The Dock at Linden Street in Oakland

June 30, 2014
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95 Linden Street, Oakland, CA | 510.338.3965 | website I recently met my friends Christina of East Bay Dish and Brenda from Bites & Bourbon for drinks and some excellent snacks at The Dock, a newly opened collaboration between James Syhabout (of Commis Restaurant, Hawker Fare, and Box & Bells Eating House, who is Oakland’s only Michelin starred chef) and Linden Street Brewery’s Adam […]

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Dinner at 1760, SF

June 24, 2014
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1760 Polk St (at Washington) SF, CA 94109 | (415) 395-1212 | website My friend Jaytee and I went to 1760 for a quiet birthday celebration (hers) a few months ago, sorry for the late report!  The restaurant is located at 1760 Polk (thus the name), and is a lovely casual dining venue that opened last year by the owners of Acquerello […]

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Sunday brunch at the Cliffhouse SF

June 16, 2014
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1090 Point Lobos, SF, CA | 415.386.3330 | website My friend Jaytee who lives in the city, has the knack for discovering grandly decadent brunch spots, although I doubt we’ll ever see one that reaches the level of indulgence as the Carnelian Room, which is sadly now closed.  But I digress…  Jaytee suggested this magnificent spot for our group […]

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festive dining at Straw in SF

June 9, 2014
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203 Octavia Blvd | 415.431.FOOD (3663) |  website I find myself irresistibly drawn to the whimsical foods of my youth and was excited to hear about Straw Restaurant which serves carnival-inspired comfort food, then doubly so when I saw the Blackboard Eats deal of $35 for lunch/dinner for two.  My friend and frequent dining partner DebbieG joined me […]

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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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