[Oakland] Oakland News & Notes 2019


Oakland Restaurant Week
January 11–20

Berkeley and Alameda Restaurant Weeks

Starting Thursday, January 17 and running through Sunday, January 27, 2019

Concord Comfort Food Week
January 18–27


[Owner/baker Lori Hawkins will] sell traditional French pastries including well-known favorites like croissants, tarts, and macarons (though the macarons will come in some non-traditional flavors like green tea and black sesame). There’ll also be some more uncommon French pastries, like choux au craquelin (cream puffs with a crunchy, cracked top) and religieuse (two stacked choux buns stuffed with pastry cream and topped with ganache and buttercream).

Atelier Colibri
138 Pelton Center Way
San Leandro
expected to open Jan. 2

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“Women in East Bay Food | In Her Own Words” is a series by Berkeley-based illustrator Kaitlin Strange created for Berkeleyside Nosh:

In Her Own Words: Dominica Rice-Cisneros of Cosecha

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Bummer! Janelle, so sorry to hear this.


This is really unfortunate and perhaps a microcosm of what’s happening to traditional media.

And EBX has a long line of good food writers too- Kauffman, Tsai and Bitker, among others.

Hopefully Janelle Bitker and other EBX writers can land in a good place. Good luck.



The Express will also be moving to a freelance model for nearly all of its ongoing coverage. Throughout its 40 years, the paper has relied heavily on freelance journalists in its pages. Before the recent layoffs, more than half the content in the paper each week was produced by freelance writers. In addition, several of the people laid off have agreed to freelance for the paper.

The paper is also committed to pursuing other possibilities for new revenue streams, including a community-based funding model similar to the one Berkeleyside recently launched. We’ve been heartened by the outpouring of support the paper has received in the past few days and readers’ stated willingness to pitch in to help. We likely will take you up on that. Stay tuned.


excerpts and contact info:

Though the hot dogs here are portioned pretty well, those with particularly ambitious appetites may want to upgrade to the Steakhouse Dog, a foot-long Wagyu beef hot dog that hangs over both sides of the bun. This one arrived topped with roasted red potatoes, blue cheese crumbles, grilled peppers, and grilled onions. My only gripe was that I wished it came with some kind of sauce to tie it together. Luckily, guests can add their own from the well-stocked condiment bar.

I tried my hand at a custom dog: a lamb sausage topped with a curry carrot-raisin slaw.

“Especially here in East Oakland … there’s just an astonishing amount of creativity,” Nilson said. Some people have filmed YouTube videos at Dogtown Sausage, and Nilson plans to invite local artists to work on a new mural for the shop. And once Dogtown Sausage opens its planned larger location in Ali’s father’s shop in Dogtown, they’re thinking about installing a recording studio — Ali’s family includes several budding musicians.

Dogtown Sausage
5916 International Blvd., Oakland
Hours: Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cash, all major credit cards

Sample Menu
Chicken-fried chicken dog … $8
Bull Dog … $8
Wagyu steakhouse dog … $11
Chili cheese fries … $5
Quinoa salad … $2
Fresh lemonade … $3

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Temescal Brewing

4115 Telegraph Ave

Fri., Jan. 25, 4-9 p.m.

Tickets (available on Eventbrite) are recommended to guarantee your crab, although some extra crab will be available for purchase.


Montclair gets another SE Asian eatery. This time its Laotian.


Katherine Hamilton in the East Bay Express:


There’s no denying that the East Bay has an appetite for regional cuisine. You’ll find Chinese food from Xi’an and Guilin and Vietnamese dishes from the Mekong Delta and Hue. And it’s not too hard to find specialties from Mexico City, Oaxaca, or Jalisco.

But according to owner Cecilia Chairez, there’s only one spot in the East Bay to find cuisine from the north-central Mexican state of Zacatecas: Mi Zacatecas, a humble takeout window with a small outdoor dining area, near the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and 98th Avenue in East Oakland.

I started with the gordita filled with pork and nopalitos (cactus) stew. This stew, Chairez said, is typical of Valparaíso; after all, Zacatecas is a big producer of nopales. The stew was brimming with tangy, crunchy nopalitos, which provided a welcome contrast to the rich yet lean bites of pork shoulder. The stew was robustly flavored with red peppers and garlic, though despite its fiery appearance, the spice level was mild. The handmade gordita, with its subtle, aromatic corn flavor, was an ideal canvas for the stew.

Mi Zacatecas Mexican Food
9896 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
(510) 491-3133
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cash, all major credit cards

Sample Menu
Barbacoa plate … $12 small/$15 large
Gordita … $4
Taco … $2.50

Photo: Yelp

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Momo Chang, Nik Sharma, Christina Mitchell, and Luke Tsai, moderated by Annelies Zijderveld, where we will dig into what differentiates Oakland dining and how it’s a celebration of its people.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm | Cost: FREE
Oakland Public Library (Main Branch) | 125 14th Street, Oakland, CA

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And now there is a Korean grocery with meals to go in Montclair:


4 posts were split to a new topic: [Oakland, Montclair] Daughter Thai Kitchen downhill alert?

Ayesha Curry opens first pop up store in Jack London Square

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Location can be a double-edged sword:

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