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Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday Six: Rockridge Improvement Club; Eatsa initiates breakfast menu; Shark fin ban upheld

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Plus sharks celebrate multiple wins with a continued ban on their fins, while 7-Eleven debuts a shark-themed donut full of shock, awe, and jelly.

The Rockridge Improvement Club opened in Oakland last week
Julie Figueras and Scott Ayers of The Lovemakers revealed their new project, The Rockridge Improvement Club, located in the former Ye Olde Hut space (5515 College Ave, Oakland). The veterans of the East Bay bar scene are staying true to their Oakland roots by kicking off the new business with a cocktail called The Blood of LeBron: gin, lime, apple brandy, pear liqueur, honey & Peychaud’s bitter. Get it while the Warriors are hot — or at least before the NBA Finals are over.

Eat genuine Puerto Rican food at the Gorda Eats Supper Club
Speaking of exciting new things to eat in the East Bay, local food blogger Illyanna Maisonet is giving Sol Food a run for its money by offering an exclusive and authentic taste of Puerto Rican cooking in Alameda. There are a few seats left for the June 25th dinner, with the July 2nd dinner right around the corner if you miss it or want to come back for more. 

Eatsa automates up some breakfast
Everyone’s favorite robot-run quinoa bowl restaurant at 121 Spear St. is expanding into the morning hours with a new breakfast service. Their five protein-packed offerings will cost you between $1.95 and $3.95, a very small price to pay for breakfast, even if it does support the rise of our quinoa-powered robot overlords.

Shark week is coming, and 7-Eleven is celebrating in a big way
Going nuts for Shark Week (June 26-July 3) has become the hip thing to do, but when it comes time to actually interact with sharks, everyone’s all, “No, I don’t want any of my limbs to be brutally torn from my body!” Whatever. 7-Eleven is braving the storm with their blue frosted, red jelly-filled donut, topped with one scrumptious and not-at-all nutritious gummy shark. It’s freakin’ delicious.

Supreme Court upholds the ban on shark fin soup
If eating sharks is your thing, you might want to stock up on those gummies. Shark fins will remain in their rightful place — on sharks and off plates — with the illegality of the delicacy, popular in Cantonese cuisine as a status symbol for wedding or banquet feasts, upheld by the Supreme Court after a third challenge to return it to American menus. We’re pretty sure this good news for sharks is why our own San Jose Sharks are in the Stanley Cup playoffs ... pretty sure.

Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove has published a book celebrating the world of tiki
There’s one day left to pre-order the book at a reduced price, though of course it will still be available after it launches tomorrow. Like most things in life, Cate’s book is best read with a rum cocktail in hand.

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