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Comment Archives: stories: Blogs: What the Fork

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

I mean, seriously, if 2-Sh$rt had rhymed lay some pipe with your game is tight, wouldn't his fans be ...underwhelmed?

Posted by Chen Kai Wen on 06/24/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

fan of Eddie, but let's be fair about his disses to SF: Him and Tony Bordain the same: is there any more overrated city in the world than NYC? Cam'ron is his fave rapper? Really? Why?

Posted by Chen Kai Wen on 06/24/2016 at 10:18 AM

Re: “After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

EGH's comment says it all. A measly 6% profit and they think she's still greedy and underpaying her staff. EGH, you're so EBX it makes me sad. She's not greedy at all. Housing "activists" and good old fashion NIMBYs have created a perfect storm of housing development obstruction in time when tens of thousands of people are flocking here for really high paying jobs. That's why her employees can't afford rent anymore!

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/24/2016 at 12:06 AM

Re: “After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

It's a real problem.

My partner's been running a small family-style catering business in the South Bay for a dozen years. We keep our prices moderate, we get top reviews from our clients, and it's still a constant struggle.

Customers want full-service catering for McDonald's prices, because their budgets are tight. Commercial rents are skyrocketing right alongside residential rent & home prices. Our two paid staff are almost family, they've been with us for a decade. We'd love to give them more money & more hours, and we can't.

The only reason my partner can keep our prices as reasonable as they are and keep the paid staff we do is because my partner and I bought houses before the last real estate bubble, limiting our housing expenses, he works incredibly hard, and I don't take any salary for the work I do.

All but the very top income brackets are being squeezed hard by the Bay Area economy, so the labor issues in food service are not a simple matter of raising wages, they are a complicated issue of managing income to cost-of-living ratios, (especially housing costs).

Posted by FiliaVallis on 06/23/2016 at 8:22 PM

Re: “After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

Bay Area restaurants are not experience a "labor shortage". Bay Area restaurant workers are experiencing a salary shortage. I guarantee that if you paid workers more, there would be no "shortage".

Posted by egh on 06/23/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “The Economics of Blue Bottle's $16 Cup of Coffee

My husband said "One of your best columns" :-)

Posted by baci on 06/23/2016 at 8:17 AM

Re: “The Economics of Blue Bottle's $16 Cup of Coffee

About half-a-century ago advertising agencies came up with the same principle: "sell the sizzle not the steak."

Folks in Oakland who like coffee should look at local coffee importer Sweet Maria's website. You can buy green coffee from all over the world there, roast it at home and have a fine cup at a lower cost than buying grocery store coffee.

One of the major problems with commercially-produced coffee is that it is 'way over-roasted so that it has nothing other than the taste of burnt beans. Then you add milk, sugar and other flavorings to make it palatable.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/22/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: Icey Cream Opens, Grand Lake Kitchen Expands, and Berkeley Gets a Poke Restaurant

Luke, I wanna know what you think about Icey Cream's donut ice cream sandwich!

Posted by Margaret Rodriguez on 06/21/2016 at 10:37 PM

Re: “The Economics of Blue Bottle's $16 Cup of Coffee

Stop writing the same tired story over and over again every time you hear about a cup of coffee that costs more than $10.

Posted by Devon Nullz on 06/21/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Juhu Beach Club Chef Plots a Cookbook-Memoir

Predictable and Boring

Posted by Jono Schneider on 06/19/2016 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: LocoL Makes Its Oakland Debut

Thoughtful analysis . Coincidentally , if someone is interested a SC DoR L-2172 2/17/10 , my colleague filled out a sample version here ""

Posted by solidadingle on 06/15/2016 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Pal's Take Away Abruptly Shuts Down Operations at Oakland's Firebrand Artisan Breads

Oh, man, that's sad. On another note, maybe Pal's can move into a less super hip area and charge less than $12 for a sandwich?

Posted by Jono Schneider on 06/14/2016 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Bun Mam Soc Trang Closes Suddenly Due to Expired Lease

We lived two blocks away for 7.5 years, moving away in 2009. Vida's Fish was in the space then and we're so sorry that we missed Bun Mam Soc Trang -- the food looks and sounds wonderful. Sadly, there is really *nothing else* to lure people to that corner of Oakland, so this closure is a real loss.

Posted by Mari 1 on 06/09/2016 at 7:15 PM
Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/09/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: Oliveto Does Toast, Rockridge Gets an ‘Improvement Club,’ and Casa Cubana Rebrands as a Steakhouse

"An early contender for the least tactful bar or restaurant name of the year..."

Yes, heaven forbid anyone try to improve anything. If the fear is that this bar is about to gentrify Rockridge, the bar is a little late.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 06/09/2016 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Antoinette Flames Out; Dominique Crenn Unfazed

She should be horribly embarrassed. She may be a creative and hands-on chef but obviously she's an awful operating partner. Shame on her.

Posted by Gauntlet on 06/08/2016 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

Those pork buns look amazing. Any place in Oaktown to get them?

Posted by Rod Pratt on 06/08/2016 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

Agreed very interesting piece and why I think it's critical that old and new neighborhood restaurants that are the real deal owned by folks from that culture get supported. Aztecali is my latest fave for what they are doing--serving high quality food at a reasonable price but here are so many others as well all over Oaktown. Koryo at 44th and Telegraph (sushi and udon noodles etc) is another--not pretentious with boxes stored in the restaurant and a fish tank and it's even in the Temescal--hope it never changes one iota. .Thanks Luke for trying to keep them coming and making sure they are on our radar.

Posted by Karen Hester on 06/08/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

Great piece, Luke. So envious you got to spend some time with Eddie - he's like a hero to me. Can't wait for that new book drop. - Charley

Posted by Charley Wang on 06/08/2016 at 11:02 AM

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

I took my grandmother there for lunch yesterday; met nothing but super-friendly folks on the way there! Loved the tuna sandwich!

Posted by Dave Stevenson on 06/03/2016 at 1:48 PM

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