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23 March, 2016

Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern
Posted in : Crement d’Alsace Rose, Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants, Rose Wine on by : becca
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Wood Tavern is a near universally acclaimed restaurant in north Oakland, at least among my circles. It’s upscale in terms of prices and dish sophistication, although the atmosphere is casual, assuming casual is what you’d call elbow-to-elbow lack of space and sucking in your stomach so you don’t knock over the neighboring diner’s wine glass
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23 June, 2015

Mac & Cheese Night #9: The Blue Plate

Mac & Cheese Night #9: The Blue Plate
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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I began my mission to conquer 7×7’s list of the best Bay Area macaroni and cheeses just over a year ago at Mission Cheese. This, right here, is my final review in this series, and I will soon crown my winner. Happily, our last mac & cheese night did not disappoint—the Blue Plate’s (3218 Mission
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17 April, 2015

Food Should Taste Good Brunch with Tablehopper!

Food Should Taste Good Brunch with Tablehopper!
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in San Francisco - CA, Events, Food, Restaurants on by : becca
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It’s been three weeks since I was invited to brunch at the Cavalier in downtown San Francisco, hosted by Tablehopper Marcia Gagliardi and the Food Should Taste Good (FSTG) snack food brand. It’s never too late to write about great food, right? The brunch was part of FSTG’s national promotional tour that’s been challenging star
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23 December, 2014

Neumanali

Neumanali
Comments : 3 Posted in : Dining in Hayward - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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Neumanali is one of Hayward’s few fine dining restaurants. Bijou, just a few blocks up B Street, is the only other one that immediately comes to mind. Neumanali is tucked away by the downtown Hayward BART station in a beautiful Victorian that most people don’t even realize is a restaurant as they walk past. I’ve
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3 July, 2014

Asena Restaurant

Asena Restaurant
Comments : 1 Posted in : Dining in Alameda - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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About a block off the central Park strip in Alameda, you’ll find this Mediterranean-focused, upscale dining spot. By Mediterranean, I mean all over the Sea with a menu featuring pasta, sour cherries, artichoke, hummus, and so on and so on. Whatever region you want of the Mediterranean, you’ll probably find something that qualifies. And if
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5 November, 2013

Bijou

Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Hayward - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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My husband and I celebrated the sale of our North Carolina home with a prix fixe meal at this modern, French-inflected New American restaurant on Hayward’s downtown stretch. Using an Amazon Local deal, we dined on three courses each for only $40 including a glass of champagne. It was the second time I’d been to
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3 October, 2013

Leopold’s

Posted in : Dining in San Francisco - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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Leopold’s Gasthaus 2400 Polk Street Russian Hill, San Francisco Entrees: $16–$20 Website Welcome to my first post on a Bay Area restaurant! I didn’t take any pictures of the interior or exterior — I wasn’t sure I was ready to blog at the time we dined, but apparently I was. So let’s roll right into
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26 July, 2013

Poole’s Downtown Diner

Comments : 5 Posted in : Dining in Raleigh - NC, Restaurants on by : becca
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Poole’s Downtown Diner 426 McDowell Street Downtown Raleigh Website Entrees: $19-22 This highly praised foodie haven from Raleigh celebrity chef Ashley Christiansen was Number #1 on my must list for places to try before leaving the Triangle. And I am super glad I did. It’s a foodie haven for a reason. But I was surprised
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3 June, 2013

Saint Jacques

Posted in : Dining in Raleigh - NC, Restaurants on by : becca
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Saint Jacques 6112 Falls of Neuse Rd. North Raleigh Website $25-$40 Saint Jacques is not cheap, but it is my favorite fine dining experience in recent memory, by which I mean since winter or so. My memory is that bad, I promise. Regardless, Saint Jacques is an oasis in a North Raleigh strip mall. Cream
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22 April, 2013

Flights

Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Raleigh - NC, Restaurants on by : becca
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Flights 4100 Main at North Hills North Hills Renaissance, Raleigh Website Entrees: $17–$28   Normally, I jump right into a review, leaving any musings on my experience for the end. This one requires more set up because Flights is in a transition period and it shows. So you should understand before I go on what
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