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Re: “In Praise of Oakland’s Koreana Plaza

"that part of Tele has those stupid bike lanes so it drags through there"

Amen, preach it! Used to be that you could blow through there at 20 miles above the posted speed limit. Now cars have to sometimes obey the law for a few blocks...it's ridiculous. Now the walk/bike fanatics are trying to extend it to other streets, too:

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2017/04/12/jeff-tumlin-exit-interview

Posted by Opressed Automobile Driver on 04/15/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Mexican Bartenders in the East Bay Reclaim Tequila

"Paying homage to those who came before them" should include giving credit where credit is deserved. Instead of women in the industry getting praised and acknowledged for their talent and contributions they undervalued and quickly forgotten.

Juana Ojeda worked for Nido for one year as a bartender. She was the one that created the recipe for the Tres Rojas margarita pictured in the article. It has been one of the restaurants top margarita sellers for the last three years.

During her 7 year tenure at Tamarindo as a bartender she was also responsible for creating their Tamarindo margarita recipe. 10 years later it's still on the menu and a crowd favorite.

Posted by Claudia Mercado on 04/03/2017 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Eating Chinatown: A Walkable Guide to Oakland's Most Delicious Neighborhood

No love for Shooting Star Cafe and Pacific Renaissance Plaza's Gum Kuo and the new and improved Cafe 88? Also, Saint Anna's best kept secret is their Hong Kong style sizzling plate steak set dinners which are served all day. They cost much less than what you usually pay at Outback, Texas Roadhouse or Black Angus but twice as good.

Posted by Frank Djeng on 04/01/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “The Anti-Sheep Mentality of Alameda's Mama Papa Lithuania

I've been here a few times and it is consistently good food and service. A top 5 or 10 in Alameda for sure. It is too bad their bakery next door has apparently closed as it was nice too.

Posted by Brandon Svec on 03/31/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “What to Do When ICE Raids Your Restaurant

Hey Vinnie, you just proved my points. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Rich Davis on 03/31/2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Eating Chinatown: A Walkable Guide to Oakland's Most Delicious Neighborhood

Good going, Luke! It's also worth pointing out that there's good food in Chinatown after midnight -- especially at New Gold Medal and Shooting Star.

And has anyone else noticed (once beyond the stink) how similar durian tastes to marzipan??? Talk about East/West fusion!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/31/2017 at 12:00 AM

Re: “What to Do When ICE Raids Your Restaurant

Hey Rich, what imaginary world are you living in? ICE just shot and killed a man in Chicago the other day. There are numerous reports of ICE enforcing Dump's inane and ridiculous command. Why not do something called an internet search? And why shouldn't citizens or sensible politicians bash the current regime? Dump and his swamp creatures are the source of some of the most disgusting and assbackwards policy changes in US history.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Eating Chinatown: A Walkable Guide to Oakland's Most Delicious Neighborhood

Luke, you have just broken the seal! I have always wanted to see a comprehensive guide to Oakland Chinatown for both restaurants and the markets. I've been putting a list together myself but I think a project like that would need a full team. Are you interested in putting one together?

Posted by Sim Peyron on 03/30/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “What to Do When ICE Raids Your Restaurant

Key, to date there has been no ice raid or other enforcement. The media and politicians are creating histeria around this issue. Sure find a few cases across the US and make it sound like every neighborhood is involved. The politicians should work on solving the problem instead of exploiting it or just bashing the current regime.

Posted by Rich Davis on 03/30/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “In Praise of Oakland’s Koreana Plaza

Thank you for highlighting one of the gems of Oakland (and well deserved). We shop there weekly. The owners have done a lot of work to revitalized that part of town.

Posted by GK on 03/30/2017 at 1:13 AM

Re: “Leavening the Resistance: Reem's Brings Traditional Arab Bakery to Oakland's Fruitvale

Looking forward to visiting you and J at your shop! Congratulations!

Posted by Nick Yapor-Cox 1 on 03/29/2017 at 10:58 PM

Re: “The Anti-Sheep Mentality of Alameda's Mama Papa Lithuania

Ok, this is a good write up. I'll add here, the restaurant is cozy, the staff are kind, and the food is quite delicious. If you have an opportunity to go, then make sure you do.

Posted by Jason Ricca on 03/29/2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “In Praise of Oakland’s Koreana Plaza

We still call it "Pusan Market"

Posted by Richard Chen on 03/29/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The East Bay’s Lao Restaurant Community Embraces Its ‘Lao-ness’

Laotian food is amazing --herbal, fresh, pungent, spicy, complex. I've had it in Laos, Thailand, and here. Vientiane Kitchen is my favorite place in the Bay Area. The mok ba there is delicious as is their sai ooa

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/29/2017 at 2:20 PM

Re: “The Curious History of the Eritrean and Ethiopian Veggie Combo

Thank you for having a list of unique dishes available. As much as I love Ethiopian food I found that restaurants tend to offer the same dishes. It all tastes and looks the same. Some of it better than others of course. Cafe Colucci puts various hummus-like toppings on their salads, which taste fantastic. I think if Ethiopian restaurants would offer more unique, non-typical dishes I would eat there more often. Bay Area diners are adventurous! Take advantage of this!.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/29/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “In Praise of Oakland’s Koreana Plaza

Man you all are giving up all the Towns stuff, and now you got a chump from Hayward giving it up too. Oh Lawd why do we get all these losers?? That is the coolest place for a quick lunch, fresh fish, and good soups..the ramen comment is cool but the parking lot is going to be far worse, and that part of Tele has those stupid bike lanes so it drags through there...us neighbors love Koreana Plaza!!

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 03/29/2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “The Curious History of the Eritrean and Ethiopian Veggie Combo

Excellent article. I've been enjoying the combo platters but now I understand the cultural significance of the offerings.

Posted by Gabrielle Wilson on 03/29/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Savor Filipino Comes to Oakland

Please include / interview Needa Bee - the Lumpia Lady - a Filipino Oakland original!
maowunyo de asis
https://www.facebook.com/needa.bee.5

Kin Folkz

Posted by Kin Folkz on 10/12/2016 at 12:12 AM

Re: “East Bay Breakfast Spots that Don't Involve Waiting in Long Lines

Interesting that you didn't find a line at Jim's on a weekend? We went last year and there was a good-sized line even at 11a. The line moves fast, tho; those waitresses are pros!

Posted by Jean Komatsu 1 on 10/09/2016 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

Yeah I remember djing a bar at the lake and them saying the music wasn't right and that they wanted a certain crowd and it "wasn't a race thing" but it clearly must have been because they certainly couldn't phrase what was wrong with the crowd without brining up race. It was the first time someone had been that upfront about the kind of unspoken racism that a lot places out here perpetuate. It was a few years ago and it's another place altogether now.

Posted by mstardust on 10/05/2016 at 4:01 PM

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