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April 19, 2018

Anthony's Cookies Mmmmm

Starbux break got you down? THIS WILL CHEER YOU UP. Anthony's Cookies has coffee, Espresso, fresh baked yums and all subsequent combinations thereof. Bay Area owned! If you make it for opening at 11am, you might happen upon Anthony himself, while he's making mixes and doing all the many things around the shop a local business owner does to make their spot a success.

On my first trip in to Anthony's Cookies, I picked up an epic order for work: three dozen cookies in all flavors, carefully arranged in three stamped boxes. That epic order allowed plenty of time to get philosophical with Ray, at the counter, about his favorite cookie flavors. After all, Ray, why bother with any of this, when nothing could be better than good ol' chocolate chip, right? Welp. I now know, Ray's favorite, Toffee Chip, and I have savoured its crispity crunch and chewy middle. Nothing else like it.

This is just a cookie, but it is so much more. It is a cookie and one of those adorable carton mini milks. Only $3.50, so you don't have to worry. Anyone in their right mind will have more than one cookie, but there is something satisfying about spending less than you would have for one fakey sugary coffee to go - and instead you get to go forth with a pep in your step that you, my dear, are so special, this little scrumptious lump was fresh baked. No plastic wrap or date stamp needed. This just happened.

Though I opted for the classic with my the clover milk, Anthony's sparkling espresso machine beckons, and I can see they grind the beans fresh. Even if you are on some kind of terrible diet and can't eat cookies, it's still totally worth a quick pop in. You get a glimpse of production from the counter, (a la Charlie and the chocolate factory). The Berkeley location, on San Pablo at Parker Street, across from Bank of America, is where the magic happens, supplying the other Anthony's cookies location in SF.

Buy East Bay scheduled an interview with Anthony for a couple weeks from now, to get the inside scoop on history, philosophy, town business and plans for the future, but *you* know, it's just an excuse for this reporter to go eat more cookies.  

Feb. 10, 2018

Where to grab a beer in Berkeley: Morning Edition

Beer tasting flight at Fieldwork Brewing Co

Do people really drink beer at 11am? Why yes. Yes they do, and Fieldwork is the ideal place for it. First of all, this brewery is in Berkeley, and it smells gorgeous inside and the outdoor seating is the best. I stopped in on a Sunday morning and ordered a grilled cheese with some fancy stuff in there and tasted a couple different beers too. Not sure if the grilled cheese tasted so great because of the beer or vice versa, but everything was bright and friendly and charmed. The clientele is more diverse than your average brewery bro crowd. Lots of women, a few babies and EIGHT DOGS IN UNDER AN HOUR. My table neighbors were super friendly and told me all about how they’d finished a run and then they came back to revisit a beer that knocked their socks off last week. They had been disappointed to find their favorite sold out days ago, but clearly didn’t stay sad about it for very long, 'cause each of these ladies had nice flights with about 6 new varieties before them. The chips were nice, the dip was exceptional, and my fast friends took my recommendation on adding a grilled cheese to share. It’s Berkeley, and we appreciate the art of fermentation, so there were pickles. Next door, while all this beer was happening, was some kind of maker’s meeting of quilt aficionados. -An overall magical, Berkeley-esque time was had by all that day. You can take the fun home with you too. Fieldwork sells “growlers and crowlers,” beer to go, in glass or metal. Pro tip: the metal keeps your beer fresher longer, and you can get more beer in there, but the glass is also great 'cause it's refillable, for those who would like to at least save the world a little bit... while ya drink your beer... first thing in the morning. Cheers! We've contacted the owner of this fine establishment for some inside details, so more coming soon from Fieldwork's Bradley Braden, including a possible “only in Berkeley” story unique to the spot. Fieldwork Brewing Co. at 1160 Sixth Street in Berkeley, open from 11 to 11 Friday and Saturday and 11am to 10pm the rest of the week. Say hi to Tessa, and let her guide your decision as to what kind of brew you’d like in your crowler… many, many fine choices. 

Jan. 31, 2018

2794 Shasta - Cozy Cabin in Berkeley!

Super excited to present our new listing at 2794 Shasta Road in Berkeley! Your secluded Berkeley Hills hideaway, only ten minutes from the Gourmet Ghetto.

Twilight View of 2794 Shasta

Cozy cabin living, ten minutes from the heart of Berkeley

Living Room Study

One bedroom, one bath with clawfoot tub

Bathroom with Clawfoot Tub

Vaulted ceilings and peek-a-boo views

Peekaboo Views of Golden Gate Bridge

Warm wood interior and old-growth Douglas fir floors


Expansive yard with many mature trees and lovely porches

Outdoor Patio at Dusk

642 square foot interior (per public records) 6,780 square foot lot (per public records) in a private setting shared with neighboring cottage.

And don't forget to watch the video walkthrough!


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April 19, 2013

New Berkeley Art Museum

New Berkeley Art Museum


Old Berkeley Art Museum

A new development done by a New York Architectural firm named Diller Scofidio +Renfro is in progress on the corner of Oxford and Addison street in the downtown Berkeley area.

What was once a UC Berkeley faculty parking lot is now the going to be the new location for the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.


The plan for the development has actually been planned since 1997, when the old building on Bancroft Way was found to not meet seismic standards.

The new building comes with a hefty price tag. The University had to raise 100 million dollars for its new building.


New Site for Berkeley Art Museum


Concerns have been expressed by surrounding businesses and University employees about the loss of parking in the downtown Berkeley area. Berkeley Parking and Transportation has added stacked parking to the Ellsworth lot. The Allston Way garage is offering discounted parking to University employees.

Find more on BerkeleySide


March 26, 2013

Berkeley Restaurants - Tivoli Caffe


Tivoli Caffe, located at 2554 Bancroft directly across from CAL Berkeley, opened in July of 2011.

A family business, the cafe is owned and operated by George and Nancy, along with their three children. It has been amazing watching them grow and develop a large following within the student community. Some of the customers' favorites are the deep dish pizza and pannini sandwiches.

With delicious food, a warm atmosphere, and top rate service, the Tivoli Cafe is definitely worth a visit. The entrance is easily missed and is located between the Macciano Cafe and the entrance to the Bancroft Center Underground Parking Garage.   

Don't take my word for it. Check out their yelp page:


Tivoli Caffe in Berkeley  Daniel from Tivoli Caffe