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Apples near campus

In “The Odyssey,” apples were one of the many prides of Ithica. In Kafka’s, “The Metamorphosis,” shiny red apples were just the thing Gregor’s dad threw at his slimy, shattered roach body to get him back into his room. In Cezanne’s paintings, apples are warm, unassuming and shy beauties. Quite
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Blood orange and cardamom gelato at Lush Gelato

Tucked-away novelties at Lush Gelato

I never thought that I could find another Ici in Berkeley that was closer to where I lived, but it’s possible. Walking around the Gourmet Ghetto last weekend, I decided to check out that small food-courtlike area, where I’d been before but somehow failed to notice the gelato shop in
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love at first bite

A cupcake affair at Love at First Bite

I have fallen in love with my fair share of baked goods. Everyone has a favorite local bakery, and the place I’m about to talk about is unquestionably one of my top two favorites in Berkeley. The cupcakes there taste like no cupcake I’ve ever had before. A hidden gem
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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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Turkish coffee and fortune-telling

Being an avid coffee drinker, my goal is to try coffee from every country I visit, and international coffees in the States also easily grab my attention. When Semih, a dear Turkish friend of mine, asked me if I wanted to experience Turkish coffee one night at 11 p.m., I
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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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