Dishing Oakland Believers
For many years, the friends who have seen my food photos have encouraged me to start my own website. “You have a big presence on the internet, you should start your own thing.” I never believed it. Heck, I still don’t believe it, but I have many close friends who truly believe in me. This site is for those believers, those who have encouraged me to pursue my dream.
I’ve always had a passion for food. That passion was amplified when I lived on the East Coast (Providence, Rhode Island). It was so difficult to find restaurants and grocery stores that carried the dishes and produce I was accustomed to in the Bay Area. I didn’t understand why the people I met weren’t opened to eating food from all over the world. I thought they were weird for not being adventurous about food but then I realized I was the weird one.
When I moved to South Korea after the East Coast, I was fortunate to find people who were open-minded to trying new cuisines. I organized restaurant outings for the local cuisine to French, South African, Filipino, German, Nepalese and Danish food. The responsibility of organizing always fell on me because I was always eager to find new places to eat that were better than the last.
What is “Dishing Oakland”? Dishing Oakland is a name that I thought would fit what I wanted locals and non-locals to think of when they thought of what Oakland has to offer; from food, drinks, to events. The everyday things that the locals in Oakland grew up on and also have found or created through the booming growth of Oakland.
“Dishing” is present and continuous, it is like Oakland — constantly changing and growing. Dishing Oakland is mainly about food because food brings people together creating friendship and creating a connection with the community.
What started off as a hobby for me to share the food photos in Oakland has branched to social eating at restaurants, bars and events in Oakland. Most recently, I started to host meals at my own home and have also marketed homecooked dinner events held by other cooks who are also passionate about food.
Food is a very important part of my life. Growing up in Oakland, my family had a huge backyard where vegetables and fruits were grown. Everything was seasonal and fresh. Every meal consisted of at least two protein dishes, a soupy vegetable dish, a dry vegetable dish, a sauce for the meat and white rice. By some people’s standard, this was “organic” and “clean eating” but it was simply normal to me. I’m no food critic, it isn’t my profession, but my personal experience and passion for food have given me some credibility. My palate might be different from yours, but I will give you my honest opinion, one that I truly believe.
I look forward to our food adventures together in Oakland and around the world!