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Lena's Soul Food Cafe - Oakland

Anyone try Lena's Soul Food Cafe? I had to stop in the parking lot there and noticed it and walked over to take a look. I already ate so didn't try anything and there was a short line out the door (6-7 people?) around 3 p.m. so that was a deterrent. The food was on a steam table but it looked good. Other sites give it 4/5th. I figured if it had a wait at 3 p.m. and decent reviews, might be good.

Lena's Soul Food Cafe
1462 High St (near International)
Oakland, CA 94601

http://www.lenassoulfoodcafe.com/

about 12 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

So you moved to the U.S. from Canada for the great healthcare, right? Or was it for the education at an American public university? How do you feel about that governmental support? Frankly I could whine about that but I understand the benefit of a well-educated population, native or foreign. Ooh yeah, awesome eh?

Seriously, public health affects many aspects of life, including worker productivity, corporate bottom lines, infectious disease and ultimately the base consumer pays for everything.

I'd rather have my taxes to go towards improving public health because even with all the inefficiencies it's way more cost effective than corporate health care skimming the system. Corporate health care doesn't deal with wide scale societal health issues, only fixing the disease after the fact and charging a lot.

about 12 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

Okay they both suck. Fair enough.

about 17 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

I don't agree with the over-consumption part but the dairy industry has a huge and powerful lobby group and it gets subsidies and trade protection. On top of that, dairy producing states are involved in the lobbying. You'd be surprised what they lobby for, like sweetners in school milk. The beverage industry is huge but it doesn't have any of that.

about 21 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorker looking for quintessential San Francisco cheap eats 2014

I haven't been to LC in at least 3 years. The carnitas there was never good. It was always about the carne asada, then the pollo asada.

Once beef (just like Southern BBQ) went out of favor due to general health concerns in the Bay Area, their business sunk. The carne asada use to draw a consistent line out the door back in the day. Now the stuff sits there in a pile and doesn't turn over, and I think that's the decline..and the ownership change?

Oct 24, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorker looking for quintessential San Francisco cheap eats 2014

That's a great burrito story. See I would have just ordered one of each. I'll have to try a combo, just at a place that isn't too busy the first time. It's really is just scooping up different stuff.

Oct 23, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorker looking for quintessential San Francisco cheap eats 2014

I'll have to try that! I've thought about it before but figured they'd poo-poo the idea. I'll have to think about the combos...carnitas and chorizo?

Oct 23, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorker looking for quintessential San Francisco cheap eats 2014

Best burrito in the City is still Cancun's al pastor. I'd go there get the al pastor burrito, the quesadilla suiza (beef) and a side of grilled green onions and an orange Jarrito. Under $20 will feed two easily.

If you really want authentic cheap SF eats, do a burrito crawl. I'd do all the ones mentioned plus La Cumbre and El Faralito. Also be prepared to choose a meat: carnitas, al pastor, carne asada, grilled chicken, tongue, etc. That's where it gets complicated.

Most taco joints do a couple of meats well but not all. The trick is to find out which place does what best.

Oct 23, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

That's a very nice idea but I don't think it holds water when you consider PepsiCo spends $2 billion a year on marketing and Coke spends $2.9 bil. Education against $5 bil a year is a pretty stiff row. Education costs $$$.

However to take that question on face value - to educate the public would cost to produce and air the ads, and it would still have to compete against Pepsi Co and all the others.

Given the societal costs, I'd say tax the one cent and use that for education.

Oct 20, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

If you don't like the soda tax - DON'T buy soda.

Not that difficult. You do have a choice.

Oct 20, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

Seems like a fair idea until you realize the Beverage Lobby has dropped $7m on the SF initiative alone. They're going to drop billions on this for years to come as this spreads.

I'm in full agreement if your statement also including the exclusion of lobbyists and industry groups, i.e., meddling corporations with a billion dollar PR apparatus.

If you want do-gooders out of the equation, then the money droppers and corporate personhood stuff goes as well.

So... "How about we all just be allowed to make our own decision wthout being deterred by meddling do-gooders and corporations with billion dollar PR funds that think they should make decisions for us."

Oct 20, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

Here's something interesting related soda consumption from researchers at UCSF, it destroys DNA:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/da...

"A study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco reveals that consuming soda can — independently of the role it plays in obesity — cause premature death.

In an article published in the American Journal of Public Health, Cindy Leung and Elissa Epel demonstrate that individuals who consume more soda have shorter telomeres in their white bloods cells. Telomeres are units of DNA that protect the ends of chromosomes in cells, and shorter telomeres in white blood cells have been associated with age-related diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

“Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas might influence disease development, not only by straining the body’s metabolic control of sugars, but also through accelerated cellular aging of tissues,” Epel said. “This is the first demonstration that soda is associated with telomere shortness.”

“This finding held regardless of age, race, income and education level,” she continued. “Telomere shortening starts long before disease onset. Further, although we only studied adults here, it is possible that soda consumption is associated with telomere shortening in children, as well.”

Oct 20, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

Nope, the local doughnut lobby, hipster and cops, won't let it happen. It's an unbeatable coalition that would first create apps and a bicycle rally to fight it and then the cops would start busting heads because of no doughnuts. Not happening. There will be peace in San Francisco!

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

One cent per ounce is the proposed Berkeley soda tax. That's the article quoted by the OP. See the first post (2nd line) and link.

Okay, so SF is .02¢ per ounce. Yeah terrible error. So double those SF figures. So it's closer to $100mil, all the better. Let it rip baby! Tax it all!

Oct 18, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

The City of San Francisco has a population of 837,000. If you use the average American consumption rate, 170 liters per person/annually, this is what you get.

170 liters = 5,748 ounces x .01¢ = $57.48

$57 x 837k = $47,709,000.00

Oct 18, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

The Bev industry likely sees this as the first battle and then dominoes, like same sex marriage, smog reg, bag bans and the like. How California goes, so goes the country.

So...California has a population of approx 35 mil.

This chart says Americans consumer 170 liters per person annually. http://www.slate.com/articles/health_...

170 liters = 5,748 ounces x .01¢ = $57.48

$57 x 35 mil people = $1,995,000,000.00 ...or around $2 bil/year. That's how much would be collected if the whole state taxed sugary drinks at .01¢/oz. over a year.

$7.7m is really peanuts when you consider the domino effect, once one state does, many usually follow.

Oct 18, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

It's already happening in SF, of sort. See Healthy San Francisco: http://en.wikipedia.or/wiki/Healthy_S...

I have no issue with this since I think it's a very good idea that food workers, the people handling your food, have decent healthcare coverage.

I don't see this as smug or screwing ourselves but rather simple common sense.

Oct 18, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

No, very unlikely. In California, retail groceries are NOT taxed at purchase, likely due to the nutritional value. I don't know the background law related to it but I'd guess it's FDA or USDA reg.

Oct 18, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

Nope, sugary drinks simply has negative consequences regarding public health, just like tobacco. A tax will flatten some of the public health risk. Also, you 'll still be able to buy the stuff everywhere.

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

It's only a matter of time before a measure is passed to tax sugary drinks. The industry groups can drop all the money they want on it but it will eventually pass. Of course when it passes here, the rest of the country will follow as usual. See; same sex marriage and plastic bag ban.

p.s. I drink sugary drinks and I'm for the tax.

Oct 18, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

ok, how about good areas in Oakland?

"Oh, and Oakland is no Brooklyn."

Ain't this the truth and I sure am happy about it because otherwise we'd be on the bloody east coast along with snow, crappy weather and less sunshine.

Oct 18, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

ok, how about good areas in Oakland?

The take-out dim sum is as good as SF, Tao Yuen and Sun Sing. Not as much density but for the size of Oakland's Chinatown it does pretty good. I haven't been to Clement St. forever but the selection seems as good or better to me.

Oct 17, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

ok, how about good areas in Oakland?

They finally found a new tenant for the old Barnes and Noble space, Plank. Having not gone there yet, the vibe I get is sort of a Yerba Buena bowling with eats and beer..but I don't really know. However filing that space has to be good for JLSq.

Started a thread on it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/992545

Oct 17, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Plank - JLSq Oakland

Anyone try Plank in the old Barnes and Noble space in Jack London Square? Bowling, beer garden, bocce...

SFGate take: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/johnson...

http://sf.eater.com/2014/10/10/695765...

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

Oct 17, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

North Beach/Telegraph Hill/Chinatown [San Francisco]

Tony's Coal-Fired Pizza
Stella Bakery for Canoli
+1 Golden Gate Bakery for egg tart

Oct 15, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Tommy's Joynt [San Francisco]

I wouldn't waste a lunch at Red's. The view, vibe and beer are fine but the burgers and grub are pretty bad, Sysco level.

Oct 15, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to get Birthday cake after 11PM on Sat night?

Try Au Coquelet on University Ave in Berkeley. The cakes are better than Safeway but usually sold in slices. I'd call but they are open until 2 a.m. on Sat.

Oct 14, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF restaurant fit for foodies and 3-year-olds?

To bounce off the Asian picks, I'd find an upscale-ish Mexican place, La Urbana, Nopalito, Colibri, etc. Culturally they also tend to be family oriented and good with kids.
Or you could go regional Mexican like in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/827474

As I understand it the Mexican food in the UK isn't very good and this is California. Mexican food is the thing I miss most about CA when coming back.

ok, how about good areas in Oakland?

Yes a 15 min walk to BART...but if you decide to sit down for coffee and a pastry, look in that nice bookstore (Pegasus) or wander by the Market Hall..that can be a chunk of time, and that's not even all the restaurants mentioned in Rockridge.

All I'm saying is there is a lot in Rockridge and Oakland (and a lot mentioned here) and you could easily get sidetracked. But it really comes down to how one travels. Some people sleep in and take their time, others are out the door at 7 a.m. with a list.

Oct 13, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

ok, how about good areas in Oakland?

I got that part but half a morning in Oakland kills half a morning in SF. Since this is the OP's first time to SF, sorta makes sense to make the most of it.

Oct 13, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area