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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Clothing and books added to Crop Swap
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LOCAL BREWS Peet’s Coffee & Tea has introduced two very Berkeley-centric blends: Café Solano and Café Domingo, in honor of two of their Berkeley stores on Domingo Avenue and Solano Avenue. Café Domingo is described as a smooth, balanced and medium-bodied Latin American blend “with hints of toffee sweetness and a clean, crisp finish”. While Café Solano is “a lively and aromatic medium roast coffee. Perfectly rounded with floral notes and a subtle fruit essence”. Peet’s was, of course, founded in Berkeley in 1966, and is about to open its 9th store in the city on the corner of College Avenue and Alcatraz.

MIX IT UP Amanda West, owner of the shuttered Amanda’s Feel Good Fresh Food, is making a low-key comeback with the launch of a new collection of drinks, known as Amanda’s Freshly Made Sodas. As one would expect from someone who espouses the concept of healthy food, the mixes contain fresh fruit and no sugar. They are currently stocked  in the refrigerator case of Almare Gelato at 2170 Shattuck Avenue. More distribution channels are on the cards.  [Hat-tip: Elizabeth Jordan]

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Farm-to-fork tours spotlight local green businesses

Restaurant chefs at Five, Gather, and Revival will talk slow money and sustainable food at an upcoming green tour.
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Three years ago, Marissa LaMagna started Bay Area Green Tours, a nonprofit, shoestring operation now headquartered in the David Brower Center (and largely staffed by eager, eco-conscious, unpaid interns) because she wanted to showcase the best sustainable farms and food, buildings and businesses, energy practices and employment opportunities in Berkeley and beyond.

The green tour business with a biodiesel bus takes people from near and far to see for themselves and hear the stories behind successful sustainable enterprises … Continue reading »

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How did Berkeley do on those 2010 resolutions?

People's Park: there has been no progress this year on xxx. Photo: djwudi/Flickr creative commons.
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A year ago, we suggested 10 resolutions for 2010 for Berkeley (we’ll have our 2011 resolutions tomorrow). How did our city do?

We went back to look at those 10 resolutions and scored them 0 for no movement (or backward movement), a ½ point for some improvement and a full 1 point for true progress. We have to say that, even with the most generous grading possible, we can only give ourselves a score of four out of 10.

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Local business

Amanda’s to close at end of month

Amanda West
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Amanda’s Feel Good Fresh Food, one of the symbols of new life and dynamism in Downtown Berkeley, is to close on December 31. Amanda’s opened two-and-a-half years ago at 2122 Shattuck and won praise for bringing a healthy approach to fast food. Earlier this year, Amanda West, the eponymous founder, was named woman entrepreneur of the year for her achievements. Last month, the design of the restaurant won a local design award.

But the acclaim seems to … Continue reading »

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Food takes to the streets, literally, on PARKing Day

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Today, some choice parking spots around Berkeley were commandeered and given over to less auto-oriented pursuits: sitting, eating, lounging and drinking being the main ones.

At the Cheese Board Pizza Collective in the Gourmet Ghetto two parking spaces sported several chairs, an umbrella and a few large yucca plants on a bed of bright green astro-turf. And downtown, outside Amanda’s Feel Good Fresh Food restaurant, people were enjoying lunch and afternoon drinks on Shattuck Avenue — literally — although … Continue reading »

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Berkeley restaurateur is woman entrepreneur of 2010

Amanda West opened Amanda's Fresh two years ago to serve healthy fast food.
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Amanda West arrived in Berkeley just two years ago, but already she has become firmly embedded in the fabric of the city. And her achievements and positive impact have just been recognized with the designation “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in Berkeley”, awarded by the Bay Area nonprofit Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment.

West opened Amanda’s Feel Good Fresh Food at 2122 Shattuck in the summer of 2008. The restaurant is devoted to making fast food as healthy as … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Bites: Daphne Miller

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Each Friday in this space food writer Sarah Henry asks a well-known, up-and-coming, or under-the-radar food aficionado about their favorite tastes in town, preferred food purveyors and other local culinary gems worth sharing.

Daphne Miller, 44, is a family physician in private practice in San Francisco and the author of the sleeper success The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets From Around The World — Why They Work and How to Make Them Work For You, for which … Continue reading »

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