Ali Baba: A Shawarma Oasis

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Ali Baba: A Shawarma Oasis

Ali Baba Grill brings speedy — and tasty — no-frills Middle Eastern street eats to deep East Oakland.

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Cult-Favorite Cameroonian Pop-Up Is Now a Restaurant in East Oakland

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A Tiny Pub with Big Appeal

CommonWealth Micropub proves that good things do come in small packages.

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Veganism Isn't Just for White People

Oakland Veg Week's multicultural focus. Plus, Hi-Life reorganizes in the wake of controversy.

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Food Tastes Better When You're Having Fun

Mo's Hut serves teriyaki-infused grilled meats and other Polynesian specialties with a smile.

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Have Two Ex-Chemists Unlocked the Secret to Delicious, Fuss-Free Ramen?

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Going Beyond the Stereotypical Farm-to-Table Mold

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A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

Activists say they won't give up Afrika Town, the community garden they built.

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When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

Going "Paleo" at Mission Heirloom, Berkeley's new temple of grain-free, toxin-free eating.

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Cal Profs Want to Bring Edible Weeds to a Restaurant Near You

Plus, Newberry Market: Uptown Oakland's new grocery store.

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Going Analog at Downtown Oakland's New Late-Night Sandwich Spot

Vinyl, VHS, and kick-ass vegan sandwiches.

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Get Goes Mobile Cafe Brings Coffee to Your Door (or Close Enough)

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Rap's Poetic License: Revoked

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Rap's Poetic License: Revoked

East Bay prosecutors regularly use rap lyrics and music videos as evidence in criminal proceedings, a tactic that undermines a defendant's right to a fair trial and continues the legacy of stifling Black expression.

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