Stateside Bakery for treats you’ll both love

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I grew up on Hostess Twinkies and Pop Tarts; it even says so on our About page. But now, I’m a Berkeley mama and my children don’t do That Stuff. Lucky for us, there is a sweet middle ground in which wholesome ingredients make tasty treats that we can all feel good about. Look at these […]

New kid on the block: Farm Burger Berkeley

Farm Burger Berkeley

Farm Burger on Gilman is serving up grass-fed beef and tasty side dishes with a kids’ play zone all for a decent price. We LOVED Farm Burger, here’s why: Beyond kid-friendly – Play area with chalk, kitchen set, blocks, and more. My three-year-old didn’t want to leave, my 6-month old crawled around too. Crayons at tables, […]

Sushi boats are fast fun food for families

Grab your sushi right off the carousel at Takara in Oakland

My own children tend toward burgers and quesadillas and have generally steered clear of more interesting cuisine, but they do love sushi boats! At Takara Sushi in Rockridge, kids are often the primary patrons at the bar between about 5pm and 6:3opm. You can watch boats float by right within your grasp (mercifully behind a […]

Temescal Farmer’s Market with a stop by Frog Park

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Lazy Sundays should be spent tooling around Temescal Farmer’s Market (with a stop at Frog Park if your kids have earned it).

Dinner on the table: Eat24 restaurant food delivery

EAT24 provides free online ordering for restaurant delivery in the East Bay

One of the food delivery services that my family uses on a regular basis is Eat24. It certainly helps to get their cheeky email with a coupon every Friday just as we’re figuring out how to stretch 2 hot dogs and 3 buns into a satisfying meal for our family of 5. We most often […]

See you at the Eat Real Fest?

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Put the FOOD back into FAST at this intersection of healthy eating and street food.

Apple-picking with children near the Bay Area

Apple picking with children in the Bay Area

Looking for a place to get your hands on a bushel of apples? Well, ’tis the season. Always double-check with the farm in question before you pack up your hungry posse of children. Apples might grow on trees, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. Berkeley mom, Becky, shared the story of her children’s apple day […]

Local authors: New cookbook by Erin Scott (Giveaway!)

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I received a copy of Yummy Supper in the mail from local author/photographer Erin Scott, and it’s a delight to look at. The stunning photographs make me want to head straight for the produce stand and load up on colorful ingredients. Erin Scott is a meat-eating, gluten-free home chef and mother of two who has […]

Behind the scenes at Good Eggs

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Last week we popped over to Good Eggs in San Francisco to get to know that business a little better. I think Heather’s inner geeky engineer was enthralled by seeing the inner workings of a warehouse which is essentially an on-demand grocery store that fills up and empties twice per day. Here’s how it works: […]

Yum yum, Doughnut Dolly!

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As I was running errands and enjoying the delicious lunch hangover from a chicken sandwich at Bakesale Betty, a little sign called me down an alley. Oh, yes! I enjoyed the “Naughty Mexican” (combo of “Naughty Cream” and “Mexican Chocolate”) oozed into a freshly-baked doughnut. I highly recommend for a treat if you’re in Temescal. […]

Win a copy of Everyday Bento!

Everyday Bento (cookbook)

Local author and blogger, Wendy Copley, wrote and photographed my children’s current favorite book: Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches To Go. My sons love to pour over the pictures and invite me to create their favorite designs. Wendy is very realistic and specific walking you through each of the creations step-by-step. Stuffed with ideas […]

Mama’s little helper: Postmates

Some of my neighborhood choices on the Postmates app

Have you ever been lying prone, on the couch, telling your throw pillows that you would pay any amount of money if they could bring you chicken noodle soup from Saul’s? Or perhaps you wanted to deliver Summer Kitchen to your friend who just had a baby, but you are getting off the BART after […]

Neighborhood favorite: Paisan

After about two years of delay, I am so pleased to see another fantastic restaurant in SW Berkeley. Paisan is a high-end pizzeria with the welcoming atmosphere of a neighborhood joint.

{510} Family Faves from This is Oakland

{510} Family Faves from creator of This is Oakland

We are excited to tell you that This is Oakland — a gorgeous loveletter of a book to our East Bay metropolis — is now available for purchase. We want to thank co-creator Melissa Davis for sharing her favorites with us today. Melissa lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and three-year-old son, and runs […]

Westbrae Biergarten for families?

Westbrae Biergarten

Berkeley has a new beer garden worth a visit. If you frequent the Ohlone Greenway, chances are you’ve biked past the construction site of the Westbrae Biergarten (at Gilman) and wondered of its pending opening. Good news, it’s now open.  Better news?  I’ve checked it out for you. The Wesbrae Biergarten is an outdoor beer […]

Hike to pancake breakfast at West Point Inn

Hike to West Point Inn for pancakes

I finally did the daytrip to Marin with a hike-in for pancakes that I’ve been fantasizing about for so long. Somehow, it was both everything I expected and a complete surprise at the same time. I want to share my hard-won lessons learned before they fade away into fuzzy memories. The post I wrote years ago was filled […]

{510} Family Faves: my kids pick the best restaurants

Favorite East Bay restaurant: Homemade Cafe in Berkeley

Burgers, pizza, and Mexican food reign supreme in my family. If you want to please my sons, just take them one of these places! They don’t go for fancy in breakfast food, either. If the place doesn’t serve french toast, then forget about it! Some of my own beloved brunch spots don’t make their cut. Homemade […]