.Luke Tsai

Mar 30, 2017

Eating Chinatown: A Walkable Guide to Oakland’s Most Delicious Neighborhood

The thing about Oakland Chinatown is that it doesn’t really have a “best” restaurant or a 99 Ranch Market-esque one-stop shop where...
Mar 28, 2017

The East Bay’s Lao Restaurant Community Embraces Its ‘Lao-ness’

Saeng Xayavong (left), Dara’s Thai/Lao in Berkeley's current lead cook, with his mother, Daovone Xayavong. Credits: Lance Yamamoto It used...
Mar 28, 2017

Don’t Call It a Goodbye

When I first ditched my career as a burned-out high school English teacher to try my hand at freelance journalism, there was one...
Mar 28, 2017

Interactive Olive Oil Tasting & Workshop at Port Kitchens

Your friends might be driving up to Napa for a weekend of wine tasting and three-hour-long Michelin-starred dinners. But if you’re a true food...
Mar 28, 2017

Nyum Bai Wants to Expand Your Vocabulary of Asian Noodle Soups

At this point, we shouldn’t be surprised when great food shows up in some unexpected corner of the East Bay — in a gas...
Mar 21, 2017

The Wolf in Oakland Modernizes a Cal-Cuisine Legend

It isn’t easy to follow in the footsteps of a legend. That was the task that the owners of...
Mar 14, 2017

In North Berkeley, Jotmahal Offers Unexpected Pleasures

Some of the pleasures of Jotmahal are obvious ones. There is, of course, the setting: The three-month-old Indian restaurant is located in the former...
Mar 14, 2017

Complex Oakland to Focus on Coffee and Creole Food Instead of Clubbing

Available Friday nights at Complex Oakland: Dungeness crab, blackened shrimp, and garlic noodles. Credits: Instagram @chefsmelly Oscar Edwards saw all of the shiny new high-rise apartment...