The outstanding Oakland A scorching canine vendor interferes with the Howard Terminal’s scheme
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Hal “the hot dog guy” Gordon calls the proposed Howard Terminal plan “economic development with an attached stadium”. Photo credit: City of Oakland
- If you’ve been to an Oakland A game, you’ll know Hal “the Hot Dog Guy” Gordon – UC Berkeley graduate student in agricultural and resource economics who has been selling hot dogs and leading chants at home games for years. In writing for SF Gate, the longtime ballpark vendor weighed the pros and cons of Oakland’s controversial Howard Terminal ballpark development, which he described as “an economic development with an attached stadium.” While identifying several shortcomings, Gordon eventually said that Oakland and Alameda County’s city councils should approve the development, and not just because we could lose the ones if the new stadium is blocked.
- Jane Alexiadis, the Berkeley woman who baked about 7,000 cookies for her neighbors during the pandemic, has finished her 61-week run. She told Patch that her weekly “Cookie Wednesday” events, where she handed out cookies from a sidewalk in front of her house, got her “in the middle of a community event,” but the pandemic seemed to be subsiding. it’s time to move on
- There is a new Greek restaurant in downtown Pleasanton. Fatih Ulas and Mehmet Duygu opened Elia last week with a menu of 15 mezzes, 10 main dishes and a variety of side dishes and wines.
- Diablo Magazine did its latest best of the East Bay proclamations. On its list of the best foods, editors praised Berkeley’s Boichik Bagels, while readers said Lafayette’s Postino Restaurant is the best gourmet option in the area. In its nightlife rankings, Diablo readers cited bars in far-flung areas like Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill as ideal drinking destinations in the entire East Bay, which isn’t my experience, but I’m only one person. A full list of the winners can be found here.
- Reddit users are looking for their own “best ofs” and asking where Oakland’s best hummus and (separately) best Asian food are served. I’m sure you have thoughts (on this one and Diablo’s rankings) so please let us know in our comments.
- Eater SF reports that Dela Curo and Sundo – two pop-up restaurants owned by Oakland restaurateur Chikara Ono – have opened in Swan’s Market. As Nosh reported last March, at the start of the pandemic, Ono closed his AS B-Dama counter in Swan’s and then said he planned to move the pop-ups (Dela Curo serves Japanese black curry, Sundo is milk bread sandwiches) the space.