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Comment Archives: stories: Blogs: Food & Drink

Re: “Oakland Museum of California Explores Food System in New Exhibit Take Root

Way to go Oakland Museum and food justice Community. Cant wait to see it.

Posted by Marilyn Borchardt on 12/16/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

Sad, sad news. Best of luck to Jena and the crew!!!!!

Posted by Drew Padilla on 12/14/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

Don't miss Genova. Will miss Sacred Wheel.

Posted by Len Raphael on 12/13/2017 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

It was a great little place. So sorry to see it go

Posted by Hansi Armentrout on 12/13/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

Bestest wishes to you and your family, Jena! This was hard to read but not nearly as hard as for you to act. Always a friendly spot, except when those jerks cut in line that one day. :]

Posted by ContessaSF on 12/12/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

This makes me so sad! My go to spot when I worked at the Temescal Library. Loved their mac and cheese and grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Posted by Ana Rosa Lara on 12/12/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

Wonderful place and wonderful people. Best Regards for your next phase of life.

Posted by Kathleen Gesley on 12/12/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Watch Oakland Chefs Tanya Holland and Tu David Phu Compete on Top Chef

EB Pride Most chefs are this way as I have had the displeasure of working alongside the ever charming and talented Tu David Phu and find him to be very similiar as your comments. I think most chefs are horrible and mean behind closed doors. It is simply the nature of the game and their egos so suck it up and move on. They are on the show because of their cooking talents and if you think they are the first chefs competing on the show because someone does not like them you should watch The Kardashians

Posted by toomanycooksinthekitchen on 12/10/2017 at 6:24 AM

Re: “Watch Oakland Chefs Tanya Holland and Tu David Phu Compete on Top Chef

Im always suspicious of commenters who try to take people down instead of building people up...

Posted by John Rzeznik on 12/08/2017 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Watch Oakland Chefs Tanya Holland and Tu David Phu Compete on Top Chef

Wow. Pretty harsh. Way better ways to convey your thoughts I suspect. Ive had my gripes with BSK (all service related) since they took over the space from a Jamaican themed joint that never took off, but the food remains solid. Ive been in W. Oak Town for 35 years. This was and remains a breath of fresh air.

Posted by Blake Gilmore on 12/07/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Watch Oakland Chefs Tanya Holland and Tu David Phu Compete on Top Chef

Unfortunately, Tanya Holland has a terrible reputation as a tyrannical business owner, which was reported directly to me by a former assistant chef that worked in Brown Sugar Kitchen. While dining there I saw her interactions with staff, which were appalling, and she really seemed like she didn't want to be working in a kitchen at all. Given her rude behavior, I will never support her businesses in any way, and recommend EVERYONE do the same. I don't care how damn good your food is. When you lack basic respect for other human beings - whether they are your employees, or your paying customers (seen her disrepect them too) - then I'm sorry, but you do not deserve the accolades you receive. Good luck in your new space (the old Pican). I hope it goes the way of your BBQ restaurant (closed after a poor reception).

Posted by EB Pride on 12/07/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Food Handlers Cafe Merges Restaurant with Classroom

Wonderful article Rauch. You and your wife keep doing what you're doing. God bless you all.

Posted by Robynn Holloway on 12/05/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Cheeseboard Alumni Launch Dimond Slice Pizza

Don't use the CB name to promote other businesses that are trying to copy CB. Do your journalism.

Posted by zetetic on 12/04/2017 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Cheeseboard Alumni Launch Dimond Slice Pizza

This is a really good deal for Dimond dwellers since a quick trip to Berkeley for a bite has become all but impossible due to:

1. Our excellent regional transportation planning and service,
2. An abundance of new techie commuters,
3. Anytime freeway gridlock and 24/7 car crashes.

A trip from Oakland to Berkeley at the "right" time of day will take you about 90 minutes. That's about enough time for me to make a pizza from scratch at home.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/29/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Mama's Royal Cafe Reopens Under New Ownership

They best have made some SERIOUS improvements. I hated the grunge vibe the staff had there, many of whom didn't appear to have bathed, and my observation of dirty fingernails of wait staff on multiple occasions was such a turn-off, I stopped going there YEARS ago. For the hipsters of Oakland, I'm sure they just LOVE a spot like this. Like I said - there better be some serious improvements in CLEANLINESS!

Posted by EB Pride on 11/28/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Cheeseboard Alumni Launch Dimond Slice Pizza

Cheeseboard offers alternatives to the traditional pizza spots. There used to be a ROUND TABLE down the street (might still be there) but that is low-grade pizza for the masses. Dimond Slice will be a huge hit, as people love the artisan pizza, and for many of us with sensitivity to the acid in tomatoes - it's great to have a sauce-less alternative. All hail the Cheeseboard Clones!

Posted by EB Pride on 11/28/2017 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Cheeseboard Alumni Launch Dimond Slice Pizza

I like Cheeseboard and their spin -offs... but I see no threat to Oakland Staple Cybelle's across the street :)

Posted by Anthony Moore on 11/28/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Savor Oakland Adds Fruitvale Food Tour

I'm very disappointed that you've included Reem's on this tour. There have been ongoing pickets at her cafe, because her facility features a floor to ceiling mural of a convicted terrorist, Rasmea Odeh who planted a bomb in a grocery store that killed 2 and injured 9. Reem Assil's response to the pickets was an orchestrated attack, reported in the local Jewish paper. A 78 year old Holocaust survivor was attacked! https://www.jweekly.com/2017/07/11/protest…
When physical attacked failed to stop the picket line, she filed restraining orders that were denied by the court. With all the fantastic eateries in our community, surely you could find one that reflects our community values better than Reem's. Thank you.

Posted by Maria Parker on 11/25/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Hasta Muerte Serves Coffee with a Side of Resistance

I apologize for not making my comment clear Eric Sisneros.

I do not mean to be critical or disrespectful of anyone as individuals, as entrepenures or as millennials. The owner's model of cafe as community meeting spot is great. I live nearby and walk/drive by FV and E27 a dozen times a day for 25 years. My comment doesnt come from judging intent. Im an old head. It comes from my own experience and observations. Too often community is raised against things and nothing more. Ive seen it neighborhood watch groups before. By opening their space to groups, the owners take on a responsibility. Who uses the space and to what ends. Man, stuff is changing so F- ing fast we have grey areas that require extra thought and sensitivity to navigate. People with good intentions need to be especially mindful in order to stay true to those intentions. Its humbling and hard.

BTW anyone old enough to open their own joint aint 'youth', they are the adult citizenry making It happen! i wish them all the best.

Posted by tsp on 11/24/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Mama's Royal Cafe Reopens Under New Ownership

Never a favorite. Always found the staff inattentive and the food not great and the cost more than you should have to pay for diner food.

Posted by dadinkel on 11/23/2017 at 11:43 AM

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