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Two new beer gardens, a coffee shop, and several new restaurants: it’s opening fever in the East Bay right now!
For the past year Renato Sardo and Dario Barbonehave been making charming conchiglioni and traditional maccheroni from organic American flours in Jack London Square.
Suya opening in old Ironwood space. Photo: Ruth G. NEW GRILL Bye bye Ironwood BBQ, hello Suya African-Caribbean Grill at 2130 Oxford Street opposite the campus. Think skewers of meat, fish and vegetables made with a savory custom spice rub called suya pepper ($4.95 to $8.95), served with flatbread. Also: jerk chicken, roasted plantain, roasted corn on the cob, […]
The decades-old retail and food quotas in Berkeley’s Elmwood commercial district face a potentially dramatic overhaul with Councilmember Gordon Wozniak set to propose a review of the quotas to the Planning Commission at tonight’s City Council meeting. If it’s adopted, Wozniak’s scheme would eliminate retail quotas and collapse the current three-tier food quota into a single quota. “I want […]
The panoramic alpine views draw outdoor lovers to the Berkeley-run Echo Lake Camp As we head into the final long weekend of the season, the proverbial last hurrah of summer, it’s time for reflection on summer vacation (mis)adventures before fall sets in and school gets going in earnest. Which brings to mind bad camp food. […]
Potentially lost in the tsunami of stories of all things Chez Panisse this week — see yesterday’s Berkeleyside Wire and this post today for a fraction of the coverage circulating in anticipation of the 40th anniversary celebrations that start in earnest tonight — is the fact that the weekend long festivities are, at their heart, […]
Baskets filled to the brim with gift certificates and pizza for a year from La Val’s Baskets filled to the brim with gift certificates and pizza for a year from La Val’s The two days of Caltopia were quite a whirl for students, faculty and staff, as well as for exhibitors like Berkeleyside. From the […]
Students new and old come out in droves for the community-boosting swag-fest that is Caltopia. Find Berkeleyside at booth E104 UC Berkeley freshmen, some looking dazed, others excited, as well as more blasé seniors, turned out in their thousands on Sunday for Day One of Caltopia, the self-described “two greatest days on the planet”. The […]
This weekend, when around 30,000 students and faculty stroll through Caltopia, browsing the booths of more than 100 exhibitors, Berkeley’s two driving forces, the city and its university, will be pitched in perfect harmony. And Berkeleyside will be there to sing along too. Caltopia was launched nine years ago as a way for Berkeley businesses […]
Cheese Board Pizza straight from the oven. All photos: Christina Diaz Today this space is all about cheese. And crust. And toppings. Got opinions about who turns out the best pizza in town? We know you do. So here’s your chance to share your pie picks with fellow readers. That’s right folks, today, the Friday […]
In the kitchen with Josh Thomsen. Photo courtesy StarChefs.com. Josh Thomsen knew from a young age that he wanted to be a chef and credits his late father, Jerry, for sparking his culinary interest. His dad would put in a long day as a stockbroker, come home, go to the market, and then cook up […]