A Vietnamese feast at Temple Club in Oakland

February 21, 2018

2307 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601 | 510-479-3680 | TempleClubOakland.com So there I was, driving up and down International Blvd in Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood (which is somewhere in between Fruitvale and Lake Merritt), looking for a sign.  It is a long dark stretch that is mostly marked no parking because it is a landing strip for […]

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A Oaxacan feast at Agave Uptown

February 19, 2018

2135 Franklin St. Oakland | 510.288.3668 | website We had a great meal at Agave Uptown recently, the latest restaurant from Chef Octavio Diaz who brings traditional Oaxacan food with a focus on authentic mole and mezcal to the hip Uptown section of Oakland.  The chef has another Oaxacan eatery called Agave Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar and […]

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Dinner at Mockingbird in Oakland

January 17, 2018

416 – 13th Street, Oakland | 510.290.0331 | website We’re halfway through Oakland Restaurant Week which runs through two weekends from January 11-21, so there’s still have time to get out and take advantage of some great dining deals.  This year there are 70 restaurants offering special lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus or other dining […]

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Fabulous lunches to warm your belly at Mixed Grain in Walnut Creek

January 7, 2018

1546 Bonanza Street, Walnut Creek 94596 | 925.938.5959 | website | menu There are a surprising number of very good Korean restaurants out in Coco county, but this is my favorite one (of the type that doesn’t involve cooking yourself).  It’s tucked away on a side street off Locust in downtown Walnut Creek where the […]

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An urban refuge at Herlen Place

December 16, 2017

334 Grant Avenue (at Harlan Place), San Francisco | 415.391.0207 | website | Open 8am-9:30pm It’s the holiday season so you have every reason to be in Union Square right now either for shopping or to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit by enjoying the giant Christmas tree glittering with thousands of lights, the huge 25-foot glowing […]

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Roar Winemakers Dinner at MKT restaurant

November 12, 2017

Years ago, Mr. K and I were introduced to Roar wines at Benu Restaurant when the sommelier recommended a bottle of their Pinot Noir; rounded, velvety and utterly delicious.  We’ve been fans ever since and I signed up to their mailing list in order to have access to their limited production wines which sell out very quickly. […]

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Sultan’s Brunch, Istanbul Modern in SF

September 24, 2017

1096 Union St, San Francisco 94133 I have been following Laura & Sayat on Instagram for quite some time and finally managed to book a seat at their Sultan’s Brunch which offers a fascinating and delicious introduction to Turkish cuisine.  I’ve never been to Istanbul and am not very familiar with the food, and only know […]

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