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Ristorante di Palermo is, as one Palermitan Yelp reviewer made clear, not a Palermitan restaurant.  It’s not even a Sicilian restaurant, though they have a couple of Greek/Mediterranean dishes which I assume may be found in Sicily.  Ristorante di Palermo is your basic Italian restaurant, and as long as you don’t have higher expectations than […]

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I walked past Acqua e Farina several times, on my way to and from my favorite tea house, The Golden Tea Garden,  before I noticed its existence.  From the outside, the restaurant looked simple and inviting, like an old world, hole-in-the-wall sort of place.   I put it on the back of my mind as a […]

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What is it with LA Thai restaurants? Why is it that seemingly every  strip-mall hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant serves spectacular cuisine, while many Thai restaurants in the Bay Area struggle to rise above mediocrity?  Whatever it is in the southern California area that inspires Thai cooks, it’s alive and kicking at Jasmine Thai Cuisine.  We went […]

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Last Spring break I took the girls to the California Academy of Sciences, using a couple of the free tickets the San Leandro library so helpfully provides for its members.  I hadn’t been to the Academy in years, since it was at its temporary space in downtown San Francisco.  At that time it had a […]

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My daughters and I have taken the Coast-Starlight train twice in the last couple of months, from Oakland down to LA.  Both times we had at least one meal in the dining cart.  All in all the experience was pretty positive. Amtrak requires you to make a reservation for the dining car a few hours […]

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There are many positive things to say about Rubiano’s.  It’s located in a neighborhood that has long been desperate for good restaurants –  but which seems unable to keep them for long.  It’s very child friendly, one our visit there there were a couple of tables with toddlers and a guy with a friendly dog […]

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Mike and I were in Los Angeles for the Democratic Convention last March, and decided to give Mo-Chica a try for lunch.  We both like Peruvian food and were excited to see what this restaurant could do.  With the right expectations, I think Mo-Chica would have been a great experience.  Alas, our expectations were to […]

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My sister got married last weekend, and her new parents-in-law threw the happy a couple a rehearsal dinner at Angel City Cafe, a favorite of the whole family.  It was great!  Not only was this a place that the family loved, but the food and service was wonderful and it certainly left me wanting to […]

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Mike and I stopped for lunch at the Elephant Bar last Friday.  He was well acquainted with the chain, but I hadn’t been to one before so I was curious.  The restaurant is part of a big chain and it’s at a mall, but the interior was very pleasant, with lots of wood/bamboo, dark colors, […]

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We were driving back home to the Bay Area, after my sister’s wedding in LA, and we were all starving by the time we hit Buttonwillow.  Choices for lunch here are pretty limited.  You have a Dennys and a couple of fast food joints, a taco truck or two, an Indian restaurant and Willow Ranch.  […]

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