.Cirrus Wood

Sep 26, 2018

Eight Must-Try New Places in the East Bay Where Origins Matter

At Marufuku in Temescal, the difference is in the broth. Credits: Photo by Lance Yamamoto Cafe Ohlone Berkeley touts itself as the cradle...
Sep 26, 2018

Nik Sharma’s Recipes Tell the Story of a Gay Immigrant

With his blog, column, and new book, food writer Nik Sharma eschews "tradition" in favor of an expression of his own experience. ...
Aug 29, 2018

Queer-Friendly Gyms Grow in the East Bay

Nathalie Huerta opened the Queer Gym in response to the lack of queer-friendly fitness spaces. Credits: Photo by Richard Lomibao Gyms...
Aug 15, 2018

Best Follow Through: Brahm Ahmadi

West Oakland residents spend an estimated $42 million annually buying groceries outside their neighborhood. Brahm Ahmadi has spent more than...
Aug 15, 2018

Best Do-Gooder Business Owner: Menbere “Menbe” Aklilu

Menbere “Menbe” Aklilu. Credits: Photo by Darryl Barnes Aklilu — more familiarly known as "Menbe" — left Ethiopia in the early 1980s for a...
Jun 25, 2018

Handmade Noodles Star at West Oakland’s Soba Ichi

Soba Ichi specializes in handmade buckwheat noodles. Credits: Cirrus Wood With all the attention given to ramen and udon, it might be easy to overlook soba,...
Jun 19, 2018

Why a Cofounder of Homeroom Now Hosts Free Pasta Friday Dinners

Pasta makes it easy to feed a crowd. Credits: Lance Yamamoto As a crowd casually socialized around her, Allison Arevalo...
Jun 18, 2018

Pâtisserie Rotha to Bring Traditional French Sweets to Albany

A new bakery promises to be a destination for flaky, buttery croissants. Credits: Photo courtesy of Rotha Ieng The word Proustian may be...