Ichi Kakiya Is Now Open and Now Oysterlicious

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It finally happened! Bernal neighbors Tim and Erin Archuleta, the glamorous celebrity duo who created the intergalactically famous Ichi Sushi+Ni Bar, have officially opened their new oyster bar. It’s called Ichi Kakiya, and you’ll find it in their ancestral storefront at 3369 Mission, across the street from Safeway in Bernal’s burgeoning NanoTokyo district.

If you remember the ancestral Ichi storefront, you’ll recall that was a small space. It remains so to this day, with seating for just 21 cozy Ichinauts inside. The interior has received a nice freshening up, however, along with some sexy new wall murals.

But why oysters? Inside Scoop tells a cute part of the tale:

As Jonathan Kauffman reported last fall, [… ] Erin Archuleta and her husband had a very sweet and romantic reason for turning the original restaurant space into an oyster shop: They fell in love eating oysters.

When Tim was a sushi chef at Tokyo Go-Go, he convinced his new girlfriend, who was born in Michigan, to try oysters: First tiny kumamotos, then larger varieties, then trips to local oyster bars. “On Sundays we would go have glasses of champagne and oysters, and that was our courtship,” she says.

You can peruse Ichi Kakiya’s full menu here. Meanwhile, the Bernalwood Action News Cuisine Team’s undercover reporting has revealed that the oysters are highly delicious.

Indeed, your Bernalwood editor managed to infiltrate an exclusive, celebrity-filled pre-opening party at Ichi Kakiya last week by by cleverly disguising myself as (… wait for it…) the editor of “a fashion-obsessed Bernal Heights news magazine.” This ruse worked like a charm, and before long Bernalwood was sampling more than a few of Ichi Kakiya’s delicious ponzu-dressed oysters while sipping a very large glass of very delicious cold sake. #winning!

Chef Tim was in fine spirits (as you might have noticed in the image above), and it was great to see him behind the counter again in Ichi’s ancestral restaurant space. Also, we can confirm that he has mad oyster-shucking skillz.

Ichi Kakiya is highly recommended if you are bivalve-inclined, and big congrats and best wishes to Chef Tim and Neighbor Erin.

PHOTOS: Exterior and Chef Tim by Telstar Logistics. Oysters by Anna Hale courtesy of Ichi Kakiya

Saturday Morning: Clean Up Precita Park, Plant Things, Meet Sexy Neighbors

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Neighbor Demece, queen bee of the impressively effective Precita Valley Neighbors, invites all Bernalese to join in for a Precita Park Cleanup and flower planting, tomorrow, Saturday, April 4 at 9 am:

The Ultimate Spring Precita Park Clean Up and Get To Know Your Neighbor Fest happens on Saturday, April 4th from 9am – noon!!!

We’ll be gardening, chatting, digging, and chatting. Volunteers are needed. If you can stay an hour or however long you can, we’d love to have you!!!

The Recreation and Parks Department will bring tools, trucks, and our incredible gardening staff to help us! Captains are:

9-10am: Neighbor Demece
10-11am:Neighbor Charles
11-noon: Neighbor Jessica

There are crazy surprises in store for volunteers and captains! Sign up by sending an email t0 precitavalleyneighbors@gmail.com

People of Esmeralda: Wednesday Meeting to Upgrade Coleridge Mini-Park Needs You (Corrected)

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EDIT NOTE: A previous version of this article included an incorrect meeting date. This meeting will happen on Wednesday.

Neighbor Erin Veneziano is spearheading an effort to reduce crime and unpleasantness at the glamorous Coleridge Mini-Park by adding more lights and improving the infrastructure. There’s a meeting about this Wednesday, February 4, at 6 pm at the mini-park, and Neighbor Erin tells Bernalwood why Esmeraldans should attend:

Here’s the poster I’ll be distributing to our neighbors. This is a last ditch effort (lots of badgering and follow-up) to get additional lighting installed in a critical part of the Emseralda corridor.

The original meeting was with PG&E, SF Parks and Rec, and DPT; it was more like a 3 Stooges skit with all three pointing at the other and claiming to not have any jurisdiction over the park. My wife and I have kept contact with the city officials and through many email exchanges, photos, and personal accounts, we have finally agreed on having the SF Park and Rec representative come out after hours and during the evening to see how the pocket of darkness in the park allows crime to fester. With that said, they’ve already performed a cursory “lighting survey” and have attempted to placate our efforts by installing new park signs (with curfew information) and have trimmed trees to show that they are trying to help (but not solve) this issue.

I strongly believe that if we have a good crowd of neighbors that can share their experiences that we can assert this as a priority for the health of our community.

Got that? Citizens of Esmeralda: You know what to do.

Wednesday, Feb 4, 6 pm, Coleridge Mini Park.

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PHOTO: Neighbor Erin

Real Snowman, Miracle of Precita Park, Reappears for Christmas 2014

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It would appear that the Seasonal Dieties Who Keep Score have decided that Bernal Heights was very good in 2014. Because, once again, the Precita Park Snowman has reappeared in our merry land! Neighbor Robert filed this photo from Precita Park just moments ago.

To all Ye Citizens of Bernalwood… have a wonderful Christmas!

PHOTO: Snowman in Precita Park, December 24, 2014 by Robert Weiner. 

Ghost of Steve Jobs Saves Building from Fallen Bernal Tree

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Compounding the chaos of this week’s storm, a tree fell yesterday on Peralta just south of Cortland. Previously, the tree had stood next to the “iPad House” — the venerable old house hidden behind the Apple billboard you see as you cross over Cortland on US101 south.

Well, yesterday the tree fell down, but the fall was arrested by the Apple billboard, preventing more serious damage to the structures below.  Neighbor Darcy was on the scene, and she filed an immediate report from her, uh, iPhone:

Storm news! Tree falls down, only thing holding up is the Apple billboard!

Of course, it wasn’t merely the Apple billboard that arrested the trees fall. Bernalwood’s sources tell us it was the ghost of Steve Jobs himself that reached into our world from the next to protect lives and property from harm. Extra Bonus: No appointment at the Genius Bar required!

So thank you, Ghost of Steve Jobs, for saving Bernal Heights from the falling tree.

PHOTOS: Neighbor Darcy

Neighbor Deanne Explains Why You Should Check Out the Bernal Yoga Open House on Saturday

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Neighbor Deanne from Winield Street really likes Bernal Yoga at 908 Cortland (near Folsom).

She doesn’t work at Bernal Yoga, or own the place — she says she just enjoys the yoga and the sense of community. Bernal Yoga has been a part of the neighborhood for many, many moons, and this Saturday, Nov. 15 the studio will host an Open House for the yoga-curious from 2 to 5 pm.

Neighbor Deanne explains why she’s become such a Bernal Yoga fangirl:

For those of you Bernal Yogis who do not often venture to the Eastern side of Cortland, you are missing out on a wonderful community-minded space we know as Bernal Yoga (“BY”). Or maybe you pass the studio all the time thinking that you’d love to try Yoga, but it seems too intimidating to get started.

I used to fall into the latter category until I finally ventured into this studio several years ago to take an intro class. I couldn’t believe what a friendly and nurturing environment it was compared to other studios where I had tried Yoga in the past.

For the record I am not an instructor, nor an employee – I’m simply a student, and from time to time you will find me volunteering at the BY front desk.

BY is a very unique and charming studio that really embraces the first time student (and the inflexible) and has an amazing group of instructors that teach all classes for all levels – from newbies to the very experienced practitioner. There’s a wide variety of classes for all ages and abilities, and if you want to just lay around on props and de-stress from your day, check out one of the restorative classes.

So now I am hooked – not just for the Yoga, but because of all the wonderful friends and neighbors I have met over the years at BY and for the community environment the studio fosters.

I also love that the studio offers much more than Yoga – including lots of different styles of classes (there is now an acroyoga class!), amazing workshops, pilates and bootcamps, but they also host the Bernal Yoga Literary Series, concerts, films, and other events to foster community and support local artists.

If you haven’t checked out the studio, or just want to do something fun this Saturday and meet some new neighbors, BY is hosting a fabulous open house from 2-5pm. They will be doing yoga demos with the lovely Meghan, having a free raffle, free food, drinks and Living Greens juices, offering free acupuncture, Reiki and Chinese healing massage with local expert healer Man Chiu Tam, Tarot readings, and offering special discounts for Yoga classes.

It’s going to be a fun event for Yogis and non-Yogis alike. So drop by to meet some new neighbors and experience the goodness of yoga and community!

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PHOTO: Top, via Neighbor Deanne