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INSIDEBAYAREA.COM: October 2, 2014

Oakland’s celebrity chef, Tanya Holland, knows how to party. She was a rock star at Sunset Magazine’s “Savor the Central Coast” last weekend — signing copies of her new Brown Sugar Kitchen cookbook, giving demos and speaking on chef panels.

Holland even performed a miracle in Pismo Beach — overseeing dinner for 200-plus without lifting a pan. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: September 3, 2014

He’s done Montclair’s heavy lifting since 1986. UPS driver Jeff Acosta is retiring at the end of October after 28 years of delivering packages to Montclair Village merchants and residents. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: August 29, 2014

Last Sunday morning was anything but peaceful. Our wine country neighbors were hit with a major earthquake. And while Oakland and Piedmont didn’t get much of a jolt, it was surely a wake-up call for all of us. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: August 22, 2014

What can you get for $150 these days? At Lakeshore’s new hotspot — Shakewell Bar & Kitchen — it bought early investors the opportunity to have a cocktail named in their honor. It was just one of the special experiences that Shakewell chef/partners Tim Nugent and Jen Biesty offered in 2013 on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Shakewell reached its goal one year ago, with 443 backers and almost $103,000 pledged. (more…)

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HILLS NEWSPAPERS: August 51, 2014

As a traveler, there are many ways to connect with the people and places you visit. There are museums and cultural tours and even immersions where you stay with local families. But writers have another way to survey the landscape and find out what makes a town tick — the local pubs. (more…)

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MERCURY NEWS.COM: May 16, 2014

I had to pinch myself. Twice. This chiseled cowboy was singing a love song just for my girlfriends and me. And when he finished, he ambled over to the saddle-shaped bar stool and poured us all drinks. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: May 8, 2014

April showers bring May flowers. Pretty, indeed, yet there’s one yellow bud that we don’t want to see — the bloom on a leggy French broom. (more…)

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