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bulk olive oil in berkeley/oakland ?

your kitchen should buy from Veronica Foods, who imports oils from Calif. and around the world. You'll get better oils at much better prices than the Pasta Shop!

Thinking of Leaving SF for Berkeley or Oakland. Crazy?

All of these recommendations are pretty spot on. Blue Bottle started in E. Bay and is still here. Cole Cofffee in Rockridge is amazing (mcLaughlin's coffee via Royal Coffee bean sellers). Berkeley rents are sky high and the down town s mostly dead except for the movie theaters. Oakland and Berk. both have many amazing neighborhoods and Alameda is wonderful. All these are only like 12 miles from SF. I get jittery just going into the City anymore. It's fun, but I can't wait to get out of there. I guess I'm just not cut out for big cities. I just looked and over 300,000 people live in Berk and Oak. combined, so it's not exactly 'the sticks.' Plus, there are tons of great places to eat and cafes. Berk. is known for it's food scene. Rainbow is terrific, so you sitll might be going over for them. the Whole Foods in Berk. is a nightmare, a crowded mess, but the new Oakland one is very open and comfortable. The big Berk. Bowl on Shattuck is very claustrophobic. I even dreamed about it the first time I went in- huge, narrow canyon aisles towering above me and barely room for 2 carts to pass. I have never been in the newer one on San Pablo. But these guys have great prices on everything, great wines, cheeses and ESP. produce!

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Blue Bottle Cafe
66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103