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This week on NOSH: Wood-fired pizza, news, egg nog cake

Melissa and Peter Swanson’s neighborhood pizzeria in Kensington has quickly acquired a loyal clientèle. Photo: Fer Fernandez

Benchmark: Wood-fired pizza comes to Kensington Formerly of Oliveto and Dopo, as well as Chez Panisse, a husband and wife team’s new restaurant brings wood-fired pizzas to Kensington.

12 drinks a drinking: Reasons to rejoice at FIVE Ms Barstool treated herself to an early holiday gift by sampling from the Twelve Cocktails of Christmas featured during December at Berkeley’s FIVE Bistro & Bar. Now it’s your turn.

New: Miss Ollie’s

Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening New Caribbean joint Miss Ollie’s opens in Oakland, new restaurant Assemble going into BoilerHouse space in Richmond, and Paul Canales about to open Duende. This, and much more food news, in Bites.

Contest: Name that nosh At the time of writing, nobody had yet correctly identified the delicious looking dessert, and which restaurant makes it, pictured in our contest!

Egg nog cake: click for recipe

A sweet slice of egg nog Why just drink egg nog when you can eat it too? Moriah VanVleet shares her recipe for a spicy, sweet cake rich with the tastes of the season.

UC Berkeley’s Edible Education: Stories, revelations Last week saw the end of the 15-week Edible Education class at UC Berkeley orchestrated by Michael Pollan. Anna Mindess found the storytelling focus to be the most powerful ingredient in the mix.

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