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At Manzanita, you really are what you eat

on January 14, 2009


If you’re vegan and you live in North Oakland, this is the place to be. Even if you’re not,  1050 40th St., is the place to get a good meal that is both organic and macrobiotic.

What does macrobiotic mean? Glad you asked. is a way of life and eating based on an understanding of Mother Nature. Macrobiotic cooking uses seasonal, locally grown ingredients to draw energy from food so that a balanced diet can be maintained. George Ohsawa, a Japanese philosopher, made popular the practice, which many believe can be traced back to the beginning of civilization.

Every month, Manzanita holds a macrobiotic cooking workshop to show people some of the secrets from its kitchen. , a macrobiotic chef trained at the world-renowned Kushi Institute in Massachusetts, leads the cooking demonstrations while macrobiotic counselor Hana Kilibarda offers health and beauty tips.




  1. Allan T on January 18, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Great to see this place is finally getting some recogniyion but as a hardcore meat eater, I feel that it is not really an option for me. Almost as if “my kind” is not accepted there. Have fun with the hippies.

  2. mricard on January 18, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Interesting observation, Allan T. But what do you by “my kind” is not accepted there? Did you get weird looks for asking where the meat is on the menu or for asking someone to explain macrobiotics to you? Or did you just get bad service?

  3. mricard on January 18, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Oops. Typo in the last comment. I meant to say: But what do you MEAN by “my kind” is not accepted there?

  4. Larry Rice on January 18, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    On a warm day, there’s no better place to eat lunch in Oakland than on the outdoor patio at the Manzanita. The food is always interesting, even to omnivores like myself. For an alternate review, see and scroll down.

  5. Aubrey Ferreira on January 19, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Its frustrating when people draw divisions between those who eat meat and those who choose not to. Divisiveness of any kind seems destructive and totally out-dated. On Martin Luther King’s day in the year 2009, I wonder why people are still wasting their time with segregation! I eat meat and Manzanita is my favorite restraunt in Oakland along with Golden Lotus (another amazing vegetarian spot). I am neither a vegan, nor a hippie (haha) and feel completely accepted there especially by the host who smiles and converses with any and everyone who comes through the door. Wuttup, Chris?! Holler at a player. Anyway, I have no idea what Allan T is talking about. Manzanita rules. Loves it. xox

  6. mricard on January 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I guess this last comment proves, once again, that there can be two totally different opinions on the same subject. But segregation? Can you really make a comparison between those who discriminated against people because of the color of their skin and those who criticize people because they don’t eat meat? Is there really that big of a battle going on between omnivores and vegetarians? I’d like to know personally because that would make an interesting story. And to those who say all vegetarians or vegans are hippies, is that a fair and accurate statement to make now that we’re in 2009 and not in the ’70s anymore?

  7. Jason O on January 24, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I also sensed attitude in Manzanita. I found the food to lack flavor and when I asked for some salt it was almost as if I had committed murder.

  8. Mark Gillian on August 19, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    The owners are not macro or vegan. They have no respect for the principles.
    Boycott this place

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