Grub O.N.

It’s on College Avenue, it’s delicious and cheese is its main ingredient

It rode on the back of a bike for a mile, it survived numerous left and right turns on the way to its final destination, and in the end this Zachary’s deep dish pizza loaded with spinach, mushrooms and cheese was well worth the wait. Though the staff at Zachary’s on Sunday night wouldn’t allow OaklandNorth to take pictures of their restaurant interior or their delicious pizzas as they slid out of ovens and into cardboard to-go boxes, raising the…

Community recipe: Curried Pork

Another recipe for the Oakland North collection comes from Oakland resident Kerry Thett. “As a homegrown Texas girl, I am familiar with crockpot cooking. Now that I have been transplanted to California and have a very busy job, I want to eat hearty, but healthy. Plus I recently began dating a guy from India. What a huge culture clash!  I attempted to learn to cook Indian cuisine, but found it utterly time consuming and often, not too healthy. I found…

One of the newest Korean Restaurants in Temescal

Suk Lee opened Casserole House on Telegraph Avenue just over a year ago. It’s one of the newest Korean restaurants in Temescal and features home style Jeongol (Korean word for casserole). In this audio slideshow, she invites us into her kitchen and shows us one of her specialty Jeongol dishes.

Summer’s best friend likes fall too

For Ici Ice Cream co-owner, Mattea Soreng, the rainy weather and cool temperature is no deterring factor when it comes to selling cold stuff. Rain or shine, the lines at Soreng’s little parlor, which Soreng and Mary Canales opened three years ago on College and Ashby Avenues, never stops. “Yesterday we sold 325 cones, and that doesn’t include people who got cups, or people who bought bombes or bites,” Soreng said. That’s 34 cones an hour. A “bombe” in Ici lingo is two layers of ice cream…

Bushrod resident’s Bazhe sauce

This is a traditional sauce in Georgia (the former Soviet country, not the state) that I first encountered in 2001. I study political protests in the former Soviet Union, including the 2005 Rose Revolution in Georgia. Bazhe is one of the most common flavors in Georgian food, and is traditionally served over chicken or grilled eggplant. Georgian food uses a lot of garlic, fresh herbs, and vegetables. I first tasted bazhe on my initial trip to Georgia and spent years…

The Lakeview librarian’s wedding cakes

A great little recipe by Mary Riehle, who teaches knitting at the Lakeview branch of the Oakland Public Library. She’s also published a book of Christmas cookie recipes. Here’s her recipe for Mexican Wedding Cakes (also called “Russian Tea Cakes”). Mexican Wedding Cakes Ingredients 1 cup butter 1/2 cup powdered sugar 2 cups flower 1 cup very finely chopped pecans A little vanilla extract Here’s how you make these cakes, according to Marie: Heat the oven to “300 or 325.”…