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Re: “Everything You Need to Know About This Weekend's Eat Real Festival

Revival is in Berkeley!

Posted by josiebee on 09/16/2015 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Where to Get Your Cal Game Day On

A UC Cop once said to me; after a Bears game, you could set up a DUI checkpoint at University near the freeway and fill the jail within an hour. But then, that would piss off a lot of people with lawyers and money.

Posted by Dolly Fine on 09/03/2015 at 5:07 PM
Posted by Luke Tsai on 09/01/2015 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Happy as a Baby Clam

Thanks for highlighting the diversity within Vietnamese cuisine! Just FYI, the steamed rice cake dish is called "banh beo," not "bun beo." Bun means noodles, banh means cake. It would be great if you could make the correction. Thanks! Looking forward to trying out this new restaurant!

Posted by Lynda Mazzalai Nguyen on 08/31/2015 at 11:08 PM

Re: “How to Dupe a 'Moderately Ok' Food Critic

As a musician who travels the road several months out of the year, I have learned NOT to rely on Yelp and other, similar sites (even , sadly, Trip Advisor has the same problem)-- due to the wide chasm of criteria by which consumers share judgements requiring a high standard of aesthetics, to be accurate. To wit: how does the reader know depth of the background of the people praising restaurants on Yelp? We have gone to many an out of the way location based on glowing local recommendations of Yelp contributors, only to find that "everything is relative". Yes, that IS the finest Chinese place in all of farthest _______..., but what they don't tell you is that it is the ONLY GAME IN TOWN. I have come to the conclusion that it is better to develop a network of TRUSTED sources (possibly FB groups, etc.) which understands and shares various touchstones for excellence in food. Or at least, tolerability!

Posted by Deborah Robins-Hanks on 08/30/2015 at 8:22 AM

Re: “How to Dupe a 'Moderately Ok' Food Critic

That steamed fish would have hooked me too. Haven't found a reasonably price good one since King Wah closed.

Posted by Len Raphael on 08/28/2015 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Zut Allures But Doesn't Deliver

I respectfully disagree completely! Took my visiting folks & family here a month ago, just after the switch, and we all had a fantastic meal. Standouts: two of us had the octopus - huge and cooked perfectly, the best I'd had outside of Greece - plus the delectable burrata breadñand the kale salad was delicious.. I could go on!

Posted by Deb Durant on 08/28/2015 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Zut Allures But Doesn't Deliver

Lots of love to the headline writer on this one.

Posted by Sean_Maher on 08/27/2015 at 4:03 PM

Re: “How to Dupe a 'Moderately Ok' Food Critic

Hey Matt: That's true, but when you're driving from Oakland at the height of rush hour traffic, it makes for a pretty long trek, even when you take the back roads!

Posted by Luke Tsai on 08/26/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Zut Allures But Doesn't Deliver

Wasn't impressed by Gabriel's food at Jack's, and it sounds like nothing has changed. Iyasare also suffers when Kamio isn't around, btw. He's a great chef, but his supervision of the staff under him doesn't seem to produce the same results when he's not there.

Posted by Jean.Komatsu on 08/26/2015 at 2:10 PM

Re: “How to Dupe a 'Moderately Ok' Food Critic

Them there Hills are about 3.5 miles as the crow flies from downtown Berkeley.

Posted by Matt Thayer on 08/26/2015 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Highs and Lows at Lungomare

my husband and I have dinner we ordered the octopus appetizer it was more like a simple and not an appetizer three small little pieces of octopus mostly fava beans my husband ordered it was undercooked will not go back there for dinner

Posted by Vicky Esquivel on 08/23/2015 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Going Country at Overland

If you have met Paul Hayward you will know that hospitality is what will entice people back to Overland. The food will be inventive and delicious but the welcome and the overall experience will make Overland a cornerstone of the burgeoning Jack London square and surrounding area. I first met Paul in 2008 and again in 2014, his warmth and charm will win you over and put you at the ease you normally associate with family. Get down to this bar and witness it for yourself, then tell your friends... you will be a part of History.

Posted by Phil Craig on 08/20/2015 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Taiwan Crunch

good reveiw and went around the corner from my house to Chick and Tea and man that was one good ,spicey piece of chicken. Of course I threw a bit of siracha on it, but hella tasty and my tea was good.Welcome to Temescal Frank!!

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 08/19/2015 at 8:26 AM

Re: “A New Sichuan King on the Rise

I totally disagree with the opinion stated above. I come a few time, and the food is delicious. The service is very good too.

Posted by edmond chan on 08/17/2015 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Kau Kau Corner Brings Aloha to Alameda

friendly folks. i liked the Kalua Pork, but the spare ribs were thin cut and not worth it at all.

@Ruby, i also had the musubi. i think the comment on the rice being "medium-grain sushi rice" was more that it was medium-grain, like you see in sushi. it's not vinegared like you'd see in nigiri sushi

Posted by Andrew Chang on 08/13/2015 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Taiwan Crunch

Great review! I loved the sentence about the affectionate couple and the flock of middle school girls. Really evoked Taiwan for me!

Posted by Lillian Hsu on 08/12/2015 at 5:32 PM

Re: “A New Sichuan King on the Rise

Checked it out the other night, and was pretty disappointed. The Szechwan dishes that we are familiar with from China Village had little distinctive character: The pork shoulder looked like China Village's (see top photo in this article), but the meat was dry, as if it had been slightly undercooked and then removed from its braising liquid for a time. (And, like Luke Tsai, we found the "spicy" moniker wholly undeserved ... what we detected was a heavy hand with the five-spice.) The wok-charred cabbage that Tsai praises was limp, not very smoky, and overwhelmed by the black vinegar dosed on the finished dish -- bleccch. A spicy stir-fried chicken dish had wonderful color and was perfectly cooked, but lacked savor. The only real success was the braised eggplant, which my wife very much enjoyed.

Posted by Jonathan King on 08/12/2015 at 9:57 AM

Re: “A Toast for The Town

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Posted by Editor on 08/08/2015 at 3:15 AM

Re: “A Toast for The Town

She is talking about Pure innocence idiot! The blank white page that was her mind until the schizophrenic chaos in her brain began. Get a clue!

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by SapphireStacy77 on 08/07/2015 at 3:37 PM

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