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Re: “Ethiopian Café Anfilo in Oakland, Where The Food Is As Strong And Bold As The Coffee

the restaurants are more than they were a couple of decades ago when i tried the coffee in what seemed to be the only one on telegraph avenue. i have ethiopian ancestors. i am more sure of ancestors ethiopian than i am descendants as the older people in my family seem to connect easier in the african area than the younger generations in my family. my family is literally all over the san francisco bay area, especially oakland.

Posted by Estella Davis on 04/20/2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Ethiopian Café Anfilo in Oakland, Where The Food Is As Strong And Bold As The Coffee

Ethiopian restaurants are on the rise all over America. They are definitely a model for people of African descent everywhere.

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 04/20/2017 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Ethiopian Café Anfilo in Oakland, Where The Food Is As Strong And Bold As The Coffee

Ethiopian Food is good. Them Ethiopians got North Oakland on lock. They got lots of businesses on Telehraph. Traditional Soul Food ain't really popping like that no more. You got a few left in Oakland but there fazing out, even Chinese restaurants are fazing out. People, especially in the Bay Area are all about new things and exploring new plateaus. That's Ethiopian restaurants and other African restaurants thrive. The bay area is a great place, I grew up there but its too expensive. But anyway, Ethiopian restaurants are on the rise all over

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 04/20/2017 at 4:38 AM

Re: “Nyum Bai Wants to Expand Your Vocabulary of Asian Noodle Soups

I was all excited about this place, but the use of Maggi seasoning means that there is MSG in the food which strikes it off my list. I get migraines from MSG and it also typically means that the food is not good quality enough to stand on it's own without flavor enhancers. Oh well....

Posted by Dana Carr on 04/16/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “The Wolf in Oakland Modernizes a Cal-Cuisine Legend

Monsieur Chateaubriand,

Your comments on this review were thoughtfully and poignantly written and I think you captured quite well the essence of what is at hand here. With regards to Queen Bauer, I concur. I've grown weary of his incapacity to see the glass half full and the condescending way he dismisses restaurants that clearly have a lot going for them like The Wolf.

The Wood's and Chef Yang have the heart, soul, tenacity and commitment to make The Wolf every bit as legendary as Michael Wild's beloved establishment. Additionally with a chef as young and talented as Yang we have yet to see what this amazing Oakland woman will achieve in her tenure at The Wolf.

With your writing skills perhaps you could throw your hat in the ring as the next food critic for The Chronicle. This reader would be grateful for new perspectives.

Posted by Laura Martin Bovard on 04/09/2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The Wolf in Oakland Modernizes a Cal-Cuisine Legend

Excellently argued review, and much better than Queen Bauer's never-ending condescension,even as both reviews argue essentially the same thing: The shadow of the rightfully legendary Bay Wolf perhaps impedes Peng from achieving the breakaway moment of which she is capable. Bay Wolf, over its forty year run, became a beloved staple, a wonderfully Latin-Euro (French, Italian, Spanish) and Cali take on comfort food.

What we all have forgotten, it seems, is that Bay Wolf made its bones by taking us all to new territory back in the day, and that its beloved "comfort" ethos developed only in the last decade of its multi-decade run.

The Wolf can pay true homage to Bay Wolf by doing what Wild and company did in the first place: take the recipes and improvise freely and lovingly, without the aim of playing solely to the past or becoming a Cali legend, both of which the Bay Wolf achieved almost as an afterthought.

To the ever-talented Ms. Peng: never mind the shadow. Do YOUR thang, and the ghost of Bay Wolf will smile approvingly.

Posted by Rene Chateaubriand on 04/08/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Nyum Bai Wants to Expand Your Vocabulary of Asian Noodle Soups

Sounds delicious. Too bad it's in Emeryville, the most ill-planned mall-town in California.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 4:25 PM

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