Category Archives: Restaurants & Reviews

Yo Sushi is Good, but Yo Nacho is a Problem

After the demise of Zaki Kabob House in Albany — the first restaurant in that location to confound its formerly cursed status — came small local chainer Yo Sushi, a casual, order-at-the-front-and-pick-up-your-food-when-it’s ready, brightly-colored and youthful Japanese place focusing on … Continue reading

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Curry fish balls: A Hong Kong snack on the run

   If you find yourself running around in the El Cerrito area and are in need of a substantial snack, hop on over to Hong Kong Snack House in Pacific East Mall (3288 Pierce).  The mall is in that section … Continue reading

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Bye, Bye, Holidays — and a Crazy Stuffing Recipe for Next Year

The holidays are over. Although I have several marzipan pigs and some cranberry sparklers hanging around, everything else is a memory. The turkey. The New York strip roast. Many cheeses. The creamed spinach and Yorkshire pudding. God knows how many … Continue reading

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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Walnut Creek

Prime beef is about the only thing that’ll get me on a freeway, over a bridge or through a tunnel — even as a passenger. So, it was with alternating visions of rare ribeye and my lifeless body being pried off … Continue reading

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Merritt Restaurant & Bakery in Oakland—not so good at first try

A little over a week ago Matthew, my son, Paul, my friend, and I went to Merritt Restaurant & Bakery in Oakland.  I’d always wanted to go there, but I don’t like to drive, and driving anywhere near Lake Merritt … Continue reading

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Cafe Leila in Berkeley

Alex in the morning?  Yes, Please!  So proclaimed my Mother the other day when I took her out for ‘fast at one of my favorite places:  Cafe Leila (1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley).  This is a funky, loft-type, industrial space (’twas … Continue reading

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Did a “drive by” at Delhi Dhaba & Chaat in San Pablo (CA)

Matthew and I were hungry (what else is new?) while taking care of a Smart & Final shopping trip in San Pablo recently.  It was pouring rain so we didn’t want a production, and decided that he would run into the new … Continue reading

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Bánh mì in the ‘hood

This review will also appear in GraceAnn Walden’s newsletter, The Yummy Report, which will soon be available on her new website.  Go there to sign up for The Yummy Report! I crave bánh mì on a regular basis, so I’m happy … Continue reading

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Vik’s Chaat Corner and Market in Berkeley

My husband, Steve, took a day off work recently, so we made an afternoon trip to Vik’s Chaat Corner in Berkeley.  I’ve written about this place in the past, but not since they moved to their new, deluxe accommodations further down … Continue reading

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My Dog Won’t eat Chicken McNuggets

My companion, Berry, the actual akita-chow mix behind Akitachow.com, has to go to the vet regularly due to his allergies and skin condition. When you adopt a dog it’s kind of a crap shoot in terms of vet bills, but … Continue reading

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