October 31, 2012

San Francisco: Altered Barbie exhibit

 
San Francisco

Altered Barbie Exhibit   At Shotwell 50, 50 Shotwell St./14th St., (415) 240-2202.  Free, but donations welcome, including donations of used and new Barbies and Kens.  Don’t miss this 10th annual exhibition of clever Barbie art, contributed to by artists who like to have fun.  Special events include a make your own altered Barbie workshop.  Runs through November 18, 2012; W-Sat 1-8,  Sun 1-5.


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"Barbituate Barbie" by Brian Adams; image courtesy of Altered Barbie

October 29, 2012

Berkeley: Athineon--CLOSED


80 North

Athineon  CLOSED  1941 University Ave./Martin Luther King Jr Way, (510) 705-8500.  L M-F, D Tu-Sat; $.  Takes reservations.  Prices are low and portions are large at this cozy Greek spot, which I prefer for takeout.  Try the cheesy-spinach spanakopita, mousaka, a meatless Greek salad, lamb gyro sandwich roll in a warm pita (upon request they add tzaziki, red onions, tomatoes, and jalapeƱos).  Mythos beer and non-alcoholic carbonated ouzo soda are available. 


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image ©2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

October 26, 2012

AlbanyL Casa Oaxaca


80 North

Casa Oaxaca  1286 Solano Ave., in Albany, (510) 524-0551.  Daily 10-6.  Filled to overflowing with colorful craft items from Mexico, this shop is an exciting browse.  Don’t miss the large rack of embroidered cotton tops or the wall masks sporting real goat teeth!  And, of course, right now there is a good selection of Day of the Dead items.


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October 24, 2012

Berkeley: Ethnic Arts--CLOSED


80 North

Ethnic Arts  CLOSED  1314 10th St., in Gilman Center, (510) 527-5270.  M-Sat 11-6, Sun 12-5.  Displaying an extensive collection of crafts and artifacts from around the world, this shop feels almost like a museum.  It’s the perfect place to pick up a painted tin heart from Mexico, a chic short kimono coat from Japan, or a woven Embera Indian mask from Panama.  Right now a sale is in progress as the shop prepares to move to San Pablo Avenue.



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photo credit:  Ethnic Arts website

October 5, 2012

San Francisco: Quince



San Francisco

Quince  470 Pacific Ave./Sansome St., (415) 775-8500. D daily; $$$+. Reservations advised. Valet parking. Known for impeccable technique and fresh local ingredients, this sophisticated venue can be difficult to spot—it has no street number or name sign. The menu changes daily but might include sea scallops with squash blossoms and sea urchin sauce, a fig and mesculun salad, tortelli stuffed with artichoke and burrata, or crisped halibut with eggplant puree and tiny green chickpeas—punctuated with an amuse and sweet tray. Expect foam toppings and tiny portions of esoteric items—squid, octopus, eel, suckling pig—and delivery by a choreographed line of waiters.


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image ©2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

October 1, 2012

Auburn: M and Company


Highway 49--Gold Rush Country

M and Company  180 Sacramento St., in Historic Old Town, (530) 878-5115.  Daily 10-5.  Gifts and home decoration are purveyed in one huge open room in an atmospheric vintage brick building. 


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image ©2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers
updated Feb. 2, 2015