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Sipping Around the Pacific Rim

November 02, 2014

Sipping Around the Pacific Rim

Shochu, soju, and other Asian spirits are gaining widespread attention at long last.
November 02, 2014

Fun and (Bar) Games in the East Bay

Life-size Jenga, new-wave bowling, bocce, and more compete with old-school pool, darts, and pinball.
November 02, 2014

The Honey Trap at Boot & Shoe Service

For as busy as they’ve been since opening in 2010—with the back bar area as bustling as the restaurant—Boot & Shoe Service has a fairly small bartending staff: bar manager Hortensia Mitura, four other bartenders, and one bar back. Just as all hands are needed when it comes to serving the thirsty throngs, all heads are required to populate the Boot’s weekly cocktail menus.
October 10, 2014

The Honey Trap at Boot & Shoe Service

For as busy as they’ve been since opening in 2010—with the back bar area as bustling as the restaurant—Boot & Shoe Service has a fairly small bartending staff: bar manager Hortensia Mitura, four other bartenders, and one bar back. Just as all hands are needed when it comes to serving the thirsty throngs, all heads are required to populate the Boot’s weekly cocktail menus.
October 02, 2014

Cocktails on The Dock of the Bay

There's a boozy paradise brewing (or being uncorked or stirred up, depending on your preference) off the beaten path in West Oakland. Freshly settled between the Campovida wine tasting room and the Linden Street Brewery is the focus of this monthÕs column: The Dock at Linden Street, the latest restaurant venture by chef/owner James Syhabout (Commis, Hawker Fare, and Box and Bells), in partnership with Linden StreetÕs Adam Lamoreaux.
September 03, 2014

Camino's Old Cuban Is the Perfect Summer Drink

Oakland’s celebrated Camino is named for the fire over which its food is cooked—“camino” means “fireplace” in Italian—but it may as well be named for the discernible route each ingredient takes to your table. And there are other, more circuitous roads being mapped at the wide-open, woody Grand Avenue restaurant. “One of the things that makes this place unique,” says bartender Martha Chong, “is the relationship between the kitchen and the bar and the pastry department, all sharing ingredients.”
July 03, 2014

Camino's Old Cuban Is the Perfect Summer Drink

Oakland’s celebrated Camino is named for the fire over which its food is cooked—“camino” means “fireplace” in Italian—but it may as well be named for the discernible route each ingredient takes to your table. And there are other, more circuitous roads being mapped at the wide-open, woody Grand Avenue restaurant. “One of the things that makes this place unique,” says bartender Martha Chong, “is the relationship between the kitchen and the bar and the pastry department, all sharing ingredients.”
July 02, 2014

Doble Bar’s Feather Weight Shim

Weddings are supposed to be a celebration. And yet, observes bartender Jessica Moncada, “The most celebratory aspect is often overlooked.” Moncada was surprised to discover that with the high-end, eco-friendly weddings she assists in planning, the bar was often an afterthought. So she and Zoe Carrasco—who met when they were the first female bartenders to be hired at Flora—started Doble Bar to provide special events of any size with customizable, highly personal cocktail experiences.
May 01, 2014

Doble Bar’s Feather Weight Shim

Weddings are supposed to be a celebration. And yet, observes bartender Jessica Moncada, “The most celebratory aspect is often overlooked.” Moncada was surprised to discover that with the high-end, eco-friendly weddings she assists in planning, the bar was often an afterthought. So she and Zoe Carrasco—who met when they were the first female bartenders to be hired at Flora—started Doble Bar to provide special events of any size with customizable, highly personal cocktail experiences.
May 01, 2014