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Guest Post: Tomato Day Dream by Photographer Nicola Parisi

I met Nicola last year at Eat Real Festival, and fell in love with her dreamy California photo journals. Here’s a story from her on one of my favorite foods…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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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,…

Oaxaca Raw: Mexican Food at the Mar Vista Farmers Market

I usually roll my eyes at anything advertised as raw food or vegan. Neither of those labels indicates that a meal will be balanced, healthy or taste good. In LA “healthy” food…

Good Food on the 101: Road Trip Stops from the Bay to LA

I’m driving from the Bay to LA a lot these days— and I don’t have AC, so summertime means I’m taking the 101. It’s a longer ride, but cooler and…

My Favorites From Tacolandia

With 140 taqueros I was officially overwhelmed at LA Weekly’s Tacolandia event last weekend. Luckily, there was a lady handing out shot glasses and I always have something to put…

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 white girls all wearing variants of denim tops and…

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…

Almost 24 Hours in Downtown LA

We started with a juice and a tumeric-ginger shot at Crafters, and then armed with the make-believe nutritional permission to eat and drink mostly things that are bad for us,…

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…

Taco Tuesday at Azucar Lounge: Mostly Not About Tacos

Taco tuesday at Azucar Lounge was almost exactly what you would expect from a bar in SOMA: not having anything to do with good tacos. I still have some things…

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Weekend in LA

Yes, I live in the Bay but I go to LA like every two weeks. Hey, it’s sunny, the boys are cute, and well, it’s so big with so much…

5 Places for Brunch, Lunch and Coffee in LA

I am visiting LA more and more, and each time finding new ways to start my day. Enjoy: Guerrilla Tacos This taco truck is putting everything fancy and good on…

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…

Ferronlandia on Camera! Same Great Food, More of My Face

Lately I’ve making 1 minute episodes on great spots to eat in the East Bay on the Tatstemade app. A lot of you might be familiar with these restaurants, but…

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…

Dreamy Preston Vineyards

Healdsburg is a magical little place isn’t it? Sometimes I think it’s too precious for me, but then I have a few glasses of wine and I take that thought…

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

Living in Temescal I’m lucky enough to have gray weather comfort food options just a stone’s throw away: there’s a decent pho joint down the street and I’m only a…

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

Los Moles photos by Laila Bahman 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…

Five Things to Do in LA

I recently went to LA and mostly stayed in Topanga Canyon, a village-like community nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains. While I was visiting, the cops found 5,000 tons of…

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…

Where to Eat in Palm Springs

This is a post about eating in Palm Springs, with a sprinkling of advice on eating in cities that are not food destinations. I did my research. The highest recommended…

Five Eating Destinations Along the California Central Coast

1. Romo’s Market (728 Guadalupe St) Couples express their love and appreciation for each other in many ways. For us, “baby, I think you just introduced me to one of…

B-Dama: Order Right and Drink Well

The first time I came here was a Thursday evening around 8 pm. There was a group of four waiting at the door, every seat in the house was full,…

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…

Mexico City Meets Marin at El Huarache Loco

Strip malls are frightening things to me. I often get lost in Bed, Bath & Beyond, and I am constantly bewildered as to how I convince myself every time that…

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…

Brunch, Without the Wait

As many of my friends and coworkers have learned the hard way, I’m not the nicest person pre-coffee. Or pre-breakfast. If I’m going to brunch, I usually have a snack…

East Bay Sweets

Eleven months out of the year I’m not a big sweet tooth. If it ain’t dark chocolate then I’m not really that into it. But come that time between Thanksgiving…

Rainy Day Fare: Hawker Fare

The rainy weather is back in session and we all need a little extra motivation to turn off the TV, put on some real pants, grab a friend, and go…

How to Keep Eating Like You’re at Eat Real

True food festival freaks feel a little empty when food festival season is over. Summer ends, fall arrives, and soon it’s back to the ol’ holiday sit down dinner. Meals…

Fancy and Fresh: Tacos at C CASA

A few Saturdays ago (yes, I’ve been a bad blogger) I skipped Oakland’s first battle of the taco trucks because, aside from my general aversion to anything screaming Cinco de…

A Taste of Tequila & Tamales by The Bay

The first significant experience I had with a tamal was in a small town outside of Merida, Yucatan in the sweltering heat, sitting next to a chicken, a tub of…

San Francisco International Chocolate Salon

Ahh 50,000 square feet of chocolate, my kind of breakfast. The San Francisco International Chocolate Salon was a bazaar of fifty chocolate vendors, wineries and genuine chocolate-loving freaks. I was…

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…

Revisiting downtown Berkeley: Japanese food at Ippuku

Being in downtown Berkeley has always made me feel like I’m in high school again. Those days of scrambling for crappy off-campus lunches, impatiently waiting for the hourly 65 bus,…

What makes homey food homey, homies?

  One chilly night last week, my friend and I sat down to a bowl of soup and a bottle of wine and in between our sipping we began to…

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…

LA for Dinner, LA for Breakfast

A good guide is one who picks you up from the airport and says,”You hungry? Great, I know delicious Thai place. It’s a total dive.” The thing I love about…

A Full Belly and Happy Heart at Gourmex

The word “gala” has always evoked a sound from me that resembles something like “eeewwh“. Eeewwh for the amount of work that goes into throwing a gala (been there, done…

Late Night Sushi in Temescal

You had a long happy hour. You just realized you’ve had three margaritas and no dinner and it’s 11 pm. And magically, right when you grudgingly start going through your…

FiDi here I come!

How does a restless, globe-hopping gal like me wrestle the monotony of a 9 to 5 in the Financial District (stupidly nicknamed FiDi, I’ve since learned)? Lunch! And if you’re…

Wine Country (off the stuffy, tour bus path): Mazzocco

So you know about wine, you know what you like, and you know how to bullshit well enough to thrown in the occasional “blackberry notes” and “barnyard nose” commentary if absolutely…

Cocktail Recipe for a Broken Heart

Here’s the deal: I recently had my heart broken. We all have our methods of coping and mine certainly have to do with eating and drinking. I get snobby about…