Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

So no one accuses me of trying to bury the lede, let’s start with this: Next week I officially start my new job as the East Bay Express’s resident food writer, taking over for my esteemed colleague, Jesse Hirsch. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Meat Poets: Win a Free Lunch!

by Jesse Hirsch
Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM

In advance of their official launch in July, Belcampo Meat Co. has launched a series of "Meat-Up" lunches at Blue Bottle in Jack London Square. Each month, local carnivores have the chance to schmooze over meals of chile verde tacos, beef heart sandwiches, and Pekin duck terrines.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mid-Week Menu: Lots of New Restaurants and One Sad Fire

by Jesse Hirsch
Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 5:47 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, April 10, 2012

Fear and Hunger at OB's Cafe

by Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM

OB’s Cafe may be a fantastic restaurant, but the owner isn’t interested in your praise.

A food writer friend hipped me to this tiny Cajun spot in Old Oakland, saying that he “didn’t want to take credit or blame” for the suggestion. Intrigued, I did my Internet due diligence. The OB’s website is a slick Mardi Gras party, with Flash animation, zydeco music, and a curious slogan: “There really is such a thing as Southern hospitality which comes with a certain attitude that says ‘Calm down and enjoy yourself.’”

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Bakesale Betty Manager Makes Scones on the Side

by Jesse Hirsch
Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Bakesale Betty’s production manager Shawn Walker-Smith is an accomplished professional baker, but his day job is more administrative than hands-on. When he told then-pregnant owner Alison Barakat that he missed getting his hands in the flour, she fiercely insisted he start up a side business. “I was not about to argue with a pregnant woman,” laughed Walker-Smith.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Phat Beets Moves Ahead With Edible Landscaping Project

by Jesse Hirsch
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 6:30 AM

In honor of César Chávez Day last weekend, the Phat Beets Produce collective implemented the second half of its improvement plan for the Healthy Hearts Garden at Dover Street Park in North Oakland (57th and Dover streets). After receiving final city sign-off the week before, about fifty volunteers came together to complete the park’s edible landscaping.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mid-Week Menu: Charlie Hallowell's Non-Pizza Project, Gioia in SF, and Boutique Beer and Coffee Shops in Albany

by Jesse Hirsch
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 9:29 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, April 3, 2012

Paul Canales' Big Plans for Uptown

by Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 8:14 AM

After fifteen years cooking at Oakland's much-beloved Oliveto, Chef Paul Canales wanted a place to call his very own. But he isn't just going to tweak the Italian-meets-Cal-cuisine template from his last gig; he plans to build something completely fresh, from the ground up. "Oliveto suggests a certain way of eating, but I don't want to be stuck with a high degree of formality," says Canales. "I want something free-form."

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