My Published Food Articles (selected)

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All Signs Point to a Hit in San Francisco – One of the few Deaf-owned restaurants in the country offers Neapolitan pizza from their wood-fired oven and creative small plates. Melody and Russ Stein have created a “deaf-friendly” spot where all waiters all sign and customers give it a big thumbs up.

Oakland Cover March 2013

OAKLAND MAGAZINE – Selected Food Stories-

Bonkers for Bagels (cover story) Bagels are HOT, since three East Coast transplants, finding our flabby steamed rolls-with-a-hole unsatisfying, are crafting chewy, crusty, wood-fired rings.

Rooting for the Ayyads –  The story of Palestinian immigrants who transform a jinxed spot in Albany, California into a culinary oasis where they serve Jordanian, Palestinian and Egyptian specialties. Second article in my Edible Journeys series.

International Rescue Committee Launches New Roots Garden at Laney College – Mustard greens—a lot of mustard greens—are required to make gundruk, the national dish of Nepal. Chhali Mainali, who spent 18 years with her family in the cramped quarters of a Nepali refugee camp, gathers armfuls of the green and purple leaves from a compact, lush garden at Laney College.

OAKLAND MAGAZINE – Food and Travel Stories

Kyoto is for Food Lovers – Scattered cherry blossoms and ochre maple leaves enhance the sublime beauty of Kyoto’s ancient, narrow streets and lush gardens. In their respective seasons, pink petals and orange leaves also appear as handmade local confections to be enjoyed with a cup of earthy green tea…

Istanbul, Capital of Turkish Delights – Istanbul lays out a banquet for the senses. Majestic mosques, their slender minarets piercing the sky, accent the city’s sprawling skyline. At neighborhood marketplaces, crimson cones of spices are on display…

Hong Kong, A City of Dragons and Dumplings – To truly appreciate this vibrant metropolis, you need to explore its cultural roots, which still throb beneath the glitzy surface…

Tee Tran’s Monster Pho Conquers Oakland with Traditional Vietnamese Cooking

Handmade Tofu and Mochi Keep Traditions Alive in San Jose’s Japantown

Deaf-Owned Mozzeria Shows Signs of Great Pizza Coming to the Mission

Eat With Your Hands for a Sensuous, Intimate, Mindful Meal

Dim Sum Delights in their Hong Kong Homeland


Kobani Kurdish Restaurant: Defiant and Delicious

In Berkeley, Slide the Door for Homey Japanese Food

At FuseBOX, Sunhui Changs’s Korean Cooking Makes Sparks Fly

Edible East Bay

The Spice Whisperer Makes House Calls

The East Bay Monthly

Sampling Breakfasts from Other Cultureswhere to find local servings of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian and Indian breakfast specialties

Chocolate Hot Spotsfrom traditional turtles to trendy chili-laced truffles

Baker’s Dozen – 13 hours at the side of  acclaimed pastry artist Paul Masse

Deaf Culture meets Foodie Culture –   Betty Ann Prinz demonstrates signs of good taste as the go-to food expert for the East Bay’s Deaf Community.

Oy Tannenbaum!a nice Jewish girl (me) makes Christmas cookies on TV

4 Responses to My Published Food Articles (selected)

  1. heidi pie aronson says:

    delighted to meet you on berkeleyside and on your blog! are you on chowhound much? the bay area hounds historically have been a very convivial group. in 2004, dozens of us participated in the dim sum wars–north vs. south bay. it took months of focused eating. we’ve been touring the fruitvale taco trucks since 2002; we’ve sampled uzbek food in concord, bacon-wrapped hot dogs in salinas, and made some very good friends in the process. join us, if you haven’t already!


  2. Anna Mindess says:

    Hello Heidi,

    Sounds like a fun group! I will check it out. Curious re: which Dim Sum restaurants came up winners. My favorite is Yank Sing in SF, but always interested in trying new places.

  3. Christy says:

    Hi Anna, I simply love your blog and just read the story that appeared in Oakland magazine about the Zaki Kabob House. I will go there. Your article is beautiful. Is this blog still current?

    • Anna Mindess says:

      Hi Christy,

      Thank you for your kind comment. Yes, I am still writing blog and for Oakland Magazine and, when I can. Enjoy your meal at Zaki. And please stay in touch if you discover any other places to share.

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