What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
As more locally-grown produce has been popping up on grocery shelves, you might feel like you could skip the farmers’ markets and just hit the supermarket. If you do, you will miss out on some delightful organically grown treats. It is these only-at-the market vendors that draw me to two and sometimes three markets every week. Here are my faves.
Twice a week, Brundo offers Ethiopian cooking classes, both vegan and traditional options, with a sit-down meal to follow.
Five suggestions for eliciting summertime romance over comfort food and a full belly.
Jonathan Darr at Oakland Local shares his basic “Go-To” restaurant criteria and highlights one of his favorite “Oakland Go-To” spots — a Thai/Lao restaurant on International Boulevard.
Desco, run by Chef Donato Scotti, opens in Old Oakland, offering delicious regional Italian and an inviting atmosphere.
Former Top Chef contestants Jennifer Biesty and Tim Nugent have turned to Kickstarter to fund their new project: Shakewell Bar and Kitchen — a restaurant that will offer Mediterranean brunch, lunch and dinner with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients.
Homestead Restaurant, opened by Fred and Elizabeth Sassen, is a high-quality addition to the Piedmont neighborhood.
Only someone deep into or near the aristocracy of wine can stage a movement akin to Gorbachev’s Perestroika. Enter winemaker and some-time sommelier Brendan Eliason of Periscope Cellars.