Getting baked in the Bay

Going to the grocery store is a mundane process. I head out to Berkeley Bowl or Trader Joe’s, I wend my way through the aisles and I get the things I usually get. Ho hum.
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4 essentials for a good Ethiopian meal

Ethiopian cuisine, one of the world’s most ancient cuisines, dates back to more than 2,000 years ago. It has been known for its self-sufficient agricultural products, including unique grains such as sorghum and teff, which form the basis of the Ethiopian diet. Over time, Ethiopian dishes have developed independently, with limited
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Here’s to Meatless Monday

President Bill Clinton, once known for his love of fast food, has been making headlines for his recent dietary change. He’s swapped the Big Macs, chicken nuggets and fried shrimp for veggie burgers, beans and fresh fruits and vegetables. After years of battling heart problems — even undergoing quadruple-bypass surgery
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Top ramen wishes and taco night dreams

Broke in Berkeley

Corn tortillas were being warmed over an open gas burner, perfuming the kitchen with that taco night scent. A simmering pan bubbled and spat, and I spotted a mounded bowl of shredded jack cheese. Tomatoes, lettuce and onions were arranged like birthday balloons in bright colors, and bottle of crema
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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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