Category Archives: Drink

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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My wine merchant

Vintage Berkeley, 2113 Vine Street, Berkeley. Vine Street Vintage Berkeley features a selection of limited productions wines from around the world that are under $25. We buy wine from small importers, local wineries, and independent distributors giving us preferred access to … Continue reading

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Click it. These photos are so useful that I pinned the foods I eat as a reminder.  The Calorie Calculator tells me I need 2,000 to maintain my weight, 1,600 to lose weight or 1,400 for “extreme fat loss.” = … Continue reading

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The Berkeley Body

Yesterday I lunched on chicken Milanese at MUA in Oakland. Yummy, but hardly a health food dish. (Chicken Milanese is essentially flattened fried chicken.) MUA is a raucous, warehousy place run by the folks behind two of my all-time favorite … Continue reading

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Blue cheese tasting

This evening we tasted six blue cheeses. Roquefort is a creamy cheese with a fantastic sharp taste; it’s my all-time favorite. Maytag and Pt. Reyes Blue are not far behind; I could not tell them apart. Cambozola (a portmanteau name … Continue reading

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No alcoholic beverages

Month before last in the countryside in Brazil, I made the mistake of brushing my teeth with tap water. My tummy is still rumbling. The antibiotic Cipro was not enough to knock out the bug, so for the next ten … Continue reading

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Warehouse wine tasting

Dashe Cellars 55 4th Street Oakland, CA 94607 (510) 452-1800 Tastings Thursday – Sunday 12pm to 6pm Mondays by appointment only. Driving back from East Bay Restaurant Supply near Oakland’s produce district, we noticed a winery-in-a-warehouse abuzz with people. Inside, … Continue reading

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