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Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House: Oysters with a uniquely Oakland view in Jack London Square

Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House: Oysters with a uniquely Oakland view in Jack London Square

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Situated right next to Bocanova’s waterfront side in Jack London Square, Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House offers a full bar with handcrafted cocktails, a great beer and wine list and a menu focusing on classic California seafood with a few interesting twists.

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A Guide to 15 Top-Notch Gastropubs in the South Bay

A Guide to 15 Top-Notch Gastropubs in the South Bay

| August 21, 2014 | 12 Comments

The restaurant scene is roaring back to life in the South Bay and a common theme among them is restaurants featuring a unique bar program paired to a dining menu equal in creativity. While the concept of bringing together your favorite bar with gourmet bar bites is no new feat, here are 15 top-notch gastropubs in the South Bay.

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Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol’s effect on the body.

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Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood-alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.

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Make Your Own Fireworks With This Fourth of July BBQ menu!

Make Your Own Fireworks With This Fourth of July BBQ menu!

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you are hosting a backyard barbecue this Fourth of July (or even looking for some scrumptious dishes to take along to another gathering), you’re in luck! This complete menu has something for everyone.

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Summer in a Cocktail: Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz

Summer in a Cocktail: Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Take a cucumber, a lemon, a handful of backyard mint and throw it together with a bottle of vodka and you’ve got a kickin’ summer cocktail that will get any party started.

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Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit

Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some of tequila’s oldest traditions are fast being erased as international spirit conglomerates take over family businesses. And tequila makers are worried about their impact on the environment.

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Father’s Day Menu: Classic Summer BBQ with a Twist

Father’s Day Menu: Classic Summer BBQ with a Twist

| June 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

This menu might appear to be classic, but each of these recipes has a little twist: deviled eggs with a hint of lemon, spicy beer cocktails, grilled potato salad with bacon, chili burgers with avocado, and even homemade burger buns. Finish the meal off with creamy orange-vanilla ice cream pops that the kiddos will also love.

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Make Spicy Micheladas: The Perfect Beer Cocktail for Father’s Day

Make Spicy Micheladas: The Perfect Beer Cocktail for Father’s Day

| June 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you’ve never heard of a Michelada, you are in for a treat! It’s like a Bloody Mary ran into a Mexican lager and had a party.

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Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Hana, Cocotte and Sakoon

Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Hana, Cocotte and Sakoon

| June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Reviewed this week: a Japanese restaurant in Rohnert Park, French cuisine in San Francisco, and Indian fare in Mountain View. Leslie shares her spirits tips about Scotch.

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Hot Eats: The Commissary & Chino Open

Hot Eats: The Commissary & Chino Open

| May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd reports on the juiciest restaurant updates from hot new spots: The Commissary from Chef Traci Des Jardins, and Chino from the people behind Tacolicious.

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DIY Tonic Water: Use It for Personalized Gin and Tonics All Summer Long

DIY Tonic Water: Use It for Personalized Gin and Tonics All Summer Long

| May 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer, which is the best time of year for cool, icy cocktails. The queen of all iced cocktails is the gin and tonic—but it’s so often ruined by overly sweetened, mass-produced tonic water. Making your own tonic water is much easier than you’d think and far tastier than even the fanciest artisanal brands. Kate Williams will show you how.

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Bay Area Bites Mother’s Day Brunch Menu: 6 Springtime Recipes

Bay Area Bites Mother’s Day Brunch Menu: 6 Springtime Recipes

| May 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

This Mother’s Day menu, which weighs heavily on springtime produce, has something for everyone: a fruity cocktail, a yummy vegetarian frittata, a hearty savory bread pudding, some little muffins, a glammed-up potato dish (everyone loves potatoes), and a fruit component that can act like dessert.

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Fresh Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail

Fresh Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail

| May 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

On a recent trip to Bray, England I sampled a stunning rhubarb champagne cocktail and was determined to re-create my own (simpler) version at home.

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