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Bay Area Bites Guide to 8 Exceptional Japanese Izakayas in the East Bay

asian food and drink | Nov 17, 2014

Bay Area Bites Guide to 8 Exceptional Japanese Izakayas in the East Bay

Posted by Jenny Oh

It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.

5 Bites: Fantastic Vegan Eats in Berkeley and Albany

5-Bites Restaurant Roundups | Nov 17, 2014

5 Bites: Fantastic Vegan Eats in Berkeley and Albany

Posted by Jenny Oh

As a follow-up guide to "5 Bites: Excellent Vegan Eats in Oakland," here's our recommendations for wonderful vegan fare in Berkeley (and one in Albany).

Bay Area Bites Thanksgiving Menu: 8 Scrumptious Holiday Recipes

baking and bakeries | Nov 15, 2014

Bay Area Bites Thanksgiving Menu: 8 Scrumptious Holiday Recipes

Posted by Kim Laidlaw

This eclectic Thanksgiving menu is just the ticket to stir things up this year. The star of the show is a gorgeous, smoke-scented, mahogany-browned turkey fresh off the grill. The beauty of cooking the bird this way is that it frees up your oven to bake crunchy-sweet cornbread stuffing (two versions: regular and gluten-free!), tender caramelized roasted Brussels sprouts with toasty hazelnuts and cranberries, and a scrumptious pear-almond tart for dessert. Balancing out all the richness are a tangy cranberry-orange compote and a fresh, seasonal raw shaved root vegetable salad with pistachios. Happy Thanksgiving!

Crunchy, Nutty, Fruity, Sweet: Pear Almond Custard Tart for Thanksgiving

baking and bakeries | Nov 14, 2014

Crunchy, Nutty, Fruity, Sweet: Pear Almond Custard Tart for Thanksgiving

Posted by Kim Laidlaw

This is hands-down one of my favorite autumn desserts, and I make it as soon as fragrant pears arrive in the market. It’s a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert buffet!

British-Style Roasties: Sweet Potato Version

Bay Area Bites Food + Drink | Nov 13, 2014

British-Style Roasties: Sweet Potato Version

Posted by Kim Laidlaw

Bring on the rich, sweet, caramelized yams. It’s Thanksgiving season!

Decadent Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

baking and bakeries | Nov 12, 2014

Decadent Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

Posted by Kim Laidlaw

Just because you (or your guests) are gluten-free doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy all the classic Thanksgiving dishes, especially stuffing. Try this one, you won’t even know the difference.

Sweet and Savory Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

baking and bakeries | Nov 12, 2014

Sweet and Savory Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

Posted by Kim Laidlaw

If you love cornbread, then you are going to love this colorful and scrumptious stuffing, perfect alongside a BBQ turkey. Fresh herbs and sautéed peppers balance the richness of this dish.

Adding Freshness to Thanksgiving: Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad

Bay Area Bites Food + Drink | Nov 11, 2014

Adding Freshness to Thanksgiving: Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad

Posted by Kim Laidlaw

Crunchy, colorful, seasonal, and fresh. This gorgeous salad is a great way to balance the rich and heavy dishes on your Thanksgiving table.

New Agriculture Policy Changes May Make it Easier to Start an Urban Farm in Oakland

bay area | Nov 11, 2014

New Agriculture Policy Changes May Make it Easier to Start an Urban Farm in Oakland

Posted by Angela Johnston

Growing and selling your own kale and green tomatoes in Oakland may get a lot easier in the next few months. Next week the Oakland City Council will have a final vote on amendments to its agricultural zoning policy that will remove costly barriers to starting an urban farm.

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