Nosh’s Ms Barstool visited Flora in Oakland’s Uptown this week and sampled the Airmail . Photo: vision63

Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening  Our regular round-up of East Bay food news includes a new ramen spot to be opened by ex-Chez Panisse maître d’ Sam White, and a new bakery coming soon from Michael Jackson’s former personal chef.

Sipping an Airmail at Flora Restaurant and Bar  The house favorite at Flora is a cocktail called Carter Beats the Devil. But Ms Barstool opted for the Airmail, which moves you from where you are to a mellower place, post haste.

A sneak peek at new French-style Berkeley bakery La Fournée Award-winning baker Frank Sally is set to open his new Claremont neighborhood venture in January.

Golden, crunchy, tiny fish and cool, crispy, shredded daikon radish at under-the-radar spot Norikonoko. Photo: Anna Mindess

Slide the door for homey Japanese food in Berkeley  Noriko Taniguchi’s under-the-radar Berkeley restaurant Norikonoko opened after a long, obstacle-strewn journey. It serves the food Japanese mothers cook to nourish their children.

Leftover cranberry sauce? Try Cranberry Clove Cookies “Butter Sugar Flowers” author Moriah VanVleet offer up a straightforward, scrumptious holiday recipe.

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