Calavera Mexican Kitchen and Agave Bar

Puerca Con Frijol

When growing up in California, one grew up with Mexican food, it was a given. I’ve been a fan of chiles rellenos since grammar school. Mexican restaurants were a fixture on every block, usually found right next to one of … Continue reading

DOWNTOWN WINE BAR – Intoxicating Buildings and Beautiful Wines

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Growing up in Oakland, I used to love to wander downtown and look at the buildings. I went downtown a lot. That’s what teenagers do, they hang out downtown. We would go to the old Capwell’s or Liberty House for … Continue reading

BOX AND BELLS – Of the Rapture that Impels

Caramelized Pork and Polenta

“To the Swinging and the Ringing” It’s been almost ten years since I started writing about Oakland’s changing restaurant scene. Hard to believe, but it has. One of the earliest visits I made was to my hometown’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, … Continue reading