Town Crier: Izzy’s steak house breathes new life in old building

MONTCLARION: July 30, 2016

Some of Oakland’s oldest buildings are getting new life. Take the structure at Grand and Webster avenues in Uptown, which was built in the 1920s. If you look hard enough at the Izzy’s Steak & Chop House sign, you’ll see the faint words “I Magnin.” How cool that a steak house named after one of San Francisco’s most colorful characters, Izzy Gomez, is now open in this iconic space at 59 Grand Ave. Continue reading

Happy Wanderer: Tybee Island oozes with Southern charm, food

FILE -- This is the Tybee Island, Ga., Lighthouse, shown in this Feb. 2, 1996 file photo. The Interior Dept. is trying to figure out what to do with 301
Tybee Island, Ga., Lighthouse, shown in this Feb. 2, 1996 file photo. (AP Photo/Paula Williamson, Savannah News-Press) ( PAULA WILLIAMSON )



The freckle-faced boy had an ear-to-ear grin as he posed with an 8-inch long shrimp. He’d caught the crustacean with a shrimp net off Tybee Island, one of 15 barrier islands off the Georgia coast. Continue reading

Town Crier: Oakland chefs strike gold with La Marcha


The tapas bar which features two dozen tapas is one of the popular features of La Marcha in Berkeley, which opened last fall by two Oakland chefs, Sergio Emilio Monleón and Emily Sarlatte. ( COURTESY OF PHI TRAN )

MONTCLARION: July 7, 2016

Sergio Emilio Monleón and Emily Sarlatte feel like pinching themselves. In just a few years, they’ve taken their passion for paella and turned it into a love fest. Continue reading