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Eating in the East Bay

Friday February 28, 2014
I'm in Berlin at the moment, and missing a lot of things about the Bay Area. As you may have guessed, if you read this blog regularly, food is right up there on the list.

Don't get me wrong! A lot of the food here is amazing, particularly some of the desserts. As much as I love the bakeries in Oakland and Berkeley, they just don't quite measure up. My favorite so far has been an amazing cake that basically consisted of raspberries suspended in gelatin.

Another interesting aspect has been the pizza. Tuna pizza seems to be really popular here, which, after trying it, I still don't understand. It makes me really miss the great pizza places in the East Bay.

Another interesting aspect is trying to be vegetarian or vegan. While I'm not strict about it, I do try to be at least vegetarian a lot of the time. While that is certainly possible here, it's a lot harder than it is at home. Being vegan is even harder, of course, and makes me miss all the options back home:

Vegetarian Restaurants in Oakland
Vegan Restaurants in Oakland
Vegetarian Restaurants in Berkeley
Vegan Restaurants in Berkeley

Don't get me wrong -- Berlin is absolutely amazing, a lot of the food is fantastic, and I am so thrilled to be here. But there is also a certain pleasure in learning to better appreciate the unique and wonderful parts of the Bay Area.

The Perfect East Bay Day

Friday January 31, 2014
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the East Bay and how much it has to offer. So, for fun, I've been thinking about what my perfect day in the East Bay would be.

It would start with brunch at one of the fabulous restaurants in the area. From there, I might go to a museum or take a walk around Lake Merritt... or both! Of course, the day wouldn't be complete without at least stopping by a farmer's market to buy some fresh produce to take home for dinner. In the evening, I might go to one of the bookstores in the area, or maybe a movie at one of the great independent theaters.

What about you? If you had one completely free day to spend doing your favorite East Bay activities, how would you spend it?

Don't Miss the Award-Winning Film "At Berkeley"!

Sunday January 12, 2014
Frederick Wiseman's award-winning film "At Berkeley" will air on PBS tomorrow, Monday January 13th, at 10 PM. It was filmed in 2010 on the UC Berkeley campus and offers an inside look at what goes on there.

It will be fascinating to see another angle of university life from the inside. While many reviews of the film say that it's great, others are more mixed. At four hours long, though, it's hard to imagine it would manage to captivate quite all of its viewers! If you're wondering whether you will find it interesting, check out the official trailer for some idea of the film's content and style.

Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday December 31, 2013
Happy New Year, Oaklanders and other East Bay folks! What did you do for the big moment?

I always have fun making my New Year's resolutions. While I don't always keep them, they're great motivation and inspiration for trying new things. This year, my resolutions include a lot of East Bay-related activities. After all, this is a rich and extraordinary area that deserves more attention than it sometimes gets.

My resolutions include going to museums, volunteering, exploring the parks, and other similar activities that involve getting to know the area even better.

What about you? Do you have any resolutions?

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