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A new restaurant will be opening later this summer at 2826 Telegraph Avenue, not far from Andronico’s in what was once home to a revolving door of unlucky restaurants (most recently, Locanda da Eva). Will Origen, the child of Nibblers Eatery‘s chefs Daniel Clayton and Trace Leighton, be the one to stay?

Look for a selection of international small plates, a daily changing prix fixe menu and in-house wood-fired pizza, all made from sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. We’re thinking Origen, which is Catalan for “from the source,” will be something like a Gather meets Cesar love child.

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Origen headed to Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue [Inside Scoop]

I'm grateful for not being indoctrinated by expensive, creepy self-help forums.Whatever you do, do not order the Kool-Aid at Cafe Gratitude. OK, so we’re pretty sure you can’t actually order Kool-Aid anyway, mostly because we seriously doubt that Kool-Aid’s considered raw food. Also because it’s not on the menu. But still, this East Bay Express expose definitely turns the local vegan food chain sketchy side out, and you may not want to drink anything they’re pouring after reading it.

The article reports that employees of the cafe are “highly encouraged” to participate in the purportedly life-changing and (surprise, surprise) rather costly “Landmark Forum.”  Managers are reportedly required to attend. Yeah … if something about that doesn’t sound quite–oh, what’s the word we’re looking for here?–legal to you, then you’re probably right. Well, if what many former and current employees are saying is true, in any case. read more »