Saturday, May 09, 2009

Gourmet Ghetto

"Northern California is one of the most exciting places in the world for food and it's because growers and eaters take all aspects of food extremely seriously. I am thrilled to bring people straight to Berkeley, the heart of Northern California's culinary epicenter, so they can experience what makes this region's food culture important and special." - Lisa Rogovin

I guess one of the common aspect everyone in the Bay Area would agree upon would be yummy food. Berkeley is without doubt a food lovers paradise. The stretch on Shattuck Avenue. bordered on the two ends by Rose & Hearst streets forms this celebrated Gourmet Ghetto.

I am fortunate enough to live in such a place and enjoy the gustatory pleasures. There are plenty of small eateries, cafes, bakeries, etc. to hang around and places like Chez Pannise, Cheeseboard Pizza, etc.

Looking for love at first bite? Stop by the Gourmet Ghetto. The food is so fresh it's bursting with gigantic, singing flavor. Yelp is another excellent resource to try out these different cuisines.

There is history to this place too. Alice Waters founded her famous restaurant, Chez Panisse. The Cheese Board Collective began its passionate presentation of worldwide and local California artisan cheeses. And Peet’s coffee started educating Americans about the complex pleasures of coffee drinking. And thus started the food revolution...

Check out the these websites for more information.

And if you read this article until now, Congratulations! You're officially a foodie of the highest order.

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