Oakland-based food justice activist, Bryant Terry, reflects on bringing the vegetable kingdom to life in his new cookbook. Tune Up the Vegetable Band And get ready to play with Bryant Terry’s Vegetable Kingdom Book review by Annelies Zijderveld   Purchase this book Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes By Bryant Terry Ten Speed Press, February…

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    6 East Bay Bakeries that Rise to the Top Chopping, sautéeing, and roasting are easy, but when it comes to baking pastries, breads, and cakes, I’m happy to leave it to the professionals. That leaves more time to roam the East Bay discovering the sweets. Here’s a sample of my favorites from widely…

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At Classic Cars West, Popoca’s current outdoor pop-up space, Anthony Salguero forms masa for the pupusa, fills it, and then shapes the stuffed pupusa before placing it on the comal, which is positioned on a wood-fired grill.  Don’t Call it Humble Anthony Salguero of Oakland’s Popoca shares his exacting method for crafting El Salvador’s famed culinary…

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A World Brought Together in Wood Story and photos by Jessica Cook     Left: Roberto likes to support community efforts such as by creating this bench for the nonprofit Cal Sailing Club at the Berkeley Marina.   If you know Roberto Gastelumendi, you know there is a salsa tune in his head. It escapes…

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Farmhouse Kitchen’s Lao Table engages the eyes as well as the hands. Eat with the Hands for Practical, Intimate, Sensuous Meals By Anna Mindess | Photos by Cynthia Matzger   Amod Chopra, owner of Vik’s Chaat in Berkeley, washes his hands and sits down with some guests. His divided metal tray, called a thali, holds…

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  By Alix Wall | Photos by Rachel Stanich The story of how a Cambodian immigrant took her food business from pop up to food-court kiosk to a brick-and-mortar spot named one of America’s best restaurants within a few years has made food entrepreneurs with big dreams take notice. The journey is that of Nite…

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An assortment from The Xocolate Bar in Berkeley. Read more about the business below. A Glorious Chocolate Adventure By Rachel Trachten | Photos by Jon Milavec   Is there any better magazine assignment than the chocolate beat? Well, no, there just isn’t. Before launching our exploration of East Bay chocolate, we turned to Berkeley’s own…

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By Kai Wada Roath  | Photos by Austin Goldin   Pleasing aromas drift through the open air down a little alley between storefronts on 40th Street in Oakland, where brightly painted pink, yellow, and turquoise walls lure in hungry customers, much like a newly opened stargazer lily would entice a hummingbird. It’s Tacos Oscar. Open…

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New Urban Wine Trails An Illustrated Guide to Some of Berkeley and Oakland’s Hot New Wineries Story and illustrations by Nikki Goddard   One of the great perks of living in the Bay Area is the ease of launching a weekend wine country getaway. But if you have only an afternoon and want to spend…

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Mochi by the Bay Wisdom from local masters of the craft Story and photos by Kaori Becker Mochi! Suddenly it’s everywhere. Made with mochiko, a flour milled from Japanese sticky rice, mochi went mainstream with the trend for gluten-free foods. But longtime fans of this traditional Japanese sweet know that mochi is just fun to…

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