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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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Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite South Bay Ramen Shops

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite South Bay Ramen Shops

| November 3, 2014 | 7 Comments

Ramen is continually trending in the Bay Area (some restaurants with cult-like followings) as devoted customers slurp up the springy noodles and rich broth year-round. From a simple sea salt base to the slowly simmered tonkotsu, this guide highlights ten popular destinations for ramen in the South Bay Area.

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5 Bites: Excellent Vegan Eats in Oakland

5 Bites: Excellent Vegan Eats in Oakland

| October 27, 2014 | 12 Comments

Need a break from BBQ, or prefer dining on dairy and meat-free cuisine? There’s loads of wonderful options in the East Bay, with many restaurants that exclusively serve fine vegan fare in Oakland.

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A New Standard for California Olive Oil

A New Standard for California Olive Oil

| October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

California has taken matters into its own hands to elevate the reputation of domestic olive oil just in time for the fall harvest. Last month, the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced new standards for the state’s olive oil producers, based on recommendations from the industry’s leaders.

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Pop-Up Octoberfest at Petaluma’s Thistle Meats

Pop-Up Octoberfest at Petaluma’s Thistle Meats

Who’s behind Petaluma’s newest pop-up? Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen talks with Thistle Meats’ owner Molly Best and chef Mark Malicki about the butcher-shop Octoberfest they’ll be hosting on Monday, Oct 27.

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Check, Please! Bay Area Revisits 3 San Francisco Southern-Style Restaurants

Check, Please! Bay Area Revisits 3 San Francisco Southern-Style Restaurants

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Three Southern-style restaurants located in San Francisco from previous series are featured in this new Check, Please! Bay Area episode: The Front Porch, Memphis Minnie’s Barbeque Joint and Auntie April’s Chicken, Waffles & Soul Food.

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Fireside Google Chat with Chef Jacques Pépin

Fireside Google Chat with Chef Jacques Pépin

| October 20, 2014 | 3 Comments

Tablehopper’s Marcia Gagliardi will be interviewing chef Jacques Pépin at Google on Friday, October 24 at 11am PST in a live chat. Have a question for Jacques? Submit your question now and watch him respond to audience questions during the chat on Friday. Chat will be archived on this post.

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Check, Please! Bay Area Revisits 3 Mom ‘n’ Pop Restaurants in New Episode

Check, Please! Bay Area Revisits 3 Mom ‘n’ Pop Restaurants in New Episode

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Three Mom ‘n’ Pop restaurants located in San Francisco from previous series are featured in this new Check, Please! Bay Area episode: The Grubstake, Turk and Larkin Deli and Tanguito Argentinean Grill & Empanadas.

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Feeding the 5000 Oakland Event Hopes to ‘Fill Tummies Not Trash’

Feeding the 5000 Oakland Event Hopes to ‘Fill Tummies Not Trash’

| October 15, 2014 | 3 Comments

A meal with produce that would otherwise be headed for the compost or landfill will feed 5000 this Saturday in Oakland, organizers hope. Meet the groups behind Feeding the 5000 Oakland.

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Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite East Bay Bagels

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite East Bay Bagels

| October 14, 2014 | 10 Comments

Don’t listen to what the New Yorkers say: you can find a good bagel in the Bay Area. Here are ten bagel options in the East Bay.

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Check, Please! Bay Area Revisits 3 Mediterranean Restaurants in New Episode

Check, Please! Bay Area Revisits 3 Mediterranean Restaurants in New Episode

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Revisit three Mediterranean restaurants from previous series: Ristorante Ideale (SF), Le Mediterranee (Berkeley), La Ciccia (SF)

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