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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Food News

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: “A Cafe Oasis in Deep East Oakland

Just had the green smoothie, tasty! You actually feel healthy just looking at it :)

Posted by Scott S. 1 on 05/28/2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Navi Kitchen, From The Owners Of Juhu Beach Club, Opens In Emeryville

Enjoy the 3oz $10 daal soup

Posted by Maria A on 05/08/2017 at 11:18 PM

Re: “A Cafe Oasis in Deep East Oakland

5395 Bancroft Ave at Fairfax. Can't wait to visit!

Posted by Ia Hernandez on 08/02/2016 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Where to Get Your Cal Game Day On

A UC Cop once said to me; after a Bears game, you could set up a DUI checkpoint at University near the freeway and fill the jail within an hour. But then, that would piss off a lot of people with lawyers and money.

Posted by Dolly Fine on 09/03/2015 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Tupper & Reed Returns

Is that really where Tupper & Reed was? Weren't they in a blander building down the street? Isn't that the former Beckett's space?

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Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 03/17/2015 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Tupper & Reed Returns

The constant evolution of consumer culture. A shop where musical people got instruments and supplies and took lessons has become a place for the urban uber-consumer to cop his or her $10 shot of juice.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/10/2015 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Inside the Ethical Cheese Lab

It appears the process they are talking about for sourcing the milk protein is similar to the process used for sourcing insulin. In that case, using "gasp" genetic engineering, they took the genetic information from human genes that code for the production of insulin, and inserted it into a bacterial host to cause the bacteria to produce insulin. Thousands now have access to an abundant, affordable source of insulin as an alternative to having to extract it from the pancreas of slaughtered animals. Not only is the new source less expensive, but it is safer. The old insulin was effectively substituting bovine insulin for human insulin (although processes were available to minimize differences) which was not entirely efficient in the human metabolism and presented the risk of triggering sensitivities in some users. Also, the process for collecting it and purifying could not exclude the possibility that some pathogenic contaminants and other livestock hormones didn't stowaway in the final product diabetics injected. Similar situation for rabies vaccinations - less expensive and more pure source that is safer for your dog than the source of vaccine it replaces.

In the case of insulin, there is no "gmo insulin" -- there is no mysterious gmoness quality infused into the insulin. It is in fact identical to the insulin in every material way to that our own bodies produce, and at any rate far more identical than insulin extracted from animal organs. Its about like saying that if I prepare bread dough in my kitchen but bake it my neighbor's oven, that the bread is "neighbor bread" which is something different than bread.

Not sure I would buy the cheese products or home kits as I have no ethical issues with cheese made from milk collected straight from the cow. But I would have absolutely no fear in trying it because it was gmo, and if price and taste were favorable, might change my mind. But please, don't deny diabetics and our pets access to more affordable, safer insulin and rabies vaccines, and for that matter vegetarians a source of guilt-free cheese, because of some need to impose dogmatic fear of the gmo boogeyman.

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Posted by Rick Leonard on 07/11/2014 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Inside the Ethical Cheese Lab

Clearly there remains some confusion about what a GMO is and whether or not they are safe for consumption or safe in the environment, at least according to these biochemists. I am all about getting the facts on these 'ethical GMOs' but I'll be damned if I'll accept their word on it from the get-go.

As consumers, we can choose to buy cheese from sustainably maintained creameries where cows are ethically treated without GMOs, etc. If you're a vegan, I understand your preferences and pity you that there are hardly any decent vegan alternatives (IMHO) to real cheese, ethically or sustainably maintained or not.

As for cattle polluting the environment with their methane, well...we all fart, too, and our very existence on this planet jeopardizes its future. But cows have as much right to exist as the next species. I applaud veganism for its positive effect on the environment, though less so for many vegans who have given the practice such a bad rap.

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Posted by chris juricich on 07/06/2014 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Inside the Ethical Cheese Lab

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Posted by Editor on 07/05/2014 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Inside the Ethical Cheese Lab

Looking forward to this! Nature manipulates DNA all the time, so I'm not too worried about careful lab-based genetic modification, for the cause of stopping the horrible suffering of dairy cattle.

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Posted by Chris Watkins on 07/03/2014 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Inside the Ethical Cheese Lab

agree with the first comment. WTF are you creating GMOs? You should be eliminating them! I, for one, will never try your cheese. Hell, I'll even stick with Daiya before I try your chemicals. Thank goodness Miyoko Schinner is going commercial with her incredible cheeses!

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Posted by Ellen Kessler on 07/02/2014 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Inside the Ethical Cheese Lab

there are plenty brands and varieties of delicious vegan cheese already available. you can keep your greenwashed "ethical gmo" crap in the lab, thank you.

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Posted by Kelly H williams on 07/01/2014 at 11:18 PM

Re: “A Cafe Oasis in Deep East Oakland

Lovely article - but you did a disservice by not printing the actual address and the hours open. Yelp has no entry yet for Cafe Nonna. Please be more thoughtful about covering the basics.

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Posted by Jean Luz on 05/25/2014 at 8:19 PM

Re: “A Cafe Oasis in Deep East Oakland

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Posted by Editor on 05/22/2014 at 11:42 AM

Re: “A Cafe Oasis in Deep East Oakland

Something good in the hood..

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Posted by Marie Aaron on 05/21/2014 at 11:28 PM

Re: “A Cafe Oasis in Deep East Oakland

I'll make sure I stop by when over there.

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Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 05/21/2014 at 8:02 PM

Re: “A Cafe Oasis in Deep East Oakland

Great profile, and thanks for bringing my attention to it. I'll be there.

But ... don't forget about World Grounds on Mac in the Laurel for an excellent place to get coffee.

Also Cafe 3016, also on MacArthur

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Posted by Joel Denney on 05/21/2014 at 7:25 PM

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