.Restaurant Review

Aug 17, 2022

Good to Eat Finds a Home: Dumplings, yes, but also noodles, fried chicken and...

Angie Lin and Chef Tony Tung established their pop-up bona fides as Good to Eat Dumplings. For the past few years, they were a weekend fixture at Original Pattern Brewing in Jack London Square. After years of searching and not finding an affordable permanent address, Lin and Tung recently...
Jul 13, 2022

East Bay Bakery

From brioche to croissant and croffle, Gaby Lubaba’s baked goods are putting Danville on the map  Remember when the introduction of the cronut caused people to freak out? People lining up to get them made the evening news....
Jun 22, 2022

Julia’s Restaurant: A dining room suitable for members and non-members alike

A friend of mine recently joined the Berkeley City Club. I’d been inside the Julia Morgan building several times before to see plays at the Central Works Theater Company, but never stayed for a meal. I meant...
Jun 8, 2022

It Must Have Been Love Babette: Add a patio brunch to your to-do list

We ate dinner under the redwood tree on Babette’s backyard patio. Right around the busy corner of University and San Pablo Avenues, the space is an oasis. Known for many years as the cafe inside the Berkeley...
Jun 1, 2022

Sistory Thai Kitchen: Currying up some favorite Thai flavors

If you’re in the mood for avocado toast, waffles or a benedict for Sunday brunch, but your partner wants spring rolls and a bowl of tom kha, Sistory Thai Kitchen will satisfy both of your cravings. Nichaporn...
May 25, 2022

Damask Rose Coffee Is in Full Bloom: Drinking coffee with rose-colored taste buds on

Two years ago in March, the week before restaurants shuttered for the pandemic, I drove down to San Jose to try the desserts at K Cafe Patisserie & Tea House. The interior design is a combination of...
May 18, 2022

Roji Ramen Is a HOG Heaven

Ninna’s closed doors are now open for Roji Ramen Roji Ramen is the perfect place for diners who happen to share a passion for noodle soup and motorcycles. Co-owned by Suradet Detwongya and Chef Atthapon Inkhong, Detwongya is...
May 11, 2022

Korean Superette Is Simply Super: Go for the imported snacks and banchan or sit...

Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman is a favorite recent read of mine. In the novel, a woman comes to the conclusion that she is the soul of the convenience store in which she works. Her identity isn’t...
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