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May 10, 2013

Bits and pieces

Filed under: Alameda, Public Resources — Tags: , — Lauren Do @ 6:10 am

Big news from yesterday, apparently America’s Cup Team Artemis (Sweden) which has been headquartered in Alameda had a huge accident which resulted in the death of a crew member.

In more tragic news that I have been trying not to think about, the Alameda Community Learning Center is raising money for the family of one of the women who died in the limo fire earlier this week.

In more not depressing news, Paul’s Paella will be “popping-up” at Frog and Fiddle on Webster Street for, I guess, as long as the Frog and Fiddle is open.   The restaurant is currently available for sale so if Paul’s Paella ends up being a success, he says that he might put an offer on the business himself.

Oh, and in other Webster Street news, Yummygurt (Yummigurt?) in the depressing Neptune Plaza has closed down and in its place is Webster Street first (and only?) bubble tea joint: Tmix.   If you are into bubble tea, check them out.

Also, according to our stylist from ISalon, the business is moving from their waterlogged digs on one end of Park Street to the other end of Park in the mini mall near Dragon Rouge.

In other fire related Park Street business news, American Oak was not able to make its proposed opening date and the new date is still up in the air.

According  to a commenter on an earlier post, Angela’s is changing its name to Cellar Door Cafe, and as she mentioned, everyone will still call it Angela’s.

And finally this weekend is the Park Street Spring Festival when I attempt to get my annual fix of funnel cake.   Wish me luck that I avoid all other tempting treats and finally score some powdery goodness.   And I just noticed that there is a Fleetwood Mac tribute band called “Fleetwood Mask” (har har) and another tribute band to the Police called “Stung”.





  1. So many times when confronted with tragedy we like to console ourselves by thinking “that’s awful, but at least that would never happen to me or someone I know.” The Artemis accident is something that might illicit that response but the limo bursting into flames? The racing team was aware of the risks attendant to what they were doing, but the bridal party probably didn’t think twice about getting in that vehicle. They were actually being careful because they were probably planning to drink and wanted a safe way home. As careful as we are (and that’s not to say the racing team wasn’t careful, just more aware of the danger), bad things can happen at any time.

    I just got back from Las Vegas where I attended the Titanic artifacts exhibit at the Luxor. It was very well done, respectful, and left me with the feeling that life is not to be taken for granted. So many on board the Titanic were not “supposed” to be there. There was a coal strike on and many of the passengers had changed ships at the last minute because their sailings had been cancelled. It’s frightening to realize that we really do have so little control over what happens to us sometimes. The young husband and father of two little children on the Artemis team was a late addition to the team and had only been here a few weeks. His family as well as the rest of the team must be devastated, and one cannot possibly fathom the horror and the ripple effect the limo accident had on countless others, friends, family, co-workers, etc.

    Whatever the future holds for us, the best we can do is live our lives as well as we can and hope for the best. Whatever help we can give to those affected by these two tragic events should be extended. My hope for all reading and posting here is that we go into the weekend grateful for our good fortune and blessings, mindful of how quickly they can evaporate, and compassionate toward those who are going through difficult times, whatever the reason.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — May 10, 2013 @ 7:07 am

  2. I extend my deepest sympathies to Andrew Simpson’s family and the Artemis team. And Denise, thank you for your comments.

    Comment by Karen Bey — May 10, 2013 @ 7:55 am

  3. Denise, you’re a great writer. Please set up a blog or column on or some site.

    You have a way of communicating and reaching people. Truly a gift

    Comment by ALamedaResident — May 10, 2013 @ 9:07 am

  4. I’ll echo #3

    Comment by A Neighbor — May 10, 2013 @ 10:02 am

  5. I’d like the so-called America Cup races to change the rules and require each so- called-nation-named boat to at least have a majority (half or over) of the crew with the same nationality as the so-called nation’s boat.

    The Artemis team consists of:
    (7) New Zealanders, (5) Aussies, (4) Brits (counting the one lost) (3) French (3) US (1) Argentinean (1) Swedish

    Oracle Team USA ?? only has two US members (two others claim dual US or US and multiple nationalities). The rest Aussies, Kiwis, couple Dutch, a Canuk, a Frenchman a Italian and an Antiguan.

    Comment by Jack Richard — May 10, 2013 @ 10:24 am

  6. 3/4
    You can’t have her!

    Comment by Jack Richard — May 10, 2013 @ 10:28 am

  7. 2. to 4. : Thanks for the kind words.
    6. : That’s more like it, Jack. I was beginning to think you’d turned on me 😉

    Comment by Denise Shelton — May 10, 2013 @ 11:32 am

  8. Lum Elementary is also raising funds for the Geronga family. One of the kids in in fourth grade there.

    Comment by Maria T. — May 10, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

  9. It’s that protagonist v antagonist love affair Deni.

    Comment by Jack Richard — May 10, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

  10. Re.
    Paella Pop-up Lands (Semi-Permanently) in Alameda

    “There’s also a burger on the menu, available in a full-sized version or as sliders for diners who want to keep to the small plates theme.”

    Maybe we could get dave to bring in some of his ‘pork belly sliders’ at least once a week. mmm

    Comment by Jack Richard — May 11, 2013 @ 9:57 am

  11. They’re really good, Jack. I rub up the belly with bourbon, maple syrup and a couple of secret ingredients and sous vide it at 162F for standard pork or 160F for Berkshire. Slice & quickly pan sear, and serve on small bun. Been working on a tweak of my SC mustard sauce to match it, but will probably bag that project, they’re tasty enough w/ no sauce.

    Comment by dave — May 11, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

  12. Sous vide, how long? I take it you don’t serve them with slider slaw?

    Comment by Jack Richard — May 11, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

  13. SV 6-12 hours. Some folks do longer but IME that’s enough. Have served w slaw and it is good but I find slaw a better match for pulled pork. Maybe it’s the smoke?

    Comment by dave — May 11, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

  14. I know I can’t cook as good as you guy’s , but I’ll bet I can eat as well as you.

    Comment by John P. (L) — May 11, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

  15. I use a crock pot with a DSV Temp controller and regular food saver vacuum bags for SV cooking. The DSV works good for a hundred bucks. Can’t justify a real $500+ SV cooker.

    Comment by Jack Richard — May 11, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

  16. Trade up. It’s really, really worth it.

    Comment by dave — May 11, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

  17. Which brand do you recommend?

    Comment by Jack Richard — May 11, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

  18. I can only recommend the ones I have, as they are the only ones I’ve used. The Sous Vide Supreme is ubiquitous and mine works pretty well & I use it often. I also have a Polyscience Circulator which is great for larger items, but I use it much less frequently. I’ve heard some pro chefs say they like the circulator better becuase it keeps the heat more even throughout the vessel but if there is such a difference it goes over my head. While I seldom use both devices at same time, it’s nice to have 2 in order to cook different dishes for same meal.

    Comment by dave — May 12, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

  19. Sous Vite

    Thanks, dave.

    Comment by Jack Richard — May 12, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

  20. more news of wind and sail from Alameda point. Former CEO of Makani Power passed unexpectedly last year. This article, written before the America’s Cup accident, mentions Artemis. After reading I’m curious if anybody has seen one of these kites launched at the Point. They are not in the air daily by any means. pretty wild though. you can only get the whole article if you subscribe.

    Comment by MI — May 20, 2013 @ 8:18 am

  21. “I used condoms because they were cheap and made of polyurethane,’’

    Sometimes even sailing with condoms is risky.

    Comment by Jack Richard — May 20, 2013 @ 9:29 am

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