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Oakland has a lot of heart to it. Oakland is a very proud city for all races but for black folks, it's got so much pride and so much to celebrate. Oakland is proud and for good reason too. It's the home of the black panther party, home of the Black Muslim bakery, home of many famous black musicians and music groups such as Toni Tone Tone, Too Short, Luniz, Dru Down, Mc Hammer, The Pointers Sisters, Sly and the Family Stone, and many more. It's also home to a large number of many successful black owned businesses and I know this for a fact cause I'm from the Bay Area and I know Oakland very well. Oakland also has positive things going on in its black community, big time. Kingston 11 is carrying on a rich tradition.
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Can't wait to go.
Nice article on a wonderful establishment! The author might also have noted that Oakland has a number of forward-thinking wine shops that specialize in natural wines, including Oakland Crush, Ordinaire's retail section, Paul Marcus, and Bay Grape. Let's also give a shout-out to Trail Marker among Oakland's natural wine-makers!
Great article! Can't wait to check out The Punchdown next time I'm in Oakland. Any advice or recommendations on finding natural wines outside the Bay Area?
Nice article. However, you like many others, neglect to mention another local winemaker from Berkeley (close enough to Oakland, I say) who is one of the pioneers in the low-alcohol, no new oak, non-manipulated style of wine. That would be Steve Edmunds of Edmunds St. John. Just because he's been at it for 30 years doesn't mean he still isn't on the cutting edge, using concrete eggs for his Rocks & Gravel blend as one example.
Viks? Meh. Santos in San Leandro. Giant, warehouse sized market.
What a bunch of hooey. Internet order beans when there's tons available locally? I've been grinding and brewing coffee undoubtedly before the author was born. I started out with and sometimes still do pour over. Not any better than a quality machine. Paper vs gold filters- no difference in taste.
Awesome. I've been cutting way back on meat to reduce my carbon footprint. Whether I go all the way vegan or not, it would feel great to support these places and to feed my sweets addiction at the same time.
I basically agree with what Gary said and also feel a disproportionately large influx of a particular demographic has overrun SF, causing a great loss of its charm by pandering to new money. Northern CA is a special place (at least for me over my 30 years here) as an earthy, connected, easy going, and communal lifestyle.
However, I do really appreciate the discovery and appreciation of Oakland by newbies. I like the ideas that are pouring into Oakland now and think this generation's influence, if it can keep it humbly grounded, can accentuate the Oakland/Northern CA experience that in this tech age seems to has left most of SF homogenized and detached. Cool, local, homey or exotic neighborhood stores offering take-out with an Oakland connected vibe have a place and should be appreciated on what they bring to their locality. To me, that's what I USED to like about SF.
I suggest El Campesino Bar And Grill at 232 23rd Street- across from the O'Reilly's Auto Store. Very nice and HUGE space. Food pretty good. Staff friendly but slow and aloof at times (if that makes sense). Nice addition to the neighborhood.
YUMMM! La Selva is AMAZING!! You can smell that amazing meat cooking from blocks away! Just wait 'til your first bite!
Crazy how the story lead to this comment dialogue. Everyone take a breath... try to find what you get about what the other person wrote and see if you can actually communicate. Oakland is not a 100% mess and where it's headed is not 100% horrible or 100% great. So step away from the corners and have a dialogue. Howden Market seems like a great idea. I do hope they're able to sell some lower cost items. I've enjoyed much of what's opened across town over the last five years, but things are starting to creep up price wise. Steel Rail Cafe in Jack London Square has many low cost items and it's been instantly popular.
The Melitta paper filters aren't all THAT bad. And Chemex are are only marginally better, and a lot pricier. Both need to have a bit of boiling water poured over them once they are in the cone, before the coffee is added. This washes away any loose fibers and removes the objectionable "paper" taste. Both brands benefit from this treatment. Once this is done, the difference is only in the price.
Sweet Maria's is the BOMB!
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!
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