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All Signs Point to a Hit in San Francisco – One of the few Deaf-owned restaurants in the country offers Neapolitan pizza from their wood-fired oven and creative small plates. Melody and Russ Stein have created a “deaf-friendly” spot where all waiters all sign and customers give it a big thumbs up.
OAKLAND MAGAZINE – Selected Food Stories-
Bonkers for Bagels (cover story) Bagels are HOT, since three East Coast transplants, finding our flabby steamed rolls-with-a-hole unsatisfying, are crafting chewy, crusty, wood-fired rings.
Rooting for the Ayyads – The story of Palestinian immigrants who transform a jinxed spot in Albany, California into a culinary oasis where they serve Jordanian, Palestinian and Egyptian specialties. Second article in my Edible Journeys series.
International Rescue Committee Launches New Roots Garden at Laney College – Mustard greens—a lot of mustard greens—are required to make gundruk, the national dish of Nepal. Chhali Mainali, who spent 18 years with her family in the cramped quarters of a Nepali refugee camp, gathers armfuls of the green and purple leaves from a compact, lush garden at Laney College.
OAKLAND MAGAZINE – Food and Travel Stories
Kyoto is for Food Lovers – Scattered cherry blossoms and ochre maple leaves enhance the sublime beauty of Kyoto’s ancient, narrow streets and lush gardens. In their respective seasons, pink petals and orange leaves also appear as handmade local confections to be enjoyed with a cup of earthy green tea…
Istanbul, Capital of Turkish Delights – Istanbul lays out a banquet for the senses. Majestic mosques, their slender minarets piercing the sky, accent the city’s sprawling skyline. At neighborhood marketplaces, crimson cones of spices are on display…
Hong Kong, A City of Dragons and Dumplings – To truly appreciate this vibrant metropolis, you need to explore its cultural roots, which still throb beneath the glitzy surface…
Tee Tran’s Monster Pho Conquers Oakland with Traditional Vietnamese Cooking
Handmade Tofu and Mochi Keep Traditions Alive in San Jose’s Japantown
Deaf-Owned Mozzeria Shows Signs of Great Pizza Coming to the Mission
Eat With Your Hands for a Sensuous, Intimate, Mindful Meal
Dim Sum Delights in their Hong Kong Homeland
Kobani Kurdish Restaurant: Defiant and Delicious
In Berkeley, Slide the Door for Homey Japanese Food
At FuseBOX, Sunhui Changs’s Korean Cooking Makes Sparks Fly
Edible East Bay
The Spice Whisperer Makes House Calls
The East Bay Monthly
Sampling Breakfasts from Other Cultures – where to find local servings of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian and Indian breakfast specialties
Chocolate Hot Spots – from traditional turtles to trendy chili-laced truffles
Baker’s Dozen – 13 hours at the side of acclaimed pastry artist Paul Masse
Deaf Culture meets Foodie Culture – Betty Ann Prinz demonstrates signs of good taste as the go-to food expert for the East Bay’s Deaf Community.
Oy Tannenbaum! – a nice Jewish girl (me) makes Christmas cookies on TV
delighted to meet you on berkeleyside and on your blog! are you on chowhound much? the bay area hounds historically have been a very convivial group. in 2004, dozens of us participated in the dim sum wars–north vs. south bay. it took months of focused eating. we’ve been touring the fruitvale taco trucks since 2002; we’ve sampled uzbek food in concord, bacon-wrapped hot dogs in salinas, and made some very good friends in the process. join us, if you haven’t already!
Sounds like a fun group! I will check it out. Curious re: which Dim Sum restaurants came up winners. My favorite is Yank Sing in SF, but always interested in trying new places.
Hi Anna, I simply love your blog and just read the story that appeared in Oakland magazine about the Zaki Kabob House. I will go there. Your article is beautiful. Is this blog still current?
Thank you for your kind comment. Yes, I am still writing blog and for Oakland Magazine and KQED.org, when I can. Enjoy your meal at Zaki. And please stay in touch if you discover any other places to share.