Pho King is one of those hole-in-the-wall joints that are no frills with homestyle dishes. It’s the kind of place you want to make your neighborhood eatery but so many people talk about it it’s become one of those worst kept secrets in town.

This tiny Vietnamese noodle shop is at the start of International Boulevard in Oakland […]

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I don’t think there’s a better dish to celebrate the pure chicken-ness of a good chicken than Hainanese chicken rice.

If you’re not familiar with this dish, it’s extremely popular in Southeast Asia. In fact, even though it was created in Hainan — an island province in Southern China — it was adopted by other nearby Asian […]

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Stateside Bakery in Berkeley lets you relive your childhood, giving you permission to indulge in sugary treats that look like favorite snacks like Twinkies, Hostess Cupcakes, or Oreo cookies. But these nostalgic treats (at least for people from my generation) are made with quality, natural ingredients and no preservatives.

I finally got to try these […]

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Some things are worth the wait.

Atelier Crenn, the highly-praised fine-dining restaurant by Chef Dominique Crenn, has been open for more than five years. Since then it has earned two Michelin stars and thousands of online raves about the chef’s poetic approach to a tasting menu.

It probably would have been smart for me to visit […]

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The story: Jon Darsky’s beautiful pizza truck has been drawing crowds since it hit the road in 2012, often with long waits for the Neapolitan-style pizzas coming out from the Italian wood-fire pizza oven (yes, the truck is equipped to carry a heavy pizza oven). While the truck still makes appearances around town, you can […]

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Seems like Hawaiian poke is everywhere! The food media is writing about it and poke-centric restaurants seem to be popping up lately in San Francisco. (They’re apparently all over the place already in San Jose and LA.)

For the uninitiated, poke (pronounced POH-kay) is the Hawaiian delicacy of cured raw fish, often ahi […]

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Most places I visit for this blog I find out by reading various food sites and trying to keep up with the buzz, and then some places I just stumble upon, like Imm Thai Street Food on University Avenue in Berkeley.

It has been awhile since I’ve spent much time in Berkeley, but recently after […]

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The story: Teleferic Barcelona is the first U.S. location for the Spanish restaurant known for its tapas and pintxos (small plates and skewers), and the family behind the project chose downtown Walnut Creek, opening in January in a new three-story complex right on Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

Why I went: I wanted to check out Teleferic’s […]

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On my bus ride home that travels on Grand Avenue, I noticed awhile back the relatively new wine store Bay Grape, and I always thought it was interesting to see the small wine shop considering there’s also a wine shop/wine bar called Ordinaire just a few blocks away on the same street.

It seems Oakland […]

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If you just look at my recent posts, you’ll know I’ve been obsessing about ramen lately. So when I was invited to check out Ozumo’s new Ramen Wednesdays, I jumped at the chance.

Ozumo is the large Japanese restaurant in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, with a popular happy hour, sushi station and robata grill. They’re no […]

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