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Breakfast and Lunch with a Singaporean Twist at Dripline in Oakland

EDIT: Dripline is now closed, catch chef Nora Haron here. It’s my personal breakfast philosophy that a good barometer of a breakfast joint is the most basic thing on the…

Back to the Emeryville Public Market for Nyum Bai’s Cambodian Cooking

EDIT: Nyum Bai is no longer at the Public Market, and is a full-service restaurant in the Fruitvale Village! Go! For townies like me, walking into the new Emeryville Public…

Tamales Acapulco and the Original Community Organizers Behind Oakland Street Food

You can’t miss the street food vendors on the sidewalk on International Blvd in Fruitvale. The fruit carts with peeled and cubed tropical fruits stacked in neat quart containers that…

Four Juice Bars in Oakland

Juices, smoothies, acai bowls and chia puddings, non-dairy warm drinks… We are on trend in Oakland and thankfully it’s without the activated $12 charcoal waters and bullshit anti-food health diets.…

Obelisco in Fruitvale: Leticia Chavez channels comfort foods from life on the ranch

This past week has been a sad one for Oakland and I’ve been craving comfort food. The other day inside Berkeley Bowl I even paused in the bulk aisle when…

Q & A with the Oakland Food Policy Council on the Oakland Soda Tax

If you live in Oakland like me chances are you’ve been getting a mailbox full of flyers telling you to vote no on Measure HH, the “grocery tax.” But guess…

Freedom Farmers Market Oakland Temescal

Black Farmers, Traditional Food and Good Vibes at Oakland’s Freedom Farmers’ Market

Oakland farmers markets, my friends and family are a few reasons why I love coming home. Now I’m adding a new market to my weekend lineup: the Freedom Farmers’ Market,…

Soriano Twins Bring a Taco Truck to Telegraph

There are many new things happening in North Oakland that I’m not excited about. Increasingly ridiculous rents, for example. Groups of girls all wearing variants of denim tops and bottoms…

Plenty to Take Away at Lena’s Soul Food Cafe in Oakland

I’m pretty sure that for each Yelp page of southern restaurants in the Bay there’s at least five reviews that start with, “I’m from [enter somewhere in the south] and I…

Pop-Up Tacos Oscar Rocked My Monday Night

Tacos Oscar took over Boot & Shoe last night accompanied by fiery sangritas and popsicle micheladas, zebra piñatas, and a salsa-spinning DJ. I don’t know anything about him because he…

Run, Walk, Eat Tacos for BAHIA This Saturday

I recently stopped by my old daycare for lunch. BAHIA (Bay Area Hispanic Institute for Advancement) and its sister preschool Centro Vida, are undeniably where my taste for Mexican food…

Crazy for Carnitas at Casa Jimenez in Fruitvale

NOTE: Sadly, Casa Jimenez is now closed! As I was writing this post and reflecting on why in a restaurant known for its carnitas would so many people be eating…

Taco Tuesday at Tamarindo: Mix Up Your Fancy Cocktails With $2 Tacos

I’ve always loved the Tamarindo bar: the black and white Mexican films projected on the side wall, the glow from the pressed tin ceiling and metallic chandeliers, the splashes of…

Winter Dark Corner Drinking: My Favorite Dive Bars

I’ve recently been approached more than usual for dive bar recommendations. I guess we’ve already shaken off the healthy eating resolutions. Not that we can’t eat well on top of…

Nieves Cinco de Mayo Celebrates 7 Years of Mexican Ice Cream

There are three central lessons I learned while talking to Don Luis Abundis, the owner of Nieves Cinco De Mayo in Fruitvale: 1. My mom may always be my biggest…

The East Bay Al Fresco Dining and Drinking List

Now’s the time of year when I start getting text messages from my friends asking me for summer evening date spots. So I figure we could all step up our…

Two Pop-Up Markets in San Francisco and Oakland

I am careful with what food events I attend in San Francisco. A few months ago at a pop-up food event downtown I overheard a guy say that he was…

Hella Mexican Soups at Taqueria Campos in Oakland

Edit: Taqueria Campos is now called La Casita, and it’s the same family as before. Living in Temescal I’m lucky enough to have gray weather comfort food options just a…

Mole, Tacos & Tamales: A Few Mexican Eateries in the East Bay

Yup, still love Mexican food. Here are a few places in the East Bay that I’ve become quite smitten with this past month. Los Moles in Emeryville Walk into Los…

Tacos, Juice, and a Slow Drive to Berkeley

I don’t like going to Berkeley, mostly because it feels far from Oakland (especially when I go to San Francisco everyday). It just takes me too long to get to…

Sabor del Barrio: Tacos and Beyond

I’m doing a new bilingual series for Vision Hispana exploring Latin American food in the East Bay, click on the links below for my reviews and interviews with chefs. La…

B-Dama: Order Right and Drink Well

Note: B-Dama is now inside Swan’s Marketplace in Old Oakland. The first time I came here was a Thursday evening around 8 pm. There was a group of four waiting…

Comal: Agave Lovers Come Hither

At 5:28 as I was waiting in line for Comal to open, a Cal student amused by the long line outside of the restaurant asked the woman behind me what…

Prizefighter: Ten Things You Need to Know

Emeryville’s got a new bar, and here’s the skinny: 1. They have delicious punch bowls. Menu says they serve 6-8 people. We say 3-5 for a good time. 2. For…

Rainy Day Fare: Hawker Fare

Edit: Hawker Fare in Oakland is now closed (but you can find it in SF). Sorry! The rainy weather is back in session and we all need a little extra…

East Oakland Thai: Old Weang Ping (don’t blow it up)

  Old Weang Ping is overgrown with ivy and tropical plastic flowers. Wood birds suspend from the ceiling, mismatched string lights adorn the walls, and a cascading alter to an…

Head East… To Oakland!

America getting you down? It’s been a year since I left the country, so you know I’m getting anxious and I have a feeling a few of you are feeling…

Battle of the Greyhounds: The Layover vs Cafe Van Kleef

Both have the old school grapefruit juicer, but who squeezes and mixes best? Ferronlandia sent in the thirsty troops to find out. Layover   The drink-To be honest, they skimped…