Blogging Bayport Alameda

September 9, 2011

West End bits and pieces

Filed under: Alameda, School, Warm Fuzzies — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

A few notable things happening on the Island today and this weekend.   Ruby Bridges will again be in Alameda at the West End school named in her honor tomorrow.   My daughter, a new Kindergartener at Ruby Bridges Elementary informed me excitedly yesterday.   For those that are wondering — if you were wondering at all — she loves her new school and her teacher.   Her biggest compliment of her teacher is that she “doesn’t raise her voice.”   If she were a little bit older, I’m sure this statement would have been coupled with a pointed look in my direction.

In other West End news, the space left vacant by Ben’s Barbecue has now been replaced by Rio California which is a Brazilian-esque joint.   I actually have fond memories of Rio California when I used to organize meetings a long time ago at Preservation Park in Oakland.   The chicken croquettes and empanadas were really tasty, though it sounds like they may not offer the empanadas anymore, I haven’t had a chance to make my way down there yet.

Don’t forget that this weekend is the Webster Street Jam which is — by far — my favorite street fair (sorry Park Street).   Probably because of the proximity to my house which means that we all can walk to the fair as opposed to needing to get into our car to get to.   Hopefully the weather will be nice and it will actually feel like summer this weekend so we can all enjoy the Jam.

The music line up is here, but I’m going for — what else — the food.   I’ll be searching out the funnel cake that always seems to elude me.

Fortunately this year is not an election season, so hopefully we’ll be able to avoid the same level of drama that occurred at last year’s Jam.  Although, I’ll be bringing along my video camera, just in case.



  1. No drama? Maybe Bosco will run amok and assault a senior. We can hope.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — September 9, 2011 @ 7:40 am

  2. Glad you’ll be able to walk there Lauren! For those who don’t live so close, might I recommend you ride your bicycles there. Drop them off at the Valet Bike Parking, which will be at the US Bank parking lot right near the south edge of Webster (in other words, at Central avenue).

    (BTW I’m really happy to see Ney’s Rio cafe is happening. Now I’m bummed that my boy’s soccer games will be over on BFI rather than at the nearby field at the corner of Appezzato and Main street.)

    Comment by therealdanwood — September 9, 2011 @ 8:21 am

  3. 2. Is there a fakedanwood?

    Comment by Denise Shelton — September 9, 2011 @ 9:26 am

  4. Had lunch at the Rio cafe today. Did see Empanadas on the menu, but didn’t have them. had the feijoada and enjoyed it! I hope thise place stays around for a while!

    Comment by Doug — September 9, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  5. Speaking of Webster St., is the forever-coming-soon Cafe Jolie still in the works? I heard a rumor about some permit trouble, but don’t know how valid the rumor is. Anyone?

    Comment by Kristen — September 9, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

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