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Bites: What’s new in East Bay food, XXXIX

Owner and executive chef Nelson German at the A La Mar restaurant space which he plans to open in early 2014. Photo: A La Mar
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Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 2.22.09 PMALAMAR KITCHEN & BAR alaMar, which will focus on “sustainable seafood dishes designed to be shared and eaten by hand,” is set to open in Uptown Oakland early in 2014. Owner and executive chef Nelson German, an alum of Supperclub San Francisco who most recently worked in New York, said he has been inspired by his travels to the Mediterranean where he savored “the sheer simplicity of seafood served with a flavorful sauce and a slice of perfectly grilled bread.” The menu at alaMar (which means “to the sea” in Spanish) is likely to include dishes such as Local Dungeness Crab with Ginger Scallion Butter and Lemon Thyme in the winter, and Crawfish with Meyer Lemon Romesco Sauce in the summer. Desserts could be one-biters such as Mini Guinness Fried Ice Cream “Dibs”. For lunch, think rustic artisanal sandwiches like Salt and Pepper Squid Panini and there might be Grilled Cheese Benedict for brunch. Carrie Shores of Larson Shores Architecture is working on an industrial-style decor in homage to Oakland’s status as a port city. alaMar will be at 100 Grand Avenue. Follow its progress on the alaMar Facebook page. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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PHILZ COFFEE Philz Coffee is set to open a second Berkeley shop (its first is at 1600 Shattuck Ave. at Cedar) in the Gilman District Project at 9th and Gilman in West Berkeley that will also house Whole Foods and Office Depot. Matt Holmes from Retail West, who is working with the developers of the project, said they could have chosen any major coffee chain but decided to select “a more artisan and community minded tenant like Philz Coffee.” Philz, which has 14 Bay Area locations, is expanding following a multi-million dollar investment announced earlier this year. More businesses look likely to move in to the Gilman District Project. According to Holmes, they are still looking for a “unique chef-driven fast casual concept” for a 3,100 square foot space in the building, which used to be a bread factory. The new Philz Coffee will be at 1313 9th Street, Suite 110, near Gilman.  … Continue reading »

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North Berkeley merchants want parklets for the people

A parklet in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood. Photo: San Francisco Pavement to Parks
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Businesses in the Gourmet Ghetto are keen to jump on the parklet bandwagon — bringing outdoor seating to the streets for espresso sippers, pizza eaters, and world watchers in lieu of parking spots — but must first wait for the city to come up with a process for making the spaces available.

So-called parklets — slivers of open space sprouting in cities around the globe — are a big trend in urban design, with San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks leading the way locally, and Oakland following suit (a pilot program is under review there.) Berkeley is a little late to the take-back-the-public-space movement but eager to come up with its own ideas to beautify public areas where community members can congregate. Leading the charge is the North Shattuck Association, which is helping businesses in its café- and restaurant-heavy district organize around the concept.

“The parklets pilot project was conceived by the association based on our experience with hosting temporary parklets during past years on Park(ing) Day and the Spice of Life Festival,” said Heather Hensley, executive director of the association.

Park(ing) Day is an international movement conceived to help city residents around the world reimagine the humble parking space. One day each fall, D.I.Y., creative urbanistas are encouraged to transform parking spots into parks, playgrounds, pop-up cafés — anything other than a lowly (though coveted) place for cars. Park(ing) Day parklets have sprouted in Berkeley in past years in front of the Cheese Board Collective and the late Amanda’s Feel Good Fresh Food. … Continue reading »

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Cool Berkeley coffee joints to get your caffeine on

Guerilla Cafe. Photo by Christine Tang/Refinery29
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As home to the first Peet’s, opened in 1966, Berkeley has always been a coffee lovers’ town. Espresso, Americano, soy lattes — you can find almost any variation on brewed coffee in almost any neighborhood in Berkeley.

Some call the recent resurgence in coffee connoisseurship the Third Wave of coffee. First came Peet’s. Then came Starbucks. And now there are a host of independent coffee roasters – Blue Bottle, Four Barrel, Ritual, Ecco, Sightglass, and Barefoot among them.

Refinery29, an online fashion and lifestyle magazine, recently ran a feature titled “13 Cool East Bay Coffee Joints To Get Your Caffeine On,” detailing some of the great coffee shops in the region. Four were from Berkeley.

Here’s an excerpt from Angela Tafayo’s piece:

Guerilla Café

Guerilla Café is an earthy café nestled in the heart of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. Pouring Blue Bottle coffee and boasting a wide range of preparations (from European to Latin American), this spot oozes the worldly vibe that coffee enthusiasts crave. Its noms are nothing to sneeze at either — fresh, healthy ingredients, and a clear view of the kitchen means great food in a warm and cozy environment, marked by a stunning bright-blue mural.

Guerilla Café, 1620 Shattuck Avenue (between Lincoln and Cedar streets), Berkeley; 510-845-2233.Continue reading »

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Let roast rage begin: Philz Coffee opens in Berkeley

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SFoodie is predicting swords drawn at dawn — or at least fierce espresso pulling competitions — with the opening of Philz Coffee in north Berkeley yesterday (pictured above).

The store — its seventh — takes over the Cafe de la Paz space at 1600 Shattuck at Cedar and is within a few feet of Guerilla Coffee (which serves Blue Bottle), and not a million miles away from the original Peet’s.

Co-owner Jacob Jaber said Philz was … Continue reading »

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