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Desco in Old Oakland

Last night I was invited to a customary media dinner for two at Desco in Old Oakland. Desco is the new, refined Italian restaurant a block west of 9th Street and Broadway. For a guest, I brought my roommate, Cameron Hearne, who was moving out soon. We talked what we
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A taste of Turkey in downtown Berkeley

Ever since my Turkish friend took me to Turkish Kitchen, I knew I needed to go there often. Situated on Shattuck Avenue, it almost blends in with the other restaurants and shops, but what stood out were the mouth-watering photos of dishes displayed on a sign in front of the
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Lamb kofta, roasted eggplant and beet salad

Flavor Mediterranean Food: a new addition in North Berkeley

Hidden amongst various take-out stalls that line the walls of North Berkeley’s Epicurious Garden lays one of city’s newest culinary gems. Flavor Mediterranean Food, tucked away in the back corner of this “one-stop-shop for gourmet take-out,” is serving up a fresh and delicious combination of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences.
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Caesar salad with house pickled sardines, cherry tomatoes, red furled mustard and bread crumbs

Ravioli and a bit of Bologna at Belli Osteria

Belli Osteria is a restaurant near the southeast corner of Shattuck and University avenues that specializes in ravioli. The ravioli is made daily by hand, and each ravioli is unique for each type of sauce and filling. The menu changes weekly, as the chefs are always coming up with new
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Vegan burger at Saturn Cafe

As I’m a huge fan of anything pink and sparkly, the interior of Saturn Cafe in Berkeley caught my attention as soon as I walked in. This was no ordinary-looking diner — the walls were hot pink, and the columns around the restaurant were made of silver sparkles. The back
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The neon sign for Jupiter lights up the night. 
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Jupiter: more than just a simple beerhouse

Jupiter is the giant, red-brick building at 2181 Shattuck Ave. The beerhouse has been brewing and serving beer since 1992. A lively garden grows in its large back patio. The building itself was erected sometime between 1868 and 1911, according to fire insurance maps. Although little is known of the
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Lemon ricotta hotcakes for brunch at Venus

Walking down Shattuck Avenue, I’ve passed Venus many times, but it never stood out to me, because I was always in a rush to go elsewhere. It wasn’t until my roommate gushed about how delicious brunch there was that I made a point to go there. Having arrived early, I
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