Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Oakland-Made Saurkraut Takes Shots at Uber, Mayor

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 4:43 PM

This week in food-related political shade-throwing: Apparently the North Oakland-based food justice collective Phat Beets Produce has just released a new product called "Uber Bitter Kraut," a sauerkraut variant made with locally grown dandelion greens. The tagline, written underneath a large photograph of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, reads: "Unlike Libby, this creates youth jobs."

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

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Red Bay Coffee's Keba Konte - BERT JOHNSON/FILE PHOTO
  • Bert Johnson/File photo
  • Red Bay Coffee's Keba Konte

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

1) Red Bay Coffee’s long-awaited “Coffee Box” (a converted shipping container) is now open at Uptown Oakland’s Hive complex (2327 Broadway), Berkeleyside Nosh reports. Last year, I wrote about Red Bay’s radical business model, which entails sharing 100 percent of the Coffee Box’s retail profits with employees.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

by Luke Tsai
Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Last chance to get your smothered-steak fix. - NELLIE'S SOULFOOD RESTAURANT
  • Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant
  • Last chance to get your smothered-steak fix.

It’s the end of an era: Nellie’s Soulfood (1155 3rd St.), one of Oakland’s longest-running soul food restaurants, will close its doors for good on Thursday, June 30.

The West Oakland restaurant will host a free community dinner on Monday, June 27 — tonight — from 5 p.m.–9 p.m. The event is open to the public, with live music and a menu featuring familiar standbys such as barbecue ribs, fried chicken, and fried fish.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

The brick-and-mortar restaurant in Uptown Oakland will remain open.

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 11:25 AM

The end of an era. - LIBA FALAFEL
  • Liba Falafel
  • The end of an era.

When Liba Falafel first started slinging falafel sandwiches and salads in 2009, it was one of a handful of new-school food trucks to hit the streets in the East Bay. This was back when taco trucks were the only kind of food truck that most Bay Area folks had ever heard of — back when Off the Grid wasn’t even a glimmer in anyone’s eye.

It’s a pretty big deal, then, that Liba Falafel owner Gail Lillian — one of the real OGs of the East Bay mobile-food scene — has decided to take her popular falafel truck off the road for good.

See also:
Have a Ball at Liba Falafel’s New Brick-and-Mortar Shop
Oakland Aims to Allow Food Trucks to Operate All Over the City

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

10 Memorable Brews from Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp in San Francisco

So. Much. Tasty. Beer.

by Nick Miller
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 4:48 PM

It's the best summer camp ever — if you're into top-notch beer, buzzed friends, and some of the most talented brewers in the world.

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The Economics of Blue Bottle's $16 Cup of Coffee

The Bay Area’s most expensive cup has a story to tell, but is it worth the price?

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 12:15 PM

What $16 buys. - LUKE TSAI
  • Luke Tsai
  • What $16 buys.

A cup of coffee is just a cup of coffee — unless it promises to restore a war-torn country’s downtrodden coffee industry to its former glory. For that, a Blue Bottle Coffee near you charges a steep price: $16 for a single cup of Yemeni coffee. Excuse me while the internet explodes in outrage.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Juhu Beach Club Chef Plots a Cookbook-Memoir

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 1:16 PM

Mistry (right) with her wife Ann Nadeau. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE PHOTO
  • Bert Johnson/File photo
  • Mistry (right) with her wife Ann Nadeau.
One of the ways you know you’ve made it as a chef is when you land that high-profile cookbook deal. In that regard, Oakland’s top cooks have been acquitting themselves quite well: Camino co-owners Russ Moore and Allison Hopelain got a James Beard nomination for their 2015 cookbook, This Is Camino, and at this very moment, probably, James Syhabout is hard at work on the Hawker Fare-themed cookbook he’s collaborating on with Oakland food writer (and former Express restaurant critic) John Birdsall.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Kitchener Oakland Launches Online Ordering

Also: North Oakland Gets a Kebabery, and Temescal Brewing Opens for Business

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 4:48 PM

The Kitchener's Sophia Chang. - BRAD WENNER/FILE PHOTO
  • Brad Wenner/File photo
  • The Kitchener's Sophia Chang.

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

1) Long-time What the Fork readers may recall a 2014 story I wrote about the Kitchener Oakland’s plans to open ambitious new takeout window that would showcase dishes from a rotating selection of the food artisans who use the commercial kitchen as their home base. At the time, I said it had potential to be “the most innovative food-business model to hit the Bay Area” since Guest Chef.

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Q-and-A: Temescal Brewing Opens in Oakland

The brewery is instantly a must-visit.

by Nick Miller
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 3:57 PM

The bar at newly opened Temescal Brewing.
  • The bar at newly opened Temescal Brewing.
The much-anticipated Temescal Brewing opened its doors this past Sunday — and did not disappoint. Subdued but flavorful and nuanced, low-alcohol pale ales ruled the day — yes! — but the surprise find was a refreshing lager-style ale, Visitation Pils. In all, six brews were on draft, and the three that a I sampled instantly vaulted Temescal into the upper rankings of must-visit Bay Area breweries.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Oakland Pop-Up to Serve Cambodian Street Noodles at a Cambodian-Owned Doughnut Shop

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Kuy teav will be one of the Cambodian noodle dishes on the menu. - NYUM BAI
  • Nyum Bai
  • Kuy teav will be one of the Cambodian noodle dishes on the menu.
Nite Yun was tired of Americans associating Cambodia with only two things — the temples of Angkor Wat and the Khmer Rouge genocide. The sacred and the profane, and nothing in between.

Why didn’t anyone ever talk about Cambodia’s legendary psychedelic rock scene, which had its glorious heyday in the Sixties? Why did so few people, even here in the food-obsessed Bay Area, know anything the country’s delicious cuisine?

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