Chez Panisse soon celebrates 41 years

BERKELEY, Calif. — Walking down Shattuck Aveneue here in the North end of town, in the heart of what is locally called “the gourmet ghetto,” sits Chez Panisse, which looks like a welcoming cabin with a vine-covered courtyard. A natural exterior with cascading trees complements the restaurant’s value of “slow food,” the ideology of healthy…

From hipsters to Cal girls

BERKELEY, Calif. — It’s impossible to generalize Berkeley’s style because of  its diversity. To describe the town as a haven for “hipsters” would stereotype the majority of the town. Mars Mercantile, the famous vintage thrift store in Berkeley, is at the extreme end of the fashion spectrum. Anastasia Roderigues, a Mars employee for two years, refers to herself as…