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top ten » 1 Wake up right Learn the art of coffee at Blue Bottle’s Jack London roastery, which hosts “cuppings,” espresso trainings, and classes. Oakland, 653- 3394, bluebottlecoffee.com. 2 Farm fresh Experience the Bay Area’s famed produce firsthand at farmers markets in downtown Berkeley (Saturday), Grand Lake (Saturday), or Temescal (Sunday). 3 Counter-culture slice It doesn’t get more Berkeley than listening to live jazz while in line for a veggie pizza at worker-owned Cheese Board. 549-3183, cheeseboardcollective.coop. 4 Comfort food finds Get your fried chicken fix at Picán (with truffled honey) or Brown Sugar Kitchen (with waffles). 834-1000, pican restaurant.com; 839-7685, brownsugarkitchen.com. 5 Eat local Browse the best of the Bay’s top local artisan food producers at The Pasta Shop markets. Berkeley and Oakland, rockridgemarket hall.com/pasta-shop. from left: joe budd; cedric glasier; Jennifer Martiné Before You Leave the 510... Try slow-drip coffee, gourmet fried chicken, artisan ice cream, and more. 6 We all scream Queue up for a cone of small-batch gourmet ice cream at Berkeley’s Ici or Sketch. 665-6054, iciicecream. com; 984-0294, sketchicecream.com. 7 Meat up Adesso’s salumi is as extensive as it is popular: The Italian eatery makes more than a dozen varieties inhouse. Oakland, 601-0305, dopoadesso.com/adesso. 8 Food with a view The vistas match the eats at Meritage in the Berkeley hills and Skates on the Bay at the marina. 549-8510, me ritageclaremont.com; 549- 1900, skatesonthebay.com. 9 Multicourse heaven For a special night, put your meal in a Michelin starred chef’s hands with Commis’ always-inventive prix fixe menu. Oakland, 653-3902, commisrestaurant.com. 10 Nightcap Sip a Carter Beats the Devil at the beautiful art deco bar of Flora, birthplace of the East Bay’s artisan cocktail craze. Oakland, 286- 0100, floraoakland.com. 18 theberkeleyoaklandbook.com


The Oakland Berkley Book March 2013
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