Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lake Tahoe: South Lake Tahoe, Blue Angel Cafe

Blue Angel Cafe 1132 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, (530) 544-6544; L-D daily; $$. Charming, warming, and welcoming, this one-room pub-style cafe with a cozy fireplace serves up delicious, eclectic world fare. Though the menu changes regularly, popular items have included sweet potato fries with chipotle aioli, a superb Moroccan lamb shank with sweet potato mash and mango chutney sauce, steak salad, and housemade blackberry pie. Vegan and vegetarian options are always available. A local Blue Angel Pale Ale is the perfect accompaniment. And, should you have a chance to chat with him, chef Jens Dressler--who brines his own chicken and blends his own curry powder--is a delight.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

880 South: Oakland, Burma SuperStar

Burma SuperStar 4721 Telegraph Ave./47th St., in Temescal, (510) 652-2900; L-D daily; $$. No reservations. Though the outside is so nondescript it lacks a sign, the interior here is in shades of industrial grey and black and the hard surfaces make for a noisy backdrop to dining. Best menu choices include paratha bread with chicken curry dipping sauce, Samusa soup, fermented tea leaf salad, rainbow salad with 22 ingredients, a variety of curries (try ginger-pumpkin curry), spicy noodles, garlic noodles with duck, coconut rice, and a coconutty black rice pudding dessert. For more description, see page 324.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Lake Tahoe: South Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Cove, Nevada, Zephyr Cove Snowmobile Center

Zephyr Cove Snowmobile Center 760 Hwy. 50, Zephyr Cove, NV, (866) 761-6240; 2-hr. trip, $119-$129/single, $159-$169/double; clothing rental $5-$15; packages available. Must be age 5+. Reservations advised. This is the largest snowmobile tour center in the United States. It has a fleet of more than 100 single and double Ski-Doo snowmobiles. Rates include open-face helmet, transportation to the mountain, snowmobile, and guide. A lake view tour and full moon tour are scheduled regularly and include a stop for “the best hot chocolate above 7,500 feet.”

Thursday, February 18, 2010

80 North: Berkeley, Sunny Side Café

Sunny Side Café 2136 Oxford St./Center St., downtown, (510) 845-9900; B-L daily; $. No reservations. Breakfast is served all day and is the meal to aim for here. Extensive options include three-egg omelets, two-egg scrambles, and several Benedicts. Study the menu as you wait in line to order. Decisions you’ll need to make include type of toast and whether you want homefries, garlic-roasted tomatoes, or vegetarian black beans on the side. Noteworthy items include housemade pork sausage patties, the Alameda French toast sandwich, and the changing weekend tasting menu for two that includes the pancake special, French toast, eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, and a Mimosa or large fresh-squeezed orange juice. Panini breakfast sandwiches are a popular to-go item. For lunch, salads, burgers, and sandwiches--the NotYour Ordinary Sesame Chicken Salad is particularly good--are also offered. The compact, sunny, chick-yellow interior here is two-stories-tall. A counter and several booths downstairs feature views of the sidewalk traffic and campus across the street; more tables are in an upstairs loft. Since this spot IS in Berkeley, it's not surprising that the kitchen uses mostly organic ingredients and recycles or composts packaging materials and food scraps.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

101 North: Healdsburg, A Divine Affair--CLOSED

A Divine Affair  CLOSED  330 Healdsburg Ave., (707) 433-1035. D Thur-Sun; $$. This divine little spot is tucked into a narrow brick-walled space in a century-old building. A long bench runs along the wall, and a particularly romantic table is tucked into a front window seat fluffed with comfy pillows. The menu features fresh local cuisine and is celebrated for its Ukranian-style borscht, French onion soup, panini, and handcrafted cheeses. Squash risotto with wild mushrooms, kale, and prawns plus a side of candied baby carrots was a particularly delish winter dish.

image c2009 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

80 North: Berkeley, Trumer Brauerei

The San Francisco Beer Week closing party will be held on Valentine's Day at Trumer Brauerei. It includes sampling brews from 30 local breweries, a BBQ dinner, music, Trumer Tours every 15 minutes, and free shuttles from the downtown Berkeley BART.
When: Sunday, February 14, 2009; 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50 pre-party; free Designated Driver tickets; proceeds support The California Small Brewers Association

Trumer Brauerei 1404 4th St., Berkeley, (510)526-1160;

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

80 North: Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science


The Hall's current special exhibit--RACE: Are We So Different?--combines interactive components and experiential scenarios along with photographs and artifacts to fully engage visitors in the subject and how it relates to them, personally. Runs through May 2, 2010.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Miscellaneous Adventures: Reno Fun Train


It's time to make reservations for this annual rolling party. The train will operate on February 19 and 26, and on March 5, 12, and 19, departing on Friday and returning on Sunday.
(800) 783-0783;

"Fun Rick" image copyright 2010 Carole Terwilliger Meyers