In the Mix

Stay Close But Go Far



Take in Dinner, A Movie and the Universe

     The bright lights of the Bay Area often blur the delicate twinkling beauty of the cosmos. But an evening rendezvous at Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland Hills can bring the majestic universe into focus.
     I have volunteered as an exhibit guide on Sunday afternoons. But when my husband Jason and I went to Chabot on a Friday night, I saw the center’s wonder in new ways. And Jason? He didn’t want to go home.
     We went for Dinner, A Movie and the Universe, a program that occurs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission to Chabot is $14.95 and includes access to exhibits, planetarium and theater shows and telescope viewing. But Chabot has added an attraction: dinner. Stargazers who make a reservation can sample a four-course meal in the Starlight Bistro in the Mezzanine Gallery for $15. (Beverages, including a selection of beer and wine, are extra.)
     The bistro has been very popular, so call about a week ahead, says Robert Ade, Chabot’s spokesperson. Chabot, he adds, offers another social rendezvous, 10000, an occasional eclectic, once-a-month Friday night party with bands for which visitors must make a reservation.
     Jazz music played quietly as Jason and I sat down for our 6 p.m. bistro reservation. The menu, which changes weekly, includes an appetizer, salad, entrée (of which there is always a vegetarian variety available) and dessert. The service was top-notch: Our bruschetta appetizer, warm rolls and salads arrived promptly. We ate delicious salmon and garlic mashed potatoes, chicken marsala and a tasty rice pilaf, plus a superb cheesecake and a brownie sundae.
     With time before our first show at 8 p.m., we wandered through the exhibits. In Destination Universe, Jason literally crawled through a “black hole.” Beyond Blastoff highlights living and working in space, so we examined space suits and space toilets and e-mailed pictures of ourselves “weightless” inside the International Space Station. We learned about the different planets and touched a meteorite in Solar-Go-Round.
    Next, we sat down in the digital planetarium for Immersive Space, an exploration of the universe narrated live by an incredibly knowledgeable staff astronomer. The night we visited Chabot, he also narrated a Discovery shuttle launch in progress.
     Then, because I had already seen the two flicks playing in the theater — the larger-than-life dinosaur movie, Dinosaurs Alive!, and Mysteries of Egypt, a helicopter flight over Egypt — we watched a second planetarium show called Sonic Vision at 9:15. During the show, which is more akin to an iTunes visualization than the night sky, Jason nudged me several times to go see Leah, Rachel and Nellie, Chabot’s three giant telescopes.
     Chabot’s true romance becomes apparent on the observation deck, which is awash in red lights so as not to obscure the telescope views. On Friday and Saturday nights, you can explore the night sky for free through Chabot’s telescopes. Some people also bring their own telescopes and set them up on the deck because, as they say, Chabot is the best place around to stay close but go far. 
     That night, against a deep purple sky with faint city lights below, kids and adults — some dressed up for dinner, others clad in pajamas — lined up to glimpse Jupiter and came away starry-eyed. Through a telescope that weighs more than two small cars, Jason and I also spied the M57 ring nebula thousands of light years away.
     On the way home, Jason described plans for building a planetarium and giant telescope. The fact that we lived in a rented apartment didn’t faze him.

Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., (510) 336-7300, chabotspace.org/dinnermovieuniverse


By the Numbers

Oakland “ambassador” Serena Bartlett introduces a few new area guidebooks. Here are some highlights from the numbers side:

$16.95 Price of Oakland & Berkeley Urban Eco Travel guide (and Northern California Wine Country Green Road Trips guide).

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The author’s favorite number. Her top spots are: Luka’s Taproom and Lounge, East Bay Depot For Creative Reuse, the Montclair Farmers Market, Brown Sugar Kitchen, the Parkway Theater (closed), the Oakland Museum of California (closed until spring), Nomad Café, Swarm Gallery, Joaquin Miller Park, Laurel Books, World Cup Coffee Tamales.


5000 The MacArthur Boulevard address of Mills College, which is singled out for the Mills Aquatic Center, an outdoor pool open to all for a nominal fee.


100 How many years Ratto’s Deli and International Market, noted for its local and international treats, has operated.

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The number of Oakland must-read books: Ishmael Reed’s Blues City: A Walk in Oakland, Black Artists in Oakland (Images of America series) by Jerry Thompson and Duane Deterville, and Van Jones’ The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.


10 The number of criteria listed for a business or activity to be considered for inclusion in the Urban Eco Travel guide. The business/activity must answer “yes” to at least one. In general, they give back in some way to their communities through environmental, social or economic means.

10,000 Lobot (for Lower Bottoms) Gallery boasts a whopping 10,000 square feet of space, which the guide claims makes it possibly the largest gallery in Oakland or the East Bay. It’s called a “cool cat among cool cats.”

—Judith M. Gallman


A Life in Letters

An Oakland Printer Keeps the  Art of Handset Type Alive

     With newspapers folding and books going electronic, the printed word seems to be on the way out, but in East Oakland a small company is bucking the trend and keeping the
presses rolling.
     Located inside a small warehouse on an industrial backstreet, Horwinski Printing has been turning out handset letterpress posters for music concerts, movies, political campaigns, roller derbies and boxing events since 1906. Hulking flat files fill the space, their drawers lined with alphabets of wood and metal type in every font and size. Owner James Lang, 56, flips the switch on a Heidelberg press, and the motor hums to life. He explains how he inks up the type and feeds in sheets of paper and then moves on to demo a massive Miehle flatbed press the size of a small car that slumbers in the back room. “I remember my grandfather holding me up over that thing to show me how it worked and being terrified.”
     The shop’s walls are a pop culture time capsule — a playbill for the 1963 run of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton’s Cleopatra at the Grand Lake Theater hangs beside a poster announcing a Cassius Clay/Sonny Liston match at the Oakland Auditorium. Over the years, Horwinski has also dealt in more mundane material — picket signs, “No Parking” placards, letterhead and business cards.
    Nowadays, work is slow, but Lang continues to sell reprints of classic posters and has attracted a following of artists who are drawn to the handcrafted quality of his work. Oakland curator Joseph del Pesco has collaborated with him on several art projects and organized a gallery show of Horwinski posters in 2005. “It’s a treasure trove experience walking in there,” he explains. “You can’t help but feel you’re witnessing history.”                     
     Type and print aficionados eager for a tour can contact James Lang at (510) 562-5656 or jdlang@horwinski.com.
 

—Jeanne Storck


OAKLAND ONLINE

From the Blog-Oak-Sphere

Blog: Oaktown Art
URL: oaktownart.wordpress.com
Blogging Since: September 2009
The Back Story: There are people who notice public art and love the spontaneity of it. We might wonder, “Who did this?” Well, Deborah Sherman sees public art everywhere she goes – in the murals in her West Oakland neighborhood, in the graffiti on an abandoned storefront and even in the U.S. postal stickers that have been turned into mini canvases and stuck up on utility poles throughout the city. She’s certainly ambitious. “My goal is to highlight all of the amazing public art that exists in the incredible city of Oakland. One piece of art per day. Every day. If possible.” And her blog is a fun, urban art gallery of sorts where readers and viewers can get lost in the beauty of public art. Sherman even has a map that is flagged with each of her finds. It would make for a fun daylong jaunt through town, checking out the public art finds. It’s all art, it’s all free, and it’s all in Oakland. “Art can really transform places,” she says. “I feel like a treasure hunter, actually.”
Traffic: For a novice, Sherman is doing pretty well. After just a few weeks, she was up to about 50 visitors a day.
The Best Part: “I love Oakland. This is sort of like my little homage to Oakland. San Francisco has become so expensive, and Berkeley has so many rules and Oakland has become a magnet for creative people.”

— Mary McInerney


OAKLAND MADE

5733

     When you see a T-shirt, hoodie or dress by 5733 (fiftyseven-thirtythree.com), you likely won’t be slammed over the head with Oakland references. Still, you perhaps won’t find a clothing line more Oakland.
     The creativity and vibe is shaped by Oakland. The goods are printed and crafted and stored in Oakland. Fittingly, every shirt bares the label “Made in the City of Oakland.”
      “The point of why we even wanted to start this business and keep everything localized is because, in some ways, we wanted to contribute
to our community,” says Loretta Nguyen, an Oakland native and co-founder of 5733. “They take pride in what they wear, and are very excited about our clothing.”
      Started in 2007 by Nguyen and James Dawson, a graduate of the California College of the Arts, 5733 operates out of the Cannery on 5733 San Leandro St., the address being the source of the label name. They hand paint and sew many of their shirts in house. The tops that are screen-printed are done at Heiroglyphics Imperium Recordings practically around the corner.
     Most important to the customers, though, is that 5733 products capture the authentic, politically rebellious, street savvy and diverse spirit of Oakland. One shirt sports Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star, and another shows Pam Grier as Foxy Brown brandishing a gun. The Ex-Girlfriend T, with Polaroids of scantily clad women, looks like a photo collage of a spent love life.
     “Some of it is current events,” Nguyen says of the designs. “It started out with sort of examining history. Originally we designed T-shirts that reflected women who were trailblazers who didn’t have the same opportunity women today have. It was meant to be empowering.”
     And even if you want something overtly Oakland, 5733 has a shirt with Hall of Fame baseball player and Oakland native Rickey Henderson that says, “Everything I know about stealing, I learned from Oakland.”
      You just don’t get more Oakland than that.      

— Marcus Thompson II


IN THE SCENE

The Fish Reborn

     All around Oakland, fashionable chefs and mixologists obsess over their creations while their clientele focuses on wining, dining, seeing and being seen.
     For generations of those who’ve gotten over themselves already, there’s always been the Kingfish.
The beloved Temescal dive, improbably returned
from the dead this summer, started life in 1922 as a bait shack. Not much later someone had the bright idea of serving beer, chili and chowder, which eventually crowded out the angling supplies but not the fisherman vibe. For decades the place drew a multi-generational crowd of commuters, Cal students and locals who chalked ongoing commentary on the unfinished walls and rafters, pondered their football pools and honed their shuffleboard skills.
     But a sword hung over the Fish, doomed by an impending condo development on the property. Deep mourning ensued when the place closed its doors last year.
     As the recession set in and the housing market nosedived, the Fish sat undemolished. Recent regular Emil Peinert got to talking with Mike Bowler, a longtime denizen from the beer-and-chowder days. Peinert put together a partnership with Bowler and others; they approached the owners, pointing out that they might as well make some money off the property while they pondered their next move. With a 10-year lease in hand, the partners reopened the Fish this summer, with a full bar but, for the moment at least, no food.
      The owners can revoke the lease at any time, so a return of housing mania could send this little bit of Oakland Brigadoon back to the mists whence it came. Meanwhile, stop in and make yourselves at home with a crowd Bowler describes as “lawyers, laborers and everything in between.”  Come right after work and you’ll get the regulars, some of four decades’ standing, who returned to the reopened Fish without missing a beat and can be found studying the fine points of fantasy leagues nightly. Come after 9 p.m. and you’ll get “new Temescal” — which defies gravity at the shuffleboard table to amazing effect.
The Kingfish, 5227 Claremont Ave., (510) 655-7373; 4 p.m.–midnight Mon.-Thu., 4 p.m.–2 a.m. Fri., noon–2 a.m. Sat., noon–10 p.m. Sun.
               

—Mary Eisenhart


Have Leash Will Travel

     Your dog, guaranteed, is tired of the same old b-o-r-i-n-g loop around the neighborhood, so get adventuresome and go farther afield with
the help of City Walks With Dogs San Francisco by Ben Brashares (Chronicle Books, 2009, $14.95).
     This little gem — a clever deck of oversized cards with maps on one side and info-packed and rated descriptions of hikes on the other — offers “50 adventures on foot and paw” through San Francisco, the North Bay and the East Bay.
     Cute icons (for water, treats, swimming and play/social activity), simply designed, no-frills maps and insider-ish blurbs about the dog-friendly strolls and environs make each excursion memorable.
     There are 11 East Bay field trips that will lead you and your pup to Strawberry Canyon; the Dunn Trail Loop and Skyline Gate Loop in Redwood Regional Park; Robert Sibley Volcanic Preserve; Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve; the Meadows Canyon Trail, the Bay Area Ridge Trail, Big Springs Trail and Lake Anza in Tilden Regional Park; UC Berkeley and the Gourmet Ghetto; Point Isabel Regional Shoreline; and Cesar Chavez Park.
For more on City Walks With Dogs, visit chroniclebooks.com/citywalks/.

—Judith M. Gallman


Blankspace

     San Pablo is not usually the first street one thinks of when he thinks of art in Oakland. But near the edges of Oakland, on the Berkeley border, there is a small patch of galleries along San Pablo. Here, Blankspace Gallery sits quietly awaiting urban spelunkers looking for a unique artistic experience. That experience will be doused in holiday cheer this December as Blankspace offers up perfectly lovely and unique gifts made by local artists.
     In 2008, Blankspace was decorated like a little slice of the North Pole,
as interpreted by the Oakland Reuse Movement. While the interior was given over to hot cider and the Christmasy installation art, the front office was decorated with stocking stuffers and greeting cards. These items can
range from one artist’s interpretation of the garden gnome to sculpted ceramic re-creations of 4-track audio tapes. Expect more of the same 
but different at this year’s Holidayland sale, a combined effort with neighbor the Compound Gallery to feature artists, designers and crafts people; the sale goes through Dec. 20 with special events Dec. 4, 13 and 20.
     This hidden gem on the Oakland Art Murmur trail was originally founded five years ago by Jason Byers and Kerri Johnson. The pair have built an interesting environment out of this formerly abandoned building, and they’ve firmly placed themselves on the circuit for artists like Misako Inaoka, Case Simmons and Jonathan Casella.
     The gallery is usually open 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Thu.–Sun. and 7 p.m.–10 p.m. first Fridays but offers extended hours through the Yuletide season.
Blankspace, 6608 San Pablo Ave., (510) 547-6608, blankspacegallery.com.

—Alex Handy


The Six Questions

Who:  Stephen Kent, 51, of Oakland

What: He’s a professional didgeridoo player with his own Music of the World radio show on Berkeley’s public radio station, KPFA-FM, 94.1.

When:
He performs with his trio Baraka Moon throughout the year and has just released a CD by the same name. His radio show airs live on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m.–noon and is archived for two weeks on kpfa.org.
 
Where: The world is his stage, with performances scheduled across several continents. 
 
Why: As a kid living in Africa, he grew up hearing native instruments, but it wasn’t until 1981 when he became musical director of an Australian circus that he started studying the didgeridoo. “It’s a very primal sound and yet it has a level of sophistication within it that’s quite extraordinary. Part of the reason I play it is people are very attracted to that sound. It roots the listener and some part of ourselves that we’ve lost in our culture.”

How: Kent’s studio is next to his home on a large lot in the Oakland hills. His family supports his endeavors, and his wife is also a musician (vocalist) and recording artist.

—Ginny Prior


MEDIA SHELF

New Releases from East Bay Authors

Lucifer at the Starlite by Kim Addonizio
(W.W. Norton & Company, 2009, 89 pp., $23.95)
Oaklander Kim Addonizio can turn a phrase, and anybody who has ever lived life and made a few mistakes along the way should be able to relate to her poems about current events, death, disappointment, family life, God and Satan. The themes may sound morose, but they’re not. In her fifth collection of poetry, Addonizio manages to be funny and clever in her contemplative verses that twist and turn, shock and soothe, confess and lie. Her poems are gutsy bouts that use everyday language (sometimes crude) to explore the psyche of losers in love, the agony of childhood and the aftermath of drug-addled philosophers among other topics. Subtle she’s not, so Addonizio’s poems command attention and make you think.

Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within by Kim Addonizio
(W.W. Norton & Company, 2009, 311 pp., $16.95)
You can write poetry — that’s the message off Kim Addonizio’s latest how-to manual for beginners and practiced poets. She’s a friendly, encouraging teacher, one who urges aspiring writers to shuck their fears, follow their instincts and employ a few of her hat tricks to get started or delve deeper to write poems. She offers practical advice with concrete exercises certain to spark creativity and end writer’s block. She doesn’t dodge iambic pentameter, syntax, end rhyme and rhythm, the building blocks of poetry. She uses a wide range of poets, from Keats to C.D. Wright, for examples and then sheds interesting material about her own history and writing process to keep budding wordsmiths blooming. The end result is a nice tutorial, especially for newbies who might have an innate fear of verse but want to confront it to create the very thing that panics them.

—Judith M. Gallman


LET'S EAT OUT

Jack London Square Farmers Market

     While everyone loves a farmers market, more often than not, they’re like some of those elementary school playgrounds in New York City: Oases on asphalt simply sandwiched between city streets. Not the market at Jack London Square. Bordering the marina and within earshot of Amtrak, the square’s market has the best ambience this side of the bay, not to mention musical acts, free yoga sessions and gratis advice from roving licensed nutritionists. And if that’s not enough, well, the vendors aren’t shabby either.
      While we originally wanted to sample the wood-fired pizza from Copper Top Ovens ($10 for a whole pie; $6 for a half), we had to wait because the cook had gone to a nearby stand in search of spinach. Now that’s a fresh excuse. In the meantime, we noshed quite happily on DiBrova Sausage Company’s chicken-apple sausage sandwich ($4, or $5 for the combo which includes chips and any drink) that was al dente to the tooth and bursting with flavor beyond. Another favorite stand was Zella’s Soulful Kitchen, which served up a barbecue pulled-chicken sandwich ($6) and organic vegetarian collard greens alongside cornbread with honey butter ($5) that had us remembering a long-ago gustatory excursion to North Carolina. Dessert was the banana bread from Beckmann’s ($5) after which we happily squeezed into our car and rolled on home. But we’ll most certainly be back. After all, the Copper Top must have located that spinach by now.
     Jack London Square Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sundays, near Webster and Water streets.  

     — Candace Murphy


WHERE IT'S AT

Boots Riley’s Oakland Hangs

     In the land of a thousand-plus progressives, Oakland rapper Boots Riley can be relied upon to put the “act” into “activist,” whether he’s working for justice as a young member of the Progressive Labor Party or leading the conscious troops as the leader of the politically charged hip-hop duo The Coup.
     Now as the powerful voice of Street Sweeper Social Club, Riley is providing the fiery rhymes to Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello’s raging post-punk riffs and can be found activating the Street Sweeper sound — while giving black rock a major depth-charge — on the band’s self-titled debut on Warner Music Group. Riley also generates major buzz with a super-energized live show.
     Riley served up his favorite Oakland hangs right after a pummeling Street Sweeper Social Club performance at Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival that had the crowd punching the air with fists and howling for more. Suffice to say, he cleans up real good.

Music Store:
Funky Soul Stop, 1811 Jefferson St., (510) 452-2452
Ed Harris, the owner of Funky Soul Stop, is somewhat of a legend himself. He knows every piece of vinyl in that store and has a story to go along with it. For the uninitiated, he sells record players and mix CDs of some of his favorite cuts.

Coffee Shop: Coffee with a Beat, 458 Perkins St., (510) 835-5282
Just go.

Breakfast Spot:
Brown Sugar Kitchen, 2534 Mandela Parkway, (510) 839-7685, brownsugarkitchen.com
The best damn waffle I have ever eaten.
The fried chicken is off the hook.

Bar: If it’s poppin’, I’m there. I don’t want to tell you my favorite bars, because I don’t want you to see me intoxicated.
 

—Kimberly Chun


BLOCK PARTY

What’s Doing at Bay Street

     Before you dismiss Bay Street as nothing more than a chain store shopper’s paradise, take another mid-day spin around this outdoor mall spanning three breezy blocks. You may be surprised by what you find: Nestled among the prime players are a handful of alluring shops that are surprisingly mom-and-pop. And that local history lesson you should have had back in fifth grade? You got it. You’ll leave feeling not only like a supportive neighbor, but smarter, too.

Where to Eat
Eat at whichever of the numerous restaurants in the complex strike your fancy — from tasty but predictable California Pizza Kitchen or P.F. Chang’s to the more inventive Zao Noodle Bar — but for dessert, look no further than Teacake Bake Shop. Whether you bite into a simple chocolate chunk cookie that melts like soft cocoa perfection on your tongue or a deceivingly complex Madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting, you can’t go wrong. Later, back home, as you’re trying to conjure up the exquisite taste you haven’t managed to push from your mind, hop online. Order the Children’s Hospital box — for yourself or someone sweet — and 50 percent of what you pay will go to Oakland Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Philanthropy has never tasted so fine!
5615 Bay St., (510) 655-0865, teacakebakeshop.com

Where to Shop
If looking cute is just as important to you as being able to afford to look cute, hit Habit. Owner Michelle Kim moved this carefully curated off-price boutique from its former tiny Rockridge digs in May, and with far more space comes more fabulousness. While known for its superb selection of designer denim at about half what you’d pay at Nordstrom and the like, Habit also offers an array of moderately priced casual-cool labels like Theme, IN STYLE and Lush. Fans of up-and-coming Tulle will be delighted, too, with a wide variety of sweet knit dresses, sweaters with the perfect splash of whimsy and three-quarter sleeved jackets in the spot-on colors and patterns of the season.
5659 Bay St., (510) 652-2247, habitonline.com

Another can’t-miss stop is Lush. No, this place isn’t about drinking; at this British-born emporium, you’ll find a huge assortment of handmade soaps and skincare products that are so intoxicating you’ll forget all about your yearning for a daily nightcap before turning in. Forget that face mask that’s been in your medicine cabinet for months — the dozen or so plush concoctions that Lush offers are whipped up by staffers daily, sans preservatives. Still using traditional shampoo-in-a-bottle? Then clearly you’ve never tried Lush’s solid shampoo disks, which are not only convenient (spring $3 for a cute tin) but smell and feel heavenly and come with lovely names like Squeaky Green, Karma Komba, Seanik and Godiva, to name a few. Do your tresses crave volume? Try Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoos to give your hair a natural boost. And if you need a birthday present in a pinch, grab a themed gift pack or simply pick up a big bottle of Yummy Yummy Yummy bath gel. Who can resist?
5665 Bay St., (510) 428-2994, lushusa.com

What to Do
Sure, you can catch the latest flick on one of AMC Bay Street’s 16 screens. But, on a nice day, we suggest you bring an inquisitive mind and a good book and spend an hour reading and relaxing in the narrow, leafy park dedicated to the original inhabitants of Emeryville. The Ohlone Indians created shellmounds made of clamshells and other sea-born remnants hundreds of years ago to honor the dead; one stood on the site of what is now the Bay Street mall. Local artist Sheila Ghidini tells the story of the Ohlone through beautifully sculpted granite entry gates and 10 polished slabs inscribed with brief but compelling timelines describing noteworthy moments in Ohlone history. After a self-guided tour, rest on a bench, close your eyes and listen to the trickle of Temescal Creek. 
 

—Lauren Gard


SECRET EATS

Michael Wild of Bay Wolf

    What would Piedmont Avenue be without Bay Wolf? Foodies can thank Michael Wild and his much-treasured restaurant for breaking ground on that now-bustling boulevard, where he continues to serve great California food drawing from various European cooking traditions, with only the freshest ingredients available. Theirs is a cuisine that’s “market driven,” Wild says by phone. “We go to see what’s good that day and cook from that.” But where
does Wild turn when he’s not leading the pack at Bay Wolf?
     More often than not it’s Sahn Maru, a Korean restaurant (4315 Telegraph Ave., 510-653-3366). “It’s a place my 13-year-old loves,” Wild explains. “We probably eat there once a month.
     “I always eat the kimchi stew, and it’s always a place to go with friends to have black goat stew,” the restaurateur continues. “There are three or four courses: first the meat, then the broth, and then rice with the essence of everything in it. It’s authentic.”
     Wild’s son David usually has bulgogi or seafood pancakes/crepes. “He’d eat there every night,” says Wild. “He’s really big on the place.”
     The kicker: main courses come with a bountiful complement of side dishes such as pickled vegetables and dried fish. “Ever know a 13-year-old who eats dried fish?” Wild asks merrily. “My older boys never ate that, but this youngest one does.”

—Kimberly Chun


Shaken, Not Stirred
Man on a Mixology Mission

    To tell or not to tell, that is the secret. Luckily for a thirsty crowd of patrons at Kimball’s Carnival
(522 Second St., 510-444-6401), The Secret is out.
    Homegrown, hard-working bar vet Devon Castain put his mixological creativity to the test on the fly recently.
    “I wanted to do something interesting for the ladies,
and it eventually caught on with the gents,” he says, explaining the guys gave the drink its name, which stems from the fact the beverage is strong enough for a man but balanced enough for a woman — sort of like the old deodorant slogan.
     Castain shook four ingredients together and quenched the palates of parched partygoers with a drink that is tangy and refreshing with citrus and melon notes that burst in the mouth. It’s like sipping a  sunray while standing under  a waterfall. Castain also tends bar at 2022 (2022 Telegraph Ave., 510-484-4114), and he can make the drink there, too.
     Here’s to a good drink to sip.

The Secret
1 ½    ounces Ty Ku Premium Liqueur
½    ounce Cointreau
1    ounce fresh organic lemonade
Splash of qualityclub soda

Combine all the ingredients (except club soda) in a shaker with cracked ice. Shake and strain into a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass, add a splash of club soda and garnish with an organic lemon slice.
 

—Lonnie Long


 

 

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