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Re: “Leavening the Resistance: Reem's Brings Traditional Arab Bakery to Oakland's Fruitvale

Looking forward to visiting you and J at your shop! Congratulations!

Posted by Nick Yapor-Cox 1 on 03/29/2017 at 10:58 PM

Re: “The Anti-Sheep Mentality of Alameda's Mama Papa Lithuania

Ok, this is a good write up. I'll add here, the restaurant is cozy, the staff are kind, and the food is quite delicious. If you have an opportunity to go, then make sure you do.

Posted by Jason Ricca on 03/29/2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “In Praise of Oakland’s Koreana Plaza

We still call it "Pusan Market"

Posted by Richard Chen on 03/29/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The East Bay’s Lao Restaurant Community Embraces Its ‘Lao-ness’

Laotian food is amazing --herbal, fresh, pungent, spicy, complex. I've had it in Laos, Thailand, and here. Vientiane Kitchen is my favorite place in the Bay Area. The mok ba there is delicious as is their sai ooa

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/29/2017 at 2:20 PM

Re: “The Curious History of the Eritrean and Ethiopian Veggie Combo

Thank you for having a list of unique dishes available. As much as I love Ethiopian food I found that restaurants tend to offer the same dishes. It all tastes and looks the same. Some of it better than others of course. Cafe Colucci puts various hummus-like toppings on their salads, which taste fantastic. I think if Ethiopian restaurants would offer more unique, non-typical dishes I would eat there more often. Bay Area diners are adventurous! Take advantage of this!.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/29/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “In Praise of Oakland’s Koreana Plaza

Man you all are giving up all the Towns stuff, and now you got a chump from Hayward giving it up too. Oh Lawd why do we get all these losers?? That is the coolest place for a quick lunch, fresh fish, and good soups..the ramen comment is cool but the parking lot is going to be far worse, and that part of Tele has those stupid bike lanes so it drags through there...us neighbors love Koreana Plaza!!

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 03/29/2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “The Curious History of the Eritrean and Ethiopian Veggie Combo

Excellent article. I've been enjoying the combo platters but now I understand the cultural significance of the offerings.

Posted by Gabrielle Wilson on 03/29/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

It's not just Biff's... The old Kwik Way is threatened. And SpaceBurger just closed for redevelopment. Most of these projects are cheap low-rise apartments or condos. Yes we need housing, but we're losing some of the character of Oakland. Soon it will look like any generic medium-sized city in the US.

Posted by Andrew Danish on 03/10/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Havens for Cinema Junkies: The Legacy of East Bay Movie Houses

What a great walk down memory lane - I spent so many hours at the UC Theatre growing up in the 70s and 80s that I've lost count. The Rialto was a nightmare - "sound bleed" is a kind description of the crimes committed there; buy your ticket for one film, enjoy overlapping soundtracks for 3 movies! The Northside was a great little theater, with respectful audiences and quirky films (anyone remember "Android" or "Nobody's Fool"?). The Act One and Two, The Oaks on Solano, and The Berkeley on Shattuck (where I worked for a summer in 1985, Joe Dante's "Explorers" playing to empty seats) were also terrific, now long-gone memories.

Posted by Justin McFarr on 03/01/2017 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Even a "champagne" socialist beats the hell out of all of the neoliberal "free market" types who dominate local government not to mention most local opinion.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/28/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

We can continue to build nice tall, generic buildings if that's what people really want, but a restored Biff's would have been a hit with the new Millenials as architect Roy notes. We've seen a resurgience in bowling at the Plank, and restored Kwik Way/.Merritt, which someone will probably try to raze again soon. That leaves the classic Alley on Grand which has become a hit with Millenials despite it's run down state. And that's exactly what pepole want; not another expensive skyscraper. Oakland has had a rebirth of modern ,, trendy restaurants , which is great , but lets not let the town loses its old soul. Thank god for the Paraount and Fox theaters https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=7299998174811532615#editor/target=post;postID=4427836600293029248;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=link

Posted by Burt Kaufman on 02/26/2017 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Lake Merritt's Weird, Polluted — And Stinky — Legacy

Thank you very much for your post

Posted by xiaogou on 02/26/2017 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

Let's face facts. I knew Biff's as a kid long, long ago. Even then it was kind of seedy and run down. By the time it shut down in '96, it was more than tired.

Euphoric recall is wonderful, but it's also a fantasy... Today being driven by what I think of as carpet baggers... People who came here long after the glory days of the east bay, ignoring the blight that it became and to an extent still suffers from... Boarded building, out of control city administration and rampant crime in the streets.

I don't see anyone complaining about the loss of the Merritt Bakery. It was open 7/24 had great inexpensive food... and tended to catch fire from time to time.

It's time to rebuild Oakland, not worship a long gone past.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/25/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

It seemed possible to plan a taller denser residential building toward Broadway, and to keep a googie icon. The building was pretty cool at one time, particularly loved the big windows and the rounded interior dining room.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 02/25/2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Jack London was able to buy his farmland cheap because it had been over-farmed and considered useless. He used organic techniques he learned while a war correspondent abroad to restore the soil. He hoped that in the future the land would be able to support 40 families, but he died too young to see that through.

I'm not sure why running a working ranch makes one a "champagne socialist". Ask any working ranch owner how luxurious that life is.

Posted by gem spear on 02/24/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

It was City logo long before Oaklandish came along. Get it right.

Posted by Lesa Maldonado on 02/24/2017 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Tacos Sinaloa in Oakland's Fruitvale: Taco Pioneers

The best. Ate there today.

Posted by Jason Traeger on 02/23/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Jack London earned a reputation early on as the "Boy Socialist" and for the most part he was all talk. He was in favor of women's sufferage but was patriarchal toward the two women who were his wives. Later, he lived the life of a gentleman farmer at Beauty Ranch. He was like most people whose actions fall short of their words.

Posted by Patrick Carroll on 02/23/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Lake Merritt's Weird, Polluted — And Stinky — Legacy

10th St. bridge is being rebuilt, and the aperture much widened. Now the main barrier is the 7th St. bridge, at the floodgates. County-operated, the idea was to prevent a recurrence of disastrous floods such as 1962-- https://localwiki.org/oakland/Lake_Merritt…. I believe the plan is a kayak-able bypass waterway there. The last obstacle is the railroad tracks. It's possible the re-opened channel may only be navigable at low tide. See--http://www.waterfrontaction.org/map/dd_cha…

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 02/23/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Peña's Bakery Is The Bread of Life in Oakland's Fruitvale

Best pan dulce mexicano in the world. I've been enjoying their bread for many years. My kids are grown and still love their pan dulce. You can go to any other pan dulce store and see the same type pan, but it doesn't taste the same. Thank you Panaderia Pea for not giving up. I comend you on your excellent service! See you Sunday! thanks you for staying within our community. Saludos a toda la familia

Posted by Irma Jauregui on 02/22/2017 at 11:43 PM

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