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Thank you Luke!
No! You have been great and we need more voices like yours. For you food from non-European origins wasn't "exotic" and you demonstrated a true connection and appreciation of real peoples' food. You will be missed.
Always a pleasure to read your reviews and discover new places with you. Good luck with your new position and keep on eatin'!!
Good luck, Luke. Reading your reviews each week has become something I greatly look forward to.
Word! Great article but Alchemy Collective in Berkeley next time! Worker-owned by mostly queer/POC folks.
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.
How is Alchemy Collective not on this list?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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