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…

Cal’s Crabbe talks about Golden Bears

BERKELEY, Calif. — Allen Crabbe, the University of California rising junior and the Bears’ shooting guard said he is looking forward to the coming season. The 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year acknowledges that the Bears will have to work hard to rebuild this year if they want to go far in the NCAA Tournament. “We lost…

Where fresh meets friendly

  Produce grown by Jim Nofziger. Photo by Karen Liu, Teen Observer BERKELEY, Calif. — The enthusiasm of the many vendors at the farmers’ market here extends from the varying fruits and vegetables to sizzling mushroom crepes to earthy, textured ginger — a wide mix of products that gives a Saturday morning at Center and Martin Luther…

Major League swag

OAKLAND, Calif. — On Aug. 9, sportswriting and broadcasting students witnessed a thrilling game between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels. Before the game, these sports enthusiasts received press passes and the opportunity to stand behind home plate and interview Jerry Blevins, a relief pitcher for the Oakland A’s. Once the game started,…

What’s a star without shine?

BERKELEY, Calif. — Being a baller, specifically a star basketball player, is regarded for the most part as a glamorous lifestyle. Being able to do what you love, make above-average income and get national regard would be a dream for many, but a reality to some. However, most people do not know about the risks and sacrifices that these…

What is a San Fran fan?

SAN FRANCISCO — Even after the glory days of Barry Bonds, the San Fransisco Giants still have a rowdy, passionate fan base. But what qualifies them? Are they polite or obnoxious? Knowledgeable or ignorant? The traits you hear range throughout the spectrum, but the best answer probably comes from the fans themselves. Alex Lee is a…

Stories behind the Fans

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants games bring people out for all different reasons, but what made coming to the Giants game on August 1st so special? Ed Peterson attended the game in celebration of his good friend Ron’s birthday. The last time these two attended a game together was “in 1995, and the Giants came back…

Men driven to cheer

SAN FRANCISCO — Being a fan of the away team is always a tough situation. If your team loses, you put a target on your back for taunts from home team fans; if your team wins, you put a target on your back for rude comments from frustrated fans.  This was especially apparent for Mike…

San Francisco Giants fanbase community

SAN FRANCISCO — When looking into the crowd of cheering fans at AT&T Park,  home of the San Francisco Giants, one is looking at more than just a baseball fanbase.  They are looking into a small community with an extreme passion being shared – Giants baseball.  From the very top of the stadium to last…

Uncle Sam is a “Giant” fan

SAN FRANCISCO – Giants fans are known to be die-hard supporters of their team, but Tom Dibell goes above and beyond. When first spotted at the Wednesday, Aug. 1 game at AT&T park in downtown San Francisco, his outfit could catch one’s eye from a mile away. “I’m dressed as Uncle Sam, one of the characters in…