Juanita’s – Alameda

We stopped at Juanita’s during a weekday, for lunch. The place was empty, which should have been a clue of things to come but we were tired and enjoyed the quiet. We tried three items, reasonably priced and received speedy service. Well, in truth there were only three other tables for the staff to wait on but the service was quick and pleasant. We tried a shredded chicken burrito, a cheese enchilada and a chile relleno.
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The salsa was fine; not too tomato-ish, which is my biggest complaint. The chicken was the worst as it tasted like it had been cooked, frozen and reheated. The aftertaste was horrible. A cheese enchilada is pretty simple but the best have flavors added by frying the tortilla before baking and including some other items, like onions in with the cheese. This enchilada had no flavor. The tortilla was limp and tasteless; the Monterrey cheese didn’t have enough flavor to carry the enchilada and that was all that was in it. The chile relleno was clearly made from a canned whole green chile, with the same mild cheese wrapped in a mushy lifeless batter. The sauces were alright but they weren’t good enough to make you overlook the other issues.

Juanita’s Restaurant, 1324 Park St, Alameda, CA

Why would anyone want this job ? I guess it’s better than Chief of Police.

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In reading the piece in the Oakland issue of San Francisco Magazine (5/28/14) on candidates for Mayor, what stood out was the complexity of the job of mayor. How many decisions need to be made – good or bad – but decisions nevertheless, and that Mayor Quan is deeply involved in governing Oakland.

The article starts out with – “The Mayor is exhausted” – true. Some other statements could use additional clarification. The way the three administrators and four police chiefs was brought up was a cheap shot, as was Occupy. Blackwell didn’t “jump ship”. He went for his dream job, and he likes Quan enough to to stay on board to help continue the negotiations for the Coliseum City project.

And, regarding the police chiefs:

AirConditioned Restaurants in the East Bay

When the weather gets hot here (more frequently now due to global warming) and you set out for your favorite restaurant, it is very disapointing to arrive and find its door propped open because it is too warm inside. We are keeping track of places we like that are air-conditioned.

RESTAURANTAddressPhone
Website
Hours
The Hive2139 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland 94602
510 482 HIVE
www.hive-cafe.com
Weekdays: 7AM-6PM
Weekends: 8AM-6PM

Dimond Night Out

Sponsored by the Montclair Lions Club, Tuesday June 4, 2013 saw 25 local merchants at the Fruitvale/MacArthur nexus serving samples of their wares (for eataries) or providing small goodies to the participants. A donation of $20 got you a Passport to be checked off as you visited the local merchants and sampled their wares. The evening weather was pleasant, and the Passports were sold out. Here are a few highlights.

We discovered a brand new coffee shop, HIVE on MacArthur Boulevard. The Montclair Lions Club sponsors helped out in front of our favorite Indian restaurant, Shaan Indian Cuisine. Farmer Joe’s Marketplace and La Farine Bakery. And, there was an excellent Spiderman in the Flavor Brigade.

AT&T Security is USELESS (but you knew that)

Today I got an E-mail from AT&T informing me that a password reset had been requested for my landline account. I had not done this. I tried calling the phone number shown on the E-mail for reporting unauthorized activities. But, today is Sunday, and that function is not open. SURPRISE!

So, a potential security breach on Sunday cannot be attended to until Monday because it is not possible to reach a human today.

By tomorrow, who knows how much of the system will have been compromised? Way to go, AT&T. Keep our Infrastructure safe!

FEH!