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A ‘giant’ game for the fans

SAN FRANCISCO — When the Giants faced the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park for the third time in the series on Aug. 7, Nik Burns was there. Burns, who has been going to games since he was a child — “They’ve been my favorite team since the womb,” he says — is a big fan of…

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Where the world is your plate

BERKELEY, Calif — Uniform tables, chairs and umbrellas line the sky-lit room, leading to the counter at the back, where chefs cook furiously as the orders keep coming.  Located in the proximity of University of California on Bancroft Way, Julie’s Cafe is unique in its cuisine selection, incorporating a wide variety of ethnic foods, but…

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Berkeley residents support their local market

BERKELEY, Calif. — Customers at the Farmers’ Market in Berkeley all demonstrate one common belief: When at the Saturday market, residents come together to form a strong sense of community. Customers are enthusiastic and dedicated to return to their local market, not only for their produce, but also to support their local farming community. A…

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Vendors and musicians make Farmers’ Market lively

BERKELEY, Calif. —  Just approaching the already busy block of Saturday’s Farmers’ Market, the smell of all different types of food and flowers meet you at the entrance. You can see a woman playing her guitar, another dressed in a clown suit holding balloons and several street musicians. The Kashiwase Farms is already busy, slicing…

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‘I love coming to the games’

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — People float around outside choosing between hot dogs and chicken fingers, while the stadium erupts into cheers behind them. The game is the Giants vs. the Brewers, and most everyone has the Giants insignia on their hats and sweatshirts. Iza Bertram, wearing a Giants T-shirt, said she’s a fan because, “My husband is.”…

Future of American food markets found in Berkeley

Always known as a health-conscious state, California’s college town of Berkeley sustains the reputation by holding Farmers’ Markets each week on different days and in different locations around the city. Vendors sell products ranging from produce, meat, and baked goods to coffee, spices, and cooking oils. The markets are not necessarily local as some vendors get…

Berkeley goes gluten-free

BERKELEY, Calif. — When a customer orders a gluten-free item, the staff at Tivoli Caffe in Berkeley knows exactly what to do. The family-owned restaurant on Bancroft shifts into high gear as employees prepare the allergy-friendly food, keeping cross-contamination in mind. “My sister has celiac disease, so we’re very cautious. Every customer that walks in here…

NSLC: utopian community?

BERKELEY, Calif. — Students are told to walk into a room and pick up a name tag with either the name Schroeder, Charlie Brown, Snoopy or Woodstock, and then to find the rest of their groups, spread out across the room. The floor is divided with tape into four unequal parts: Imagine a large rectangle divided…

Telegraph true to its roots

BERKELEY, Calif. — If you visit Berkeley, you likely walk down Telegraph Avenue. This central street has a rich history as one of the cities counter-culture hubs. Despite this claim to fame, some people have begun to feel that Telegraph is no longer as relevant as it once was, instead becoming a tourist trap and…

The man with the flowers

BERKELEY, Calif.  — The bustling streets of Berkeley were filled with people busy with their own agendas;  few stopped long enough to notice the man with the basket of flowers. It was a day ordinary as any other, but Tim King decided it was his duty to pass out beautiful flowers to the strangers on…