Alice Waters caught up with Bay Area Bites on the last stop of her In the Green Kitchen book tour recently. She greeted and hugged most of the guests at the designer (chi-chi) Carrots Boutique, where four hundred dollars buys a smashing chapeau. Cocktails were made up by handsome male barkeeps from the neighboring Bix Restaurant, and owner Doug Biederbeck seemed obsessed with the event flow–he was mulling over when and whether Waters would speak and wanted to be sure folks knew they had to pay for Waters’ latest cookbook. Eats were radishes and fava bean crostinis.
Daniel Lurie was one of the hosts of the Carrots event, and said that “everyone loves Alice… clearly,” as he watched her surrounded by loyalists. Lurie told BAB that he showed Ms. Waters how to ride the subway in New York City over a decade ago, when he was living there. No surprise that Waters demurred on answering SFist Editor Brock Keeling’s query, “What is your favorite junk food?” However she did eventually agree to share her favorite Bay Area food-related faves with BAB. Waters has lived in North Berkeley, “a short walk away from Chez Panisse, for over 40 years.”
Waters: My Saturday morning trip to the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market is one of my most beloved rituals–I stop by Boulette’s to get my English muffins and eggs for breakfast. For a weekday lunch I order a simple, perfect salad or pulled pork sandwich.
Waters: I love their authentic, organic handmade tortillas–they also have incredible special dishes from all the regions of Mexico.
Waters: I buy wonderful plants here for my garden–vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers–as well as deliciously crisp, dry-farmed apples in season.
Waters: I come here when I’m craving freshly caught crab or oysters on the half shell–the place is small, but grab a spot at the cool marble countertop bar if you can.
Waters: This Japanese restaurant is incredibly tiny–and so, so good! It serves the best sushi I’ve tasted in San Francisco.
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Friday-Saturday 11:30AM to midnight
Sunday 11:00AM to 11:00PM
Waters: My home away from home for 25 years. The roasted chicken with bread salad is one of the truly great dishes of the Bay Area.
Waters: This is the coffee we serve at Chez Panisse–it’s organic, and has incredible flavor. Their café on Mint Plaza has several unique ways of brewing your coffee–all of them delicious.
Waters: A tiny store that sells new cookbooks and vintage, hard-to-find editions. It also hosts special tasting events and book signings.
Waters: This is the finest bread in the Bay Area, period. And it’s all made with organic flour and using only solar energy!
Waters: Wood-fired pizzas, a superb bar, and a great big patio out back.
Waters: This lovely neighborhood Indian restaurant uses organic produce and has an ever-changing, seasonal menu.
Waters: For over four decades, this workers’ collective across the street from our restaurant has been serving seasonal pizzas, fresh sourdough baguettes, and divine cheeses to all of Berkeley.