Dining Out

Berkeley Sunday Brunch Tour!

Bonus to living in the East Bay? The dining scene.

Check out this very cool Berkeley Sunday Brunch walking tour through Edible Excursions in collaboration with the Downtown Berkeley Association. 

Resident guides offer behind-the-scenes access to local chef’s and restauranteurs in the vibrant Downtown Berkeley food scene. 

Get your brunch on from chicory coffee and beignets to avocado toast, breakfast pizza, crepes, mimosas and specialty cocktails. Learn about the area history and discover new fab dining while visiting 6 notable restaurants.
Angelines Kitchen
Babette Cafe
Revival Bar & Kitchen
Gather Restaurant
Maison Bleue Cafe
Gio's Pizza and Bocce

Join the regular tour, customize it, or make it private with your own group. 

Sunday from 11am-2pm  
There is a great DISCOUNT through 5/31/18. Check Edible Excursions website for pricing and to book.

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Still Time for Alameda Restaurant Week!

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There is still time to attend Alameda Restaurant Week through January 21st. With 21 restaurants participating from Injera serving Ethiopian cuisine to Vietnamese fare at Dragon Rouse, German eats at Speisekammer to C'Era Una Volta for Italian, each participating restaurant serves a Prix Fixe menu and some require reservations. Check for whether they are serving Lunch, Dinner or both! For more on their menu and offerings for Restaurant Week, visit alamedarestaurantweek.com

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Oakland's Best Dining - Belotti Ristorante e Bottega

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Belotti Ristorante e Bottega in Rockridge (Oakland). Is the best Italian food I've eaten in the East Bay. Wow! Delicious! Hard to get in without a reservation, but worth the wait. @belottirb

Chef Michele Belotti servesup traditional Italian cooking with a modern touch. In 2017, San Francisco magazine voted Belotti for "Best Bay Area Pasta" and 2 more awards, "Best Trattoria" and "Top Italian Restaurants of the World 2017" from the prestigious Gambero Rosso magazine.

The all handmade pasta menu selections are numerous and the comforting ambience adds to the exemplary dining experience. For main entrees think 13-hour slow cooked Stone Valley Farm suckling pig or 5-hour braised flat iron, Italian organic polenta. I appreciate the care and attention to simply prepared Italian cuisine for an impressive and delectable dining experience.

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Oakland's Coffee Shops! My Fave 5!

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Coffee Shops are today's answer to socializing in bars and offer every brew style, workspace, entertainment and act as a community gathering place. A great way to get to know your neighbors!

Here are 5 of my favorite Oakland spots to stop a grab a cup or to whip out my laptop and write an offer for a home! Being out and about energizes...and so does the caffeine:))

ROCKRIDGE
Cole Coffee, 307 63rd St., Oakland
Open for nearly 30 years they are a busy spot with a comfy sofa vibe and outdoor seating. Bonus! They roast and brew their own coffee. 

PIEDMONT
Timeless Coffee, 4252 Piedmont Ave, Oakland
Vegan Alert! Serving breakfast and lunch dishes that are all vegan. Also roasting in-house, their coffees are made to order. It's great chillaxing hang out.

OAKLAND WEBSTER ST
Blue Bottle Coffee, 300 Webster St, Oakland
Their coffee brand has spread and you are beginning to see them everywhere. Think beans roasted within 48 hours. Lots of modern communal seating with an open feel. 

DOWNTOWN OAKLAND
Modern Coffee, 411 13th St AND 381 19th Street, Oakland
They call themselves a coffee tap room. With plenty of workspace, the quaint shops offer owner "coffee's we love right now" with beans for sale from other roastery's. Get your work on it the heart of it all!

UPTOWN OAKLAND
Farley’s East, 33 Grand Ave, Oakland
Located in a parklet, you can drink your brew inside or in the great outdoors. Farley collaborates with local non-profits to donate proceeds each month. A great local feel in this neighborhood coffee shop.

Which is your favorite coffee shop? Where do you dig in and get a little work done, or just grab a cup and go? Have a favorite brew method? Remember you don't have to drink coffee exclusively...enjoy the baked goods, tea and other offerings at our vibrant Oakland Coffee destinations!

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THE SCOOP! East Bay Living Pick's by Patty Rogers

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Tending toward dining out, I like to make sure I find restaurants that serve whole foods, using organic non-GMO ingredients with produce from local farmers and who source their meat and fish. Gather Restaurant in Berkeley does all of that and more.

Our values run deep. In daily conversation with our farmers and ranchers, we utilize rare heirloom varietals and foraged ingredients to create dishes that are as intriguing and satisfying to carnivores as they are to vegans and those with dietary restrictions. The whole animals we source are butchered in house and like our eggs and dairy sources, come from local, sustainable ranches focused on heritage breeds.
— Gather Restaurant

Expect small plates, salads, main dishes, delectable pizzas and creative deserts like Halvah Sundae with pistachio & rosewater ice creams, orange caramel & cherries. Serving Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week and weekend brunch, experience Executive Chef Anthony Lee's changing micro-seasonal menus and specials.

GATHER | 510.809.0400
2200 Oxford Street @ Allston
Berkeley, CA 94704
 (Google Map)

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 at Abio Properties, has been previewing and matching stylish homes to satisfied Bay Area homebuyers and breaking sales records with her listings. She is known for finding and selling unique homes with a "Modicum of Charm" and is a shrewd negotiator who understands how to successfully orchestrate deals.


THE SCOOP! AWESOME EAST BAY RESTAURANTS

The East Bay is known for it's foodie scene. Alice Waters' flagship restaurant, Chez Panisse was established in Berkeley in 1971, paving the way for the many chef driven restaurants that have made their home in East Bay communities delighting us with fantastic cuisine and eclectic dining choices. 

Whether California or International Cuisine of every kind, experience dining at these fabulous, delicious locales in Oakland, Albany, Rockridge, Temescal and Piedmont:

PHO Ao Sen

Pho is a rich broth that is served with herbs, veggies, meats and condiments. This locale draws crowds, so plan to wait a bit and check out the market that is next door or visit during the week for lighter crowds.

2 Locations:

  • 1139 E 12th St., Oakland, CA 94606 510-835-5588; Mon-Sun 9am-8pm. Closed Wednesday
  • 655 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA 94706 510-679-5000 Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat/Sun 10am-9pm, Closed Wednesday

Cosecha

Chez Panisse Alumni, Dominica Cisneros-Rice owner of Cosecha serves up Mexican and California Cuisine in a communical setting. Think traditional entrees like braised pork in chile guajillo. Located in the historic Swan's Market in Old Oakland, dine on fresh hand made tortillas, tacos, salads and soups! 

Location:

  • 907 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607 510-452-5900 Website

Duende

Chef Driven by Paul Canales, former Oliveto Chef has opened the Modern Spanish and Basque, Duende in Uptown Oakland. Using local ingredients and sources, dine on Paellas, Tapas, pintxos small dishes. Located across from the Fox Theater, they offer an extensive sherry list and Spanish-based wines. Perfect for pre-show dinner and drinks.

Location:

  • 468 19th St., Oakland, CA 94612 510-893-0174 Website

Here's a short list of a few more favorites:

Geta Sushi - Piedmont - Itsy bitsy sushi bar, reasonably priced. Take out best during busy times. 165 41st St., Oakland 510-653-4643 Website

Dopo - Piedmont - Sicilian cusine and Italian wine. Lasaigna, antipasti, changing menu! 4293 Piedmont Ave., Oakland 510-652-3676 Website

Pizzaiolo - Temescal - Wood-fired pizza, pastas, braised pork. Breakfast. 5008 Telegraph Ave., Oakland 510-652-4888 Website

A Cote - Rockridge - Romantic with a garden patio, mediterranean influenced mussels, pomme frites and flatbreads. 5478 College Ave., Oakland 510-655-6469. Website

Connect with us to learn about our favorite East Bay restaurants and cafe's for rich culinary options to indulge even the most serious foodie lifestyle.

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 at Abio Properties, has been previewing and matching stylish homes to satisfied Bay Area homebuyers and breaking sales records with her listings. She is known for finding and selling unique homes with a "Modicum of Charm" and is a shrewd negotiator who understands how to successfully orchestrate deals.

Oakland and Berkeley Walking Neighborhoods

Head for the Flats: East Bay Home Buyers Want To Walk

Remember when homes in the Berkeley and Oakland hills commanded premium prices and multiple offers because of their quiet suburban appeal and spectacular Bay and City views? Well, a new era of buyers have been flipping that East Bay home sales trend on its head. Now the flats are where it’s at, in part, because they are so walkable.

Hot neighborhoods include Bushrod, Temescal and Rockridge – all easy walks to BART stations, bus stops, schools and booming commercial districts with farm-to-table dining, bookstores, craft brew pubs, funky and upscale shops, gourmet markets and children’s stores.

Younger people moving from The City want a more urban feel and amenities without the parking headaches. Retired baby boomers don’t want to drive and have time to enjoy urban amenities. Easy access to the arts and theater in downtown Berkeley is a big draw.

Nationally, more than half of millennials and 46 percent of boomers prefer walkable communities, according to a survey by the American Planning Association.

Cafes and shops along College Avenue are within easy walking distance for Rockridge residents.

Where else is it hot to be flat?

Bushrod: This north Oakland neighborhood was named the country’s hottest housing market by Redfin in January because of peak buyer interest. Bushrod’s charm includes its namesake park and easy access to Ashby and MacArthur BART stations.

Northbrae: North Berkeley’s most BARTable neighborhood sits between Berkeley’s famous “Gourmet Ghetto” and the Solano Avenue shops. But with Monterey Market and Gioa Pizza, residents don’t even have to go that far.

Berkeley’s “Gourmet Ghetto” is just steps away. If only you could walk into Chez Panise without reservations …

Temescal: One of Oakland’s oldest neighborhoods, Temescal is centered on Telegraph Avenue. Oakland’s vibrant neighborhood draws hipsters and young families to its inspiring restaurants, nearby shops, cafes and popular Farmers’ Market.

Rockridge: Walk to BART, trendy restaurants and retail. The area’s popularity isn’t new, but has reached new heights. In April, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that “Rockridge Dump Receives 19 Offers, Sells for Quarter-Million Over Asking.”

San Pablo Park: This changing part of southwest Berkeley is attracting more families, artists and musicians. The amenities include Berkeley Bowl and dynamic restaurants on San Pablo Avenue. The playing fields, playground, tennis courts and community center draw neighbors to the park for all kinds of activities. And, of course, there’s Eugene Tssui’s Fish House, described by Berkeleyside as the “least-expected and probably the most-photographed architectural design in Berkeley.”

El Cerrito: More families are considering this part of Contra Costa County for the conveniences, including El Cerrito shopping plaza, a BART station, the Ohlone Greenway, restaurants and a revitalized portion of San Pablo Avenue.

Westbrae: The Berkeley neighborhood has easy access to Gilman Street for shopping and dining (the highly acclaimed Lalime’s and Westbrae Biergarten are here). It’s home to strollers and coffee seekers in the mornings and craft beer aficionados in the afternoons. Westbrae also boasts a beautiful community garden and the Ohlone Greenway.

If you live in the flats and are considering selling, now is the obviously time for East Bay home sales. Redfin studied how much walkability is worth when buying or selling a home and found that one Walk Score point can increase the price of a home by an average of $3,250 or 0.9 percent.

That holds true elsewhere in East Bay home sales, even though walkability is harder to come by on the other side of the Caldecott Tunnel. Expect to sell at a higher price per square foot in foot-friendly neighborhoods in Lafayette (the Trail area and parts of Happy Valley),  Walnut Creek (Saranap and Parkmead) and Danville (Westside).

Excerpts and Images for this post courtesy of Abio Properties Blog.

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers of Abio Properties has been previewing and matching stylish homes to satisfied Bay Area homebuyers and breaking sales records with her listings. She is known for finding and selling unique homes with a "Modicum of Charm" and is a shrewd negotiator who understands how to successfully orchestrate deals.


East Bay Arts for July/August 2017!

Here's the scoop! The East Bay is alive with culture, arts and dining for our exclusive entertainment. Summer is a great time to catch some musical theater, attend an event and support a cause. Here are a few exciting things to do in the East Bay this July and August. Get your tickets now!

MAMMA MIA! July 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16 at 8PM.

In it's 51st season, Woodminster Summer musicals are performed outdoors in the historic Woodminster Amphiteheater in Oakland's gorgeous Joaquin Miller Park. The huge cast and live orchestra will bring to life the amusting story based on the songs of ABBA, about young woman who before her own wedding, wants to discover the identity of her father. Get there early to picnic, walk a few trails and take in the views of the bay and cities below. Tickets

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Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing! July 12 - August 13, 10AM-6PM

An iconic 20th Century Photographer who is well known and loved, Dorothea Lang is an American photographer whose outstanding, intimate photographs documented American life, exposing major issues. Having gifted her personal archive 50 years ago to the Oakland Museum of Art, this Anniversary exhibit is a must see for it's emotional and political impact in this major exhibition. Museum Info. $4 extra fee for this special exhibition in addition to regular Museum admission. ($0-$16)

Berkeley Poetry Slam - Wednesdays at 8PM

Join the poetry slam and enjoy a special guest poet or take a chance at the open sign ups, at the Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave in Berkeley. Hosted by Sam Sac, Tim Henderson, Sevan, Dre and led by Jaz Sufi with music by DJ Freeze or Three Blind Mice Improv Jazz band. $7 510-841-0188

While you are visiting the Starry Plough note that on Sunday evenings at 8PM (no cover), they present traditional Irish music session (Players and vocalists welcome). On Monday evenings enjoy Irish Dancing and Ceili, hosted by John Slaymaker with dance lessons at 7pm and music and dancing at 9pm. $5

POP-UP Dining - East Bay

Tacos Oscar has some of the most delicious tortillas known to man. Find them every other Monday from 5-11PM at Starline Social club. Always serving tacos, and occasionally quesadillas, the menu changes.

Sushi Go Go. Head over to 1716 Webster St in Alameda dine on sushi, poke, sashimi, and donburi for half the price of table dining. It is located in a gas station. They deliver...because people swarm while waiting for their orders. Reportedly their platters offer a price savings.

Wooty Que (Caterer) - serves up slow cooked grilled meats.  Sample offerings like Black Tea Duck, Teleme Cheese Stuffed Lamb Sausages, Pulled Pork, Coffee Rubbed Brisket and Mac n Cheese with smoked mozzarella and cheddar. Check them out on Facebook. Find them at Lounge 3411, 3411 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland.

Take advantage of the fun and entertainment in the East Bay this summer.

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers has been previewing and matching stylish homes to satisfied Bay area homebuyers and breaking sales records with her listings. She is known for finding and selling unique homes with a "Modicum of Charm" and is a shrewd negotiator who understands how to successfully orchestrate deals.