Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Southeast Asian Kitchen Comes by Way of Ethiopia

by Luke Tsai
Tue, May 31, 2016 at 12:47 PM

A trio of dishes at Teni East Kitchen. - TENI EAST KITCHEN
  • Teni East Kitchen
  • A trio of dishes at Teni East Kitchen.
Tiyo Shibabaw got her start in the food biz back in 2007, when she helped Burma Superstar, the insanely popular Burmese restaurant in San Francisco’s Richmond district, expand its tea leaf salad empire to the East Bay — first to Alameda and then, later, to Oakland. For about ten years, she worked as a manager at those two restaurants, running the front of the house and even helping to create some new dishes.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

West Oakland Gets an East Coast-Style Italian Deli

by Luke Tsai
Mon, May 30, 2016 at 11:45 AM

STAY GOLD DELI
  • Stay Gold Deli
Many of us have been mourning the loss of Genova Delicatessen ever since the ninety-year-old Italian deli in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood shut its doors earlier this spring. Now, there’s a new place to get your prosciutto-and-mozzarella fix, but at a somewhat unexpected location: in West Oakland’s San Pablo Avenue Corridor.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Puerto Rican Pop-Up Celebrates Grandma Food

by Luke Tsai
Tue, May 24, 2016 at 3:37 PM

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It didn’t take long for Illyana Maisonet to put her professional cooking career on hold: The East Bay resident said that two baking gigs at local restaurants with poor pay and working conditions were enough to convince her of that.

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Will the Bay Area's Next Big Food Trend Be ... ‘Alsatian Pizza’?

by Luke Tsai
Tue, May 24, 2016 at 12:56 PM

A flammekueche, or tarte flambée, in a traditional French wood-fire oven.
  • A flammekueche, or tarte flambée, in a traditional French wood-fire oven.
Jean-Luc Besset was adamant. “It’s not a pizza,” he told me. “It’s completely different.”

Besset and his wife, Anne, are the co-proprietors of a new East Bay food business specializing in flammekueche (pronounced something like “flahm-uh-kush”), a specialty of the Alsace region of eastern France. And you might forgive me for the mistake: After all, the crowdfunding campaign for the Bessets’ fledgling business, which they hope to turn into a full-on restaurant in the East Bay called La Flamme, is where I first read the phrase “Alsatian pizza.” It’s a kind of shorthand they’re using to explain the dish to Americans who might not be familiar with it, Besset explained.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: LocoL Makes Its Oakland Debut

by Luke Tsai
Thu, May 19, 2016 at 4:08 PM

"Burgs" on the griddle. Via Instagram.
  • "Burgs" on the griddle. Via Instagram.
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Fast food lovers, take note: In side Scoop reports that LocoL, the high-profile fast-food collaboration from star chefs Roy Choi (the L.A. street food king) and the Bay Area’s Daniel Patterson, will open its first Bay Area location on Wednesday, May 25 — in the old Plum spot at 2214 Broadway in Uptown Oakland.

See also:
Fast Food Is Going LocoL


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Oakland’s Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

by Luke Tsai
Tue, May 17, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Via Facebook.
  • Via Facebook.
Paul Schneider says he’d been working toward opening his dream business for about fifteen years before he finally found the perfect spot — a building in Oakland’s Laurel district that he was able to buy for a surprisingly low price.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Tian Jin Dumplings No Longer Sells Dumplings, Josephine Temporarily Shuts Down, and Beer Bike Tours Come to Oakland

by Luke Tsai
Thu, May 12, 2016 at 12:51 PM

Sadly, the dumplings at Tian Jin Dumplings' are no longer available. - CHRIS DUFFEY/FILE PHOTO
  • Chris Duffey/File photo
  • Sadly, the dumplings at Tian Jin Dumplings' are no longer available.
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) It saddens me to report that Tian Jin Dumplings (989 Franklin St., Ste. B, Oakland), purveyor of the best damn dumplings in the East Bay, is no longer selling its signature item. Following up on a letter from a distressed reader, I confirmed the news this morning. Owner Amy Liu said it was “too tiring” for her to keep making the dumplings — a sentiment I’m sympathetic to: She must have been making thousands of them each week, basically single-handedly.

See also:
The Dumpling of Champions

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Oakland Veg Week to Preach Veganism in the Fruitvale

by Luke Tsai
Tue, May 10, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Raul Medina's vegan taco cart.
  • Raul Medina's vegan taco cart.
Among the things that people associate with Oakland’s Fruitvale district — the taco trucks, the bustling Mexican markets, the grassroots activism — veganism probably wouldn’t rank too high on anyone’s list.

Oakland Veg Week, The Town’s annual celebration of plant-based eating, aims to change that. The festival will kick off an entire week of meatless merrymaking on Sunday, May 15 with “Domingo Delicioso,” a mostly Spanish-language outreach event hosted by the Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center, just steps away from the Fruitvale BART station (1–5 p.m. at 3301 E. 12th St., Ste. 201).

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Veganism Isn't Just for White People 


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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Salsipuedes Closes, Hi-Life Rebrands, and Mockingbird Gets Ready to Move

by Luke Tsai
Thu, May 5, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Beef tongue and uni at Salsipuedes. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE PHOTO
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  • Beef tongue and uni at Salsipuedes.

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

1) After about a nine-month run, Salsipuedes (4201 Market St., Oakland) has closed in North Oakland. The restaurant specialized in New Baja-style cuisine, a genre of food that isn’t really represented anywhere else in the Bay Area, and served one of the better fried chicken sandwiches in Oakland. But it seems that in the end, the restaurant — with its delicate, and somewhat expensive, small plates — wasn’t the best fit for the mostly-residential neighborhood.

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Temescal Brewing in Oakland Debuts Its Beers — And They’re Damn Good

by Nick Miller
Thu, May 5, 2016 at 11:30 AM

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It was an elbow-to-elbow, standing-room-only, three-deep-at-the-bar crowd when I arrived at Hog’s Apothecary last evening just before 6 p.m. The occasion: The debut of two beers from Temescal Brewing.

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

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