Lobster toast amuse bouche at â€ªChez Panisse in Berkeley.
A delicious start to an elegant dining experience. I loved how every detail, from the delicate and flavorful dishes to the friendly service made all dinners feel so special, like my graduation dinner nearly two decades ago. It was lovely to return for another special dinner.
Also, happy anniversary Chez Panisse!
San Francisco’s Little Star edges out Zachary’s from Berkeley with 5-2 votes among Pickle Palace diners as the birthday girl finds herself unable to choose between the pies.
This was part of my 33rd birthday dinner with pizza and PJs. I wanted to set up a taste test between two Bay Area pizza giants: Little Star in San Francisco and Zachary’s in Berkeley. After comparing tasting notes with my friends, I hoped we would know which one had the best deep dish pizza.
As for the PJs, I wanted to dine in a comfy setting with my Bay Area friends. Leave the heels at home ladies! So, we nestled into our friend’s kitchen and dining room in the Mission and made some cocktails.
The Little Star slice has cheese on top and the Zachary’s slice is topped with chunky tomato sauce.
Continue reading “Deep Dish Battle: Little Star vs. Zachary’s”
This time last year, I got a Fortunate You necklace from Tea Stain clothing in Sacramento. The fortune said: “You will step on the soil of many countries.”
A combination of wanderlust, luck and professional opportunity made that fortune come true in 2010.
I sampled fresh fish and explored new flavors in Russia as a guest lecturer for St. Petersburg State University.
We celebrated my birthday with ceviche on the beach in Ensenada.
Finally, I left my Sacramento newsroom behind and became the Newark Patch editor. In this Alameda County city, I cover news, politics, crime and other issues that matter to Newark residents. Plus, I have a chance to profile all the amazing food spots in Newark.
You can find rest of my album, â€œIn My Tummy: 2010,â€ on Flickr.
What do you think? What should I try next?