Steak ’n Egg: an amiable atmosphere

WASHINGTON — Osman and Joe’s Steak ’n Egg Kitchen, a 24-hour staple of the Tenleytown neighborhood, is where Clauton Kum has spent the last three years learning to cook. “It’s fun to have a staff that works with you,” Kum said. “We goof around with each other all the time, making jokes. It makes the night go faster.” The 24-hour…

Build Pizzeria recovers from fire

BERKELEY, Calif. — BUILD Pizzeria at the corner of Shattuck and Bancroft streets has been a well-received hot spot since opening 15 months ago. The restaurant that offers a sophisticated, modern twist on  pizza was forced to shut down for a week after a small kitchen fire broke out on July 26. General Manager Jonaten Martinez said no one was hurt, but all the…

Beyond fruits, veggies at the farmers’ market

BERKELEY, Calif. — This city has many exciting places to explore, and one of its most treasured is the weekly Farmers’ Market, held on Saturdays at the corner of Milivia and Center streets and in other locations during the week. Think this is just about fresh veggies and fruit? True to Berkeley’s unique style, there’s so much more. One…

Local organics at work

BERKELEY, Calif. — On a foggy Saturday morning while many in Berkeley are still sleeping, more than 60 vendors are setting up their stands under white canopies on Center Street here for the weekly downtown farmers’ market. The market opens up at 10 officially, but the sellers arrive by 9 and stay until 3:30. The market features organic food and drink vendors. Many…

BUILD: ‘proud of location’

BERKELEY, Calif. — On Aug. 1, BUILD Pizzeria reopened after being closed for a week because of a small kitchen fire. An employee left a plastic dish rack on the stove, which sparked the fire, said General Manager Jonatan Martinez, though there were no injuries and the only person in the building was the manager on duty. Martinez said…

Alameda food banks gives food for all

OAKLAND, Calif. — Many neighborhoods are “food deserts,” areas where people have no access to reach good, healthy foods, which affects the rise in obesity and obesity-related diseases, says Tiffany Kang, communications coordinator for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. But she and others in the nonprofit organization are working through social-service agencies to bring healthy food to them. Since 1985,…

BUILD touts upscale pizza

BERKELEY, Calif. —With more than 42 different toppings, Build Pizzeria takes the Italian food tradition to new heights. Customers are able to create a custom pizza from a combination of two types of crusts, seven kinds of cheese, six sauces and endless combinations. General Manager Jonatan Martinez said, “Our motto is ‘find your inner pizza’ but you really find your inner self.”…

BUILD pizzeria brings Italy to Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. —  From the outside, a goldenrod sign displays the restaurant’s name. On the inside, customers see a modern industrial architectural look. Clear glass and chrome provide a barrier from the countertops at the “Building Department.” Distressed wood tables are surrounded by matching chairs. Black-and-white photographs of students from the 1960s in People’s Park create large urban murals on the…

BUILD is back

 BUILD Pizzeria opened for dinner after a small kitchen fire the week before. The assistant manager, who was at the restaurant finishing paperwork at the time, smelled the smoke and came out of the office to see that a plastic dish rack had been left on the stove. Although no one was injured in the fire, the restaurant…

Farmers’ Market draws entertainers, too

BERKELEY, Calif. — Every Saturday, farmers fill Center Street with fresh produce and hopes of a profitable day. From pastries, vegetables, fruit, meats, fish, flowers and bread, almost anything organic can be bought at the Farmers’ Market. Along with farmers, street entertainers seek the attention of market-goers. The market is run by the Ecology Center, an organization…