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Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

Luke Tsai’s feature story in the August 24th edition is unequivocally the worst article I have read in this paper and it appears as though no one on the editorial staff chose to fact check this story before it was printed. I can say with a large degree of certainty that any person knowledgeable with restaurants in the East Bay can tear apart the factual accuracy of his writing within the first few paragraphs. These inaccuracies show a willful ignorance on the part of the writer as he contradicts himself, cherry picks his facts and sources and outright lies repeatedly throughout the course of this article to reach his conclusion.

First I will start by saying pedigreed chefs are pedigreed for a reason; it takes years of study, training, and practice to land a job in one of the top kitchens in the Bay Area. To start one of these highly anticipated restaurants, a chef must go above and beyond their peers at these top restaurants to attract the necessary investors. It is insulting for him to detract from the training and dedication it takes. I’m not taking anything away from the ethnic restaurants he mentions, but they do not hold themselves to parallel ingredient, preparation, or presentation standards that these pedigreed chefs require. The assertion that the industry is “rigged” shows a complete obliviousness on behalf of the writer.

I can not understand Tsai’s overt hostility toward chefs that want incorporate fusion within these ethnic dishes. I see no problem pairing sauerkraut with kebabs, in fact it’s innovative, it wouldn’t occur to most people. Many ethnic cuisines are heavily influenced by the availability of new ingredients; Europe didn’t have many vegetables, spices, coffee, or chocolate before traders brought them over on ships during the age of exploration, but they are now inseparable from their culinary traditions.

At one point he goes on a diatribe about the kefta meatballs at Penrose, a restaurant that does not even have any particular ethnic leaning. A wood fire oven, higher quality meat, a wine and cocktail selection, fancy plates and flatware is a sizable overhead. That is why you pay $20 versus $12. With all things considered, Aria has a higher profit margin on that dish. Aria is a takeout restaurant, they are not aspiring to offer the elevated standards at Penrose.

In the next paragraph, he partially retracts his ignorance about costs associated with fine dining only to ponder if immigrant run farm-to-table restaurants can enter the high end market. He follows that question with Preeti Mistry’s quote, “People are willing to pay more when the kitchen is full of straight white guys because they look like they should be paid more.” As someone who has worked in a number of fine dining restaurants in the Bay Area (front and back of the house) I can say that this statement does not hold a shred of truth and comes across as bitter ignorant ax grinding that makes me not want to visit her restaurant. Tsai was happy to highlight this particular quote but the Bay Area has a number of pedigreed ethnic chefs he failed to mention that are elevating the cuisine of their home countries and they do get attention and credit from world renowned food critics. There was no mention of James Syhabout, possibly the East Bay’s most critically acclaimed chef at the moment, but I guess Hawker Fare didn’t fit his narrative, and neither did Tamarindo, Ippuku, Yume, or Nido just to name a few, and there are many more.

Why does anyone pay more for fine dining? They use advanced techniques and great equipment, they have cocktail programs, wine lists, nice dinner wear, and beautiful ambiance/decor. The major point missed in this story is that these chefs, be they caucasian, ethnic, or immigrant, are making a statement saying that ethnic cuisine can be valid high end fare if they choose to buy direct from local farms, use better cooking fats, invest in proper equipment and create an atmosphere; that’s what you are paying for when a restaurant is high end, that is the very nature of restaurants.

I guarantee people aren’t ordering takeout from places like Penrose or Ramen Shop and conversely they aren’t having their anniversary dinners at Aria or Oasis. As the proprietor of a restaurant that is the first decision you must make, no matter what style of cuisine you choose to offer. If you change the concept, the restaurant will have an identity crisis and will alienate the established customer base. Among my many friends in the restaurant industry, Tsai’s reviews are viewed as a bad joke and this article highlights his incompetence as a food critic.

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Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

The pigs sent her there b/c they want her dead. Florida is about as crooked a state as the come. People end dead under suspicious all the time in that backward place. Her life is in imminent danger.

Posted by djstyles200081fd on 09/02/2016 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

Let's flood this little jail with letters of support for Celeste. You can write to her at.

Jasmine Abuslin # 896101
Martin County Jail
800 SE Monterey RD
Stuart FL 34994

Also please sign this petition and donate to the crowdrise to raise money to hire Celeste an attorney.

Thank You…

Posted by Bella Robinson on 09/02/2016 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

Council Member Noel Gallo's early support for an independent Police Commission charter amendment is not surprising considering that he has consistently listened to his constituents telling him they want police officers whom they can trust to treat all residents fairly.

What is surprising are the elected officials who almost succeeded in preventing a strong Police Commission charter amendment getting on the November ballot. But then few of their constituents realized what was going on in the backrooms of City Hall.

Len Raphael, CPA

Posted by Len Raphael on 09/02/2016 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

Nick Miller the answer to who sent her to Florida is as easy as driving to Richmond and asking the right questions.

Posted by John Spartan on 09/02/2016 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

Actually Attorney General Kama Harris is a defendant in ESPLER v GASCON which is on its way to the 9th district court of appeals.
Amicus briefs are due Sept 8th 2016…

In this video you can clearly hear several people testify about the police forcing sex workers and minor trafficking victims into sex acts under threat of arrest, yet the committee ignores the abuse and insists that the LEAD (Law enforcement Assisted Diversion Programs) will be run by good male cops who wouldn't abuse the women.…

Note we know there are no SERVICES for trafficking victims, the system is set up to dump victims into public shelters and then abandon them, once they are done violating their human rights.

We are concerned that they will kill Celeste and then claim she committed suicide,

We pulled the charging documents and the rehab workers admits that he tried to restrain Celeste right before she bit him. (This conveniently was the only part of the incident that wasn't captured on CCTV. ) So he assaulted her first. Nobody at the rehab had a legal right to detain or restrain this young woman.

Then to add insult to injury the media told the world that Celeste was HIV postive, so I think it is time to demand all 30 of those Oakland police officers to be mandated for HIV testing (after all the courts do this regularly to sex workers)

DOJ has a responsibility to protect this victim who is a witness and to stop the corruption in CA police depts.

#whorenation has set up a crowdrise to raise money to hire Celeste an attorney,…

Posted by Bella Robinson on 09/02/2016 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

Yes, that is a very good point, where was the DA in all of this? And why just one DA? Richmond and San Francisco police officers were complicit, why are they not investigating this matter?

I think Attorney General Kama Harris has to stop thinking only of what's best for her Senate race, do her job and initiate an investigation into the police abuse, sex trafficking AND potential witness tampering.

Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 09/02/2016 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Time for White Americans to be Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

what a great disservice this author is doing. Instead of trying to bring all groups together, he is bashing his own ethnicity to the point of exhaustion. Were there events in the past that were not just? Of course there were. To lay blame one one ethnicity is racist! I'm sorry if you have white guilt. My advice is to get over yourself and live a life embraces all viewpoints, but also relies on your own prejudice (not all prejudice is bad).

Also I know MANY people who are white that had no privilege. How callous is it to attribute privilege to the color of your skin. How is this any different that saying because your black you are a criminal????

Posted by Richard123 on 09/02/2016 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

I think this woman should have been taken to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation, not placed in jail! Her history of sexual exploitation beginning as a minor and her later involvement in the sex trade are all indications of a history of trauma. Sex addiction is also commonly associated with a history of sexual exploitation and trauma. We don't know whether she may have also been withdrawing physically from substance use while at the "rehab center." Many trauma victims abuse substances, which can begin as a form of self-medication and can become a screaming addiction. For that reason, care should be exercised in helping traumatized individuals come off substance addiction, as trauma symptoms may become exaggerated. Her reaction to her current situation with physical aggression, sexual acting out behavior and a possible blackout (not recalling what happened) would all be consistent with symptoms of trauma. She needed to have been restrained and evaluated in a safe setting, not criminalized! I would have hoped that had she been referred for treatment in California and an incident like this occurred, she would have been sent to a psych hospital for a 72 hour hold and evaluation. I hope authorities in California will do everything they can to have her returned to California, given a thorough psych evaluation with recommendations for further treatment. I also wonder why she was sent out of state in the first place, especially to a state where the criminal justice system is known to be quite severe (…).

Posted by Ginger Holman on 09/02/2016 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

Lets see, the mother is blaming everyone for her daughter's problems.
As though her parent or parents don't share some of the responsibility.
Its not as though she came from some disadvantaged family.
Mom, working for the Oakland Police Dept... had a salary and benefit package of $139,471 last year.
Why was the daughter even "out there" in harms way the last 3 years?
Not letting the foolish officers off the hook, but why wasn't the girl going through high school and living a normal life?
Did no one see the tattoos and such all over the fingers... and wonder what the heck was the daughter up to at all hours of the night?
I suppose Burris is gonna eventually take Oakland for a seven figure settlement on this case of police abuse.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 09/02/2016 at 1:51 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

It says right below here that "anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed."

I'm seeing three comments from "the truth about police". When is the 'removal' supposed to take place?

Posted by DonGosney on 09/02/2016 at 1:44 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

In an email dated 8/24 City Manager Bill Lindsay wrote: "I have had conversations with the Police Chief regarding this matter. No City of Richmond funds are being used for services related to this individual. Decisions to provide and fund such services are being made outside of the City of Richmond organization."

Also, why do all of these news stories keep saying that the bail is $300,000 when the arrest report says it's only $30,000?

View the 6 page arrest report here:…

Posted by DonGosney on 09/02/2016 at 1:31 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

Chief Brown and his friend Andre are trying to cover up their tracks you don't defend a fellow officer who was found on wrongdoing therefore he is not an officer because officers defend and protect the people not sabotage destroy black male and try to cover up what has been done by the police.

Posted by the truth about police on 09/02/2016 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

As well as keep her from testifying against any fellow officer involved in her case she is no longer able to attend any court dates out into the Bay Area because she is in Florida why do you think they did that to her to keep her from testifying

Posted by the truth about police on 09/02/2016 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

The Richmond police officer hits Celeste guap to Florida to cover up the investigation going on behind the scenes in the Bay Area Celeste guap was not known to be on drugs before she was sent to Florida how it is she on drugs now AKA heroin they didn't mention that in the news when her case was being mentioned in the Bay Area so why did they pay for her to go to Florida and she wasn't even charged for any case out here why would they arrest her in Florida at a drug rehabilitation center and then keep her on a $300,000 bill you know why the Richmond police do not want her to get out to jeopardize the case that they are pretending to investigate on themselves no one else is investigating them they are investigating their selves just like every other department of the bay area of the fellow Sheriff's departments are doing they would investigate themselves no one else.

Posted by the truth about police on 09/02/2016 at 12:29 AM

Re: “Donald Trump Really Sucks at Raising Money in the Bay Area

Another tired regressive rant. Why not just retitle it "Capitalist Contender Having Trouble Raising Funds in Dinosaur-Think Communist Block."

Posted by Dee Ceeover on 09/01/2016 at 11:27 PM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

This is a complete fail by the Richmond Police Department, Chief Allwyn Brown, City Manager and Mayor!!! This was Chief Brown's idea with the approval of the City Manager! Sgt. Stonebraker was forced by the administration on two occasions pick up Guap and try to get her in rehab!

Chief Brown is lost and is just trying to take care of his buddy Lt. Andre Hill who is caught up with having sex with Guap. Also if "someone" was to dig deep enough I'm more than sure Chief Brown's own scandalous behavior would come to light.

Sending her to Florida is not going to make this go away....but Chief Brown is doing everything he can to try and make this go away before he has to discipline his friend and his own poor choices come to light!!

John Spartan

Posted by John Spartan on 09/01/2016 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

Smells like a case of witness tampering and victim blaming. Under what statute was Guap forced to enter rehab? Had she been found guilty of a crime? Why was it deemed appropriate to ship her across country to a facility in Florida, and of course, who is paying for her 'treatment'? Richmond PD's pious 'we can't comment on anyone's rehab' statement is another example of how 'law enforcement' hide their crimes behind a veil of privacy concerns.

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Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

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