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Food & Drink

In the Kitchen

Part of every professional chef’s training involves being frugal with food.


In today’s world it seems there’s a whole raft of wine reviewers, pundits, bloggers and just plain old friends who want to tell you what wines you should drink.

Taste of Town

The April evening that Kristine “Bala” Wong flung open the door to Zen Asian Fusion Tapas and Lounge.

Second Helpings

In my opinion, on a chilly spring evening there’s little that can beat a bowl of hot and hearty soup.


Ozumo Oakland opened in December with the kind of pizzazz that would have been spectacular in the best economy, let alone the rockiest.

Dining Out

It was the “adult float” for dessert that sealed the deal for me at Mua.

Taste Of The Town - Burgermeister

A Restaurant Renaissance?

Five years ago, if you wanted to go out to a nice dinner near Park Street in Alameda, your choices were pretty much limited to the Gold Coast Grill, Asena Restaurant, Kamakura or La Piñata. Today, though, the Park Street area is undergoing a restaurant renaissance, with new restaurants opening on an almost weekly basis this past summer. Restaurateurs and diners say Alameda is a dining destination and is building its own Gourmet Ghetto that—someday—may rival Berkeley’s well-known haven of dining establishments.