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Barrel Room, Rockridge Oakland

The Barrel Room is a delightful wine bar cum restaurant in the Rockridge in Oakland. The focus rotates quarterly. When I dropped by the afternoon, it spotlight was on Italy. I had a flight of three crisp Italian wines. The … Continue reading

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Chez Panisse Café

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A perfect lunch

It helps to be hungry when eating a perfect lunch and I didn’t pull into the parking place in front of Bistro Liaison until 2:15. I was famished. Lunch began with a comforting garlic soup. It restores the soul. I’m … Continue reading

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Eating News

Ajanta, our former favorite Indian restaurant, has changed hands. The owner retired to travel the word. Unfortunately, things are going downhill. Service is lackadaisical. My scallop curry, ordered “medium spicy,” was so spicy I couldn’t finish it. Garré Winery Cafe is … Continue reading

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The Sunday Ritual on Poppy Lane in Berkeley

Ritual is important. Uta and I no longer waste cycles thinking about where to go and what to eat on Sundays. After improving our routine over the years, we’ve settled on a well-honed standard formula. Around 11:00 am every Sunday … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

     

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The MAOI Patch and the Tyramine Diet

When MAOI Inhibitors were introduced as the first antidepressants in the early 50’s, they came in pill form. The pills were processed in part by the liver and this caused severe side effects in people who had ingested food containing … Continue reading

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Tyramine Diet

Ah, the joys of modern medicine. I’ve begun taking a drug that requires me to restrict my diet severely. I’m not allowed to eat aged cheese, sausage, draft beer, sourdough bread, or anything else that contains significant amounts of tyramine, an amino … Continue reading

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Hot Italian

Hot Italian Mangia & Bar Emeryville Public Market 510 922 1369 menu We were in the neighborhood, having done a run to the Emeryville Ikea, and decided to drop by the Emeryville Public Market for the first time in more … Continue reading

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This week

Gumbo at Angelina’s Crab melt at Pacific Catch Jack Satan margarita at Comal

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