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A new spot for Lemonade in Walnut Creek

I have been waiting for Lemonade to open in downtown Walnut Creek, and was excited to be invited to a preview last night to check out the new restaurant which is where La Boulange used to be on Broadway Plaza.  It looks completely different with the bright, exuberantly modern design which makes it hard to miss. They []

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A new spot for Lemonade in Walnut Creek

I have been waiting for Lemonade to open in downtown Walnut Creek, and was excited to be invited to a preview last night to check out the new restaurant which is where La Boulange used to be on Broadway Plaza.  It looks completely different with the bright, exuberantly modern design which makes it hard to miss. They []

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A Oaxacan feast at Agave Uptown

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 is co-0wner of Casa del Mole, a grocery and […]

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Breakfast at 900 Grayson

Mr. K and I had an excellent breakfast at this popular restaurant which is only open for breakfast, brunch and lunch.  My friends have been raving about this place for years but we had a very firm dedication to Bette’s on 4th Street if we ever found ourselves in Berkeley for breakfast…  Sometimes it is []

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The SF Street Food Festival is upon us!

La Cocina works with local aspiring entrepreneurs, primarily chefs from immigrant communities, to create sustainable businesses that benefit themselves, their families, their community and the city as a whole. They help to break down the barriers to starting a food business by providing access to industry specific resources, affordable kitchen space, and additional market and []

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The view up at El Techo Lolinda

I met some friends for happy hour recently at El Techo as it was easy to get to and has a lovely heated patio with expansive views of the city.  They serve Latin American street food dishes that are meant to be shared while quaffing glasses of refreshing cerveza, and classic Latino cocktails such as []

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My obsession with the Pomme d’Amore

This is the legendary Pomme d’Amore ($3) from Knead Patisserie in San Francisco.  Have you heard of  it?  If you live in the area, you must try this at once! I swear I have never had such an amazingly delicious pastry…  The very name is romantic, it translates to the Apple of Love  and it is a flaky []

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The glorious Gilroy Garlic Festival 2013

The three-day summertime celebration is made possible by the work of 4,000 community volunteers and over 34 years of operation the Festival has entertained 3,938,036 guests and provided over $9.7 million to local non-profit organizations.  Near the entrance is a flaming  bulb proclaiming  an up to the minute dollar amount, I’m glad to be able []

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The Whole Pig Feast at Incanto, SF

I jumped at a recent opportunity to join a group of chowhounders for a Whole Pig Dinner at Incanto, which is known throughout the land for their magical ability of transforming non-prime meats into culinary marvels.  Chef/owner Chris Cosentino is famous as a champion in the use of the whole animal with a special fondness for []

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A Dishcrawl through Alameda

This is J.P aka Fer of Fer’s Bite, our fearless leader/dishcrawl ambassador who determined our eating plan for the evening.  He was full of enthusiasm, a pleasure to hang out with, and he somehow managed to keep our unwieldy group of 40 in line with the evening’s schedule. We began at Angela’s Bistro and Bar, []

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Slow Hand BBQ, Pleasant Hill

I’m always on the lookout for anything new to add into the lunch rotation near to our office in Coco county.  Slow Hand BBQ, a brick and mortar restaurant was opened last summer by Dan Frengs who has been perfecting his technique of slow cooking meats over oak logs in a mobile smoker.  He started []

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Having a Ball at Hopscotch in Oakland

An evening of Naked Balls!  Heroes and Sides!  Beer, Wine and Fool-Aid!   For one night only (the first Monday in December) Bay Area locals lined up  to sample the uber popular meatballs from The Meatball Shop who setup a temporary outpost at Hopscotch, a new restaurant in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood.  I know this is old news by now, but it was so good []

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Salsa Verde Mexican Cuisine in Concord

Along Monument Boulevard in Concord, the options for Mexican food are plentiful, but there is one spot in particular that is you should know about.  It is located in a business park which is so far off the beaten track that when I drove my co-workers out there, they began to jest that I was []

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Hot Pot Garden in San Francisco

After my last post on fondue, it seemed high time that we talked about its Asian counterpart Hot Pot which is especially delicious and warming on a cold winter day. A pot of broth simmers in the center of the dining table, and a variety of ingredients are placed into the pot and cooked. Typical []

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