Catch up on all of this week's food news, like Hoi Polloi's expansion and Genova Delicatessen's uncertain future, in this week's Bites. Plus, get the deets on Super Bowl and Valentine's Day specials!
Downtown Berkeley will host a new bar crawl called CupidCon on Saturday afternoon for Valentine's Day.
Two new East Bay breweries are getting closer to opening, while B-Side BBQ and Café Rustica are calling it a day.
We’ve done the hard work for you and picked out our best bets for SF Beer Week events in the East Bay, including three Pliny the Younger sightings and an array of events for Valentine's Day.
Philip Gelb, a chef and musician, hosts a monthly series that pairs a four-course meal with a recital featuring singular musicians.
Kelly Ross and Alyssa Journey were married in downtown Berkeley on Friday Feb. 14, but it was fluke that it happened at all. The couple, from Little Rock, Ark., was traveling to New York with plans to get married when their flight was cancelled. They rerouted to San Francisco and happened to see on Facebook that Berkeley was holding a mass wedding on Valentine’s Day. They decided to head here to tie the knot.
Forget a mere box of chocolates or a bouquet of red roses or a pretty pink heart. The Downtown Berkeley Association has much bigger plans for Valentine’s Day.
It’s not just us humans who get romantic around Valentine’s Day. Have you heard of newt love? UC Botanical Garden director and zoologist Paul Licht is intimately familiar with the mating habits of the two newt species – Taricha torosa (California newt) and Taricha granulosa (rough-skin newt) – that become amorous at this time of year. And it’s quite a sight (watch video, above).
By Elisabeth Woody
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, a dozen rose cupcakes are perhaps as good a gift as the traditional flowers they emulate. Moriah VanVleet has the recipe.
Update: 4:58 pm: Ta da! We have a winner! Alan Aki correctly guessed four of the photos above at 10:42 am this morning. He will be the lucky recipient of a box of bon-bon chocolates from Casa Des Chocolates. Congratulations Alan.