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The restaurateurs of Havana

The restaurateurs of Havana

Camille Sparkman,
Contributor

September 20, 2017


Filed under Photos

Somewhere around 80% of Cuba’s industries are owned and operated by the Cuban government, including restaurants. It has been this way since the 1960s when Cuba became a socialist government. Under the socialist regime, the Cuban government made a leveled economic playing field for its citizens, essenti...

Cuban restaurants find ways to thrive despite US embargo

Cuban restaurants find ways to thrive despite US embargo

Camille Sparkman,
Contributor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Essays

Shortly after 12 p.m. on a Thursday in Old Havana, a man donned in chef’s outfit is yelling out to people as they pass by in the sweltering sun. The chef is wearing a white hat and a short-sleeve shirt, black pants and shoes, and a scowl that would make Scrooge appear friendly. He is speaking in...

Juana Davila

Juana Davila

Juana Davila,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Blogs

Paradise in a dark alley Old Havana is beautiful during the night; it’s like a never ending fiesta. Parents are out with their children, young couples are taking a stroll while street musicians work their magic, and others are huddled together in the wifi hotspot in front of the public library....

Ronca’s Kitchen gains following in Oakland

Ronca’s Kitchen gains following in Oakland

Jamie DaSilva,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

On a sunny afternoon at Lake Merritt in Oakland, you will find people jogging, walking, relaxing, and enjoying the day off. However, you will see Julia Ibarra, sitting on a bench, writing her weekly pop-up restaurant menu. Ibarra, 32, is often at Lake Merritt. With her brown curly hair thr...

Camille Sparkman

Camille Sparkman

Camille Sparkman,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Blogs

Patriotism or die After arriving in Cuba, it did not take long to see how the Cubans honor the revolution that occurred over fifty-years ago. I saw many billboards and murals in and around Havana that praise the uprising efforts of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. One can see their faces painted on the s...

Adam Murphy

Adam Murphy

Adam Murphy,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Blogs

"No fotos por favor" Today was my third full day in Cuba, but my first as a photojournalist. Unlike other students on my trip to Cuba, I am not proficient in taking pictures on a professional camera. To make up for this our professor gave us a crash course class in about an hour. After which we we...

Blog from Cuba: Small business, big surprise

Blog from Cuba: Small business, big surprise

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor

July 12, 2017


Filed under Blog, Showcase, Students Abroad, Study Abroad: Cuba

Havana is a mix between grey and white. I say grey because, unfortunately for some and a blessing for others, even the best parts of Havana aren’t what you would see in the United States. Many of the hotels are built in the middle of run-down buildings in which people still live. Some b...

Bar re-opens in downtown Hayward: Dirty Bird flies from South to North

Bar re-opens in downtown Hayward: Dirty Bird flies from South to North

Tishauna Carrell,
Staff Writer

April 19, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Metro

Originally located on Mission Blvd. between Industrial Boulevard and Tennyson Road in South Hayward, The Dirty Bird Lounge’s dimly lit neon lights were barely visible from the street. The dark atmosphere inside boasted a long red bar top, pool tables, and a small courtyard out back. After ne...

Local restaurant to close after 16 years

Local restaurant to close after 16 years

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

November 2, 2016


Filed under Arts & Life, Features

Saras Rao peers through the vintage blue and white-checkered curtains as a car pulls into the stained, overgrown parking lot of Curry Corner, one of three remaining shops in the dilapidated strip mall on Mission Boulevard in Hayward. She recognizes 20-year Hayward resident and two-year customer Casey ...

Recognize your server’s efforts with a tip

Recognize your server’s efforts with a tip

Vanessa Pineda,
Contributor

March 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion

A server does more than write down customer orders and take food and beverages out to them. Anyone who has ever been a server knows that serving demands incredible multitasking abilities, stress-coping skills, the ability to hustle around the restaurant without an opportunity to take bathroom breaks and ha...

Hayward restaurant re-opens

Hayward restaurant re-opens

Pavel Radostev Pushina,
Spanish Editor

February 20, 2015


Filed under Metro, Showcase

Los Compadres, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Hayward, suffered damages from a fire, which forced the family owned business to shut down for eight days. On Jan. 28, a former restaurant, The Imperial caught on fire. According to the Daily Review, the fire started due to an electrical problem. Alt...

Oakland hosts annual restaurant week

Oakland hosts annual restaurant week

Shannon Stroud,
Metro Editor

January 15, 2015


Filed under Metro, Showcase

Since it’s creation five years ago, Oakland’s annual Restaurant Week has grown from 30 vendors to 81.  Over the next two weeks different restaurants in Oakland will serve specialty meals to participate in California’s annual Restaurant Month. Oakland’s Restaurant Week begins Jan. 15 and goes...

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