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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink

Re: “When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

Not many people I know were around in Paleo days and fewer still have any fond memories.

I think there were very few restaurants, especially gluten-free ones 10K years ago not to mention 100K years in the past. The problem of providing menus, for instance, was a barrier before the invention of reading and writing and paper and even pictograph menus on stone would have been difficult to use due to their size and weight and the time required for updates.

A couple of thoughts come to mind:

First, back in Paleo days eating was not so much an entertainment but more of a necessity where almost any edible or even quasi-edible might do: carrion, fern shoots, insects, fresh blood cocktails if you could find a good mixologist. And having a choice of many quasi-edibles at any one moment would probably have been a matter for hysterical laughter--I am assuming that laughing was well-established among humanoids even 200K years ago. Back then I’m quite sure that absolutely nobody could have thunk of such a humorous thing as multiple choices for primi, secondi and contorni, not to mention dolci.

Second, supposedly yucky foods for the Paleo foodie like milk, cheese, gelato and the like or the gluten-bearing loaf or hardtack, or, horror of horrors, the pie, have been seen by anthropologists in quite a different light. Evidently civilization, or the life that we know so well filled with cars, airplanes, the internet, celebrities, etc., depended directly on humans cultivating things like grains and digesting milk as adults. Adult milk tolerance has been such a useful evolutionary adaptation that it has occurred repeatedly in human history from Paleo times to the Present Day.

My guess is that if there were noodle shops around in Paleo days, they would have had all the business they could handle.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/02/2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

I have not eaten at Mission Heirloom Cafe and, frankly, had little desire to before Mr Tsai put out this review which barely contains his frank dismay with the cuisine the place offers. He tries somewhat vainly to provide some balance of fairness, taking the tack that perhaps the restaurant isn't for the 90% of us with food sensitivities, but more appropriate for those mixed 10% who actually have some health conditions and those (the majority of that 10%) that either imagine they do or...whatever.

With respect to the restaurateurs' mission, I wish them well. With respect to people who would like a tasty, flavorful meal, I guess they will have to wait.

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Posted by chris juricich on 04/02/2015 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Get Goes Mobile Cafe Brings Coffee to Your Door (or Close Enough)

Terrific article! You guys look great. Every time I see a happy red van, I hope it's you. Sadly, we are lacking angels in Portland.
Kuma says hi/woof.

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Posted by akita lover on 03/31/2015 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Get Goes Mobile Cafe Brings Coffee to Your Door (or Close Enough)

They are a wonderful addition to my neighborhood. Great for community building.

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Posted by Jaklyn Brookman on 03/26/2015 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Get Goes Mobile Cafe Brings Coffee to Your Door (or Close Enough)

Very cool project! What kind of beans is Get Goes using? What kind of roasts?

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Posted by Emilie Raguso on 03/26/2015 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Going Analog at Downtown Oakland's New Late-Night Sandwich Spot

Cafe 80's! More of the prophetic Back to the Future trilogy coming true, "You mean you have to use your hands? That's like a baby's toy."

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 03/26/2015 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Algerian Food Comes to Berkeley

GREAT to hear Hasnia is not oversalting its food. We loathe oversalted food; you can always add it but can't take it away once there's too much. Couscous and merguez, here we come!

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Posted by Jean.Komatsu on 03/26/2015 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Ye Olde Hut: Half Dive, Half Ski Lodge, All Good

I just ran across this post... and I thought I'd add a little history. My great-grandparents owned this bar way back when... and it doesn't sound like it has changed much since the good old days when it was called The Hut and my Grandpa "Foots" Remick manned the bar himself. Some of my favorite honorary aunts and uncles became part of my world because they were first patrons of this neighborhood bar. I'm grown up now and live out of state, so I have not visited in over 20 years, but I can't wait to take my own grown children there someday for a highball and some history!

Posted by Christine McRae Adams on 03/19/2015 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Tupper & Reed Returns

Is that really where Tupper & Reed was? Weren't they in a blander building down the street? Isn't that the former Beckett's space?

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 03/17/2015 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Parking Matters

I was talking to one of the indy merchants across from Safeway this morning, and he confirms my suspicion that since the Safeway parking lot opened, his business is getting back to where it was before all the construction made it so difficult to shop there. Since Tara and Cask's customers can conveniently use that parking lot and walk half a block, I'm not seeing the loss of those street spots as the necessary cause of the lost business. Also, Tara's year-over-year drop in sales for January amounts to less than $50/maybe 10 sales per day, which is certainly something you'd like to avoid, but what percentage of their business is that? It sounds well within the range of normal business fluctuations, and sure, you want to reverse that trend, but it's not as simple as blaming the bus stop and you're done.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 03/12/2015 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Parking Matters

While the issue of stop spacing is a very valid one (could well do away with one of the stops since they're pretty close together), I wouldn't place the blame on the bus stop move. There were a lot of other factors going on here (Safeway opening (selling liquor), increased prices at Cask compared the the place that was there before, etc.

What were Tara's sales compared to 2 or 3 or 4 years ago? How will they compare next month and the month after that and after that? Is parking really the only thing that keeps people coming to Tara's or Cask? Are there not other parking spots nearby? And a bus route or two? And other businesses from which people walk to get ice cream? Don't other ice cream places or liquor stores in the area do fine without as much parking? Were those spots really used primarily by patrons of those businesses before? How about Fedex and the other nearby businesses? Can't enforcement (better: a bus bulb) fix the double parking problem?

Also, there were definitely signs up around College/Alcatraz announcing community meetings and asking for input when the proposed changes were on the drawing board; I saw them with my own eyes!

People of Berkeley, you have always made me marvel at your alleged love of sustainability while fighting to keep parking all over the place (just the tip of the absurdity iceberg). Please don't do away with efforts to improve bus service without solid data to back up claims that it's killing business. And even then, I would argue, if those 5 parking spots are all that kept the businesses going, the parking spots are probably not the biggest issue here.

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Posted by Craig Toocheck on 03/11/2015 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Tupper & Reed Returns

The constant evolution of consumer culture. A shop where musical people got instruments and supplies and took lessons has become a place for the urban uber-consumer to cop his or her $10 shot of juice.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/10/2015 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Communitē Table Is a Welcome Addition to Oakland's Laurel District

I I had a delicious meatloaf sandwich/green salad for lunch there last week.
Very relaxed and un-fussy vibe with a Nina Simone album playing in the background. Bliss!

Posted by Deborah Lindsay on 03/09/2015 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Homestead Is Going Tipless

what remains to be seen is how guests will respond as well.

Posted by Laura Medanich on 03/02/2015 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Communitē Table Is a Welcome Addition to Oakland's Laurel District

I can't wait to try Michele's new venture. I have had the opportunity to sample her delicious food at Pouet and the former Gulf Coast Oyster Bar, and her cooking rocks!

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Posted by Alison Negrin on 02/26/2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Communitē Table Is a Welcome Addition to Oakland's Laurel District

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Posted by Editor on 02/25/2015 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Communitē Table Is a Welcome Addition to Oakland's Laurel District

Will look forward to trying Communite's potpie. The large potpie @Bakesale Betty is more easily obtained by going in and ordering it for pickup in 48 hrs, btw.

Posted by Jean.Komatsu on 02/25/2015 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Wine and Dine

We love Barrel Room/Oakland: sorry you missed the previous Spain/Portugal theme, it was even better than the current French! But we thought the texture of the Boeuf Bourguignon was actually off, although tasty. You can't go wrong with staff reco's for wine: Jenny Lemay, the sommelier, has been our waitress on both our visits. She is certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers, meaning she's passed the Level II exams and is continuing her studies for the Advanced exams. She's a gem!

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Posted by Jean.Komatsu on 02/18/2015 at 5:20 PM

Re: “The USDA Helps Grow Food Security Programs in Oakland

Excellent. Wishing these folks great success.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 02/18/2015 at 9:58 AM

Re: “This Hole-in-the-Wall Is Doing What No Other Restaurant in Oakland Is

Yah, but say Clinton and nobody has any clue where you're talking about, except us folks that live here :)

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Posted by Nancy June Nash on 02/16/2015 at 11:55 AM

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