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22 April, 2015

Farm Burger

Posted in : Berkeley, CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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Christina of East Bay Dish invited me out on this media lunch to try Farm Burger in Berkeley. Obligatory disclaimer: Our meal was comped. Non-obligatory disclaimer: Our eyes may have been bigger than our stomachs as we pretty much tried two or more items from every section of their menu. Farm Burger is a small
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7 April, 2015

Mac & Cheese Night #8 at Fat Angel

Posted in : Restaurants, San Francisco, CA on by : becca
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Fat Angel’s menu is focused on nibbles to go with their exceptionally long list of beers, wines, and meads, including after-dinner selections for all of their beverage categories. As usually happens, that leads to meat and cheese boards, nuts and olives, and in their case, a selection of fancy butter schmears served with Firebrand breads.
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22 January, 2015

Pink’s Hot Dogs

Posted in : Los Angeles, CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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I have fulfilled another entry on my foodie bucket list. Okay, I’m lying. I am way too lazy to have made a foodie bucket list, but if I had, Pink’s Hot Dogs would assuredly be on it. Since 1939, the Pink family has been perfecting the hot dog, and as all good Californians know, perfecting
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23 December, 2014

Neumanali

Posted in : Hayward, CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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Neumanali is one of Hayward’s few fine dining restaurants. Bijou, just a few blocks up B Street, is the only other one that immediately comes to mind. Neumanali is tucked away by the downtown Hayward BART station in a beautiful Victorian that most people don’t even realize is a restaurant as they walk past. I’ve
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26 November, 2014

Burger Joints of Hayward #4: Cecil’s Famous Burgers

Posted in : Hayward, CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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The next stop on my Burger Joints of Hayward tour is Cecil’s Famous Burgers, found due to its Yelp rivalry with Val’s Burgers, the most iconic Hayward burger joint I can think of. Being as I’m not that enthused with Val’s (still planning a return visit for a review), I was rather intrigued by this
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24 November, 2014

Mac and Cheese Night #6: Paragon

Posted in : Restaurants, San Francisco, CA on by : becca
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For my sixth Mac and Cheese Night, the husband and I went a little upscale, heading to Paragon right outside AT&T Park. That picture reminds me that I wish we’d sat outside, but I had suspected it would get chilly so outside seemed the less desirable option. But it never did get chilly, and inside,
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30 October, 2014

Mac & Cheese Night #5: American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Posted in : Restaurants, San Francisco, CA on by : becca
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Fifth macaroni and cheese night already? And I’m not even sick of the stuff yet. I must say, though, that all this mac and cheese analysis has affected my standards. Let’s just say that a recent order from a fast food chain was NOT up to snuff. Bright orange sauce lacking flavor and overcooked noodles
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16 October, 2014

Sapporo

Posted in : Hayward, CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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Sapporo is the sushi restaurant’s answer to the overly familiar neighborhood pub. If you need to be greeted warmly by a hostess and have your every need catered to in a reasonable time frame, I’m not sure it’s the place for you. There’s nothing wrong with those expectations, but Sapporo won’t meet them. Instead, the
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9 October, 2014

Burger Joints of Hayward #3: Red Rocket Char Grill

Posted in : Hayward, CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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The newest burger joint in Hayward is Red Rocket Char Grill, right in the heart of the downtown strip (1057 B Street). This qualifies as the second echelon of burger joints, the ones classed up enough that you don’t worry about whether your chair will collapse beneath you or if you’ll pick up splinters from
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30 September, 2014

1 Weekend, 8 New Raleigh Hotspots

Posted in : Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Coffee Shops, Raleigh, NC, Raleigh, NC, Research Triangle, NC, Bars, Restaurants, Travel on by : becca
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Last summer, the husband and I moved away from the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina after spending eight years watching the cities expand and their food scenes skyrocket off the heat-charts. Seriously, the New York Times is obsessed with the place! So I was excited to head back for the weekend in mid-September—my
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