Mitchell Halberstadt 
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Re: “Mama's Royal Cafe Is for Sale

Thanks, Luke! Have followed the Miliki story a bit, but was never sure whether that was the same chef. I certainly hope they find a way to make it.

As for Mama's needing an update: only a few details, perhaps, like fixing the stools (and maybe some fresh paint)! When it comes to retro/camp, that place is already the real deal!

Oakland doesn't need a Mama's Redux with Edison lightbulbs and faux-industrial fixtures, any more than it needs yet another hipster beer garden to replace Miliki. Stick with the genuine article!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 07/08/2016 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Mama's Royal Cafe Is for Sale

Has he held onto the former chef from the Full House Café? Any talk of whether the staff (as well as the recipes) might be part of the package when he sells?

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 07/06/2016 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: A Coffee Box, a Sicilian Spinoff, and ‘Broffee’

Matt, I've never found Luke wanting as a food critic, and I suspect that he knows the meaning and significance of "craft coffee drinks."

Here's a hint -- in this case, regarding "artisanal bottled water":

http://www.scoutingny.com/the-best-bottled…

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 07/03/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

I don't get it.

If this stop has been in existence for over 100 years, for most of that time it was located on the corner currently occupied by Sprouts. If Sprouts paid to have it moved, perhaps the bank should simply pay to have it moved back. Indeed, passengers shopping at Sprouts would then have that much less distance to haul their groceries before boarding the bus.

All things considered, is it really so crucial for the stop to be located in front of the bank?

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 05/24/2016 at 6:22 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Researchers: Oakland's Homeless Camp Policies Are Contradictory, Harmful

When my neighbors demand that the homeless be rousted out of their encampments, I suggest that a better remedy would be to provide toilet facilities and trash receptacles, and to encourage cleanliness and ordered surroundings.

Nonetheless, I find the concept of "unhoused residents" positively Orwellian (as I've suggeted in another comment here). On what do these people base their claim to "reside" wherever they've decided to pitch camp? Unlike homeowners, they have no investment in the neighborhood; unlike renters, they can trash their surroundings and simply move on -- as, indeed, they often do.

Emily Montan claims, "Most crimes are committed by those who have homes [and that] homeowners under the impression that homelessness causes crimes are misinformed." In terms of absolute numbers of all crimes, this technically may be true, but the statement is utterly misleading and disingenuous. In terms of vandalism, graffiti, health and vector hazards and theft, it's far less likely that the perpetrators will be one's housed neighbors when there are also homeless close by -- and I'd challenge the singularly "well-informed" Ms. Montan to prove otherwise (if she can find any homeless perpetrators when they simply up and disappear). Thish ain't exactly rocket science.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 01/04/2016 at 6:38 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Researchers: Oakland's Homeless Camp Policies Are Contradictory, Harmful

"Unhoused residents"? LOL, Mr. Orwell!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 12/31/2015 at 12:08 AM

Re: “In Defense of Fast-Food Sushi

Touché! Thanks...

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 11/21/2015 at 2:50 AM

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