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 September 2014

September 2014

 

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Build, East Bay Spice Company, Italian Colors, and Others Add Flowers to Food and Drink

by Anneli Rufus

You can and should eat the flowers making their way onto your dinner plate and into your highball glass.

Rotten City Pizza’s meatball sub proves better than a good slice.

by Matthew Craggs

Though Singing Pizza Elmo still greets you when you walk into Emeryville’s Rotten City Pizza, neither he—nor his anthropomorphic animatronic pizza—no longer dances while singing, “Yum-my,...

Asian Chefs From Sunhui Chang to James Syhabout Reinvent the Food of Their Youth

by Ethan Fletcher

Young Asian chefs and restaurateurs in Oakland love the food of their home countries and their youth, like the salty-sweet street fare from Mumbai’s beaches or the spicy roasted Siamese peanuts...

Pasta as Comfort Food, from Bellanico to Pizzaiolo

by Ethan Fletcher

Our favorite comfort foods are often those that we ate as kids. So perhaps it’s no surprise that in the case of pasta—one of the all-time top comfort foods—many of Oakland’s favorite...

Legal Eats Teaches Culinary Entrepreneurs the Laws on Home Businesses

by Rachel Trachten

Legal Eats teaches foodie entrepreneurs the ins and outs of running a home business so they won't be breaking any laws.

Homestead Does Hip Donuts

by Anneli Rufus

Typecast as a plebeian treat for plebeians ever since they first appeared in the English-speaking world, donuts, formerly and still sometimes known as doughnuts, are cheap and easy to make. A...

Review of Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails

by Derk Richardson

Giuseppe Naccarelli opens an ambitious, good-looking Italian restaurant in Alameda's South Shore Center.

Block Party Goes to Jack London Square

by Katie Cornell

Shop, eat, and play in Jack London Square.

Dining Review of Pathos

by Derk Richardson

After our first dinner at Pathos in May, I said to Robin, “There wasn’t anything we ate that I wouldn’t order again.” And that was saying something, because five of us, parked in a comfy...

Doukkala Puts a California Slant on Moroccan Cuisine

by Kathryn Jessup

For all its food-loving extravagance, the Bay Area has little in the way of Moroccan cuisine. But if you ask Jamal Zahid, whose family has owned a Moroccan restaurant in Oakland’s Temescal...

Camino's Old Cuban Is the Perfect Summer Drink

by Stefanie Kalem

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...

Venga Paella’s Manchego Con Membrillo

by Anneli Rufus

Certain food combinations are inextricably associated with specific locales. Fish and chips. Red beans and rice. Certain partnerships are so particular, so otherwise obtuse, as to evoke all by...

Nectarines In Season Now

by Cynthia Salaysay

Poems to peaches are common enough. Google “ode to a peach” and there are plenty of hits. But odes to nectarines, their smoother-skinned cousins? They’re fewer and farther between. But they...

New Drink Program at The Ramen Shop

by Stefanie Kalem

The popular Ramen Shop steps up its cocktail game under head bartender Chris Lane's direction.

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Dining out in Alameda, Uptwon, Rockridge, and North Oakland.

Tah-Chin at Zand's

by Anneli Rufus

Tah-chin is an elegant, irresistible Iranian treat.

Berkeley's Thai Noodle Offers Great Tea Leaf Salad

by Anneli Rufus

Tea isn't just for sipping; you can eat it too, in a tea leaf salad a Thai Noodle, or try it as a savory soup from Numi Organic Tea.

Starter Baker Sets off the Kouign-amann Trend

by Cynthia Salaysay

Brian Wood of Starter Bakery introduces Kouign-amann to the Bay Area and launches a trend.

Chicha, Lungomare, Cock-a-Doodle, Stag's, and Bull Valley Roadhouse

by Judith M. Gallman

New and return visits to restaurants on Webster Street, Old Oakland, Uptown, Jack London Square, and Contra Costa County.

Dining Review of East End

by Derk Richardson

Paul Manousos blipped onto my radar more than a decade ago, when my primary gig was writing about music and his was recording and touring as a singer-songwriter (with a sound that brought Graham...