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Re: “Juanita & Maude Is an Instant Classic in Albany

It was the best all around dining experience we have had here in the East Bay in quite a while.
Looking very forward to going back soon!

Posted by ChefRick on 01/10/2018 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Feeling the Squeeze

In 1968, my grandfathers two generations SF old business was faced with a challenge- the City wanted to demo the building he rented for 20 plus years. He bought a building and land on Folsom and Beale- South of Market, a wasteland then.Owning your own building- either as a home or business owner prompts better business decisions. People dont like your food, hire a different chef, but dont lose your livelihood.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 12/27/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “The Year of Fast-Casual Restaurants

It sounds like it wasn't necessarily the minimum wage increase that caused Ozumo, Pican, et al to close (at least not in a vacuum). The article references both how the current workers comp insurance system and payroll tax structures impact costs. With the Bay Area housing crisis and affordability challenges, staffing issues could be even harder had the minimum wage notincreased.

Posted by Tim Huey on 12/21/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “The Year of Fast-Casual Restaurants

Good for Nelson German. I watched this transformation take place and am glad he is staying in business.

This is happening all over Oakland, a quasi "fast food" self service model is coming about as labor costs impact. Gastropig is another example. Locol as well.

The simple truth is that Oakland minimum wage ordinance, while well meant, has had drastic impact on the restaurant business. Already a very low profit low margin model, in many cases, the new minimum wage has closed business (Ozumo et al.) or reduced staffing and increased work load.

You can't squeeze blood out of a stone.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/20/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “For a Lesson in Vietnamese Eats, Head to The Temple Club

I guess every restaurant that employs Mexican cooks is practicing cultural appropriation. Come on!

Posted by Debra Sarver on 12/14/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “For a Lesson in Vietnamese Eats, Head to The Temple Club

That's a very well written review. I love the place and would eat there every night if I could. As for the inevitable "cultural appropriation" meme, I think that's a non-issue for a couple of reasons: First, Temple Club does the culture justice by being so loyal to the recipes. He hasn't watered the food down for American tastes, or used it for inspiration for a bunch of fusion dishes. Secondly, Geoff went all-in on the culture. His wife is Vietnamese, he spent 16 years there and he has adorable bi-racial children. What you're seeing at the restaurant is the result of a love affair, not a commercial grab.

Posted by Berkeley Choate on 12/06/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Ippudo's Legendary Ramen Hits Berkeley

Review pretty spot on. Ramen good but not great. Buns tasty but way overpriced, as was everything. Add in Berkeleys overpriced street parking and with tax and tip I wound up paying almost $35 for a simple lunch of ramen ... and thats without the absurd $2 charge for the usually included egg. Not worth the wait or the money

Posted by Alan J Miller on 12/02/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Well if I walked into a restaurant with Hitlers pic on the wall or similar who killed innocent Jews. It would not matter how good the food is! I would not support it!

Posted by Patrick Weiss on 11/30/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

A woman of color opening her own business and exposing the US to Arab culture through comfort foods should be an inspiring story. Instead, Reem has twisted her opportunity and hard work into a shrine to a confessed terrorist murderer. Does the blood of Rasmea Odeh's victims matter less than a tasty treat to Express editors and readers?

Posted by Leibochips on 11/30/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

When we held peaceful protests and vigils at Reems to honor the young victims, Leon Kanner and Edward Joffe, of the brutal 1969 supermarket bombing by Rasmea Odeh and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a well-known terrorist organization, Reem Assil repeatedly attempted to silence us. Local security and the Oakland Police Department asked us to leave over and over again. When she couldnt stop us this way, she filed lawsuits against some of the protesters. But we knew our First Amendment Rights and wouldnt be silenced and prevailed. Apparently, Assil only cares to protect free speech if it agrees with her own views. Reem Assil chooses to express her free speech right by having a giant mural of Rasmea Odeh convicted murderer of two high school students on the wall of her cafe. How can she expect anyone who knows the truth to stay silent as she chooses to honor a vicious killer and dishonor the two young men we remember today and will continue to remember? It is a cruel thing she has done and it is a message of hatred and violence.

Posted by Susan George on 11/30/2017 at 5:00 AM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

I would love to go enjoy the food and the sense of community she says she wants to create. But I cannot and I do not understand how anyone of good conscience can. The mural on the wall is of a person who is responsible for the murders of two young men, a woman who is a convicted terrorist and who denies an entire people their right to self-determination in the land in which they are an indigenous people. This is the antithesis of creating community and goodwill. Once the owner takes down the offensive mural, I will look forward to visiting the restaurant.

Posted by Alan Edelstein on 11/30/2017 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Look forward to patronizing Rheem's. The food sounds wonderful as does the entire atmosphere!

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 11/29/2017 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Youd have to go to a lot of effort to miss Reems warm welcome. Maybe some people didnt catch the memo about the Jewish high holiday dinner she hosted, along with countless community gatherings for causes and peoples across the beautiful spectrum of our bay. The food may be amazing, but its the inclusive community that makes Reems irresistible.

Posted by Emily Katz on 11/29/2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Hard not to lose appetite when staring at the smiling face of a convicted terrorist all over a wall. I walked out before ordering anything after seeing this atrocity.

Posted by Howard Oggman on 11/29/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

"Reem Assil wants her bakery to feel warm, welcoming, and distinctly Arab. "

Yet she decorates a wall with a mural of a confessed killer and terrorist (who thankfully was deported). Hardly "warm and welcoming" to anyone, at least anyone that I can think of.

It screams of hypocrisy. How could anyone patronize such a place?

Posted by Robby Brodsky on 11/29/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Not sure anybody with a conscience could enjoy any delights while staring at a mural of a convicted murderer. If this is Ms. Reems idea of a role model, this community has bigger problems than gastronomy. If Reems wants to actually build bridges and feed the people, perhaps being sensitive to an entire group who is deeply hurt and offended by her bizarre mural, would go a long way.
Would you eat with a mural of Osama bin Laden being glorified?

Posted by Ma Sha on 11/29/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Its important to know a bit about Reem Assil's "inspiring back story". Reem's bakery is decorated with a floor to ceiling mural of a confessed terrorist- Rasmea Odeh, who killed 2 young men and injured 9 others when the bomb she placed in a grocery store blew up. Jewish community elders have been picketing the store regularly- and they have been physically attacked by Reem's staff and patrons. The local Jewish paper reported the incident. When the elders continued their vigils, Reem filed restraining orders, in an effort to deprive them of their rights of free assembly and free speech, but these were denied by the court. If you reject violence and believe in freedom of expression, you'll avoid Reem's. The ambiance will leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

Posted by Maria Parker on 11/29/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Hard to believe you would run an article praising a business that glorifies a confessed and convicted terrorist murderer who was deported from the U.S. for lying about her background. This is your idea of a noteworthy asset to our community? Gosh. Interesting concept of journalism.

Posted by James Sinkinson on 11/29/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Perhaps your readers haven't read about Rasmea Odeh. She is a member of a terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and a convicted murderer who in 1969 killed two students, Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, when a bomb she planted exploded in a Jerusalem supermarket. She then lied about this when immigrating to the US. She was recently stripped of her US citizenship and expelled. Reem has clearly indicated that for her, "social justice" includes acts of murder.
Reem's food may be delicious, but I will never be able to enjoy it while sitting under a looming paean to a murderer. Just as I'm sure that Reem would never patronize a restaurant that had a giant mural of the Israeli terrorist Baruch Goldstein (nor would I). Nor would the Express give such a restaurant a review that whitewashed the implicit hate speech on the wall.

Posted by Michael Harris on 11/29/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The best street food in US

Posted by Iman ZK on 11/29/2017 at 3:56 PM

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