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Berkeley Bowl report: spring is here

Windy | Mar 19, 200306:28 PM

After a yummy lunch at Daimo and a stop at the El Cerrito farmer's market yesterday, I honored the vernal equinox with a trip to the bowl. Spring is definitely here.

Picked up gorgeous green beans, watercress, dino kale. Asparagus were everywhere for under $1 a pound for tips. The strawberries were flavorful if not that sweet yet, and with a little brown cow yogurt, delicious.

Out of curiosity, I bought a watermelon radish and tried it, along with some real watermelon. What a great radish for parties. It tastes great, but it's really a thing of beauty, with a hard green shell and white and pink interior. Do they sell these anywhere else?

I also tried some of the fish department's gravlax, a very good value for cured salmon at ~$13 a pound.

As with all good chow excursions, this was not just about healthy things. I treated myself to a selection chocolate bars and discovered the wonders of Dagoba, an Oregon-based company that makes organic chocolate. (The Chron apparently named them to the food hall of fame last year).

I only tried their Mon Cheri bar, which is 72% cacao with bits of dried cherries and vanilla. I'm torn between wolfing down the last bite and trying to make it last until I can drive across the bridge again.

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