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April 30, 2008

oyster po’ boy

This oyster po’ boy from Brown Sugar Kitchen, in West Oakland, is going to give Bakesale Betty’s fried chicken sandwich a run for her money.  You watch.

There’s Flora Restaruant, B Restaurant, and some new restaurant that just opened up near Jack London Square (folks from San Francisco) that I can’t seem to find, that I want to try.  Flora is in my favorite building (blue Art deco across from the Fox Theatre) in Oakland, that I’d love to own one day.  We tried Sura restaurant, a relatively new Korean restaurant on “kimchee row” on Telegraph, and it was pretty good.  Good soondobu.

The (household) consensus is that the best restaurant in the East Bay is Rivoli.

April 18, 2008

The Wine Mine

Went for a stroll to The Wine Mine, which is just a block away.  Wine Mine is an alternative to Paul Marcus wines in Rockridge, cozier and cooler than BevMo, and is another one of those “yeah, this is Oakland…people just don’t know” type of places (good, substantive, real deal).

They have $1 wine tastings and really good and nicely priced wine from all over.

Across the street is Casper’s hot dogs (really good old school hot dogs and milk shakes).  Next door to Wine Mine is Cafe Mariposa, this gluten-free bakery.  They sell their food to a lot of places including Whole Foods.

March 21, 2008

Haiga brown rice

We try out new rice every so often brown rice, some multi-colored rice, jasmine, etc.  I picked up this brown rice Kagayaki haiga rice.  It’s supposedly brown rice in nutritional value but tastes like white rice.  It’s pretty good and probably we’ll keep this as our main rice.

While we’re here, if you can find/buy Louisiana gulf shrimp, it’s much, much better than the regular shrimp you get in the store, it’s not gummy, and it’s a little “shrimpier”/”murkier”.  We usually only get a chance to eat gulf shrimp in Louisiana so when we saw some in the store we picked some up and I remembered the difference in taste.

March 11, 2008


Pizza in North Oakland/Berkeley Area

  • Zachary’s Rockridge on College -Chicago style, spinach and mushroom or Zachary’s special
  • CheeseBoard Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto on Shattuck – foo foo Berkeley style
  • Pizzaiolo Temescal on Telegraph – wood oven, former Chez Panisse pizza cook
  • LaneSplitter’s Temescal on Telegraph- New York style; thin crust

Too good.

February 20, 2008


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Soup kick:

  • Soondubu from My Tofu House on Geary in SF, or Pyung Chang on Telegraph
  • Chicken soup from La Calaca Loca in Temescal
  • Tom Yung Kung from Lotus Thai (we only do take out now, FYI)
  • Seafood soup w/ handmade noodles from Shan Dong, downtown Oakland

Could use some more Oakland/Berkeley/SF recommendations maybe for Cioppino, clam chowder, etc.

Some notable soups I’m still hoping to find something comparable here: bouillabaisse in Marseille and French Onion soup in Montreal

February 15, 2008

Royce Nama Chocolate

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A good friend of mine hooked me up with some Royce chocolate from Japan today. It’s pretty good.

February 14, 2008

Neuhaus chocolates

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I’d go with Neuhaus belgian chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Marie Belle is really good/artsy too and Bay Area local chocolate is nice too, Michael Recchiuti and Charle’s Chocolates. I’m cool with being cheap, but not with chocolate.

Not sure what it is with Belgians and chocolates (and beer and waffles and french fries) but they’re really good.

January 23, 2008


I’m not a chocolate connoisseur either.

As we’re nearing Valentine’s Day here are my favorites:

But, I usually just eat slivers of the big baking chocolate bars

* Part of the Eatwell Ecosystem

January 22, 2008


Tags: Food | Restaurants — 10:48 pm Comments (1)

I’m not a coffee connoisseur but lucky to be in the Bay Area where there’s lots of really good coffee.  These are the coffee blends I like:

  • Blue Bottle (Oakland based) – Bella Donovan and Espresso Temescal usually
  • Cole Coffee (Oakland based) – Max’s Blend, for cyclists
  • Mr. Espresso (Oakland based) – Gold Medal Blend
  • Peet’s (Berkeley based) – Major Dickinson’s Blend, for cyclists
  • Peerless coffee (Oakland based)- not sure what blend I like but lots of restaurants and donut shops serve their coffee
  • Lion Coffee – 100% Kona coffee

I use a Chemex coffee maker primarily and also a Bialetti espresso maker, and a French press.

October 25, 2007

2008 Michelin Stars, San Francisco Bay Area

I’ve been to the French Laundry a couple times and it really is that good but it’s really intense and goes a little overboard. It’s more like a clinic than it is a dining experience. Bouchon (bistro food) is so much cooler and cheaper. The only other restaurants I’ve been to are Boulevard, Chez Panisse, and Gary Danko.

I’d love to check out more but it’s pricey to be eating out.

Three Stars
The French Laundry, Yountville

Two Stars
Aqua, San Francisco
Chez TJ (new), Mountain View
Cyrus, Healdsburg
Manresa, Los Gatos
Meadowood, St. Helena
Michael Mina, San Francisco

One Star
Acquerello, San Francisco
Ame (new), San Francisco
Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford
Bistro Jeanty, Yountville
Bouchon, Yountville
Boulevard, San Francisco
Chez Panisse, Berkeley

Coi (new), San Francisco
Cortez (new), San Francisco
Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Farmhouse Inn Restaurant, Forestville
Fifth Floor, San Francisco
Fleur de Lys, San Francisco
Gary Danko, San Francisco
L Bistro, Sebastopol
La Folie, San Francisco
La Toque, San Francisco
Madrona Manor (new), Healdsburg
Martini House (new), St. Helena
Masa’s, San Francisco
One Market (new), San Francisco
Quince, San Francisco
Range, San Francisco
Redd (new), Yountville
Rubicon, San Francisco
Sushi-Ran, Sausalito
Terra, St. Helena

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