Kim Westerman has been writing about food and wine for most of her adult life. Originally from North Carolina, she moved to Berkeley in 2006 to pursue the California dream, which, it turns out, is all it’s cracked up to be. She’s a farmers' market junkie, a lover of all things tomato, and Champagne-obsessed. She loves to cook with her five-year-old son, and she makes frequent pilgrimages to International Boulevard in search of her next favorite Mexican dish. She spends an inordinate amount of time thinking about food and wine pairing, often starting with the wine and working backwards when planning menus. She thinks the best places to eat outside the Bay Area are Rome, Crete and Shanghai. Her work has appeared in KQED's Bay Area Bites, Forbes.com, the New York Times, Tasting Table, Fodor’s Travel Guides, and lots of other publications. You can follow Kim on Twitter @kimwesterman
In California, many people think “barbecue” is anything cooked on a grill; this article is not for them. It’s for those interested in the best of the mostly oak-smoked, mostly Texas-style barbecue out there, as well as a few other exemplary styles represented, including Southern (sometimes known as Black American), North Carolina and Kansas City.
This guide covers 10 of the best destinations for Italian-style pizza in Berkeley and Oakland, specifically reviewing each restaurant’s margherita— the classic recipe of tomato, sauce, mozzarella and basil, named for Queen Margherita of Savoy. Let me know in the comments section if I’ve missed your favorite.