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You forgot to include the importance of a good paper filter. So many people use those cheap Melitta crimped-edge paper cones for their drip/pour-over. Those filters are awful. Get the Chemex bonded paper filters: SO MUCH BETTER tasting coffee! Thankfully, with the growing interest in pour-over brewing, they are finally easier to find once again. But in a pinch, you can get them thru Amazon (prime, of course!).
Gary - Most of the "life long Oaklanders" are dead. Oakland was over 80% white in the early 1960's. Now look at the stats on the interactive map @SFGate: Oakland STILL has over 2x as many violent crime incidents as other Bay Area cities. Let's not celebrate "real Oaklanders vs newcomers" when all that past nostalgia led to was a dead-end city of growing slums, cheap fast food chains, and a dying downtown.
As for "eating out 3+x wk", get real. When a couple works 45 hrs/wk plus commute time, good quality take-out is a lifesaver. The days of women staying home and cooking all day are long-gone, and good riddance to it.
Jeff, I only used invasion because the word gentrification is so over used to describe what is happening in plain sight. Your inference that the whole City of Oakland is and has been a wreck forever and now these east coast over educated hipsters are here and everything will be okay illustrates the social arrogance and elitist attitude that most life long Oaklanders find offensive. If you don't think SF is turning into Manhattan, look at housing prices, lack of economic and racial diversity and you tell me how much of a difference there is. Moreover, I used to dine and socialize often in SF, during all of the previous economic bubbles over the last 40 years. I rarely go to SF these days because the difference is the attitudes of the people who have come here for the latest tech surge. Many, maybe not all, are spoiled, entitled, arrogant, dismissive of others not like them and generally obnoxious to be around. This narcissistic, look at me, I'm so special attitude is not what the bay area is about. People who want to think and act like that should go and live in LA. I am not at all against economic development and jobs but I am not willing to trade that for cultural sterilization by an army of hipsters wandering the streets staring at I phones. The fact is that even this self described "new economy" based economic surge will bubble out at some point. In case you have not noticed, Uber executives are currently facing prison time in France, not for innovation, but because their business model is based on breaking laws that others in the same business are required to follow. They are also outright outlawed in several US states. My prediction is that when regulators in California finally catch up to them, their growth will only be a fraction of what they are projecting. The same can be said for Airbnb. If you think these people are trying to rescue anybody but themselves, then you are really not paying attention.
Now, if only we can get something in West Oakland!!!!!
Your bias and contempt is showing through. You call it the "pending invasion" I call it a rescue- we need a lifeline - Oakland was failing and flailing. The fact is Oakland is a mess, a top city for crime, city hall has so many flubs it seems that they cannot manage their way out of a paper bag. One way out of this mess is employment opportunities and money and that is coming. Is city hall accountable at all? We pay high taxes and seemingly get poor services and you know who suffers the most the lower socio economic class, but always the pandering of politicians whose lip service is to help the poor and disadvantaged. San Francisco is hardly Manhattan and Oakland is certainly not Brooklyn. Perhaps an alternative to what is coming would have been a well run city (but even then market forces trump) but we haven't had that. I am excited that Sunset Magazine is locating here and that Uber is too, and I'll take 5 more and I think it will be a shining moment for Oakland. It was so strange that SF & silicon valley were so innovative and it passed Oakland by, forcing those who work in fields of innovation to commute long distances (1-1.5 hrs each way) perhaps no more, perhaps they will be able to work where they live and live where they work. Cheers mate!
This is more evidence of the pending invasion of Oakland by the hipster tech bubble group priced out of San Francisco. Many or most of these people are well educated off spring of the east coast upper middle class. They have come to the bay area to seek their fortunes and are intent on turning San Francisco into Manhattan. Given the current average home prices in SF, they seem to have succeeded and are now descending on Oakland. Here comes Uber. They are comfortable with and are actively seeking a Manhattan lifestyle. People there pay way too much for small housing spaces and have no interest in grocery shopping or cooking every day. They eat at restaurants 3-5 times a week, if not more. They use neighborhood corner markets and delis to pick up prepared foods and items to be cooked tonight. Uptown and the Broadway/Telegraph corridors seem to be the perfect location for all the culinary and night time activities required. These neighborhood markets will only complete the picture. I feel like Oakland is in line to experience a real life new century updated episode of Seinfeld.
Food in Oakland stinks. No fine food restyrants.
Actually Oakland has many black owned businesses and east and west Oakland have a lot of middle class blacks living there. I got a friend's cousin who grew up in the east Oakland hills and still live there. And it's more than two black owned restaurants in downtown Oakland or uptown as they call it now but it's really North Oakland especially on Telegraph. And telegraph has many African owned restaurants on that street.I know this I grew up in Northern California and I can tell you this. Many blacks own businesses in Oakland, some old time ones have closed down over the last few years but that's cause they have not changed with the times. Kingston 11, Miss Ollie's,and Pican have changed and adjusted with the times. So it's more than two black owned restaurants in downtown Oakland. It's plenty more all over Oakland. And everybody in east and west Oakland ain't poor like either. But these new black owned restaurants in Oakland are the answer to gentrification.
Two black-owned in a sea of white-owned. I guess they are considered the quota.
Is it true that Shan Dong doesn't make buns anymore? I stopped in recently, and the owner lady said this was the case.
You don't need to be vegan to appreciate the businesses and products talked about in this article.
10/10 would recommend.
I loved reading about the burgeoning Vegan scene in the East Bay. I live in North Marin and travel to Berkeley specifically to support Republic of V. They have an amazing variety of products, from oldies to goodies to the latest foods on the market. It makes me do a happy dance just thinking about! I'm also a big fan of Souley Vegan on Broadway. and Herbivore downtown. Vegan Power!
In CA, you can only fill growlers if you're a brewery...so no can do Ajen Birmingham.
Craft Beer - Its more than a revolution, its a takeover.
And this article mentions nothing about her selection of Lunch Pack. How many varieties?
She should get a growler fill station!
I love visiting Republic of V and stocking up (esp. on Miyoko's cheese and vegan fish sauce) on our way home from San Fransisco back to Sacramento. Happy to see the coverage! This goes to show vegan is becoming more mainstream.
THere is SOOOOOOO much more good beer over here, in Japan - lots to look forward to!
Don't forget to check out Baagan in San Ramon if you're looking for some delicious vegan food.
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