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Comment Archives: stories: Blogs: What the Fork

Re: “Burma Superstar Kitchen Staff Sue Bay Area Chain Over Wage Violations

A 2-1 decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals bars businesses from sharing tips given to waiters, bartenders and other staff with back-of-house employees such as dishwashers and cooks. I think that's important to note when sharing potentially inflammatory information like this:

"Many of these issues concern the disparity in pay between front-of-house and back-of-house employees, as generally only FOH employees benefit from tips — an issue that disproportionately affects people of color given that they are more likely to work in the kitchen."

Posted by Julie Chendes on 09/11/2016 at 4:57 PM

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

This place was basically my introduction to Oakland. Very sad to see it go.

Posted by Solomon Wong on 09/07/2016 at 9:26 PM
Posted by Jono Schneider on 09/06/2016 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Twenty Restaurants to Consider When Eating 'Ethnic' in the East Bay

Again alaMar has been forgotten. I guess a 2yrs old 2 time "Michelin Recommended Restaurant" whose owned by an African American Latin Chef just doesn't cut it huh?

Posted by nel004 on 09/06/2016 at 1:10 AM

Re: “Twenty Restaurants to Consider When Eating 'Ethnic' in the East Bay

Only EBX and Luke Tsai could frame eating out into a race/class/colonization polemic. Perhaps just focus on the thing you want to promote because it earned it, and forget about the BS that is most media. I knew about most of the spots in this post -and some are quite well praised in the press... Grocery Cafe is not a secret and has not been discounted by reporters over a more posh eatery serving the same fare.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 08/30/2016 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Court Ruling Shuts Kitchen Staff Out of Tip Pools, Prompts Some East Bay Restaurants to Consider Going Tipless

Why not make the owners of the businesses pay the kitchen. I can tell you right now the owner of the place i work takes several vacations a year. He has a huge house and owns the property. His retirement is set and he is a lot better off financially than me. So why can't he raise the prices and pay his bills? Instead of taking my hard earned cash.
People like you sicken me. You obviously are not a server. Try living the life before you tell me how to give away my hard earned cash/.

Posted by Steve Nottingham on 08/26/2016 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: A Hotel Restaurant Reinvents Itself, a Sandwich Pop-Up Re-emerges, and a Fish Market Shutters

Luke, I'm so glad we have you to read at the Express.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 08/26/2016 at 9:52 AM

Re: “West Oakland Gets an East Coast-Style Italian Deli

That the owners are either born in west oakland or long term past oakland residents eases the blow of this existing. As a Black 20+ year resident of Oakland, driving past this store makes me sad. it's gentrification at its best. The city has little to no youth development in that area and a school with a long history that Oakland Unified School District is doing its best to destroy and dismantle. I want to wish them the best and most of me does but in these times, its addition to the neighborhood makes me want to scream! Now that from out-of-state white googlers and the like are driving Black folks out of west oakland there's a deli. Just great. Yay!!!

Posted by DBarber on 08/19/2016 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Mikkeller Oakland Grand Opening on Friday

I miss him. He's a genius.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 08/18/2016 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Mikkeller Oakland Grand Opening on Friday

Luke will be back! (Thankfully!) Everyone gets some time off.

Posted by Nick Miller on 08/18/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Mikkeller Oakland Grand Opening on Friday

What happened to Luke Tsai?

Posted by Jono Schneider on 08/18/2016 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

In was born and raised in Oakland, and live with my wife and kid in our home in the Laurel. The outrage in this page is ridiculous and misplaced. I've been waiting for a spot like this beer garden here for over 20 years. I can't wait for my family and I to become regulars there.

Posted by John Killroy on 08/07/2016 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

I look forward to this beer garden coming to my neighborhood. Congratulations Paul for fulfilling your dream.
Also Sequoia Diner is the best breakfast and lunch ever!
I just wish they were open 7 days a week!

Posted by Alice Montgomery on 08/06/2016 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Study Finds that Bay Area Restaurants Have the Largest Race-Based Pay Gap in the Country

Isn't it also possible that more FOH employees at Kingston 11 are POC because their ethnicity matches that of the cuisine? Is that a reasonable consideration in hiring? (Genuine, not rhetorical, question.)

Come to think of it, do Asian servers (at Asian restaurants) count as POC? If so, I'm a bit surprised that Bay Area restaurants scored so low on equality. ;-)

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/02/2016 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

Probably the same reason why Indians in India might protest against Americans for eating beef.

Posted by David Ell on 07/30/2016 at 3:37 AM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

The point of the article was given, as the writer really doesn't care if the dog are consumed or not. The writer's point was because someone in their circle with klout was engage in saving the animals Berkeley City Council had to get involved. Money always win.
For others, who are not aware. There are 11 Asian Countries that practice this event. If they would consume the Animal without torture. It would be acceptable. However, boiling puppies, kittens while still alive is not. Blow tourching them, gutting them, skinning them, cutting their limbs is not okay.
Oh, and to ruffle your feather even more, there is one single restaurant in California that does serve dog meat to its exclusive members.

Posted by Cristina Roskoff-Harris on 07/20/2016 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

Pigs are smarter and more trainable than dogs. They are even smarter than 3YO humans in cognition tests yet we still torture and eat them. Maybe these "activists" should focus on home fires before telling some other country what to eat.

Posted by Gene Keenan on 07/20/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

The issue with the festival and the consumption of dog meat is the excessive use of torture to make the meat more "tender". Perhaps, berfore writing this article, you should have done more research regarding the techniques used on these animals.

Posted by Hmm on 07/20/2016 at 5:06 AM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

The concept of "moral relativism" is totally unknown to animal rights activists.

Posted by Gawijn Sneeveldt on 07/20/2016 at 3:00 AM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

I was enjoying the article until the ending when you described how living shrimp were tortured via being steamed to death and then you ate them. Would be curious to hear your justification for eating some animals, but not dogs?

Posted by Kelsey Atkinson on 07/19/2016 at 2:51 PM

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