It’s been a great year for Savor Oakland. Owners Carlo Medina and Geneva Europa started taking people on food tours of Jack London Square last fall (we’ve become friends since then). Then at the Oakland Indie Awards, they won the Ripple Effect Award which recognizes businesses “that support the local economy by buying their supplies and services from other local vendors, creating a ‘ripple effect’ as money circulates within the community.” Carlo and Geneva are really nice people and they always support small businesses in Oakland. Now, they’re expanding to another neighborhood. I went on a test tour in Chinatown a couple weeks ago and we stopped at 4 restaurants and ate Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian food. Even though it’s called “Chinatown,” several countries are represented and the tour reflects that delicious diversity. There were noodles, spring rolls, fried rice and salad, but my favorite was Banh Cuon at Tay Ho. It’s a Vietnamese dish I’d never tasted before – kind of like a spring roll, but more delicate because it was made with hand rolled soft rice noodles. In between all food, it felt good to walk around and learn about the architecture and the history of Chinatown. Tours officially begin this weekend and they have a V-day contest with a pair of tickets up for grabs. All you have to do is “Tweet an awesome haiku about love + Oakland.” Don’t forget to use the #savoroakland hashtag.
Saturdays, 10:30am – 1:30pm