Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Last Days of La Borinqueña

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Antonio and Natividad Ramos — Tina's parents — at La Borinqueña in 1977. - LA BORINQUEÑA
  • La Borinqueña
  • Antonio and Natividad Ramos — Tina's parents — at La Borinqueña in 1977.
Earlier this month we got the sad news that the owners of La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen & Specialty Shop (582 7th St.), a family-run institution in Old Oakland for 71 years, has decided to call it quits. La Borinqueña, while specializes in tamales, will have its last day of business on Friday, July 31 — a date that will mark the end not only of a beloved restaurant, but also of one of the last connections to what had been a thriving Latino barrio in Old Oakland.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mid-Week Menu: Trouble in West Oakland, a Farewell to La Borinqueña, and Beast Mode’s Unconventional Snack Pack

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 12:22 PM

"Thrash or die." - LUKE TSAI
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  • "Thrash or die."
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Trouble Coffee, one of San Francisco’s famed purveyors of $4 (cinnamon) toast, has quietly opened a new location in West Oakland, at 1545 Willow Street. Owner Giulietta Carrelli has gotten a ton of press in the past year — both Pacific Standard and This American Life did widely circulated pieces about how she opened a coffee shop that only serves the foods that comforted her at the nadir of her struggle with schizoaffective disorder: coffee, young Thai coconuts, freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice, and, of course, that cinnamon toast.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Pyramid Alehouse’s Berkeley Location Shuts Down

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Now closed (via Facebook).
  • Now closed (via Facebook).
Berkeley’s Pyramid Alehouse (901 Gilman St.) is now permanently closed, according to a message on the restaurant and brewery’s answering machine. Pyramid had been open in West Berkeley since 1997.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Oakland Chef Returns to the East Bay After Sixteen Years in Vietnam

by Luke Tsai
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Geoffrey Deetz (center) returns to the Bay Area after having spent sixteen years serving giant burgers (and many other things) in Saigon (via Facebook).
  • Geoffrey Deetz (center) returns to the Bay Area after having spent sixteen years serving giant burgers (and many other things) in Saigon (via Facebook).
What do you do if you’re an American chef looking to reintroduce yourself to Bay Area diners after you’ve been out of the country for the better part of two decades? These days, the answer is obvious: You do a popup.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Mid-Week Menu: Full House Cafe Chef Reemerges at Miliki, Burger Depot is Closed, and Cafe V Launches a Venezuelan Pop-Up

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 2:09 PM

Miliki now serves breakfast.
  • Miliki now serves breakfast.
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Good news for folks in Oakland’s Laurel district who have been mourning the loss of the Full House Cafe after it closed in February: Kirk Roberts, longtime chef of breakfast-and-lunch spot, has reemerged — right next door, in fact. Roberts heads up the brand new breakfast program at the Nigerian restaurant Miliki (3725 MacArthur Blvd.). He’s brought along several members of the Full House staff, and a menu that includes most of his customers’ old favorites — the red flannel hash, cornmeal pancakes, and so forth. Breakfast and lunch are served Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

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Juhu Beach Club Sponsors New Parklet in Temescal

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 12:08 PM

The parklet's design is loosely inspired by Ohlone canoes and sweat lodges.
  • The parklet's design is loosely inspired by Ohlone canoes and sweat lodges.
When Juhu Beach Club opened in Temescal two years ago, it immediately became one of Oakland’s most popular Indian restaurants. Now, chef-owner Preeti Mistry, who lives in the neighborhood, says she wants to give back to it: Juhu Beach Club will be the business sponsor for Oakland’s newest parklet, the 51st Street Parklet, which is slated to be built in the fall near the busy intersection of 51st Street and Telegraph Avenue. The parklet will replace the two metered parking spots adjacent to the 51st Street entrance to the parking lot that the restaurant shares with several other businesses.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Two Festivals Tout Oakland's 'Wine Country' Status

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 1:35 PM

The first ever Oakland Wine Festival will bring high-profile wineries from Napa and Sonoma to the Town — many of them for the first time. - OAKLAND WINE FESTIVAL
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  • The first ever Oakland Wine Festival will bring high-profile wineries from Napa and Sonoma to the Town — many of them for the first time.

When you think of the “Wine Country,” Oakland may not be the first place that comes to mind. But two upcoming festivals, the Oakland Wine Festival and Urban Wine Xperience, aim to raise the Town’s profile in the Bay Area world of wine.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mid-Week Menu: Bay Wolf Is Closing, Authentic Bagel Company Expands, and Saul’s Deli Celebrates New Catch Herring

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 4:03 PM

Dining on Bay Wolf's covered deck (via Facebook).
  • Dining on Bay Wolf's covered deck (via Facebook).

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) After forty years in business, Bay Wolf (3853 Piedmont Ave., Oakland) announced last week that it would be closing its doors at the end of August, Inside Scoop reports. The Piedmont Avenue mainstay was one of the Bay Area’s early innovators of French-influenced California cuisine, so it’s no surprise that I’ve already gotten a handful of emails from readers sharing fond recollection of meals they’ve enjoyed there. Longtime customers still have time to come pay their last respects: Bay Wolf’s final dinner service will be on August 30 — the restaurant’s fortieth anniversary.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Snow Park Food Pod Returns Next Wednesday

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 2:30 PM

The Doc's burger (via Instagram @docsclassic), coming soon on Wednesdays to Oakland's Snow Park.
  • The Doc's burger (via Instagram @docsclassic), coming soon on Wednesdays to Oakland's Snow Park.
While gourmet food trucks are hardly a rarity in today’s Bay Area food scene, it was starting to seem as though downtown Oakland’s brief flowering of lunchtime “food pods” — a weekly convergence of three or four trucks, typically — had become a thing of a past, despite the convenience they offered to nearby office workers. But on Wednesday, July 15, one of those pods will mark its return: the Snow Park Food Pod. Three trucks — Doc’s Classic (formerly known as Doc’s of the Bay), Kenny’s Heart and Soul, and Fist of Flour the first week — will set up on the Harrison Street side of the park (between 19th and 20th streets) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a rotating lineup of trucks for every Wednesday thereafter.


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How a North Oakland Brewery Became a Hub for Local Artists Before It Even Opened

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Sam Gilbert sees a strong connection between beer and art.
  • Sam Gilbert sees a strong connection between beer and art.
While Sam Gilbert, the proprietor of New Normal Brewing (4115 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), waited for the go-ahead to start construction on his new North Oakland brewery, he could have done what most business owners do when they’re stuck in permit-waiting limbo: maybe try to sublease the building for a couple of months or, more likely, just let it sit idle. Gilbert went with a more counterintuitive option: For the past three months, while the New Normal’s permit applications have been pending, he turned the space into an improvised gallery to showcase the work of local artists.


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