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Re: “Best Band with Cross-Pollinated Roots

Real proud of the Memorials. Keep kicking aXX you all. Forget the haters. jh

Posted by joysprings3 on 08/14/2011 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Best Wine Guru

I am so happy EBE finally found Wine Mine. A real Oakland Treasure.

Posted by OakLanderLady on 08/04/2011 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Best Wine Guru

I'm a wine snob. Dave Sharp is knowledgable about his wines without being insufferable. The Wine Mine has a great selection of snob wines at reasonable prices. The best part.......Even though I may not spend a lot of money, Dave makes me feel like a special customer each time I go into his shop.

Posted by LaRosa on 08/04/2011 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Best Wine Guru

The Wine Mine and Dave Sharp have changed my wine buying experience. I am a frugal, barbarian of a wine buyer. I mostly look for a good value with an occasional premium purchase. Dave will often "Downsell" me to a less expensive value. He will gleefully order a case or two of odd flavors that I think suit my taste and take a chance that some other wine barbarian may like them too. He cheerfully exchanges wine that just didn't suit my taste (not an empty bottle however.... he's not that cheerful) And he remembers enough about my past purchases (pretty smart guy) to steer me toward a new bottle in his ever changing inventory. The Wine Mine is just a HeckOfAWineStore.... cheers... DaveL.

Posted by DaveL on 08/04/2011 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Best Wine Guru

We stopped buying wine at BevMo etc.---not just because of price, but because David gets to know your likes very quickly, and then lets you know when something comes in that fits. Likewise, he will readily say "you won't like this wine." It's always an honest sale.

Posted by Dick Moore on 08/04/2011 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Best Hydroponics Store

BIG is a little more expensive than others , but the staff is knowledgeable and they have everything you need . I shop around but still buy stuff from BIG when I am in the area . Sounds like you may have an axe to grind ... Hmmmmm

Posted by 510gem on 08/03/2011 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Best Grub at a Nightclub

Sure, but I personally LOVED my $14 burger. The bacon jam is amazing. The fries it came with were outstanding. And I think it's originating cow was happily fed on grass and other good things. Glad you found this place; it's one of my new faves!

Posted by FoodyFreak on 08/01/2011 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Best Medical Marijuana Lab

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Posted by Editor on 07/29/2011 at 1:46 AM

Re: “Best Medical Marijuana Lab

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Posted by Editor on 07/29/2011 at 1:28 AM

Re: “Most Regionally Minded Mayor

Lawngun is right and Zelda is dead wrong. Let's face it, UC should be privatized and then they would a taxpayer instead of an enormous tax burden.
But Berkeley without UC would be just another suburb, which might be an improvement if all the 60s garbage was forced to leave town.
Bates, like his dreadful wife, is a statist-collectivist to the core.
Zelda belongs to the Becky O'Malley Far Left Nimby Club of Trust Funders who can afford to shop at Whole Paychecks and no Trader Joes in 'their' city for the hoi polloi, thank you.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 07/28/2011 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Most Regionally Minded Mayor

Right. Who needs free markets, when we can stifle opportunities for economic development and new jobs with excessive regulation? You go!

Posted by Lawngun on 07/28/2011 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Most Regionally Minded Mayor

What nonsense. If Bates were truly regionally minded, he'd be pushing for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's second campus to go to Richmond or Alameda, not Berkeley. Thanks to the 2005 deal he secretly negotiated, Berkeley, with its huge budget deficits, is already subsidizing UC's use of City services (fire, police, sewers) to an annual tune of $13 million dollars and hardly needs another huge tax-exempt institution within its borders. It is true, however, that the interests of his own city are rarely at the top of the Berkeley mayor's agenda. Social justice activist? Check out his "Green Pathway" for downtown--basically a greenwashing scam for developers. Or consider his push to dismantle the zoning protections for West Berkeley's 300 or so manufacturers/6-7,000 employees plus the district's thousand artists and artisans--in behalf of Wareham and other grasping real estate speculators. Bates is a self-described "free market kind of guy." That says it all. Zelda Bronstein

Posted by Zelda Bronstein on 07/28/2011 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Best Hydroponics Store

this review must be about the wrong store, the people at berkeley indoor are hella rude and most of the staff has no idea what the difference between gh and advanced nutrients. true that location has been called berkeley's indoor garden since the 80's but its changed owners and the quality of this once shining star has certainly tanked...

Posted by gardenenthusiest on 07/27/2011 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Best (Substantive) Food at a Coffee Shop

Kefa Coffee is a boutique coffee shop.
Excellent food and service.

Posted by James on 07/27/2011 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Best Broadway-Star-Turned Folk Diva

Yes, indeed, she kills. She's our fabulous Choir Director at Plymouth United Church of Christ, also known as "the Jazz and Justice Church," and she kills -- every Sunday. That's us at Plymouth UCC -- "slain in the Spirit" as the old saints used to put it!

Posted by Marjorie Wilkes Matthews on 07/26/2011 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Best Soul-Food Mashup

oh also, i am going to eat this tonight.

Posted by Laura Beck on 07/25/2011 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Best Soul-Food Mashup

i am loving the new ebx food coverage!

Posted by Laura Beck on 07/25/2011 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Best Remixed Comfort Food

Love this!!!

Posted by Laura Beck on 07/25/2011 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Bar with the Most Diverse Clientele

A person from Castro Valley looks like a cross between Paris Hilton and Jimmy Hoffa and sometimes sporting a cute little beauty mark on the left cheek of its buttocks. The beauty mark always gives them away. Sure-fire sign.

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Posted by Booger on 07/25/2011 at 2:57 AM

Re: “Best Place to Run Barefoot

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Posted by Stephen Hawkins on 07/25/2011 at 12:15 AM

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