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Jalisco Heaven: Two Mexican Restaurants Off the Beaten Boulevard in East Oakland

Jalisco Heaven: Two Mexican Restaurants Off the Beaten Boulevard in East Oakland

| July 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Foothill Boulevard in East Oakland, an alternative to International Boulevard’s restaurant row, is home to two of the Bay Area’s top spots for Jalisco-style food.

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Berkeley’s Ecology Center Creates Farmers’ Market-Finding Tool

Berkeley’s Ecology Center Creates Farmers’ Market-Finding Tool

| July 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

Berkeley’s Ecology Center has created a tool to help people not only find their nearest farmers’ market, but direct them there, and tell them whether it accepts CalFresh or SNAP benefits.

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Improve Your Summer Camping Trips with Sweet and Savory DIY Snacks

Improve Your Summer Camping Trips with Sweet and Savory DIY Snacks

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Improve your summer camping trips with fun, customizable DIY snacks like savory beef jerky and sweet homemade “Lara Bars.” Kate Williams will show you how.

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The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Sandwiches, by Andrea Nguyen

The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Sandwiches, by Andrea Nguyen

Move over, burritos, here comes the banh mi. Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen explores The Banh Mi Handbook, Andrea Nguyen’s stylish new guide to making irresistable Vietnamese sandwiches at home. With recipes for Hanoi Grilled Chicken and Daikon and Carrot Pickles.

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Andy’s Orchard: Maverick Orchardist Demystifies Heirloom Stone Fruit & Shares Tips for Selection

Andy’s Orchard: Maverick Orchardist Demystifies Heirloom Stone Fruit & Shares Tips for Selection

| July 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

The often-frustrating search for drips-down-your-chin stone fruit need go no further than Andy’s Orchard in Morgan Hill. The proprietor explains why so much fruit today is disappointing and how to identify the tastiest stone fruit.

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Green Tomato Parmesan: Eggplant Haters, Rejoice!

Green Tomato Parmesan: Eggplant Haters, Rejoice!

Love everything about eggplant parmesan except the eggplant? Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen whips up a tomatoey-cheesy Southern-style Green Tomato Parm, no eggplant allowed!

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From Shelters to Startups: CHEFS Program Helps Homeless by Cooking for Tech Companies

From Shelters to Startups: CHEFS Program Helps Homeless by Cooking for Tech Companies

| July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

The CHEFS program in San Francisco has been training homeless people to work in kitchens for the past 17 years, with the hope of eventually finding them employment in high-profile restaurants around the city. Now, CHEFS students are cooking for tech workers in San Francisco’s mid-market neighborhood as part of tech companies fulfilling their Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs). The goal is to create positive and supportive relationships between tech companies and the existing community.

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Is Dorm Food the Bay Area’s Best Dining-Out Deal?

Is Dorm Food the Bay Area’s Best Dining-Out Deal?

| July 10, 2014 | 19 Comments

University dining facilities have come a long way since those old mystery-meat days. Increasingly organic, seasonal, local and otherwise sustainable, dining halls at UC Berkeley, Stanford and other schools are some of the best buffet-style eating-out bargains in this era of the $12 hamburger.

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VeloBrews Cafe and Cycling Community Center Now Open in Bayview

VeloBrews Cafe and Cycling Community Center Now Open in Bayview

| July 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Need some caffeine or some new cycling gear? Jennifer Leeper and Ross Del Duca recently opened a cafe and bike shop to serve their community in Bayview.

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From the Dock to your Door: Seafood Subscriptions (CSFs) come to the Bay Area

From the Dock to your Door: Seafood Subscriptions (CSFs) come to the Bay Area

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

What if you want fresh local seafood that hasn’t been frozen and flown thousands of miles to sit in a display case for a week? Enter “community supported fisheries.” Modeled after community supported agriculture (CSAs), CSFs in the Bay Area provide members with a weekly or monthly supply of fish and shellfish from the California Coast.

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Tempeh-Lovers Now Have Two Bay Area-Made Options

Tempeh-Lovers Now Have Two Bay Area-Made Options

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Until recently, the only tempeh available at local grocery stores was pasteurized and made across the country. Meet Alive & Healing and rhizocali, two Bay Area unpasteurized tempehs that can be found in the freezer section.

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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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Crowd-Pleasing Summer Couscous Pesto Salad

Crowd-Pleasing Summer Couscous Pesto Salad

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

This crowd-pleasing couscous pasta salad will win you smiles from both the adults and kids. It’s quick, easy, and versatile and perfect for barbecues, picnics, or any outdoor gathering.

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Summer BBQ Recipe: Grilled Marinated Flank Steak with Arugula Salad

Summer BBQ Recipe: Grilled Marinated Flank Steak with Arugula Salad

| July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s nothing like the smell of steak hitting a hot sizzling grill. Pop open a beer and kick up your heels, this party is about to get started.

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