In fact, good eats are so plentiful that consuming vast amounts of tasty treats doesnt even have to be expensive. Consider the Tacos Sinaloa trucks on Oaklands 22nd Avenue, where for a mere $1.25 a pop you can down an extraordinary number of wonderfully savory carnitas tacos on warm corn tortillas before the friendly staff wonders if theyll have to 86 you on the pork products.
Or how about the DAIMO Chinese restaurant in Richmonds Pacific Rim Plaza? With its monstrously long menu and policy of staying open until 3 in the morning, even on weeknights, its practically an invitation to indulge in dishes far less familiar than good old sweet and sour. If you do, try the crispy fried tofu with a light dusting of pepper and fried garlic, or the seafood and eggplant clay hotpot. Cant comment on the fish maw because, frankly, this writer is a culinary wuss. Its true that portion sizes are downright sensible at Gelateria Naia in downtown Berkeley -- the problem is that it makes the icy Italian confection in such mind-boggling assortment of flavors that you have to keep going back. And back. Because you have to try fior de latte, right? And whats up with the one flavored like olive oil? Maybe you should give cantaloupe a shot?
Afterward, call up the Berkeley Cleaning & Sewing Center on University Avenue, the friendliest tailor in town, because youll need to have your pants taken out a size. Theyre very good at not snickering. -- Kara Platoni