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That food looks disgusting , That was definitely not the food we got when I went to school in Rockridge
Looking at the picture accompaning this article. Food is all one bland color, everything looks fried, no salad. Is this what they are serving at Oakland High?? Who plans the menus? What is their background?? That is the person we should know about. Sounds like too many government, business and union folks involved.
"And in Thailand, street vendors hawk something called the ice cream "roll" — a thin layer of ice cream that gets scraped up in a way that forms tight coils roughly the size and shape of a Fruit Roll-Up.
The ice cream rolls, aka "stir-fried" ice cream......."
I ate street vendor food for 17 years when I lived in Thailand, and never saw any such thing as an ice cream roll, or stir fried ice cream!!
AS B-Dama and Delage is a cool spot, but for the best authentic Japanese ramen you have to go to Yuzu Ramen & Broffee in Emeryville - www.YuzuRB.com
OMG WE CANNOT WAIT!!!! I started reading this article and said to myself "PLEASE GOD MAKE HER SERVE MANYEESH. And then i read the rest of the article and saw my prayers will be answered. Welcome to the Fruitvale we cannot wait to have you!
This is really disappointing especially hearing that he is still so passionate about making food. I wonder if he could go through Kiva local to help fund his start up. With so many people who loved his food, his generous heart and charitable intentions I'd be he'd make money in no time. Just a thought... maybe Luke you can pass on the idea to Tony?
Wow. What a loss. I would trade one of the "high end gourmet places" for this any day ... Tony was a true delight and so was his food. One of the high points of the East Bay (Oakland in particular) is being able to spend less than $10 for lunch and getting not just something "good" ... but something truly special and truly unique. Whether it's Mongolian or Viet-Mex fusion doesn't matter ... what matters is great, affordable food made by great people. Let's hope Tony gets his dream ... and hopefully you'll let us know when he does!
That's too bad. We did our laundry at the laundromat next to Saigon Deli Sandwich & Taco Valparaiso just so we could eat there while we washed. They will be missed. Good luck to Tony finding a new space.
Merritt Bakery is closed. Although someone told me they took over the old Kwik-Way drive-thru, so maybe they have their chicken there.
Merritt bakery in Oakland is hands down the best fried chicken in bay area. not even mentioned?
What about the Southern Cooking joint on MacArthur on the Glenview side of Fruitvale? I heard that has great fried chicken - haven't been there yet but plan to go.
Good guide. I am hungry
There's a much more pressing problem in our own back yard: the Bay Area's many live animal food markets. California annually imports some TWO MILLION non-native American bullfrogs for human consumption (commercially-raised). Plus an additional 300,000 to 400,000 non-native freshwater turtles, all taken from the wild in states East of the Rockies, depleting local populations. These markets are common in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento and Los Angeles, mostly in various "Chinatowns." Often illegally released into they wild, they prey upon and displace our native species.
Worse, the majority of the bullfrogs (60+ %) test positive for the dreaded chytrid fungus (Batrachrochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd), which has caused the extinctions of 200+ species of frogs and other amphibians worldwide in recent years.
ALL of the market frogs & turtles are diseased and/or parasitized, though it is ILLEGAL to sell such products: E. coli, pasturella, salmonella, blood parasite, giardia, et al. Many of the animals are stacked four and five deep, often without food or water, and butchered while fully conscious.
Now THERE's an issue where the Berkeley and Oakland City Councils could REALLY make a difference. Follow the money.
Eric Mills, coordinator
ACTION FOR ANIMALS
I can't wait for a branch group of Direct Action in Mumbai to take exception to Americans devouring cows.
Do something real people.
In South Korea, which has a strong and long duration of Western cultural influence, dog restaurants remain somewhat common and a choice for older Koreans who are feeling under-the-weather. The trauma of the dog being beaten adds stress-related chemicals to the flesh, which in turn are supposed to provide health benefits to the people who eat it. It is pricey meat. However, dog eating is not popular with younger Koreans and small dogs are increasinglng finding their way into apartment dweller homes as pets. Kudos for Berkeley City for flexing their soft power, but don't expect this practice in Asia to go away in the near future.
There are many animal rescues in CA, Hope for Paws and MarleyMutts to name two, which are working with rescues in China and Korea to stop this practice. But what they can do is just a drop in the bucket compared to the dogs that are languishing in small cages waiting to be killed and eaten. Particular types of dogs are also being bread as a food source (they look like a combo Samoyed/Husky). It's quite sad when you think about it. A tiny number of these animals are "saved" by rescues and shipped here - but should we really be doing this with the amount of dogs in shelters needing to be "saved" from extermination as well.
I appreciate Kriss Worthington for putting this item on the agenda. It brings grotesque practices such as those described to the fore, and creates political pressure that may eventually be effective.
Thanks, Luke! Have followed the Miliki story a bit, but was never sure whether that was the same chef. I certainly hope they find a way to make it.
As for Mama's needing an update: only a few details, perhaps, like fixing the stools (and maybe some fresh paint)! When it comes to retro/camp, that place is already the real deal!
Oakland doesn't need a Mama's Redux with Edison lightbulbs and faux-industrial fixtures, any more than it needs yet another hipster beer garden to replace Miliki. Stick with the genuine article!
Love Mama's grits and hash, but man that place needs a serious update. Getting very tired and worn in a not-good way.
Hey Mitchell, my understanding is that the Full House chef has since moved onto Miliki (whose own future is a big question mark). But yes, Marino said he wants to find a new owner who will keep the staff — though of course it may be impossible to guarantee it.
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