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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: What the Fork

Re: “Don’t Call It a Goodbye

Good luck, Luke. Reading your reviews each week has become something I greatly look forward to.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 03/29/2017 at 12:23 AM

Re: “East Bay Coffee Shops Are Helping to Lead the Resistance

Word! Great article but Alchemy Collective in Berkeley next time! Worker-owned by mostly queer/POC folks.

Posted by Mercy Albaran on 02/20/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “East Bay Coffee Shops Are Helping to Lead the Resistance

For real! How is Alchemy Collective not on this list? They've even been a member of EBX's Think Indie Campaign for over a year!

Here are a few reasons why they might deserve to be on this list:

(1) THE SOLIDARITY ECONOMY

Alchemy is 100% worker-owned and 100% democratically run by a squad of predominantly Black, brown, and queer folks.

Alchemy was founded by three low-income baristas who wanted to create dignified careers (and business ownership) for themselves and other working class folks. And that's more impressive than businesses founded by well-meaning well-off investors with predetermined missions who hire members from marginalized groups to execute those missions without giving them real control over the capital they create. Right? Right.

They let community groups host events and fundraisers after hours for FREE. Such groups include Hasta Muerte Coffee, Community Democracy Project (Oakland), Sustainable Economies Law Center, Alipato Project, Justice for My Sister, an art therapy group, an anti-gentrification reading group, and more!

They incubate other worker-owned businesses for free and provide a lot of free emotional labor to houseless folks and other folks in need.

(2) MOVEMENT-ART GALLERY

Months after movement-artist Oree Originol's art show at Alchemy ended, his "Justice for Eric Garner," "Justice for Mike Brown," and "Justice for Sandra Bland" posters remain on Alchemy's windows. They host other local artists every month.

(3) ANTI-GENTRIFICATION AND LOCAL POLITICS

Alchemy is a member of the only business association in Berkeley that fights criminalizing homelessness. Ever aware of the dangerous effects of gentrification, instead of relying on the police, Alchemy established a network of social workers, family members, and neighboring businesses to help de-escalate potentially dangerous conflicts.

(4) NATIONAL POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Alchemy joined the national inaugural strike on January 20th. A portion of the proceeds from Alchemy's Snakebite blend goes to Standing Rock. But their #NODAPL efforts don't stop there. Alchemy inspires folks to be more aware and more accountable: To the left of the Alchemy cash register is a list of banks that fund DAPL. To the right of their cash register is a Standing Rock donation box.

Alchemy sources food from the farmer's market, their beans are organic, their take-out stuff is compostable, and they use solar power. They have hosted events about community-owned renewable energy and fundraisers for environmental justice.

(5) COMMUNITY EDUCATION

They provide access to an expensive curated radical book collection to the public even though someone keeps stealing their James Baldwin books. They help resisters of domestic violence by selling the Radical Feminist Coloring Book and distributing "know-your-rights" brochures.

Posted by Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas on 02/20/2017 at 8:01 PM

Re: “East Bay Coffee Shops Are Helping to Lead the Resistance

How is Alchemy Collective not on this list?

Posted by Mandy Au Yeung on 02/20/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “On the Closing of Hawker Fare

I suggest a conference specifically geared to local restaurants in the medium price & affordable price ranges to help them buy rather than rent. That way they can transcend rent increases & property ownership changes. They would be the owners.

There are several organizations specializing in these type of programs. We've got to help them target & meet restaurants.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 02/02/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “'I Like Eating': Democracy and Philly Cheesesteaks

anyone that wants a serious cheese steak should not go to either pat's or geno's. These are the fisherman's wharf of cheese steak places

Posted by Andy Kleiber on 01/19/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “'I Like Eating': Democracy and Philly Cheesesteaks

It is ironic that, as a new citizen, the character goes to racist "Geno's Steaks" in South Philly, where until the Pope's recent visit had signs on their restaurant stating "This Is AMERICA, When ordering, SPEAK ENGLISH" and "Press 1 for English, Press 2 for Deportation". The character should have gone to "Pat's Steaks" across the street, the actual creator's of the cheesesteak sandwich, which they serve to everyone.

Posted by Gilbert Bardsley on 01/04/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “AS B-Dama's Chicken Paitan Ramen Is the Perfect Antidote to Winter

Keizo Shimamoto once wrote that tori paitan broth just meant "boiling the dickens out of chickens."

I've had good versions in SF at Kirimachi and Mensho Tokyo.

Posted by Gary Stevens on 01/03/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “OUSD Aims to Put Its Money Where Its Values Are

That food looks disgusting , That was definitely not the food we got when I went to school in Rockridge

Posted by G Pascual on 10/29/2016 at 7:42 AM

Re: “OUSD Aims to Put Its Money Where Its Values Are

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.
http://media1.fdncms.com/eastbayexpress/im…

Posted by Carolyn Burd on 10/27/2016 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Thai-Style Ice Cream Rolls into Chinatown

"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!!
Durian, YES!!

Scott Gannon
Oakland

Posted by Scott Gannon on 10/12/2016 at 5:16 PM

Re: “A Brief Guide to Eating 'Ethnic' in the East Bay

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

Posted by Matthew S LaCrosse on 10/04/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Reem's California: The Power of a Corner Bakery

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!

Posted by Heather Haxo Phillips Yoga on 09/14/2016 at 2:00 PM

Re: “In East Oakland, a Popular Banh Mi Shop and Taqueria Closes

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?

Posted by Kai Tokugawa on 09/10/2016 at 6:55 PM

Re: “In East Oakland, a Popular Banh Mi Shop and Taqueria Closes

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!

Posted by Alan J Miller on 09/09/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “In East Oakland, a Popular Banh Mi Shop and Taqueria Closes

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.

Posted by Michelle Castro on 09/07/2016 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Six Ways to Fried Chicken in the East Bay

Merritt Bakery is closed. Although someone told me they took over the old Kwik-Way drive-thru, so maybe they have their chicken there.

Posted by BTP on 08/26/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Six Ways to Fried Chicken in the East Bay

Merritt bakery in Oakland is hands down the best fried chicken in bay area. not even mentioned?

Posted by Scout on 08/22/2016 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Six Ways to Fried Chicken in the East Bay

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.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/17/2016 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Six Ways to Fried Chicken in the East Bay

Good guide. I am hungry

Posted by Darryl Sladden on 08/16/2016 at 11:10 PM

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