Sweet secret menus around Berkeley

Berkeley foodies have plenty to be excited about, from fine dining on Fourth Street to cheap eats in the Asian Ghetto. But they really go gaga over the slightest mention of secret menu items, even ones at big chains. Who wouldn’t? Around Berkeley, Starbucks, CREAM and Jamba Juice have sweet
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A relaxing moment with dim sum at Asian Pearl

Intense dim sum cravings require a certain quality of the doughy delicacy to satisfy. Dim sum is not just a meal or just some more Chinese food. It is a part of a weekly routine, a form of slowing down and relaxing. I will always remember my dad’s longtime college
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Ethiopian favorites at Cafe Colucci

To say that I know anything about Ethiopian food would be an overstatement. My knowledge of food from this highly populated African country is pretty much nonexistent. But since I came to Berkeley, it’s all I seem to be hearing about. A few recommendations later, I found myself at Café
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Ippuku: take a smoke break

On Center Street, a block from campus, a cloth with Japanese writing hanging in the doorway marks the entrance to Ippuku. This cloth, a cedar table and possibly a bartender standing behind a counter are the only street-front features that flag Ippuku as a restaurant. Instead, the facade of Ippuku
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How to make a (collegiate) sangria

Sangria is a great drink for summer because it rivals good beer and pairs well with any dinner. It’s delicious and very hard to mess up. One bottle of wine can make enough for 8 to 12 servings, depending on the sweetness desired. Also, you can make really good Sangria
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Get your tea fix fast and fresh at Asha Tea House

It is a hot, humid afternoon, and you and your friends are walking around Shattuck aimlessly. Or maybe it’s a cold evening and either your GSI has just slashed your grade, or your lover, your heart. What you want now is some steaming matcha, as thick as they can make
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Craving In-N-Out? Try Oscar’s

What sucks the most about not having a car in the Berkeley area? Not being able to easily get to In-N-Out. Relying on public transportation to take you out to Oakland or Richmond merely increases the craving for that burger that’s too delicious for words. The experience is miserable. But
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Mac and cheese for days at Oakland’s Homeroom

If you’re a mac and cheese enthusiast, your response to the picture above may or may not have included drooling and crying tears of joy, followed by an awkwardly erotic food-gasm from this top-notch food porn. None of that soft-core Kraft bullsh*t. If you reacted in any of these ways,
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Reflections of a co-op food manager

Since the start of last fall semester, I have been one of two food managers at Cloyne Court, the largest house within the Berkeley Student Cooperative system.  I decided to run for the position the previous spring, when my fellow housemate Maddie Tien asked if I would join her in
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