A Feast at Great China 2.0 in Berkeley

June 2, 2014
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2190 Bancroft Way (at Oxford), Berkeley | 510.843.7996 | website lunch 11:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m.; dinner 5 to 9:30 p.m.  A few weeks ago, my friend Ben from Focus:Snap:Eat, organized a multi-course spring banquet at Great China restaurant in Berkeley.  Great China had closed due to a fire two years and reopened in December 2013, completely […]

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Happy Hour at Bartlett Hall, SF

May 26, 2014
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242 O’Farrell St, SF, CA 94102 | 415.433.4332 | website I met up with some friends for happy hour at Bartlett Hall, which opened its doors just last week. A bit of the googles and I learned that it was in Union Square and that the chef Emmanuel Eng had been at Maverick restaurant which closed last October after a fire. […]

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Lunch at Chez Panisse in Berkeley

May 20, 2014
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1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709 | 510.548.5525 | website I met my friend TK for a long overdue lunch at Chez Panisse last week.  She and I go way back, to the shrouded mist of our teens. She has an unfortunate tendency to bring up embarrassing memories of me that I have conveniently repressed and forgotten, […]

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Lunch at Café Rouge in Berkeley

May 12, 2014
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1782 Fourth Street, Berkeley CA | 510.525.1440 | website 4th Street in Berkeley is one of my favorite spots to shop, I can’t resist an opportunity to peruse  the Pasta Shop and Sur la Table, and then there are so many restaurants to choose from.  The area has become quite upscale with an Apple store, Anthropolgie, Design within Reach, Restoration […]

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Chile Lime Wings at Wingstop

May 5, 2014
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2380 Monument Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 | (925) 674-9464 | website  I was recently sent a $10 gift card for Wing Stop with the intent to entice me to check out their new Chili Lime Wings.  Now I must admit that I don’t really need much enticing as I already have a passion for Wing Stop’s chicken […]

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Brilliant Flavors at Kin Khao Thai Eatery

April 27, 2014
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55 Cyril Magnin, San Francisco, CA 94102 | 415.362.7456  | website I was tickled pink when I heard that Pim Techamuanvivit was opening a Thai restaurant in the Parc 55 hotel in San Francisco.  She is one of the OG food bloggers, a much celebrated and adored local food guru who has garnered great renown for her […]

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Sabores del Sur, a South American Cafe in Walnut Creek

April 21, 2014
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3003 Oak Road, Walnut Creek, CA  94597 | 925.954.8300 | website This is where it all began for me.  The Alfajores are the stuff that dreams  are made of - buttery, delicate and crumbly shortbread cookies filled with a rich layer of  dulce de leche and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Years ago I sampled this cookie at one of […]

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