Winter Holidays 2017

Bay Grape, Punchdown, and Ordinaire

On the Glou-Glou Trail A hop into three local “natural wine” bars By Nikki Goddard Don’t call it a trend: Natural wine has existed as a concept for as long as winemakers have had the technology to produce “unnatural” (or manipulated) wine. Coined as early as the 17th century, the term was popularized in the…

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Fat Gold Olive Oil

There’s A writer loose in the Olive Grove! A tale of two urban creatives gone wild in food and farming By Kristina Sepetys  | Photos by Cheryl Angelina Koehler Meet two young olive farmers ready to start their first harvest. Kathryn Tomajan and Robin Sloan have no real farming experience, but here they are in…

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Holiday Leftover Tips

‘Tis the season for festive meals—and delicious leftovers The holidays are here, and for most of us that means spending time with family and friends. Whether you adore or dread those gatherings, there will likely be scrumptious food—and lots of it. After all, Thanksgiving dinner only comes around once a year, so we want to…

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Nora Dunning at Drip Line

Singapore Meets Southern Classics at Chef Nora Dunning’s West Oakland Drip Line By Alix Wall Chef Nora Dunning’s culinary viewpoint shifted one day over a bowl of shrimp and grits. It happened last winter as Dunning was cooking grits for her husband John, a Californian whose family has roots in the American South. Dunning’s palate…

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Saha Comes to Berkeley

Saha Finds a New Home in Berkeley Step into Mohamed Aboghanem’s Arabic-Inspired Restaurant By Sarah Henry | Photos by Kala Minko For a dozen years, Mohamed Aboghanem ran Saha, a self-styled “Arabic fusion” restaurant, out of the back of Hotel Carlton, a boutique lower Nob Hill hotel in the Joie de Vivre chain. The restaurant…

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Playing Climate Oasis

Board Games for Humanity Climate Oasis offers an entertaining spin on coping with global threats Story and Photo By Sam Tillis The mood is tense at the Oasis. Our little community has done well for itself, but a series of crises threatens to destroy all we have built. We have only just dealt with the…

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Editor’s Mixing Bowl

                These Luminous Things         No resident of the East Bay has gone untouched by the October tragedy brought on by massive wildfires in our North Bay region. We all breathed in the smoke, and we all know someone who has been more deeply affected.…

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Meet Mr. Espresso

The Bitter and the Sweet A conversation with Carlo Di Ruocco (aka Mr. Espresso) by Cheryl Angelina Koehler | Illustrations by Margo Rivera-Weiss If Carlo Di Ruocco asks, “Would you like an espresso?” you say, “Yes, of course!” After all, you’re at Mr. Espresso’s roastery and showroom on Third Street in Oakland, and it’s a…

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A Vegan Holiday Feast

Recipes by chefs Philip Gelb, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Barry Horton, and Bryant Terry and distiller Farid Dormishian Illustrations by Julia Cost Julia Cost’s little bears love to work in the garden and cook with the season’s best produce. For the holidays, they asked some of their favorite local vegan chefs if they would share a few…

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Contents Winter Holidays 2017

Read about our cover artist Julia Cost Editor’s Mixing Bowl What’s in Season Holiday Leftover Tips Fat Gold Olive Oil Playing Climate Oasis Illuminoshi on the Farm Natural Wine Bars Nora Dunning at Drip Line Saha Comes to Berkeley A Vegan Holiday Feast Market Hall Turns 30 Meet Mr. Espresso A Device for Selecting a…

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