Oakland Bites

East Africans share community values, plates of food

Oakland has become a popular destination for the estimated 20,000 Ethiopian and Eritreans living in the Bay Area, according to the Ethiopian Community Center in Oakland. The East Africans have been steadily migrating to the Bay Area since the late 1980s and early 1990s, seeking refuge from the brutal military dictatorship of then Ethiopian leader Mengistu Haile Mariam. But now, the community is flocking to the area on a more positive note. Drawn to the city for its temperate climate,...

Butternut squash gratin

Her love for gratin dishes started at age 15, when Alethea Harper spent a summer abroad in central France. Her host mother, Annie, was a “genius” in the kitchen and one of her dishes was Gratin Dauphinois, which pairs thinly sliced potatoes with cheese. In the U.S. this French dish is commonly known as scalloped…

Oakland Bites: Urban garden edition

Hey all, Casey Miner here guest-blogging for Oakland Bites. Elise asked me to write about my experiences with urban farming in Oakland, which is one of my favorite topics, so.

Oakland Bites: Google Sauce

On Friday, I headed to Palo Alto to meet up with Charlie Ayers, restaurateur and former head chef at Google, for a story I was working on. I ended up sticking around for breakfast at his newly open Calafia Cafe and Market-a-Go-Go, and it was a good move. With a motto of “slow food fast”…

Oakland Bites: Your Best Picnic Spots

I spent this afternoon in Mountain View Cemetery working on a project with a classmate, and it was breathtaking. It may seem a little weird to think about a leisurely stroll through a cemetery, but this one–designed by none other than Frederick Law Olmstead–is like nothing I’ve ever seen, and there are people biking, strolling,…

Oakland Bites: Brunch Suggestions?

Over the weekend, I headed home to celebrate Easter with the fam over the mother of all brunches. While this one was crazy and chaotic–63 people, one life-sized rabbit–it got me thinking that for all the time I’ve spent in the East Bay, I think I’ve only been to brunch twice, and I haven’t yet…

Oakland Bites: Inconceivably delicious

That’s the tag line for Three Twins organic ice cream, and it pretty much hits the mark. With flavors like Madagascar Vanilla, Strawberry Je Ne Sais Quoi (the quoi being a splash of balsamic vinegar) and Peanut Butter Cookie Confetti Crunch, each taste is a bit of an adventure and even classic flavors like Mint…

Oakland Bites: Bacon-wrapped Twinkie Stonehenge

While I do care about what I eat, I’m no stranger to the cheeseburger. Or french fries, or cookies or a million other things that are bad for me. I mean, I’m not eating Twinkies for breakfast or anything (I’ve actually never had one), but I’m not averse to a little junk food in my…

Oakland Bites: The CSA conundrum

I was really, really excited for a box of produce to start showing up at my door every week, particularly after the vortex of grad school kept me from going to the grocery store for two weeks. (I know. Gross.) After looking into some great suggestions from commenters Art and Raphael, I was ready to…