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 March 2014

March 2014


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March Features

Plans for Alameda Point Inch Foward Without a Developer

by Michael Howerton

The long-awaited development of Alameda and Oakland's decommissioned military bases get green lights. The future of both looks very different.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Alameda Flourishes Despite Detractors

by Robert Burnson

The District 18 state assemblyman is a moderate on gun control, labor unions, and social justice.

Not So Fast, Customs

by Eli Wolfe

A concerned citizen has spurred city officials to investigate her complaints that a customs examination station in Alameda is a potential source of hazards ranging from radioactive material to...

Review of Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails

by Derk Richardson

Giuseppe Naccarelli opens an ambitious, good-looking Italian restaurant in South Shore Center.

March Departments

At Odds Over Your Pro-Business, Anti-Activist Stance on Occupy Oakland

Letters to the editor on Occupy Oakland and the future of Alameda Point.

Evolution and Revolution at Alameda Magazine

by Judith M. Gallman

Alameda Magazine gets an organizational upgrade.

Lehman Signs on Signature Development Group for Oak Knoll Navy Hospital

by Michael Howerton

The decommissioned naval hospital property at Oak Knoll may make headway in 2014.

Three new books: Afro-Vegan, Explosion Green, and Glitter and Glue

by Judith M. Gallman

Three new books on cooking, building, and growing up.

Alameda Artist Michael Tunk Does Wonders With Collage

by Michael Singman-Aste

Alamedia features the work of collage artist Michael Tunk.

Alamedans Identify Their Favorite Streets and Boulevards

by Gina Jaber

Six Alamedans talk about their favorite streets.

Alameda Cheese and Goods Purveyors Give Picnic-Packing Tips

by Karen Granados

Cheese, wine, bread, snacks, and the just-right containers for a picnic.

International Rescue Committee Launches New Roots Garden at Laney College

by Anna Mindess

A melting pot of farmers share agriculture practices at a community garden, New Roots, at Laney College.

Renovating a Home of a Certain Age

by Sarah Coombs

An Alameda interior decorator, Sarah Coombs, talks to real estate agents about updating houses.

Poor Staging and Scant Marketing Lead to Deal on a Chabot Highlands Home

by Elise Proulx

Poor marketing and staging work in buyers' favor on Chabot Highlands sale.

Travel to Mendocino Village, Caspar, and Fort Bragg

by Anneli Rufus

Splendor dominates Mendocino County's man-mande and natural attractions.

Santa Cruz in the Off Season

by Matthew Craggs

A winter trip to Santa Cruz takes in the sights, from Seabright Brewery to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

Asian Chefs From Sunhui Chang to James Syhabout Reinvent the Food of Their Youth

by Ethan Fletcher

Young Asian chefs and restaurateurs in Oakland love the food of their home countries and their youth, like the salty-sweet street fare from Mumbai’s beaches or the spicy roasted Siamese peanuts...

Legal Eats Teaches Culinary Entrepreneurs the Laws on Home Businesses

by Rachel Trachten

Legal Eats teaches foodie entrepreneurs the ins and outs of running a home business so they won't be breaking any laws.

Pasta as Comfort Food, from Bellanico to Pizzaiolo

by Ethan Fletcher

Our favorite comfort foods are often those that we ate as kids. So perhaps it’s no surprise that in the case of pasta—one of the all-time top comfort foods—many of Oakland’s favorite...

Build, East Bay Spice Company, Italian Colors, and Others Add Flowers to Food and Drink

by Anneli Rufus

You can and should eat the flowers making their way onto your dinner plate and into your highball glass.

Homestead Does Hip Donuts

by Anneli Rufus

Typecast as a plebeian treat for plebeians ever since they first appeared in the English-speaking world, donuts, formerly and still sometimes known as doughnuts, are cheap and easy to make. A...

New Drink Program at The Ramen Shop

by Stefanie Kalem

The popular Ramen Shop steps up its cocktail game under head bartender Chris Lane's direction.

Tah-Chin at Zand's

by Anneli Rufus

Tah-chin is an elegant, irresistible Iranian treat.

Berkeley's Thai Noodle Offers Great Tea Leaf Salad

by Anneli Rufus

Tea isn't just for sipping; you can eat it too, in a tea leaf salad a Thai Noodle, or try it as a savory soup from Numi Organic Tea.

Starter Baker Sets off the Kouign-amann Trend

by Cynthia Salaysay

Brian Wood of Starter Bakery introduces Kouign-amann to the Bay Area and launches a trend.

Chicha, Lungomare, Cock-a-Doodle, Stag's, and Bull Valley Roadhouse

by Judith M. Gallman

New and return visits to restaurants on Webster Street, Old Oakland, Uptown, Jack London Square, and Contra Costa County.

East Side Sushi, Anthony Lucero’s Cinematic Homage to Oakland

by Ann Leslie Davis

Anthoy Lucero brings passion to his film East Side Sushi about a single Chicana mother with aspirations as a sushi chef in East Oakland.

Mati Rose McDonough Has a New Release

by Kate Madden Yee

Oaklander Mati Rose McDonough uses her whimsical painting style in a new children's book, which will be released March 25, 2014.

Vanessa Solari Espinoza Is a Graffiti Artist and Hip-hop DJ

by Tara Taylor

Agana, a female graffiti artist and hip-hop Dj in Oakland, shares her artistic insights and influences.