Dishing Oakland Believers


Mural by David ‘MEGGS’ Hooke @houseofmeggs on IG painted on Mr. Espresso’s building, 696 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607

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!


Happy Dishing!




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6 Responses

  1. OutVoo says:

    This was a delightful read. Although we’ve met it’s truly a pleasure to get to know you more through your site!

    • dishingoakland says:

      🙂 Thank you very much Ian! I’m looking forward to us working together now that my site is FINALLY UP! Let’s make some time to meet soon! Say, next month?

  2. Alex T says:

    this is awesome! I love the breakdown on the name and everything. Congrats big timer!

    • dishingoakland says:

      Thank you so much Alex! Really! I know that you’re a big fan of Oakland too and would LOVE LOVE it if one day you can contribute an article to my website. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Long time reader, first time commenter — so, thought I’d drop a comment..
    — and at the same time ask for a favor.

    Your wordpress site is very simplistic – hope you don’t mind
    me asking what theme you’re using? (and don’t mind if I steal it?


    I just launched my small businesses site –also built
    in wordpress like yours– but the theme slows (!) the site down quite a

    In case you have a minute, you can find it by
    searching for “royal cbd” on Google (would appreciate any feedback)

    Keep up the good work– and take care of yourself during the coronavirus scare!


    • dishingoakland says:

      Hi Justin! Sorry for the delay. I have not been around much but will do my best this year to be more present on my blog.
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a message. As for the theme, honestly, I have NO idea. I’ll have to check (I have terrible memory with names). Your site looks great, looks professional. I’m starting to think you’re SPAM? Hmmm. Anyway, in any case. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Stay safe from Covid 19!

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