Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mid-Week Menu: Boston Loves Oakland, Michael Jackson's Former Chef in Uptown, and Sexytimes at Hudson's Bar

by Jesse Hirsch
Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, a weekly roundup of restaurant openings, chef arrivals and departures, and other nuggets of gossip from the East Bay dining scene.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Crowdfunding for Food Startups

by Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 7:50 AM

At Sunday’s well-attended Progressive Opportunities conference in Berkeley, the role of food could not be overstated as a focal point for reshaping our world. “If there’s anywhere people have really gotten the importance of local change, it’s the food movement,” said Elizabeth Ü, one of the most dynamic speakers at the event (which was produced by the Express). But this was more than a pep rally, rife with well-worn talking points and unrealistic utopian visions. The speakers at Progressive Opportunities were level-headed pragmatists, with attainable goals and inspiring stories. If anyone is going to upend the system, it’s these people.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Social Justice in a Produce Box

by Jesse Hirsch
Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM

In honor of today’s Occupy Our Food Supply day of global action (and to celebrate spring’s imminent arrival), here are two very affordable community-supported agriculture programs that support social justice and urban renewal programs in Oakland.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Backyard Brunch in Berkeley

by Jesse Hirsch
Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Rogue Café, a Saturday brunch spot in a Berkeley backyard, probably isn’t for everybody. Your food is prepped on a propane grill, served out of a corrugated metal shed. You eat on a jumble of mismatched patio furniture, scattered among Wiffle ball bats, tricycles, and piles of cedar mulch (VIPs eat in a treehouse). You may end up chatting with strangers.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mid-Week Menu: Rico's Comes to Temescal, Christopher Lee Kicks Ass in NYC, and Have You Heard About Uptown?

by Jesse Hirsch
Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, a weekly roundup of restaurant openings, chef arrivals and departures, and other nuggets of gossip from the East Bay dining scene.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Top Ten Least Googleable Local Restaurant Names

by Ellen Cushing
Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

A couple weeks back, Kathleen drew much-needed attention to the emerging problem of the ungoogelable band name (this means you, Girls). But those artsy types aren't the only offenders in what appears to be a full-fledged war on searchability. Behold, the top ten most impossible-to-find-on-the-internet local restaurants and bars:

1. FIVE

2. Best Burritos . (Apparently lots of places like to identify themselves as "best"; who knew?)

3. Local Cafe

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4. Boot and Shoe Service

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Waffle Boss Dies, Pretty Dog Lives

by Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Last week I noticed that Waffle Boss, the Liège-style waffle shop that was supposed to open in Temescal by the end of 2011, had not materialized. The shop’s website and Facebook pages were down, and a quick Internet search turned up nothing on owner Peter Fikaris. So I wrote a blog post with the words “Waffle Boss where art thou?”, the Internet equivalent of shining a waffle in the sky. Three days later, I got an email from the boss himself.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Crab Season Winds Down

by Jesse Hirsch
Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

The Dungeness crab season ran a little short this year, after a strike in November paralyzed the industry for weeks. We’re now approaching the end of season, but there are still a few local options for Dungeness meals.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

This Week Only: Nine East Bay Spots Pouring The Best Beer In The World

by Will Butler
Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 3:12 PM

It’s SF Beer Week! And they don't get to have all the fun! Over the years, the loosely-associated event has extended in all directions, and there’s plenty of fun new beers to try this week in the East Bay. As a proud Santa Rosa, CA native, I’m delighted to point you toward what has become the biggest attraction of the almost two-week long festivities: Russian River Brewing Company’s annual, extremely-limited-edition, ultra-double-IPA, Pliny The Younger!

You can find the North Bay brewer’s Elder version (also an exquisite hop-heavy beverage) in pubs and even Whole Foods stores around the country, but it’s younger offspring — which only makes an appearance once a year — is so good, Beer Advocate has basically called it the best beer that America has to offer.

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So, there are plenty of places in SF, but where to find the smooth, sweet Imperial in the East Bay? After some serious sleuthing, I’ve thrown together what I think is a pretty good registry of who’s pouring this week (some right now!). Get there early, expect lines, and beer bragging rights will be yours:

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Mid-Week Menu: Waffle Boss Goes AWOL, eVe Goes Peruvian, Adagia Goes Campus

by Jesse Hirsch
Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, a weekly roundup of restaurant openings, chef arrivals and departures, and other nuggets of gossip from the East Bay dining scene.

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