Saltfish at Miss Ollie’s, which just opened in Oakland’s Swan’s Market. Photo: Virginia Miller

Miss Ollie’s: Hits the spot for Caribbean soul food It’s only been open two weeks, but Sarah Kirnon’s new restaurant in Old Oakland’s Swan Market is pulling in the lunch crowds (pictured above).

For Oakland food desert, a people’s grocery Brahm Ahmadi has spent 10 years laying the groundwork for the People’s Community Market which he hopes to open in underserved West Oakland.

Ways with roots and luscious Middle Eastern dishes Ken Eastman, antiquarian book buyer at Moe’s Books, reviews two beautiful new cookbooks, Roots and Jerusalem that would make wonderful holiday gifts.

Persian community celebrates longest night of the year Pomegranates and watermelon, as well as a hearty bean and noodle soup, were part of the Persian community’s Yalda celebrations last week.

Nosh on the town: Haven A photographic portrait of Daniel Patterson’s Jack London Square eatery where the garlic and mint Brussels sprouts and the Bourbon pecan pie are our reporter’s particular favorites (not together).


Lemon trees everywhere: A pie for Berkeley Got lemons? Moriah VanVleet offers a recipe for a delicious pie with a crispy shell and creamy, tart center. With its vanilla crust full of caramelized flavor, each sweet bite is both rich and light at once.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...