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Single Serving: Sev Batata Puri at Hamro Aangan in Albany, CA

Single Serving: Sev Batata Puri at Hamro Aangan in Albany, CA

by James Boo January 9, 2012

Indian food enthusiasts in Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito have a new go-to in Hamro Aangan, a relatively new Indo-Nepalese restaurant separated from the U.C. campus by several miles of the actual city of Berkeley. A meal here is worth the trip, by bus or […]

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Eating With Boykji: A Dining Diary in Five Parts

Eating With Boykji: A Dining Diary in Five Parts

by James Boo September 21, 2010

In mid-August, my great friend and epic eating comrade Boykji visited New York for a whirlwind tour of the city’s eats. The five days I spent sharing meals with Boyk reminded me of how lucky I am to live in New York, where one can […]

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Shooting for the Superstars

Shooting for the Superstars

by James Boo January 5, 2010

When I tell people I’m going home for the holidays, I mean to say two things: 1. I’ve booked a flight to Los Angeles. 2. Once I’m in Los Angeles, I’ll get the Hell out and make tracks for the East Bay. 3. My appetite […]

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Just Another Part of Me

Just Another Part of Me

by James Boo June 29, 2009

In my lifetime there have been few stretches of the day as desolate as closing time at the Unit 2 Dining Commons. Less than year before it was torn down as part UC Berkeley’s dorm overhaul, I was finishing off a late dinner (composed mostly […]

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Gourmet Ghetto Defendant

Gourmet Ghetto Defendant

by James Boo January 23, 2009

No well meaning trip to the reality resistant bubble of Berkeley is complete without a visit to one of its three major restaurant rows. In the city’s southeast corner, bordering the upscale settlements of North Oakland, is Elmwood, home to such neighborhood favorites as Trattoria […]

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When Luck Runs Out

When Luck Runs Out

by James Boo January 15, 2009

Having been away from the East Bay for over two years now, I’ve realized that there are only three places I have to visit when I make it back to my alma mater. Despite reports that its quality has been steadily going downhill, Lucky House […]

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The Audacity of Breakfast

The Audacity of Breakfast

by James Boo January 7, 2009

On the eve of November 4, 2008, I found myself outside the Obama campaign’s northern California headquarters, straddling the border between Berkeley and Oakland as crowds of victory-crazed Americans thronged to the street corners of history. When the junior senator from Illinois first announced his […]

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Something Different

Something Different

by James Boo August 17, 2008

Whenever I feel like it’s time for something different, I drive four hundred miles north to Oakland, CA. I give all of my friends big hugs. I bask in the cool breeze of the East Bay. I take a walk through the Berkeley campus. I […]

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Houses in Motion

Houses in Motion

by James Boo May 27, 2008

“I used to live here.” In our fragmented world of third person omniscience, stranger words are rarely spoken with such abandon. Mobility has become one of life’s most imposing axioms, redefining community and putting home on an auction block of opportunity. With every move, we […]

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Deep Thoughts: Grits Edition

Deep Thoughts: Grits Edition

by James Boo May 23, 2008

The perfect bowl of grits is a lot like a bowl of melted butter with stuff inside it. That stuff is grits.

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