a tour of the gourmet ghetto in Berkeley

April 3, 2016
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I recently went on a tour of the gourmet ghetto in North Berkeley, a place of great culinary significance because that is where California cuisine began at Alice Waters’ iconic restaurant Chez Panisse.  She is the pioneer of a culinary philosophy that maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally.  Chez P opened […]

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A feast at China Village in Albany

March 13, 2016
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1335 Solano Ave., Albany, CA |510.525.2285 | website I have mentioned before that I am a member of the enthusiastic dining group called the fried chicken sluts, who frequently get together to try the Bay Area’s best fried chicken.  They recently celebrated their 100th event by gathering to eat the group’s favorite version at China […]

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Dinner at Okane Izakaya in San Francisco

March 7, 2016
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669 Townsend Street, SF | 415.865.9788  | website Okane is a neighborhood izakaya that opened last month on the far edge of tech trendy SOMA, near the ballpark in an area that is teeming with young hipsters.  It is the newest venture from veteran restaurateur Kash Feng, who owns the tiny, high-end Michelin starred Omakase […]

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The chef’s tasting menu at Sabio in Pleasanton

February 23, 2016
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Last weekend Mr. K and I drove out to Pleasanton on 580 past miles of green rolling hills dotted with oak trees to check out the chef’s tasting menu at Sabio’s on Main, a tapas restaurant in the heart of downtown which opened last year.  Neither of us has spent much time in the area, we mostly have […]

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Ramen at Mensho Tokyo in San Francisco!

February 15, 2016
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These are exciting times now that so many artisanal ramen crafters are setting up shop in San Francisco.  For years we have had to travel down the peninsula to satisfy the urge for a bowl of really good noodles.  Last year Mensho Tokyo, which has 6 locations in Tokyo, Japan, announced it was opening its first US location […]

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Dinner at Aubergine at L’Auberge in Carmel

February 8, 2016
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Monte Verde at Seventh, Carmel-by-the-Sea | 831.624.8578 | website Mr. K and I decided we wanted to try something new during a recent visit to Monterey. I did a little research and Aubergine seemed to be on everyone’s A-list and has won many awards.  The restaurant is located in L’Auberge Carmel, a Relais & Châteaux hotel that was originally […]

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Tasting olive oils and wine at We Olive in Los Gatos

January 27, 2016
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112 N. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos |408.354.7474 | website Mr. K and I were down in Monterey again last weekend and stopped by this charming new wine bar/olive oil tasting room in Los Gatos on our way back.  They are planning to have a grand opening celebration this weekend, so you should make plans to visit because […]

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