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reviewed Bistro Liaison. March 01, 2011
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Bistro Liaison
This Valentine's Day, my Valentine and I decided to descend upon Bistro Liaison to add a little French twist to our V-Day.  Located on Shattuck Avenue in between downtown Berkeley and the infamous …
reviewed Downtown Berkeley YMCA. March 20, 2010
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I use the Y about three times a week for spin classes. Marjorie is the gold standard.  I really wish they could get her more, especially in the evenings.  Robert is next up.  After that …
reviewed Mint Leaf. March 02, 2010
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Mint Leaf
By now, most Berkelieans probably know that there's a somewhat upscale fusion Indian bistro in the Gourmet Ghetto by the name of Mint Leaf, but did you know that they have an awesome late night menu?  …
reviewed Berkeley City College ART 95A -- Begi.... February 26, 2010
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Berkeley City College ART 95A -- Beginning Photography 1
You can read this review after you pinky promise not to tell anyone.      .......      Okay, so why can't you tell anyone about this photography class?  Well, …
reviewed Sufficient Grounds. February 25, 2010
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Sufficient Grounds
Sufficient Grounds has been around for a bit over 20 years, since 1989 (almost as old as I am!).  The ownership may have changed over the years, but the location and menu, for the most part, have …
reviewed Hearst Parking Lot. February 24, 2010
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Hearst Parking Lot
I first discovered this lot in the dot com years. My coworker who was from Berkeley would always park here when we would hit Triple Rock or Jupiter, and it became a longtime standby for me whenever I …
reviewed The Café at Chez Panisse. July 05, 2009
The Café at Chez Panisse
Unbeknownst to most people (except the locals!), Chez Panisse actually has two parts to it.  There's the famed Michelin starred (one star in both 2006 and 2007) restaurant downstairs, ya know, the …
reviewed Ici. March 26, 2009
I was pretty indifferent when Gourmet magazine declared ice cream the new "cupcake," meaning that it was the new trend dessert. Ice cream has been around forever, same old vat of frozen fat and sugar …
reviewed Gordo Taqueria. February 23, 2009
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Gordo Taqueria
Gordo and I go way, waaay back.  They were my introduction to Mexican food that wasn't Taco Bell, and I've been hooked since!  They've actually been around since 1977, but I only discovered …
reviewed Blondie's Pizza. December 31, 2008
Blondie's and I have had so much history together!  I remember back in the day when they were just a narrow, dark, dingy, stuffy little pizza shop in San Francisco, yet there were still lines out …
reviewed Berkeley Bowl. December 18, 2008
Berkeley Bowl
Where do all the freshest fruits and veggies go when they've escaped the price-inflating clutches of Whole Foods? They happily prance to the glorious sun-drenched hills of Berkeley — to Berkeley Bowl, …
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