Who do you think has the best burgers in town?

by Ira Serkes on April 14, 2014

Visit Berkeleyside’s Nosh to vote!

“It’s time to reach some important conclusions in Nosh-land. We want to know where you go to eat what you consider to be the best burger in the East Bay.

It’s not like we’re not spoilt for choice: when Berkeleysider Ira Serkes recently turned to his friends on Facebook to ask them where he should go for a burger, he was inundated with suggestions. Some of those recommendations included Café Rouge, Eureka, Smokehouse, Zut!, Al’s, Sidebar, TrueBurger, Fat Apples, In ‘n Out, Bongo Burger, Yoshi’s, Christopher’s, Chop Bar, the Paragon, The Station, Gather and Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café. ”

Read all about it here … I’m looking forward to finding out your favorites!


For fries … my absolute favorite is Gregoire’s (pictured above) which are soooo good I go out of my way to not eat there – it helps keep me from expanding from Ira 1.2 to Ira 1.3

#Berkeley #Restaurant



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Lunar Eclipse from the Berkeley Hills – 10 Dec 2011









I took this photo from the Berkeley hills 10 Dec 2011 – and we’ll be in for another treat tonight – another reddish lunar eclipse.

Stay up – it’s worth it!



My favorite photo – Taken from Buena Vista Way in the last 70s!

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Things to do with kids (of all ages) this weekend!

by Ira Serkes on January 24, 2014

510 Families and Berkeleyside put out great lists of things to do!

For kids … here’s your weekend planner from 510 Families

And for kid of all ages … the Berkeleyside “It List” of Five things to do in Berkeley this Weekend

Have fun!

Ira & Carol


Fiddler at 50 – Sing-Along at the Berkeley California 3 Theater, then Klezmer Music & Dance at the Magnes

What a joyous event … from the first audience sing along of “Tradition” to the marching Klezmer parade and dance … it was just a delight!

Hope we won’t have to wait another 50 years for this to happen again


Fiddler at 50 Klezmer Band arrives at the Magnes Museum in Downtown Berkeley

Dancing in the streets!


Just read about it this morning … and wanted to get the word out right away

Fiddler at 50 Events around the Bay Area … and what’s happening in Berkeley.  Theodore Bikel is at the Freight & Salvage too!

See you there



Here’s what you can do this weekend!



My pick – the Great American Train Show at the Craneway Pavilion – it’s a fascinating space with great view of San Francisco Bay!

For kids – 510 Families

For kids of all ages – Berkeleyside’s list

Have fun!




Snow Day in North Berkeley Sunday! – 8 Dec 2013

by Ira Serkes on December 7, 2013

Come to Snow Day in North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto – 1679 Shattuck between Virginia and Cedar Street

Here’s what’s in store!



This just in … “Mist” opportunities along the San Francisco Embarcadero



Map of places to take photos


Treasure Island – Bliss Dance

Treasure Island – new Bay Bridge Tower

Palace of Fine Arts – Near Golden Gate Bridge


 Bay Bridge Lights

Golden Gate Bridge

Painted Ladies



670 Santa Rosa – Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks Neighborhood
3 Bedrooms 2 Baths – $900,000

Photo Portfolio at 670SantaRosa.com

Open Sundays 3 + 10 Nov 2013 2:00 to 4:30 pm
Offers Wed 13 Nov 2013

1925 Thousand Oaks Berkeley bungalow set amid magnificent oaks & native stone – beautifully updated kitchen/family room with center island kitchen, refinished hardwood floors & fresh designer colors.

You’ll enjoy the morning sun on the large wooden deck with bay, city lights, and bridge views.

Built-ins with gumwood trim … and the distinctive Meso-American-MBTA tile fireplace in the living room.


Santa Rosa is a serene street just a short distance to Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Solano Avenue restaurants, coffee houses, shops and book stores near Kensington’s Colusa Circle Sunday Farmers’ Market and Albany’s restaurants and parks.

El Paseo Path (the path path) goes up to The Alameda and Great Stone Face Park, or down to Vincente Avenue … just a few doors to the bus stop to San Francisco and Downtown Berkeley or El Cerrito Plaza BART. Walk Score 85


Photo portfolio and neighborhood info at berkeleyhomes.com/blog

and 670SantaRosa.com


Halloween and Day Of The Dead in Berkeley … always a wonderful time for young and old!

Berkeley really celebrates Halloween! Thousand Oaks, Emerson, and other schools have great parades. And pumpkins … great pumpkins!  Here’s a selection from my flickr photo page Russell and Josephine Streets and Mariposa Avenue have wonderful pumpkins and festivities (Russell Street closes at 8:30 pm so be there early) … the house at Ashby & Piedmont […]

Read the full article → October

Peaceful, private Thousand Oaks Berkeley retreat a block from Solano shops, restaurants & cafes

Convenient to Thousand Oaks, Northbrae & Albany’s shops and cafes … and Kensington’s Circle’s Sunday Farmers’ Market Photo Portfolio and neighborhood information at 1732Marin.com Open Sunday 20 + 27 October 2013 2:oo to 4:30 pm – come say hello!   A peaceful, private retreat just steps from Solano shops and restaurants … a Walk Score of […]

Read the full article → Just Listed