If pastry artist Paul Masse’s apron is not decorated with abstract splatters of chocolate by the end of his typical 14-hour workday, something must be awry. Our writer rises before dawn to chronicle a fast-paced, fragrant Wednesday in the kitchen of Masse’s Pastries in Berkeley, detailing everything from blood-orange mousse cake to mango glaze.Read More
While some Americans tend to stick to cereal, pancakes and eggs for breakfast, other Americans find comfort and pleasure in breakfast dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Ethiopia and India—right here in the Bay Area. Our writer wakes us up to the taste of jook, kao tom, pho and paratha.Read More
As Jewish delis decline nationwide, Bay Area delis—including Saul’s in Berkeley and California Street in San Francisco—enjoy a renaissance of natural ingredients and lighter fare. A deli connoisseur delves into the historical and cultural context of the pastrami sandwich and leaves our mouths watering.Read More
Faces of the East Bay
The pandemic created the urgency for many East Bay families to set up an estate plan. Richmond Estate Planning Attorney, Sara Diamond answers questions about wills, trusts, powers of attorney and advance health care directives.
Jacomena van Huizen Maybeck’s life began in 1901 on a Javanese sugar plantation and ended ninety-five years later in her house in the Berkeley hills. I met her in 1977, as my boyfriend and I followed the rumors of a unique cottage for rent. From the time of our first...
Ray Darten means for its color clothing to be worn.
A Cal psychologist has a simple prescription for race relations.