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Oliveto Restaurant and Meyer Sound Collaboration

Oliveto - Food Fashionista

Oliveto Restaurant recently got a much-needed facelift and with it, addressed a huge problem in restaurants… acoustics. With their new updated look, the owners tackled not only aesthetics, but thought deeply about providing a comfortable dining experience. Doing so, they collaborated with award winning, renowned, Berkeley-based Meyer Sound to address noise pollution in restaurants. Meyer Sound tailor made Constellation and Libra acoustic systems to install an integrated system of microphones, advanced signal processing, and small, self-powered speakers distributed throughout the upstairs dining room.

Oliveto Agnolotti

Striking photography of a historic California olive orchard conceals acoustic panels that provide the right level of absorption. As a result, conversation becomes effortless and natural, heard clearly and without interruptions or distractions from background noise or voices from a neighboring table — setting the perfect tone for conversation and connection, while maintaining the all-important buzz of an exciting, busy restaurant.

Next time you find yourself in the East Bay, visit Oliveto for their rustic, Italian cuisine while experiencing the benefits of their revolutionary sound system in the newly redesigned dining room.

Olivetti Whole Hog Dinner

Another great time to visit, would be for their upcoming Whole Hog Dinners in March. See the details on their website at:


Rockridge Market Hall, 5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618


Westfield Dine on Time with Lark Creek Steak

Plating with Lark Creek Steak Chef Ismael Macias

Plating with Lark Creek Steak Chef Ismael Macias

I’ve recently partnered with Westfield Labs and restaurant Lark Creek Steak to create an exclusive dish with Chef Ismael Macias. Starting today, you can order this dish with the Westfield Dine on Time app or on the website for scheduled pick-up or delivery for easy and convenient dining. It’s incredibly easy and convenient which makes it absolutely ideal for busy folks who don’t want to skip out on taste with their hectic work schedules.

It was wonderful working with Chef Macias. He’s been with the Lark Creek Group for over fifteen years, and recently decided to venture out of San Francisco to the world culinary stage to stage at some of the best restaurants in the world. He’s already an experienced chef, but with his new-found skills and techniques working with the most-experienced chefs from around the globe, it’ll be exciting to see what he’ll bring back to the Bay Area.

Westfield Dine on Time - Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi - Lark Creek Steak Ismael Macias

Chef Ismael Macias of Lark Creek Steak and I created the Bacon-Wrapped Mary’s Free-Range Chicken Breast which includes artichoke, maitake mushrooms and chicken jus. It’s well-balanced and satisfying. The Niman-ranch bacon is finished slightly crisp and adds a bit of much-needed saltiness to the tender and juicy chicken breast. No surprise for the Bay Area, but we made sure to hand-pick and incorporate all local ingredients.

Chef Macias and my Rosemary Chicken dish. Doesn't it make you hungry!

Chef Macias and my Free-range Chicken dish. Doesn’t it make you hungry!



LarkCreekSteak In-App

Make sure to try out the app and order this exclusive dish or the one of many other temptations on the menu. Westfield will make a donation on behalf of the Tastemaker with the most exclusive dish orders to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank,

My fellow participating Tastemakers and their Westfield Dine on Time pairings include:

  • ·         Andi Fisher, Misadventures with Andi with M.Y. China Chef Tony Wu
  • ·         Melissa Sanchez, Savvy in San Francisco with Cupola Pizzeria Chef Marc Tennison
  • ·         Tara Condell, Food and Other Things with Straits Chef Julian Yeo
  • ·         Anita Chu, Dessert First with CocoaBella Chocolates Founder Michael Freeman
  • ·         Brenda Ton, Bites & Bourbon with Sorabol Korean BBQ & Asian Noodles Chef Theresa Lee

 Download and learn more about Westfield Dine on Time HERE

Food Fashionista on Instagram – April 2012

Just a few of my favorite Food Fashionista Instagram shots for April 2012:

Greeking out on this salad at Troya, San Francisco

Celebrating our best friend's birthday!

A (chocolate) twist on Red Velvet Cupcakes at Whole Foods

All you need is LOVE (at HD Buttercup)

Limon's Pollo ala Brasa w/sides

The lone pink blossom left on this tree – Japantown, SF

A dangerous combination at the Gilt City Warehouse Sale


Couldn't resist a second serving of El Tonayense's Veggie Burrito at SoundCloud

Just kickin' it in studs & sparkles

If you'd like to see more of our colorful, of-the-moment pics, follow FoodFashionista on Instagram (on your iPhone or Android device) & be sure to say "hello".

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Food Fashionista – Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers

"There's no place like home" – Dorothy

No matter what age or where I'm at in my life, I can never switch the channel when I find the Wizard of Oz  playing on the television set. Besides the mesmerizing colors, lovable characters, and feel-good music, it's an ageless classic and timeless reminder of what's most important in our lives. 

As life goes on, we often discover, that everything we had hoped and craved for, were actually within our vicinity and reach all along.

Long live courage, brains and most of all…love ♥

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Morimoto Lunch at WP24 – Los Angeles Food and Wine

Kin Medai Snapper w/Geoduck, Papya, Peanuts & Coconut Foam paired with a Grieve Sauvignon Blanc, Napa 2009

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto hosted an exquisite wine-paired luncheon as part of the Lexus-sponsored Los Angeles Food and Wine festival. The event was held at Wolfgang Puck's WP24 located high above the L.A. skyline at the Ritz Carlton. Although there was no sighting of Wolfgang, WP24 Executive Chef Sara Johannes along with pastry chef Cassie Ballard worked seamlessly with Morimoto to create a lunch one will soon not forget.



Peking Style Duck Breast, Warm Chantrelle Salad, Ten Spiced Confit Figs, Smoked Duck Cracklin' paired with a Recuerdo Malbec Mendoza, Argentina 2010


Washugyu Flat Iron with Veal Cheek Tempura, Compressed Apple and Chili Soy paired with Blackbird Vineyards, "Arise", Napa Valley 2009

Caramel Roasted Apple, Butterscotch Miso, Sesame Crisp, Edamame Ice Cream paired with Ice House, "Vidal", Niagara Peninsula 2006



For more photos from the 2011 Los Angeles Food and Wine Lexus Grand Tasting, visit HERE.

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