatFeastly to introduce Wildcat + Charta Uncommon Kitchen, where she is testing out new menu items for an Oakland restaurant project opening early next year. I’ve been a fan of Chef Sophina since I met her at a James Beard dinner at Bridges Restaurant in Danville where her dish was the hands down favorite of the table. I had a fabulous time at this Feastly venue, which is much more intimate than a restaurant because we were served by Chef Sophina and got to hang out with her and her family! It’s located on a quiet street, the unassuming door looked very locked and there was garbage on the ground – like a typical SOMA warehouse; however, it was marked discretely with the EatFeastly logo (a stylized artichoke). We knocked on the door, which opened and we walked into a magical space dominated by one of the longest tables I’ve ever seen.
There’s a new Peruvian restaurant in town that I have to tell you about! It’s called LiMA and opened up last week in Todos Santos Plaza in Concord, which is conveniently close to Bart with plenty of free public parking (gotta give the ‘burbs some love for that). The chef-owner John Marquez has an impressive background working […]
Last week, Mr. K and I were invited to experience the new menu at Ijji Sushi on Divisadero which is now serving a 19-course menu for $135 (there is an ala carte menu but only if you wish to add to the 19 courses). The restaurant is tiny with only 17 seats, 7 are at the […]
7001 Sunne Lane, Walnut Creek | 925.448.8118 | website The office I work at is located in a business park which is well off the beaten track. I was so excited when chef Carlos Altamirano opened a Peruvian comfort food restaurant nearby called Parada Kitchen, which is named for a famous food market in Lima, Peru. […]
I have to tell you about a fabulous sandwich that was recently introduced at the Habit Burger, which was recently rated by Consumer Reports as having the best tasting fast food burger in America based on a reader survey. Now that is high praise and it’s no secret that they are one of my favorite fast casual burger places in the area, so I […]
Hey there, it’s been a while hasn’t it? A recent death in the family had me focused on other matters for a while and I’m sorry that I neglected my site and my few faithful readers… The verdict is that while it was good to take a breather, I still feel compelled to share my latest eating […]