La Bedaine is a new arrival on Solano Avenue and we are hearing very good things (hat-tip: Sylvia Paull whose nose is always to the ground in Berkeley and beyond).

We can vouch for the store’s tarte tatin, which we have tasted and is absolutely scrumptious — but we have yet to visit the actual shop which is like a traditional French traiteur and serves all sorts of treats, both sweet and savory.

Reports from readers would be welcome.

Note, too, the fabulous name, La Bedaine, which translates as ” the paunch” (as seen lately, and so endearingly, on Alec Baldwin in It’s Complicated.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...