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‘Paleo diet’ restaurant to open in North Berkeley

Bobby Chang, Yrmis Barroeta, Karl Nielsen
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About five years ago, Yrmis Barroeta learned she had two auto-immune disorders. Her husband, Bobby Chang, was having some digestive issues. Meanwhile, his daughter’s energy would often crash before lunch.

“It’s not that we were sick, but we were not functioning right,” said Barroeta. “A friend of ours told us we have to read Robb Wolfe’s ‘The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet,’ and that opened up a whole world of exploration for us.”

It was no small thing, given that Chang is of Taiwanese descent and, to him, giving up rice was unthinkable. Growing up in Venezuela, Barroeta had long ago learned she was allergic to legumes.  Yet, within two weeks of eating the Paleo way, in which grains, gluten and soy are avoided, they were feeling better.

That world of exploration led the two former design-world refugees — they both realized they wanted to do something more meaningful with their lives — to launch Mission: Heirloom Garden Café, a business they hope will become a new fixture in North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto when it opens in September. The name implies that it’s something worth passing down to future generations. And, while you are welcome to consider it a Paleo eatery, Barroeta says it’s much more than that. … Continue reading »

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Morell’s Bread plans to open a bakery in Berkeley

Eduardo Morell mans the oven at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin. Photos: Eric Smith
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Eduardo Morell says he’s “bringing everything home.” The baker, who lives in Berkeley but currently makes his bread working two days a week with a wood-fired oven at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, is planning to open his own bakery just six blocks from his home in West Berkeley.

The move will give fans of Morell’s artisan loaves — currently available at Berkeley’s two farmers markets — the satisfaction of buying a truly ‘locavore’ product, while allowing Morrell a healthier lifestyle. He says he currently sleeps only two hours a night after his long baking days in Marin.

The bakery will be housed in Berkeley Kitchens, an emerging commercial kitchen space in an historic brick building on the corner of Carleton and Eighth streets and — all things going to plan — should be open at the beginning of October. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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COFFEE NO MORE  Tully’s, which has operated at the corner of Shattuck and Center Streets for 11 years, shut its doors abruptly on Sunday. Brown paper covers the windows and a sign asks patrons to visit at their San Francisco or Pleasanton stores. The Seattle-based chain has also been in financial straits for several years, according to media reports, and the Berkeley store isn’t the only closure. As part of a restructuring, stores have been shuttered  across the country.

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