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Friday
Dec032010

sidebar

Nearby CB2 Berkeley, Sidebar was founded by three friends who share their culinary passions and talents by serving Mediterranean bistro fare and comfort foods with new twists.

Find them at 542 Grand Avenue in Oakland and order the ‘pisco sour’—voted the best of the east bay in 2009.

Thanks to florence, berkeley store manager, for the tip and to anne-marie at sidebar for the great photos.

Tuesday
Oct122010

how to: create a branch centerpiece

Entertaining season will be here soon so it’s time to get ready. By hanging a centerpiece over— instead of adding clutter to—the dining table, ample room is left for a clean modern table and unobstructed brunch to dinner conversations.

Select a branch sized to suit your dining space, paint for a high-gloss effect, and add colorful ornaments to trim your ‘tree’. To hang, use natural twine—or extra strong fish-line for a floating effect.

hint: consult a hardware store for the best advice on hanging hardware.

Tuesday
Oct052010

morgans

In our neighborhood, Morgans is the creation of Barclay Graebner—who opened her first place in SoBe, Blu Dog Bakery, at the age of 19.

She’s also formed a food cooperative for vegans and vegetarians and at the same time discovered a 1930’s breezy duplex in the Wynwood district which became home to Morgans, specializing in modern, home-style comfort food. mmm mm!

Thanks to tameeka, store manager south beach miami, for this submission.

Monday
Jul262010

jam cafe

In our neighborhood, Jam Cafe is an amazing oasis with both indoor and outdoor seating. A great BYO that keeps menu items affordable by accepting cash only.

Go for the delicious modern spins on classic sandwiches and dinners—don’t miss the CB2 placemats, plates… Enjoy!

Wednesday
May192010

10 steps: outdoor rooms

Whether your outdoor space is small or large, take the comforts of indoor spaces out into fresh air—which can be much more relaxed and casual, perfect for long lazy summer days that lie ahead.

Plan a weekend to “move in” much like you would rearrange or redecorate a living room or dining room.

 1. Do some research. Tear photos out of magazines and catalogs for inspiration. But act quick, planting season is fast approaching and outdoor items may have limited availability.

2. Measure the space so you know what will fit and where. Create a floor plan if necessary. Take care of the big stuff first—lounge or dining furniture, umbrellas for shade, lighting—everything else will follow.

3. For daytime lighting, a mainsail umbrella casts a large shadow for UV protection but still allows sunlight to flood the setting.

4. Define spaces and add color with a pegboard reversible outdoor rug.

5. Think about accent tables—coffee, side and console. All are useful for cocktails, appetizers and serving. They also complete an indoor look.

6. As artful as nature is, sometimes it can use embellishments. A 3-D sculpture adds another layer of texture and interest. A vertical garden can also add greenery to small spaces that lack ground cover.

7. Adding accessories is the personal touch that speaks to your personality. For evening entertaining, lots of pillows and candlelight set an inviting mood. We love the natural beauty of the outdoors but smart candle technology is ideal since they won’t blow out in strong winds—and clean up’s a breeze.

8. When choosing dining furniture, take into consideration how much space you have for a dining area and how many guests can fit comfortably. Do you prefer a round or rectangular table for long, casual conversations? As for chairs, comfort is key since you could be lingering for hours. And do they stack or disassemble for storage?

9. Dinnerware can be either melamine if you’re concerned about potential breakage, or porcelain from the kitchen to contrast with a weathered wood tabletop.

10. Gift guests with seasonal blossoms at each placesetting in joyce bud vases. Their wider base adds stability and reduces the risk of tipping.