Sons of Liberty Alehouse in San Leandro

August 8, 2017

150 W. Juana Ave., San Leandro, CA | website I’ve lived in San Leandro for 14 years and am just dizzy to see so many new places opening up! We now have craft breweries, T4 boba teashop, Liberian food from Kendejah Restaurant, Cinco Tacobar, a worthy sushibar, and now a brewpub in the downtown plaza. […]

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Ippudo Ramen in Berkeley

July 28, 2017

2015 Shattuck Ave. (at University), Berkeley | website If you haven’t heard, Ippudo Ramen is opening its first west coast location today in downtown Berkeley. These are exciting times for local ramen enthusiasts who have waited two years to welcome the 70th location of the global chain, so expect long lines!  I was lucky to be invited […]

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Farley’s East in Oakland reopens grandly

July 14, 2017

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, […]

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Koja Kitchen in Walnut Creek

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 […]

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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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