Archive | September, 2014

Favorite restaurants in Oakland and Berkeley

27 Sep

The other night I took my daughter to the Katy Perry concert in San Jose. While waiting for Katy to come on stage I chatted with another parent (from Pleasanton) about good restaurants in Oakland and Berkeley.

Here are my favorites:

Dreaming of Sushi at Roka Akor, San Francisco

21 Sep

Last weekend I watched (on Netflix) the excellent documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The food looked so good I wanted to fly to Tokyo for dinner. That’s not so practical, of course. But I was able to have dinner at Roka Akor in San Franscisco. This was some seriously good Japanese food. In fact some of the best I’ve ever had. Dinner consisted of

  • Miso Soup with Wild Mushrooms
  • Crispy Fried Squid with Chili and Lime,
  • Robata Grilled Pork Belly with Marinated Golden Beets
  • Wagyu Beef and Kimchi Dumplings
  • Various Nigiri – Sake, Toro, Unagi, and one other I can’t remember
  • Japanese Style Fried Chicken with Smoked Chili Aioli

Before dinner I drank a “Saketini, Martini” (Hendricks and Sake) cocktail and with the food I drank Dreamy Clouds, Rihaku Nigori, unfiltered sake.

It was all really really good. And all for the fraction of the price of a plane ticket and dinner at Jiro’s restaurant. The Toro was especially good: perfectly sized pieces of “melt in your mouth” fish served at just the right temperature. The only disappointment was that there wasn’t room for a Wagyu beef steak.

Eating real in Oakland

21 Sep

Today, we went to Oakland’s annual Eat Real Festival in Jack London Square. After quickly surveying the food options, I first had a delicious Carnitas Taco from Cholita Linda – really good Tortilla, tasty Pork.

After the taco I was tempted to try a Burrito from the Bacon Bacon food truck. Instead, I ate an absolutely delicious Poutine from The Whole Beast. I loved french fries smothered in gravy topped with Smoked Lamb.

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The final course consisted of a very nice Pulled Pork sandwich from the Prickly Pig. Their BBQ sauce is definitely worth trying.

While walking back to the car I bought some jars of hot and delicious Kimchi from Sinto Gourmet and had  a cup of Ethiopian Blue Nile coffee from Highwire Coffee.