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Berkeley Mayor’s Proposal For Regional Minimum Wage Hike Gains Traction

BERKELEY (KCBS)— A plan by Berkeley’s Mayor to establish a regional minimum wage is gaining support in the East Bay. Mayor Tom Bates’ proposal would raise the wage slower than another initiative on Oakland’s November ballot. 228 more words

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In the Mood for Fried Chicken

I think I have mentioned that fried chicken is one of my favorite foods. I can be satisfied by inexpensive fast food fried chicken like Popeyes. 301 more words

Judges Pick: Pican's Pork Tacos at ZAP Grill-O-Rama

Food and wine are natural partners. One usually tastes better with the other.

I found that universal truth at work during the ZAP Grill-O-Rama food and wine event last weekend. 391 more words

It Means Orchard Tender in German

Roughly translated, Bumgarner is German for an orchard worker or gardener. It’s also the name of a  Giants pitcher and a not-so-Giant winery in the Sierra foothills. 377 more words

Third time, not the charm

There’s a restaurant in Oakland named Pican, where we’ve eaten twice before and liked tremendously.  It’s a very hip centerpiece to the whole Oakland Renaissance, catering to the most integrated crowd I’ve seen in the Bay Area.   564 more words

Pican: A Taste of the South

Today my bookclub met at Pican, a beautiful upscale restaurant located in the Uptown district in Oakland for brunch.  Advertised as “A Taste of the South,” it was the perfect location for the eight of us to meet over a meal and to discuss “Beautiful Jim Key” which is a true story about a very smart horse and his trainer that takes place in the South.  514 more words

Pican: A Taste of the South

Today my bookclub met at Pican, a beautiful upscale restaurant located in the Uptown district in Oakland for brunch.  Advertised as “A Taste of the South,” it was the perfect location for the eight of us to meet over a meal and to discuss “Beautiful Jim Key” which is a true story about a very smart horse and his trainer that takes place in the South.  546 more words