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McDonald’s on San Pablo?/An Organized Neighborhood Not Lovin’ It

February 7, 2015

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The oldest McDonald’s in CA at 66th and San Pablo wants to expand its operations by increasing its restaurant size by 30% plus run a drive through 24/7. The owner Ed Smith (former Oakland cop who owns many McDonald’s in the area) and his political consultant Mark McClure from CCIG (owned by Phil Tagami) got an […]

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Restaurants Coming and Going in Temescal

September 11, 2014

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Cafe Underwood (308 41st St.), a new-school Wi-Fi cafe, is now open in North Oakland and my first outing couldn’t have been more pleasant. As noted in What the Fork preview from last year, owner Dominick Scala’s idea was to take a neighborhood coffee shop and the (increasingly popular) idea of a rentable “co-working space,” and to essentially create […]

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An Opinionated Guide to Experiencing First Fridays

September 14, 2013

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  I have probably gone to at least 25 First Fridays/Art Murmurs over the years and have watched it change and morph. I went to one large community meeting in the summer of 2012 where I advocated for the “official” street closure of Telegraph as the crowds had become so large that they were spilling […]

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Disco Volante Closes its Doors on Monday/New Bar Openings in the Temescal

August 19, 2013

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I never knew that a bar closing could make me so very sad and nostalgic but the closure of Disco Volante is giving me the Monday blues. For years, Disco has been my favorite bar because it’s the kind of bar of neighborhood bar I have always had a fantasy of owning and running. First […]

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Kasper’s Korner Comes Alive at the Temescal Street Fair July 7

June 23, 2013

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Streets are for people too, and no where more so than amongst the temporary park benches, tables & chairs, plants, and street furniture at Kasper’s Korner Music & Art Pocket Park at the Temescal Street Fair, Sunday July 7, 12noon-6pm, corner of Shattuck and Telegraph. Watch this short and creative video to see how the […]

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Broadway Finally Coming Alive Bit by Bit

May 27, 2013

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I’ve lived near the corner of Broadway and 45th St for 16 years and have been downright dejected over its blight, abandon and lack of much energy, except for the students at Oakland Tech. While I’ve watched and helped been a part of the Temescal Miracle along Telegraph, Broadway has been the ugly step-child, downtrodden […]

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In Search of the East Bay’s Best Ribs

May 17, 2013

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Time for Ribs! After my blog on the “Improving State of the Pulled Pork Sandwich” in the East Bay, it’s time to move on to the most common cut of meat master chefrs smoke these days-ribs. Again, being from Georgia, our ribs are pork, which I think taste way better than beef short ribs. Like […]

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Get outdoors … and tipsy

April 15, 2013

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My summer obsession lay at the intersection of Vitamin D and hops. Here are some things you should know about some places where you can drink, eat, and get a weird, it’s-never-really-warm-enough-for-swimsuits sunburn. I’ve left out places with just a table or two outside, and places that are more a restaurant than place to linger.

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Oakland Veg Week from April 22-28th

April 15, 2013

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Oakland Veg Week 2013 is getting underway April 22-28. What exactly is Oakland Veg Week? It’s a week of celebration of meat-free eating in Oakland. There will be events throughout the week to help community members learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet for our health, the environment, and for animals. Mayor Jean Quan and […]

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In Search Of the East Bay’s Best Pulled Pork Sandwich

April 11, 2013

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While perhaps not as close to the heart as moles and their role in honoring the dead in Mexican culture, southern barbecue is very much cherished grub and revered across a vast swath of lower Americana. I can’t think of another food that is as festive or as competitive in the hearts and minds of […]

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