2021 California Food Journalism and News [SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, the rest of California and Northern Nevada]

Do you ever wonder how the Berkeley Bowl cashiers remember all those codes? I do!

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Pyro’s Pastrami
101 Broadway
Oakland, CA, CA 94607
(408) 455-7606



The black-eyed peas pizza at Soul Slice. Credit: Brandy Collins

The most gutsy pie might be Soul Slice’s black-eyed peas pizza, which contains slightly crunchy but meaty black-eyed peas, the sweetness of sweet potato, and savory roasted garlic, green onion, alpine cheese and (for acidity) tomato sauce. Less the alpine cheese, Louis said, the BEP is a vegan pie.

“Black eyed peas on a biscuit crust actually taste like meat,” said Louis.

Soul Slice is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 3 p.m.- 9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Ooh, that pizza sounds really good.

*Joodooboo. Opening in October. 4201 Market St., Oakland.



An assortment of banchan with tofu could be lunch from upcoming Korean deli Joodooboo in Oakland.

Courtesy Allan Wan

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“Shani is superbly equipped for this new role,” Merida said. “She is a force for creativity with a get-things-done spirit. Her focus will be wide-ranging and may include new areas of coverage, music, poetry, comedy, books, documentaries, scripted projects, new ways for journalists to engage with subscribers, pop-up events, debates, community and prison journalism, block parties and much more.”

Elly Suraya Greenfield is the owner of Satay By The Bay SF, the only Singaporean, Malay & Halal food truck in San Francisco. Although satay is their most popular dish, as it’s marinated overnight, grilled to order on bamboo skewers, and served with homemade peanut sauce whose recipe was handed down by Elly’s grandmother, the food truck also sells other Singaporean street food classics such as Chili Crab sandwiches and fries.

They serve in Alameda.


Where they are in Alameda is outside Forbidden Island, the tiki bar on Lincoln Avenue (but not all weekends).


Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic, talks to Alexis Madrigal of KQED Radio Forum for 19 minutes about the best spots and dishes for a Bay Area picnic.

Whether you’re just having a sunset cocktail (or mocktail) or going full-on three-course meal, we’ll talk about how to picnic in style, which foods are best to bring and where to find that perfect picnic spot. We’ll get ideas to liven up your picnic with San Francisco Chronicle’s restaurant critic Soleil Ho, and we want your tips: What’s your go-to picnic recipe? Where are your favorite Bay Area spots to bring the family or friends for an al fresco meal?

Cafe Con Pan

8 a.m-noon Saturday-Sunday. Nido’s Backyard, 104 Oak St., Oakland. cafe-con-pan.square.site

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No one would fault you for assembling an entire meal of those sweet treats, but for visitors looking for something more savory, the market has also brought in a couple of (grownup-run) ringers with cult followings among East Bay food lovers: Dela Curo will be selling its popular Japanese black curry and milk bread fruit sandwiches. And barbecue specialist MexiQ will sling its signature Mexican fusion smoked chicken and ribs.

“It’s free!” Abraham says of the event. “We’re here for the community to come through.”

Storefront Market’s events are held outside Storefront Records, at 3431 San Pablo Avenue, on the last Saturday of the month from noon–5pm. This month’s kid-focused Fountain of Youth Festival edition takes place on July 31. Masks will be required for unvaccinated guests.

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The Original It's-It Ice Cream Treat'

Headquarters & Factory Shop

865 Burlway Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

Factory Shop Hours:
Monday - Friday 11:00am-4:00pm


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We’ve been to the factory store. It’s small, but you can stock up on everything, including just the cookies if you want to make your own at home.

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Luke -

As Thanh Long’s popularity soared, it drew a diverse customer base—Russians and Filipinos and a wide range of other Asian Americans. The restaurant also became especially beloved by the Bay Area’s African American communities—a trend An started noticing when she worked as a server there while still in high school, during the ’80s. It didn’t hurt that celebrities like Danny Glover became regulars. Eddie Murphy came through for a meal during the height of his popularity.

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Maya Halal Taqueria at the corner of 14th and Franklin, Minto’s Jamaican Patties and Juice Bar, which opened up roughly five months ago on Franklin just off of 14th, The Blue Nile, in between Madison and Jackson, Afghan restaurant [Kamdesh], Biryani Tika Kabab(http://orderkamdeshafghankababhouse.com/), [Orbit Coffee](https://orbit.coffee/locations.html—a Vietnamese fusion cafe with a brightly-lit interior and an Asian pop-music soundtrack, “We do have the bahn mi burrito, thematically that is a Mexican dish—being a burrito—but we’re mixing it with the Vietnamese aesthetic that we’re applying here. So yeah, we’re, we’re pretty fusion. We got a little bit of everything," Blue Nile Ethiopian restaurant,

When it opens, Roux40 will be at 375 40th St. (near Opal Street), Oakland. Watch Roux40 on Instagram for the latest news on openings and pop-ups.

Diamond Head. Wednesday-Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. until sold out. 260 El Camino Real, San Bruno. 650-636-4007

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Does anyone have a favorite Berkeley-area place for the garlic noodles?

“Food is a pretty good prism through which to view humanity.”

― Jonathan Gold

Market stall in Lima
Credit: TXMX 2