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No More Gift Cards: 10 Local Food Gifts For Your Holiday Season

No More Gift Cards: 10 Local Food Gifts For Your Holiday Season

| December 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Surprise everyone on your list with picks from this collection of local, delicious gift ideas, from cheesemaking classes to custom tea blends.

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First Look: Smoke’s Poutinerie in Berkeley

First Look: Smoke’s Poutinerie in Berkeley

| December 10, 2014 | 5 Comments

Canadian chain that’s been “clogging arteries since 2008” opens first US store in Berkeley.

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Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite South Bay Pizzerias

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite South Bay Pizzerias

| December 10, 2014 | 14 Comments

Here is a helpful guide highlighting ten popular pizza restaurants in the South Bay Area. Of course, there are plenty more than ten restaurants in the South Bay that are worthy of making this list so please share your favorites in the comments.

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Will a Juice a Day Keep the Doctor Away? Bay Area Juiceries Entice Us to Drink to Our Health

Will a Juice a Day Keep the Doctor Away? Bay Area Juiceries Entice Us to Drink to Our Health

| December 9, 2014 | 3 Comments

Cold pressed juices continue to gain popularity because of their potential health benefits, but there are pros and cons to adding them to your daily diet.

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It’s Here: Vegan Cheese That Actually Tastes Good

It’s Here: Vegan Cheese That Actually Tastes Good

| December 5, 2014 | 9 Comments

Both vegans and non-vegans alike are pretty much in agreement that most vegan cheeses on the market are a poor substitute for the real thing. But two Bay Area companies, Kite Hill and Miyoko’s Kitchen, are crafting artisanal plant-based cheeses that might indeed surprise even the most discerning cheese-lover.

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Black Creek Builders: Behind the Scenes of the East Bay Restaurant Boom

Black Creek Builders: Behind the Scenes of the East Bay Restaurant Boom

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Long before the hosts, managers, bartenders and servers, who are the masterminds behind our favorite watering holes and dining spots? The builders, of course!

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Matcha: Silky and Smooth, It’s Not Just for Tea Ceremonies Anymore

Matcha: Silky and Smooth, It’s Not Just for Tea Ceremonies Anymore

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Japanese tea-ceremony staple for centuries, antioxiant- and umami-rich matcha is spurring a new wave of geekdom.

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Pumpkin Beer And Beyond: 9 Local Bay Area Seasonal Booze Options

Pumpkin Beer And Beyond: 9 Local Bay Area Seasonal Booze Options

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drink in season with this diverse collection of beer and spirits from around the Bay Area, from pumpkin barleywine to applejack. 

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Bay Area Bites Guide to 8 Exceptional Japanese Izakayas in the East Bay

Bay Area Bites Guide to 8 Exceptional Japanese Izakayas in the East Bay

| November 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.

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5 Bites: Fantastic Vegan Eats in Berkeley and Albany

5 Bites: Fantastic Vegan Eats in Berkeley and Albany

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a follow-up guide to “5 Bites: Excellent Vegan Eats in Oakland,” here’s our recommendations for wonderful vegan fare in Berkeley (and one in Albany).

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New Agriculture Policy Changes May Make it Easier to Start an Urban Farm in Oakland

New Agriculture Policy Changes May Make it Easier to Start an Urban Farm in Oakland

| November 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Growing and selling your own kale and green tomatoes in Oakland may get a lot easier in the next few months. Next week the Oakland City Council will have a final vote on amendments to its agricultural zoning policy that will remove costly barriers to starting an urban farm.

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‘Occupy The Farm': In Berkeley, The Revolution Will Be Irrigated

‘Occupy The Farm': In Berkeley, The Revolution Will Be Irrigated

| November 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new documentary film follows protesters who occupied a research farm owned by the University of California. The film has become a symbol of the subversive possibilities of urban farming.

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New Whole Foods Store Opens in West Berkeley – Challenges Local Competitor

New Whole Foods Store Opens in West Berkeley – Challenges Local Competitor

| November 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

A new Whole Foods Market opened for business in the rapidly transforming Gilman shopping district in West Berkeley. The store, and the competition it represents, has been a catalyst for at least one other local grocery chain to sharpen up its act.

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How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg’s Cash Didn’t Hurt

How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg’s Cash Didn’t Hurt

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The American Beverage Association poured tons of cash into the effort to defeat the penny-per-ounce sugary-drink tax. But the effort to pass the tax also got cash infusions from some big-name donors.

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