"Duende Already an Oakland Favorite," Angela Woodall, Contra Costa Times

Duende a favorite already in the Oakland's Uptown dining scene

By Angela Woodall

Oakland Tribune

OAKLAND -- The freeze that made the Bay Area shiver for weeks finally broke Jan. 17 as people spilled into the restaurants, bars, cafes and theaters downtown.

There was the bloggerati power couple of the 2000s -- Echa Schneider (aka V Smoothe) and Jonathan Bair -- at Duende, Oakland's newest darling on the dining scene. They were standing at a table in a room, christened the Bodega, adjacent to the main chamber. Bottles of carefully selected wines and $18 bottles of artisan olive oil lined one of the walls.

After a few minutes of catching up, I marched across the street to the Fox Theater, where a 10th anniversary celebration for Oakland School for the Arts was in full swing. (Full disclosure: My child attends this school.)

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