Author Archive | Edible East Bay

 Got Seeds?


Swap, share, and learn at this Berkeley seed exchange, March 10. Read more.

 Cook Up a Bowl of Magic 


Chipotle Pumpkin Soup Alchemy from Decolonize Your Diet. Recipe here.


Art Classes and Gratitude from our Cover Artist

Try your hand at sketching or painting with Margo Rivera-Weiss. Read more.
 Anything on a Taco




From humble beginnings in a London parking lot, Breddos Tacos became two restaurants and now a cookbook.
Read our review.

Dinner with a Livermore Valley Winemaker



Five-course meal at Garré Vineyard & Winery, March 12. Read more

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Kristina’s Bookshelf

Anything on a Taco


 Breddos Tacos serves up unusual, creative combinations for tacos,
side dishes, and condiments.

I love tacos. I’m a fan of all the traditional versions, especially when prepared by experts. I would go out of my way for al pastor (a flavorful pork slow-cooked in adobo and pineapple) at Berkeley’s Casa Latina; de pescado (freshly caught fish with mayonnaise made from just-laid eggs) from a beach vendor in the little town of San Quintín on the Pacific side of Baja, Mexico; or lengua (beef tongue with salsa verde) from the Taqueria Sinaloa truck on International Boulevard in Oakland. But at home, I define “taco” loosely as just about anything wrapped in a corn tortilla, the great harmonizer of whatever meat, tofu, produce, or meal remnants happen to be kicking around in the kitchen. There’s no limit to the combinations of ingredients that taste good together piled on a tortilla and garnished with salsa, chili peppers, avocado, shredded cabbage, onion, fermented pickles, cilantro, and a splash of hot sauce. Here’s a book to get you started on your own home taco adventures.

Breddos Tacos: The Cookbook
by Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney
(Quadrille Publishing, 2017)

Neither Nud Dudhia nor Chris Whitney are Mexican.… Read More

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Dine with a Livermore Valley Winemaker

Handcrafted wines accompany each course of this special meal at Garré Vineyard & Winery.

Handcrafted wines accompany each course of this special meal at Garré Vineyard & Winery.

If you’re overdue for a culinary treat, head out to Garré Vineyard & Winery in Livermore Valley Wine Country. Winemaker Kyle Kekic and Chef Abe of Café Garré have pulled out all the stops to offer a special five-course meal paired with the vineyard’s handcrafted wines. Cost: $110. Info and reservations: or 925.371.8200

Dinner Menu
Salmon tartar on crispy potato 
Brie in puff pastry with Jamaican relish 
Cajun lamb lollipops with Maytag bleu cheese 
Garré Sparkling Wine 

Shaved asparagus frisee, tangerine, goat cheese, lavender grapefruit vinaigrette 
2015 Reserve Chardonnay 

Chilled scallops, roasted golden beets, pickled red onion, micro greens 
2015 Rosato di Sangiovese 

Tripolini pasta, Nonna’s meatball, ragu, pecorino romano cheese 
2013 Gina Marie’s Merlot 

Roasted tornado of beef, mushroom demi glaze, hazelnut mashed potato 
2011 Petite Sirah 

Double chocolate mousse, raspberries 
2010 Red Velvet Port

Winemakers Dinner
Sunday March 12, 6pm (cocktails), 7pm (dinner)
Café Garré
Garré Vineyard & Winery
7986 Tesla Rd, Livermore

Photo courtesy of Garré Vineyard & Winery.
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Margo Rivera-Weiss

Art Classes and Gratitude from our Cover Artist



It’s hard to choose a favorite among the covers Margo has created for Edible East Bay.


margo-cover-2Many of our readers are already huge fans of this issue’s cover artist Margo Rivera-Weiss. Margo’s whimsical, captivating images frequently appear in the magazine, and Margo also shares their* artistry through teaching. Serious heath issues in recent months have prevented Margo from teaching, but they’re now feeling well enough to start up again. In response to the support given around their illness, Margo is offering free Gratitude Art Classes at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center and Laurel Bookstore. Visit their website for class details and read Margo’s story about Luz Calvo and Catrióna Rueda Esquibel, authors of Decolonize Your Diet, who are depicted on our Spring issue cover. You can also help Margo with ongoing medical expenses through this YouCaring site: here

Upcoming classes: 
Watercolor Techniques Workshop
Saturday March 18, 11am–1pm
Laurel Bookstore
1423 Broadway, Oakland

Combining Watercolor with Collage
Saturday April 8, 11am–1pm 
Laurel Bookstore
1423 Broadway, Oakland

Sketchbook Circle
Third Wednesdays, starting March 15, 6:30–8pm
Women’s Cancer Resource Center
5741 Telegraph Ave (at 58th St), Oakland


*Margo’s preferred pronoun

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Got Seeds?

Seed-Swap-posterExchange home-grown garden seeds, meet local gardeners, and hear the latest legal news about seed sharing at the Annual Bay Area Seed Exchange presented by BASIL, a project of the Ecology Center. You can also enjoy a potluck supper and live music by Mud Fence at this lively event, which is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, Sustainable Economies Law Center, Ashby Community Garden, and California Habitats Indigenous Activists (CHIA). Please bring seeds and a dish to share. RSVP here or just drop in. Free if you bring food and seeds to share or suggested donation of $5–$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

For some recent history about the laws on seed saving, read our Summer 2015 feature by Jillian Steinberger:

Here’s our list of local seed libraries, which are terrific free resources for gardeners.

Annual Bay Area Seed Swap & Celebration  
Friday March 10, 7–9pm
Ecology Center
2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

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Margo Rivera-Weiss






I have been creating art for three decades and practically every day for the past three years. I enjoy working in many mediums including pen and ink, watercolor, collage, printmaking, and mixed media. Art sustains me in a daily way—it is my meditation practice, my way to connect with others, and so much more.

Collaborating with Edible East Bay has been one of the highlights of my creative life. I appreciate how the magazine utilizes local artists, and I love the way food as subject matter reflects values, culture, politics, and other important issues.

One of my goals in making art is to capture the emotion and energy of the subjects. It was very exciting to interview and draw Luz Calvo and Catrióna Rueda Esquibel, the authors of Decolonize Your Diet, for this issue. I very much respect their work and activism because it is about health, pride in cultural culinary roots, and food justice.

Working on this article has also had personal meaning for me as I was recently diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. I have used food, herbs, and juices to stabilize and heal as much as possible.… Read More

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 Halfy Hour Serves Up Sweet Deals


New mobile app provides discounts while reducing food waste. Read more.

 Hunger on Campus

A Cal grad explores the role of the UC Berkeley food pantry. Read more.


 Sip and Strollin the Gourmet Ghetto

Cruise for wine, beer, and local foods in North Berkeley, March 9. Read more.


Indulge Your Palate


Donkey & Goat serves up seven
new spring wines, March 5.
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  A Virtual Wine-Tasting Tour


Tour eight Napa Valley wineries from
the comfort of your living room.
Read our film review.

An Apple a Day . . . 


The right diet can be good medicine
for liver and bone health.
Read our reviews here.

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A Virtual Wine-Tasting Tour

The new documentary Decanted provides lush imagery and fascinating detail about winemaking. Photo by Nate Pesce.

The new documentary Decanted provides lush imagery and fascinating detail about winemaking in Napa Valley. Photo by Nate Pesce.

Heavens, it’s raining again! You’re looking at all the flood news footage and thinking you may need to rent a canoe for that Napa Valley wine-tasting adventure you had planned.

Well, no need for that. You’ll soon be able to set up in front of the big screen at home, open one of those prized bottles you’ve saved for a special occasion, set out the cheese and crackers, and tune in to Decanted, A Winemaker’s Journey.

In this gorgeous new feature-length documentary, which releases on iTunes on February 28, director Nicholas Kovacic takes us on a tour we could never have by car. Opening with exciting aerial footage of Napa Valley wine country and then dropping in on a grape harvest in the magical light of dawn, the film follows eight top Napa Valley winemakers through the seasons in their vineyards and wineries. We learn what drives a winemaker from day to day and how their passions get communicated into the glass and the market. There’s interesting background on the history and geography of this famous wine region and in-depth discussion on how a wine business is built from the ground up.… Read More

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Kristina’s Bookshelf


An Apple a Day . . .

Whether it’s sauerkraut delivering probiotics to the gut or bone broths providing vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes, some doctors and health practitioners are looking to food, rather than pharmaceuticals or even vitamin supplements, to address patients’ health issues. Two new books tackle eating to prevent and control fatty liver disease and osteoporosis. 


Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and
Reverse the New Silent Epidemic—Fatty Liver Disease 

by Kristin Kirkpatrick with Ibrahim Hanouneh 
(Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2017)

Award-winning dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick and hepatologist Dr. Ibrahim Hanouneh explain all the ways we tax our livers (other than by drinking alcohol) and offer food strategies to eliminate toxins and improve general health. Fatty liver symptoms often don’t manifest until the liver is seriously compromised, so many people don’t even know they’re at risk. People with fatty liver disease are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, liver cirrhosis, and liver cancer. The authors set out a four-week program built around exercise, healthy eating, and other lifestyle changes designed to encourage optimal liver health. They include recipes for simple dishes like a Blackberry Freekeh Salad, Spicy Turkey Burgers, and Root Vegetable Gratin, as well as eating and exercise plans designed to boost liver health.… Read More

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Indulge Your Palate 


Celebrate the release of seven new wines and taste them with a variety of foods. Meet Donkey & Goat owners and winemakers, and savor the results of their natural winemaking process as you sample these new offerings: Isabel’s Cuvee (Rose), Eliza, The Bear, Perli Chardonnay, Skin Ferment Grenache Blanc, Untended Chardonnay, and Old Vine Carignane. Along with the wine and friendly company, enjoy the music of East Bay band The Up and Down. Cost: $20. Wine Club Members and pre-release purchasers of 6+ bottles receive 2 complimentary tickets available by contacting Erin at dgorders@donkeyandgoat. General info and tickets: here

D&G_FF-flyer_2017_smallAlso at Donkey & Goat, First Fridays continue with monthly celebrations of local makers. Events feature lively music, an art gallery, games of corn hole or bocce ball, and handmade natural wines by the glass and the bottle. Entry is free, and guests may purchase wines and food. Info: here

Spring Wine Release Party
Sunday March 5, 2–5pm 
First Fridays at Donkey & Goat Winery: A Celebration of Local Makers
Friday March 3, 6–9pm and Friday April 7, 6–9pm
Donkey & Goat
1340 5th St, Berkeley

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