Berkeley’s 1951 Coffee Company Provides Safe Haven

March 7, 2017 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Berkeley has long been known for its progressive politics and social activism and finding ourselves in the midst of the Trump era has many people stirring to action. But, when combined with an innovative entreprenurial spirit and an awareness for promoting social change, we come up with something like this: 1951 Coffee Company, a passion […]

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Eonophile Alert: A Brief Tour of Berkeley’s Urban Winemakers

February 7, 2017 Posted by: Mary Corbin

When we think of West Berkeley, we often conjure up a neighborhood hugging the shores of the Bay, the hypnotic sound of the Amtrak line and a place where industry meets residential in an unusual marriage of opposites. Behind closed doors, though, you can take a wine tour extraordinaire and save yourself the drive to […]

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December 13, 2016 Posted by: Mary Corbin

With the recent closing of Herbivore, a longtime vegan favorite in Berkeley, Saha brings Middle Eastern flavors to the table. After closing their San Francisco restaurant inside the Hotel Carlton after 12 years, Saha re-opened in the vacant space at 2451 Shattuck Avenue (at Haste) in early October. Chef Mohamed Aboghanem grew up in Sana’a, Yemen, arriving in the […]

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A Taste of the South Pacific – MeloMelo Kava Bar

September 20, 2016 Posted by: Mary Corbin

For a dip into the South Pacific, check out MeloMelo Kava Bar in West Berkeley. It’s a non-alcoholic bar, it’s a lounge for music, it’s a tea room all rolled into one and it’s the first of its kind in the Bay Area. But what the heck is Kava, you may be asking? Well, Kava is the […]

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Not Your Daddy’s Deli – The Butcher’s Son in Berkeley

September 6, 2016 Posted by: Mary Corbin

When you think of a deli, pastrami on rye might come to mind. Or a pulled pork slider in today’s updated vernacular. In Berkeley, it’s been updated even more and manifested into The Butcher’s Son, a vegan delicatessen and bakery at 1941 University Avenue near MLK just north of the downtown business and arts district. […]

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August 2, 2016 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Summertime…and the living is easy – and breezy, and foggy and so very Berkeley which means gathering with friends for a quaff at one of many great beer halls and pubs around town. Here are a handful of newer venues to get your brew on. Cheers! Moxy Beer Garden is located at 3136 Sacramento Street near Woolsey […]

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Tapas Anyone? A Taste of Spain at La Marcha Tapas Bar in Berkeley

May 17, 2016 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Wouldn’t it be nice to be sitting in a cafe in Spain sipping sangria and nibbling on tasty delights to the warming lilt of flamenco guitar? Well, when you can’t get to that part of the world, that part of the world comes to you at La Marcha Tapas Bar in South Berkeley. La Marcha was […]

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Spring Cleaning: sweetgreen Comes to Berkeley

April 19, 2016 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Walking down Shattuck near Hearst Avenue for decades meant catching the smokehouse aroma of Oscar’s charbroiled burgers and hot dogs. But the iconic joint which resided in that spot for over 60 years, closed recently and something green has popped up to take us in a completely new, and healthier direction. Welcome sweetgreen, at 1890 […]

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A Taste of Ireland in Berkeley: The Starry Plough Pub

March 15, 2016 Posted by: Mary Corbin

For a touch of old Eire, there is no place like the Starry Plough Pub in Berkeley. Established over four decades ago in 1973, the Plough claims its “deep roots as an Irish Revolutionary watering hole” where the history of protest runs as deep today as it did the day they opened. Located at 3101 Shattuck at […]

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Phoenix Pastificio – Bring a Taste of Italy to Your Kitchen

November 10, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Are you you’re planning an Italian meal for friends or family in the near future? Well, then you must head down to The Phoenix Pastificio, located at 1250 Addison Street at Bonar in the Strawberry Creek Design Center in West Berkeley! Phoenix makes fresh organic pasta including handmade ravioli, sauces, bread and pastries on their […]

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