Tea Berkeley

Asha Tea House Matcha Latte

UC Berkeley students are lucky to have Intelligentsia Coffee. Asha means “someone that enjoys life” in Taiwanese, and I can see how the company’s contributing to that feeling. On Asha’s website, the Laus express...
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2013 Top 10 San Francisco Bay Area Dishes

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities on the planet, and I was lucky enough to make six trips there in 2013. Learn about my 2013 Top 10 San Francisco Bay Area dishes,...
Ice Cream Berkeley

Sketch Ice Cream Soft Serve [CLOSED]

Sketch Ice Cream rose like a frozen phoenix in 2012 after Eric Shelton and Ruthie Planas-Shelton took a three-year hiatus to raise their daughter. Up until 2009, the couple specialized in full-force ice cream...
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Masse’s Pastries: Below the Radar Baked Goods in Berkeley

Shattuck Avenue was hardly foreign territory. After all, for the past 40 years, it’s been home to Chez Panisse – one of the most famous restaurants in the U.S. – plus places like Cesar...
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Vik’s Chaat Corner: Foraging For Indian Snacks in Berkeley

In the early aughts, my high school friend Ben lived in San Francisco, which led to plenty of trips north to explore the Bay Area dining scene. Our days typically involved at least four...
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Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory Tour [CLOSED]

Scharffen Berger‘s chocolate factory building dates to 1906, the year of the mammoth Bay Area quake. Smartly, the factory was built soundly, surrounded on all sides by a yard-thick brick wall, so it sustained...