Javi’s Cooking: traditional Argentine cuisine

Javi Sandes, an Oakland-based chef, is both co-founder of the first-ever Argentinian food truck as well as a thriving local culinary mogul. While he searches for the perfect spot to open up his future restaurant, to be called Javi’s Parilla, he keeps himself busy by catering his mouthwatering empanadas to
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The quest for the best breakfast burrito near campus

During my last three years at UC Berkeley, I have spent my time — like many other college students — hunting for knowledge. From listening to lectures on plant physiology to talks on the driving forces behind climate change to seminars on Egyptian history, I have acquired more new information than
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The funniest Yelp reviews for Bay Area restaurants

“Let’s try someplace new!” This excited statement is inevitably followed by a perusal of Yelp reviews of the surrounding area and an increasingly heated round of “you decide,” “no, you decide.” On the whole, Yelp reviews are informative but not the most entertaining. But there are a few lonesome gems amongst
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Sweet Leaf cafe: delicious Turkish breakfast

Having a close Turkish friend means I get to indulge in many parts of delicious Turkish cuisine, from Turkish coffee to Turkish Kitchen on Shattuck Avenue. Recently, my friend introduced me to Turkish breakfast at Sweet Leaf Cafe. At the cafe, we ate freshly baked simit paired with an assortment of
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Where to get your Indian food fix

Do you remember being woken up early on a Saturday morning from the warm, sweet aroma of freshly cooked dosas wafting through your house? Those were the days, and oh, how we took them for granted. Those were the days when your mom cooked your favorite Indian dishes and packed
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Belli Osteria: artisanal pasta at its finest

The small, cozy and comfortable space does a great job enhancing Belli Osteria, a beautiful tavern. The Shattuck Avenue restaurant is located near many other gourmet restaurants, but it features some of the best Italian cuisine around because of its focus on pasta. Executive chef, Paul Oprescu, had a Romanian childhood involving hunting,
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Home-cooked food from Josephine

As small-scale farming and organic sectors become more important in our agro-food systems today, more and more attention is paid to the specific ingredients in the food we eat every day. Josephine, co-founded by Charley Wang and Tal Safran, provides home-cooked, fresh, authentic and affordable meals for people in our
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A review of 5 places to get Mexican food in Berkeley

I took a trip around town to visit a few popular Mexican food restaurants and decided to rank them. This ranking was formulated on a one to 10 scale, one being the least satisfactory and 10 being the most. The ratings are based on my evaluation of what I believe are the
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