.Food & Drink

May 28, 2024

Mumu Hot Pot Shares Soups with Options Aplenty

Bay Area chain Mumu Hot Pot recently moved into its fifth location, on the northwest corner of Bay Street Emeryville. Hot-pot dinners aren’t an obvious post-pandemic dining trend or entrepreneurial investment. At the height of Covid closures, restaurants featuring salad bars and buffets were the first to shut their...
The Salty Pearl Sells Seafood by the Seashore
May 7, 2024

The Salty Pearl Sells Seafood by the Seashore

Oysters served on the half shell ($22/$40) are listed at the top of Daniel Pirello’s The Salty Pearl menu in Oakland. For two years, Pirello had a loyal following in Richmond, where he ran the Rocky Island...
Palestinian Pride Expressed Through Coffee and Cuisine
Apr 30, 2024

Palestinian Pride Expressed Through Coffee and Cuisine

For diasporic communities everywhere, food is a love language. Now six months into Israel’s latest attack on Gaza, Palestinians in Gaza and surrounding occupied territories remain without steady access to food, water and electricity. Instead of turning to...
Dog-Friendly Dining and Cat Cafes in Honor of Pet Week
Apr 30, 2024

Dog-Friendly Dining and Cat Cafes in Honor of Pet Week

If one’s best buddy is a furry, ball-chasing bundle of energy commonly known as “my dog,” and one’s appetite leans to beer, burgers and beyond, the East Bay responds. Or let’s say a person wakes up one...
The Main Dish in Berkeley Headlines Food Fest
Apr 30, 2024

The Main Dish in Berkeley Headlines Food Fest

The Main Dish is the biggest event taking place in Berkeley over the POC Food & Wine Festival’s inaugural weekend. The festival’s founder, Gina Mariko Rosales, said she and the event organizers wanted to curate an inclusive...
Willows & Pine Honors Oakland Family History
Apr 23, 2024

Willows & Pine Honors Oakland Family History

The name of Chef Michauxnée Olier’s restaurant, Willows & Pine, pays homage to her family’s history in Oakland. When she was growing up, her mother and grandmother worked at The Barn, which used to be on Pine...
New Pizzeria three.one four Opens in North Berkeley
Apr 16, 2024

New Pizzeria three.one four Opens in North Berkeley

The pizza recipes at North Berkeley’s three.one four pizzeria belong to a chef who lives in and runs a catering business in Los Angeles. Mario Vollera, along with a silent business partner and hospitality expert Brandon Wilson,...
Elsie's on Solano: Now Closed
Apr 9, 2024

Elsie’s on Solano: Now Closed

The following article was written after I interviewed Cash Caris on April 3. At the time, the chef sounded optimistic about Delirama’s reincarnation as Elsie’s on Solano. On Sunday night, Caris posted on Instagram that he would...
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