Daily Archives: December 24, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 12.24.12

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Nosh Talk: Fabrizio Cercatore, Owner, Hot Italian

Fabrizio Headshot
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What is always in your refrigerator?
Tomatoes, garlic, onion, basil, Parmigiano reggiano and Prosecco.

What do you cook up for a late night snack?
Spaghetti with extra virgin olive oil and Parmigiano reggiano.

Where/what do you eat on your day off?
When I am in Berkeley, I love to go to Riva Cucina.

Do you have a secret ‘junk food’ vice?
I am more of a vice guy than junk, but I love Nutella!

Any food you can’t stand?
I can’t stand bad pizza.

What is your fantasy ‘last meal?’
My mom’s squash ravioli!

What ingredient is overused and needs to be retired?
I think it is chicken. … Continue reading »

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Podcast: The Three Michaels in conversation

Michael Chabon, Michael Pollan, and Michael Lewis appeared at a Berkeleyside event in December 2012.
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Two weeks ago, 600 Berkeleyside readers were treated to 90 minutes of conversation with The Three Michaels: Michael Chabon, Michael Lewis and Michael Pollan, moderated by Sedge Thomson. As a special holiday treat, here’s a podcast of the evening. To listen, either click on the link or right-click to save to your computer, tablet or phone. You can subscribe to Berkeleyside podcasts using our feed.

Among the highlights of the conversation:

  • How Pollan’s car crashed into Lewis’ studio
  • The professionals’ approach to Star Market’s annual pumpkin carving contest
  • The truth and fiction of Berkeley stereotypes
  • Balancing writing and family
  • The difference between Berkeley’s and “Republican” softball teams
  • How web browsing can lead you from spark plugs to the Partridge Family … Continue reading »
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Professor Shlomo Bentin’s death deemed an accident

Shlomo Bentin, an Israeli cognitive neuroscientist, who died in a bicycle accident on July 13. Photo: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Update 12.26.12:

New details released by Berkeley police indicated the dump truck did not collide with Bentin.

Despite the fact that Israeli Professor Shlomo Bentin was hit and killed by a dump truck while riding his bicycle, no criminal charges will be filed against the driver, according to Berkeley police.

“Our officers finished their thorough investigation of the incident and they took their packet over and discussed it with the D.A.’s office,” said Officer Jennifer Coats, the public information officer for the Berkeley Police Department. “It was determined there was not sufficient evidence to seek criminal charges.”

Bentin, 65, was killed July 13 as he was riding his bicycle and collided with a dump truck on Bancroft Way west of Fulton Street. The dump truck driver, who was not identified since no criminal charges were filed, did not immediately realize he had struck Bentin. He drove off, but later returned to the accident scene and fully cooperated with police. … Continue reading »

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Firefighters, volunteers fill 800 grocery bags for seniors

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Berkeley Fire Station #2 on Berkeley Way was filled with an unusual sight on Saturday morning: a sea of grocery bags. Firefighters and dozens of volunteers filled the bags with chickens, fresh fruit and vegetables, and canned food, for delivery to Berkeley seniors.

The annual event is organized by Berkeley Firefighters Random Acts (BRFA), Berkeley Firefighters Association, the Berkeley Fire Department, San Francisco Fire Credit Union, Berkeley and West Berkeley Lions Clubs, and the City of Berkeley. Donations came from Grocery Outlet, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Monterey Market, Berkeley Bowl, Ashby Plumbing & Heating Supply and private citizens. … Continue reading »

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