Destination Guides

Where to Eat and Drink in Rosarito

Rosarito is right on the Pacific coast and in between two great food destinations, Tijuana and Ensenada (including the increasingly trendy wine destination, Valle de Guadalupe) but I think a lot of Americans still come here mostly looking for Vegas-size margaritas. I found evidence for that theory recently when a group of six asked me to take a photo of them in…

Breakfast and Lunch with a Singaporean Twist at Dripline in Oakland

It’s my personal breakfast philosophy that a good barometer of a breakfast joint is the most basic thing on the menu, eggs and toast. If an egg isn’t cooked properly and if the bread sucks (practically a crime in the Bay Area), I probably won’t be back to try anything else. But if the eggs…

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

For townies like me, walking into the new Emeryville Public Market might tug at your nostalgic heartstrings for an East Bay of days past. The Public Market was like town square for a lot of us. It was where I learned what a food hall was: the neon signs, the trays with steaming foods from…

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 go out to customers with a squeeze of lime and chile. There are tamales, wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves, warm drinks with chocolate,…

Three Bowls of Soup in LA

Trump is President, it’s cold for us California babies, and everyone I know is sick. We need soup, y’all. Here are three places to get a bowl of soup in the Culver City/Palms area in LA. Sunny Blue For a quick healthy-ish snack in the neighborhood Sunny Blue is my go-to. The staple here is…

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. Here are a few places in Oakland owned by people of color offering nutrients in a cup for an accessible price. Super Juiced, Old Oakland…

Five More Places to Eat and Drink in Tijuana and Ensenada

Tijuana and Ensenada continue to charm me (and my taste buds). Here are a few more places to visit. Tijuana Cine Tonalá This three-story movie house, cultural center, rooftop bar and restaurant has a stunning view of Tijuana. In the background the moorish tips of the emblematic Jai Alai building point skyward, as do the restaurant’s table-top gold…

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 overcome by a craving for mashed potatoes, with a butter pat on top and freshly cracked pepper like something I never eat and definitely out…

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Interview with Hasta Muerte Coffee: Worker-owned Latinx coffee shop, conscious bookstore and community space

Hasta Muerte Coffee is a collectively run, worker-owned Latinx coffee shop coming to Fruitvale and 27th in Oakland in early 2017. The founders envision an inclusive space that offers small bites, good coffee, a specialty bookstore, community events, resources and workshops. I interviewed two of the three partners during the last week of their Kickstarter…

Two Spots for Ramen in Los Angeles

Is it ever ramen weather in Los Angeles? Not like I really need an excuse. Here are two ramen chains in L.A. to get your slurp on. Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi is a chain from Japan offering a specific style of ramen from Hakata— with a lot of flexibility to add ingredients and…