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Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

What sweet irony! If this review is any indication, Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi could take a lesson from Mr. Chew!

This place has evidently succeeded at everything Locol (for all its pretension) claims it's trying to do -- with a vegan angle to boot -- in a neighborhood where it matters.

Talk about poetic (and social) justice!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/10/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I'm so excited for Chef Chew he's a great brother and also help me expand my business by giving me a chance to work with him. Thanks for a healthy opinions in the neighborhood

Posted by Veronyca Mawusi Abena on 03/10/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I am excited to try the Veg hub and live nearby. But I feel the need to correct an inaccuracy. The Veg Hub did not replace MacDonalds. The Dimond MacDonalds was in the space next door, and it did indeed close. In timing, yes the Veg Hub opened as the MacDonalds closed, but not in the same space. Point being, another fast food restaurant is likely to open up next door.
As a comment. I think it is cool that the Veg Hub has reasonable hours for workers, but they are making it difficult for customers. They do not open until noon. My wife and I would eat lunch there once a week at 11:30 if they were open then, but instead we go elsewhere. I think they miss out on early lunch business. And not being open on Fri, Sat and Sun is ridiculous for a restaurant in this location. Those would be the busiest days for a restaurant in this location. They should be closed on Mon, Tues.

Posted by Scott Yundt on 03/09/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

My partner and I were excited to try out VegHub and it was some of the best food we've ever had in the East Bay. We didn't experience ANY homophobia, or anything other than total welcoming hospitality. I consider myself an ethical vegan, too, and would never generalize or punish a business based on what I assume about their beliefs. And they are a black-owned business whose employees feel the shorter work week is humane and conducive to a more joyful life. I will support them 1) because the food is cruelty-free and INCREDIBLE. And also because we need to support businesses owned by people of color. Those reasons outweigh anything I might presume about their religious beliefs.

Posted by Tara B on 03/09/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

@ Andrew really ? because one of the former Pastors of the Grand Avenue Seventh-Adventist Church- who if I recall (I could be wrong) was instrumental in bringing such a restaurant to Oakland ( I recall talk about it a few years ago)- risked his ENTIRE career with a sermon about loving EVERYONE- including those in the gay community. Point-- Generalization ? Yes there are some- maybe many who are not as "progressive" in their religiosity. Some if not many ARE. You can have your beliefs based on your faith AND still love your brother and not JUDGE them on their lifestyle choice. It's not THAT difficult. My belief in scientific theories does NOT negate MY faith. Sure... some may not believe what I believe but it has NO bearing on MY relationship with God. I'm not a vegetarian- but I look forward to trying something outside of my comfort zone if it's as good as the reviewer says it is. :)

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Posted by Anthony Moore on 03/09/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I wonder, Andrew Zollman, if you know the religious affiliation of all restaurant owners in the Bay Area? My guess would be no and probably many would offend you as well. Heck, there could even be, gulp, republican restaurateurs. . Do they espouse their religious beliefs or just serve good vegan food there? Have you been?

Posted by Clyde Lerner on 03/08/2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I appreciate the level of detail in the taste descriptions and I look forward to checking out the Veg Hub.

Posted by Helen Duffy on 03/08/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

For ethical vegans (and anyone else who supports social justice), the fact that they are Seventh-Day Adventists (who are against LGBTs/marriage equality, and don't allow women to be ordained) could be an issue. I'm not comfortable patronizing them because of that, which is unfortunate because of the other positive aspects. There are many other vegan restaurants in the area who don't have oppressive beliefs (to my knowledge), who I'd rather support.

I've reached out to them, and they don't denounce these aspects of their religion (although they curiously claim they don't believe LGBTs or women are "inferior").

Posted by Andrew Zollman on 03/08/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “In Oakland, a Tale of Two Breakfast Sandwiches

No, I will never order a "Baconslut".

Posted by Jono Schneider on 03/01/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Taqueria El Paisa@.com Serves the Best Tacos in Town

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Posted by Clau CruzGutierrez on 02/25/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

"Maybe it's unkind for me, a restaurant critic, to disparage the food of the ill and allergy-ridden."

I take offense at your article. The shepherd's pie is delicious and so is everything else. This restaurant deserves nothing but praise for bringing good food to those who cannot go to most other cafes and restaurants. For months, this was the only place where the food did not hurt me. Shame on you for discrediting them and their efforts just based on your personal tastes.

Posted by Yekaterina Satanina on 02/22/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “East Bay Coffee Shops Are Helping to Lead the Resistance

Word! Great article but Alchemy Collective in Berkeley next time! Worker-owned by mostly queer/POC folks.

Posted by Mercy Albaran on 02/20/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “East Bay Coffee Shops Are Helping to Lead the Resistance

For real! How is Alchemy Collective not on this list? They've even been a member of EBX's Think Indie Campaign for over a year!

Here are a few reasons why they might deserve to be on this list:

(1) THE SOLIDARITY ECONOMY

Alchemy is 100% worker-owned and 100% democratically run by a squad of predominantly Black, brown, and queer folks.

Alchemy was founded by three low-income baristas who wanted to create dignified careers (and business ownership) for themselves and other working class folks. And that's more impressive than businesses founded by well-meaning well-off investors with predetermined missions who hire members from marginalized groups to execute those missions without giving them real control over the capital they create. Right? Right.

They let community groups host events and fundraisers after hours for FREE. Such groups include Hasta Muerte Coffee, Community Democracy Project (Oakland), Sustainable Economies Law Center, Alipato Project, Justice for My Sister, an art therapy group, an anti-gentrification reading group, and more!

They incubate other worker-owned businesses for free and provide a lot of free emotional labor to houseless folks and other folks in need.

(2) MOVEMENT-ART GALLERY

Months after movement-artist Oree Originol's art show at Alchemy ended, his "Justice for Eric Garner," "Justice for Mike Brown," and "Justice for Sandra Bland" posters remain on Alchemy's windows. They host other local artists every month.

(3) ANTI-GENTRIFICATION AND LOCAL POLITICS

Alchemy is a member of the only business association in Berkeley that fights criminalizing homelessness. Ever aware of the dangerous effects of gentrification, instead of relying on the police, Alchemy established a network of social workers, family members, and neighboring businesses to help de-escalate potentially dangerous conflicts.

(4) NATIONAL POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Alchemy joined the national inaugural strike on January 20th. A portion of the proceeds from Alchemy's Snakebite blend goes to Standing Rock. But their #NODAPL efforts don't stop there. Alchemy inspires folks to be more aware and more accountable: To the left of the Alchemy cash register is a list of banks that fund DAPL. To the right of their cash register is a Standing Rock donation box.

Alchemy sources food from the farmer's market, their beans are organic, their take-out stuff is compostable, and they use solar power. They have hosted events about community-owned renewable energy and fundraisers for environmental justice.

(5) COMMUNITY EDUCATION

They provide access to an expensive curated radical book collection to the public even though someone keeps stealing their James Baldwin books. They help resisters of domestic violence by selling the Radical Feminist Coloring Book and distributing "know-your-rights" brochures.

Posted by Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas on 02/20/2017 at 8:01 PM

Re: “East Bay Coffee Shops Are Helping to Lead the Resistance

How is Alchemy Collective not on this list?

Posted by Mandy Au Yeung on 02/20/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “On the Closing of Hawker Fare

I suggest a conference specifically geared to local restaurants in the medium price & affordable price ranges to help them buy rather than rent. That way they can transcend rent increases & property ownership changes. They would be the owners.

There are several organizations specializing in these type of programs. We've got to help them target & meet restaurants.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 02/02/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

Too bad southern Thai food isn't being served in the flats and at a more reasonable price.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 02/01/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

Luke

I am a big fan of your writing and your palate. I lost count of the number of restaurants that you have alerted me to. Thanks.

I was ecstatic that you visited our newest restaurant in the village, and even more ecstatic that you like the place. We do too.

I am a business owner in Montclair and a Hills resident, and I find your typification of my business district and my neighborhood as 'lilywhite' to be demeaning, inaccurate and quite frankly, racist, short sighted and insensitive.

In fact, I showed your review to several people, who all questioned your use of the word "lily white."

In the Montclair business district, I see owners and employees of every color and background; in my residential neighborhood, I see the same mix.

Yes, the population of African Americans, Asian Americans and Latino Americans is less than in West and East Oakland, the San Antonio district and Chinatown/KoBe, but that is due to the high cost of housing more than any other factor, and is a sad statement on our institutionally racist society, not of any individual neighborhood.

Still on my block in the Hills - 150 families - there are families of every race.

A retraction would be nice.

Cordially,
Jeff Diamond, president Montclair Village Association

Posted by Jeff Diamond on 01/31/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

People who live in Montclair today didn't choose the restaurants that are in the village. Rents are incredibly high, there's little available retail space due to too many realtors on the ground floor, and that is what determines who can stay, who can't come in. People who live in Montclair eat in restaurants all over Oakland. Don't equate white with non-adventurous eating.

Posted by Susan Weiner on 01/31/2017 at 6:16 AM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

@Pete O -- I know, rite? This guy can't even handle eating rotting fish guts, and WE'RE the provincial rubes? Come on bro, toughen up.

Posted by Frank Elways on 01/27/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

Could you be any more condescending to the residents of Montclair?

Posted by Pete O on 01/25/2017 at 2:11 PM

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