For those who don’t know, I write features a few times a month for Berkeleyside’s food section. I’ll try to keep this page updated with links to my most recent columns. Last week, I wrote about visiting Swan’s Marketplace in Old Oakland. The market has been around since the early 20th century, but has been in various states of disrepair since the 60s. These days, however, they’ve got money pouring in to re-vamp the space into a culinary destination. Here are my thoughts on the food:
The best time to visit Swan’s Marketplace is early on a sunny Friday afternoon. The Old Oakland Farmers’ Market will be in full swing, and 9th and Washington streets will be swarmed with shoppers, sellers and office workers taking a long lunch break. This usually quiet swath of downtown Oakland will teem with a vibrancy unknown since the construction of the 880 and 980 interstates.
Of course, this energy is only part of the reason to aim for Friday afternoons. Another is that the often-unending line at Cosecha will be mercifully shorter as many visitors will be distracted by the Roti Roti food cart and the roasted nuts tent. … [read more here]