This is a story I was quite close to. I got to know Armand three years ago when I participated in a drama therapy workshop with him, thanks to my friend Leo, who suggested I should see him. I had been hearing his name for years, and it turns out that almost everyone in Berkeley knows him. I was honored that he was willing to participate, since he is a rather shy person (and modest, too).
What does a Jewish mom do when her son is having trouble in school? Create an app to help him.
Meanwhile, I had two more stories on Bay Area Bites: the first was about Tender Greens, a large California chain that is slowly opening in the Bay Area, but most importantly, it has a program to train foster youth who are in danger of aging out of the system with no skills. Read about it here. Also, three local companies are making dried pasta, and I spoke with all three here.
Well, Passover is almost over, and I had a slew of posts about it, so I'll put them all in one post here. The first was one of my taste-test dinners for the Forward in which we tried Leah Koenig's new Modern Jewish Cooking (hint: we loved it). Then, for Bay Area Bites, I spoke to three local women about their Charoset recipes to get versions from Iran, Iraq and Libya. Admission: the Iraqi one is a new favorite, and I even made it for our seder this year. Last, I was invited to try a Spanish restaurant called Canela in the city's Passover dinner, which I wrote about for SFoodie.
Alix is a personal chef and freelance writer in the SF Bay Area. You can keep up with her writing and cooking here.