March 13, 2015

Berkeley: A Dora Pie (CLOSED) + annual Pi Day celebration in Bay Area; restaurant review + things to do

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A Dora Pie  CLOSED  1966 University Ave./Milvia St., downtown, (510) 705-8800.  M-Sat 11am-7pm.  Slice $7, whole pie $35, giant cookie $3. 

It’s all about the pies here, though a few giant cookies are also available.  Named for owner-chef Christopher Blue’s wife's grandmother Dora, who loved to bake, the shop is colored an old-time lime green and displays collections of vintage rolling pins and flour sifters on the walls.  Tables are topped with reclaimed wood from an 1822 railroad tunnel, and an outdoor patio in a rose garden out back is inviting in good weather.  Pies and cookies line the counters of the visible exhibition kitchen.

The inventory changes, but among the housemade pie possibilities are apple, lemon meringue, pecan, pumpkin, and banana cream.  Madagascar chocolate was my choice, and I did indeed delight in its creamy milk-chocolateness, which I favor over dark chocolate.

The sour-cream crust can be tough to cut with a plastic fork but I quickly decided to pick it up with my hands and eat it pizza-style.  Portions are generous, and ingredients are top-notch.  Savory pies are coming soon.  We took home a delicious chocolate chip cookie that was really a chocolate slab cookie and also a very good oatmeal cookie to enjoy after dinner.  Drinks are a simple choice of coffee, milk, or water.

Next door at Chocolatier Blue, Chef Blue dispenses handcrafted chocolates.  More . . .

And since tomorrow, March 14, is the annual Pi Day, you might want to celebrate by eating some pie.  In fact, maybe you'll want to eat several slices because this year on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m. the date and time reflect the first ten numbers of the mathematical constant known as pi.  This happens only once per century.  Pizza is also an option.  Special celebrations are happening at the Exploratorium in San Francisco and at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. 

My Mom's Apple Pie recipe to make at home.

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images ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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