It’s always a revelation to me when I eat freshly made pasta. While I typically use dried pasta when cooking at home, there’s something about biting into freshly made pasta that’s almost dreamlike, especially when done well.
That was the case as I sat at the counter of Belotti Ristorante e Bottega digging into my […]Read the full post →
There’s something relaxing about visiting a farm, seeing the green grassy fields and animals roaming freely and, what I imagine, happily.
Even on the overcast day that I found myself at Napa Grass Farmer, there was a simplicity that we urban-9-to-5ers always wish for because, well, the pasture is always greener on the […]Read the full post →
This winter seems a bit colder than usual, and OK, I’m going to have to admit that in the Bay Area cold means anything between 40 to 50 degrees. But that still keeps me from wanting to go out, so I find myself just wrapped up on my sofa watching my favorite TV programs.
And […]Read the full post →
The story: Barlago opened several months ago in Oakland’s Adam’s Point neighborhood, in the space that for the longest time was the family-owned Zza’s Italian restaurant. This new reincarnation is by Philip Raskin, who has owned another longtime Oakland Italian restaurant Filippo’s in the Rockridge neighborhood.
Why I went: I was invited by the restaurant […]Read the full post →
The wine bar 10 William Street is the kind of place that looks like chefs from other restaurants come to hang out.
In fact, when I was there during my Australian vacation, what looked like chef friends sauntered up to the bar and was warmly greeted by Chef Daniel Pepperell. From the tiny […]Read the full post →
Shelley Lindgren and Victoria Libin brought their upscale Italian concept A16 to Rockridge last month, infusing a bit of urban charm to the southside of College Avenue.
With a successful original restaurant in SanFrancisco’s Marina district and a Tokyo outlet, Lindgren and Libin’s Oakland outpost has a contemporary and refreshed decor, almost gutting out the […]Read the full post →
The popular neighborhood Italian restaurant A16 has long established itself in San Francisco’s Marina District, and now its owners are setting their sights on Oakland – right smack in my Rockridge neighborhood.
I’m excited at the idea of this reputable restaurant – which launched the careers of chefs like Nate Appleman – being so […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This restaurant closed in 2013 after less than a year.
Borgo Italia calls itself a bar and café, and at times it seems to be straddling the two identities, serving up an array of pastries behind a glass counter adjacent to a bustling bar scene at night.
The restaurant opened less than two months […]Read the full post →
California cuisine in this decade is all about fresh, seasonal ingredients with detailed nods to your local purveyors. In the heart of wine country, this message is clearly showcased in Oenotri, which opened in spring 2010.
Located in downtown Napa (same city as the other locavore-centric restaurant, Ubuntu), Oenotri is a modern […]Read the full post →
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