Destination Guides

Drinking in Istanbul

How to tell that the political landscape of a Middle Eastern country has changed? Just look at your tab. I’m giving you a well-scouted list of bars in Istanbul, but…

Eating In Istanbul Part 1 (For the Meat Lovers)

Headed to Istanbul? This is the first in a something-part series (three? four? depends how many baklava stops I include) of places to eat, drink and explore in Istanbul, where…

11 Things to Eat & Drink In NYC

Before putting this list down on paper I thought that it might end up reading something more like, “Twelve mostly pork things to eat in New York City from the…

B-Dama: Order Right and Drink Well

Note: B-Dama is now inside Swan’s Marketplace in Old Oakland. The first time I came here was a Thursday evening around 8 pm. There was a group of four waiting…

Comal: Agave Lovers Come Hither

At 5:28 as I was waiting in line for Comal to open, a Cal student amused by the long line outside of the restaurant asked the woman behind me what…

A Weekend in Portland

For the amount of times I went to brunch in less than 72 hours in Portland, and for the amount of minutes I spent waiting for brunch, you would think…

Mexico City Meets Marin at El Huarache Loco

Strip malls are frightening things to me. I often get lost in Bed, Bath & Beyond, and I am constantly bewildered as to how I convince myself every time that…

Prizefighter: Ten Things You Need to Know

Emeryville’s got a new bar, and here’s the skinny: 1. They have delicious punch bowls. Menu says they serve 6-8 people. We say 3-5 for a good time. 2. For…

Rainy Day Fare: Hawker Fare

Edit: Hawker Fare in Oakland is now closed (but you can find it in SF). Sorry! The rainy weather is back in session and we all need a little extra…

Fancy and Fresh: Tacos at C CASA

A few Saturdays ago (yes, I’ve been a bad blogger) I skipped Oakland’s first battle of the taco trucks because, aside from my general aversion to anything screaming Cinco de…