Don Bigote’s epic quest for East Bay paella By Mark Middlebrook As we recounted in the Edible East Bay Fall 2006 issue, Don Bigote returned from his tapas and taco truck sallies both wiser and fuller. Alas, it cannot be said that his painstaking exploration into the possibilities of a true tapeo in the East…

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Story and Photos by Simona Carini Hello, I am Simona, founder and CEO of Slugs ’n’ Snails Xpress, Inc. Our company relocates personae non gratae (a.k.a. pests) from vegetable gardens to outworld destinations: hop on board this comfortable bag, sit down, relax, and enjoy your flight. That’s me, talking to a slug while getting rid…

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By Serena Bartlett Several months ago, while checking out a new nightclub in Oakland with a fellow writer, I ordered a Maker’s Manhattan, a caramel-color mix of bourbon whiskey and sweet vermouth. The fiery-red maraschino cherry lighting up the bourbon in my glass seemed to ignite our converation about how whiskey had evolved in the…

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By Barbara Kobsar You can’t miss it. Fennel grows wild all over the East Bay, showing off its feathery plumes along roads and trails. The wild, or common green fennel, which perfumes the air with its sweet licorice-like scent, is a perennial herb of the carrot family. Like its cousins, parsley, dill, chervil and anise,…

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Story and Photos by Matthew Green East Oakland resident Koy Saephan never went to school, but put her in a field of fertile ground and she’ll make food rise from the earth like a virtuoso. It’s a Saturday in October at the Mien Farming Collaborative, a large plot of arable land off Interstate 680 near…

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By Kevin Feinstein Breakfast Acorn Pancakes with Quince Jam Yerba Buena/Rosehip Tea Lunch Wild Green Salad with Soaked Walnut and Feral Citrus Dressing Manzanita Cider Afternoon Snack Energy Bar Made with Dried Figs, Dried Persimmons, Powdered Nettles, and Powdered Bay Nuts Dinner Miso/Ginkgo Nut Soup with Fresh Nettles, Pickled Purslane Wild Sourdough Acorn Bread Unfiltered…

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By Devany Vickery-Davidson In the early 20th century, when walnut groves stretched from Ignacio Valley to San Ramon Valley, it was said in autumn that anyone without black hands must be a tourist. Whole families worked walnut farms of 10 to 30 acres. Conditions in these fertile valleys were ideal here for dry farming of…

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CONTENTS WINTER 2008 4 EDITOR’S MIXING BOWL By Cheryl Koehler 6 EDIBLE EVENTS By Serena Bartlett 8 NOTABLE EDIBLES By Elinor Hutton and Cheryl Koehler 10 SEEDS FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA SPROUT IN SUNOL’S FERTILE SOIL By Matthew Green 14 MENU FOR A WILD WINTER DAY By Kevin Feinstein 18 WHAT’S IN SEASON? Fennel By Barbara…

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