From Cosecha to Bombera: Oakland’s Dominica Rice-Cisneros talks restaurants, heritage and inspiration

8/9/2022 7:20:00 PM

From Cosecha to Bombera: Oakland’s Dominica Rice-Cisneros talks restaurants, heritage and inspiration

From Cosecha to Bombera: Oakland’s Dominica Rice-Cisneros talks restaurants, heritage and inspiration

The acclaimed Mexican American chef moved from Old Oakland to the Dimond District over a year ago, where her “grown up” menu of elevated, wood-fired dishes is drawing crowds.

During its 10-year run, Dominica Rice-Cisneros’ Old Oakland cafe, Cosecha, was an epicenter for seasonal, California-inspired Mexican food. Some of us living in the East Bay had never tasted a fresh tortilla or known what nixtamalization was before visiting Swan’s Market, which Cisneros helped establish as a dining destination.

With its celebration of women — bombera means female firefighter — and wood-fired cooking, the restaurant was an instant hit. Rice-Cisneros’ niece, designer Nora Yokoubian, transformed the firehouse into a colorful space with warehouse-style windows, leather-backed bar stools and paper fan streamers. A mural in the back by artist Jessica Sabogal depicts two female figures that are a nod to Salomon’s Pima roots and a reminder, Rice-Cisneros says, that we are on native peoples’ land.

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August 9, 2022 at 9:00 a.A24 Advertisement AVC: How much of an on-ramp did you have to establish with your costars what has to be a very complex, intertwined history between all of these characters? AS: Our original script was so complex and lengthy, and there was so much that had to be cut from it for you to receive the Bodies Bodies Bodies that you receive now.A man was shot just after 11 p.August 8, 2022 at 10:02 p.

m. | UPDATED: August 9, 2022 at 10:02 a. Advertisement And so with Halina’s help we were aided into creating an environment where we could feel that we were theater actors and had a stage, because Halina comes from a background of theater.m. Someone called police and reported the shooting. During its 10-year run, Dominica Rice-Cisneros’ Old Oakland cafe, Cosecha, was an epicenter for seasonal, California-inspired Mexican food. And making sure that there was an electric movement throughout all the pacing, and spatial relationships between all of us. Some of us living in the East Bay had never tasted a fresh tortilla or known what nixtamalization was before visiting Swan’s Market, which Cisneros helped establish as a dining destination. (AP) — José Suarez added a second changeup to his pitching repertoire this season and it has given him “100% confidence” to offer batters different looks.

Without a lunch crowd, Cosecha was forced to shutter in March 2021, one of many downtown casualties of the pandemic. I most of all see Halina’s theater experience coming through strong. The Oakland man was shot at 4:30 p. But the acclaimed chef and Chez Panisse vet didn’t miss a beat. Two months later, she unveiled Bombera, a fine dining restaurant housed in an old fire station in the Dimond district, a neighborhood Rice-Cisneros and her husband, Chicano historian Carlos Manuel Salomon, once called home. How much of an attraction was that element of the script? And how much do you feel those types of air-quote friendships are perhaps reflective of or influenced by the prevalence of internet culture and social media? Advertisement AS: Oh that’s a great question. Located in the Dimond District of Oakland, Bombera, Dominica Rice-Cisnero’s sophomore restaurant, is a celebration of women and Mexican cooking traditions. Police said a community member called 911 to report that someone was shot. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)  With its celebration of women — bombera means female firefighter — and wood-fired cooking, the restaurant was an instant hit. I have had at times in my life, thankfully not now, friendships like these. 8, 2022.

Rice-Cisneros’ niece, designer Nora Yokoubian, transformed the firehouse into a colorful space with warehouse-style windows, leather-backed bar stools and paper fan streamers. A mural in the back by artist Jessica Sabogal depicts two female figures that are a nod to Salomon’s Pima roots and a reminder, Rice-Cisneros says, that we are on native peoples’ land. And it probably shifts depending on the generation, but there’s always that friend or that social scene or that human instinct to have that hyper-intellectual, competitive, antagonistic, sardonic, ironic nature with each other. Neither name was available mid-Monday afternoon from the Alameda County coroner's bureau. And the food: It’s an evolved version of Cosecha’s lunch-time favorites. Rice-Cisneros’ famed pork belly tacos are pan-seared to a crisp and dressed with housemade tomatillo salsa and pickled onions. And so that was kind of the culture that these characters were born out of. Wild-caught Monterey red snapper gets the Veracruz treatment with fruity Sungold tomatoes and rice.m. (Nhat V.

There is grilled filet mignon, octopus and multiple celebrations of maize, from pozole and sweet corn blackberry pudding to blue heirloom corn tortillas. Most of us are just reading a tweet or a headline, and the way we start to characterize events, and each other, and relationships, have all become quite streamlined, and shaped by the forums on which we disseminate information. Bombera’s menu is an evolved take on Cosecha, with dishes like spicy carrots with toasted almonds, left, corn on the cob, a sandia (watermelon) margarita, fish tacos and taquitos dorados. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)  “Bombera is Cosecha’s big sister,” Rice-Cisneros says. Advertisement AVC: Activism is a big part of your life. No one reported any injuries in that shooting, police said. “The heart of it is still California, but there is more variety. I’m really proud of the menu and this big, open kitchen that we have. I am just interested in projects that shine a light on something complex and important … I don’t know, maybe not even complex. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 08: Los Angeles Angels' Luis Rengifo (2) celebrates his solo home run against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.

People can see how much work goes into everything. “ Rice-Cisneros grew up in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, an area densely populated with Latinos and Asians.. She was raised in a multigenerational home with her grandmother, “a traditional Mexican woman” from Chihuahua, Mexico, who came to the U.S. as a farmworker when she was a teen., on Monday, Aug.

“She re-created that farm life for us in the middle of L.A.,” Rice-Cisneros says. “She became an urban farmer, and I learned to make homemade flour tortillas and beans with her.” She moved to the Bay Area in 1993 and worked in restaurants throughout the region, eventually landing at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, where she worked as a chef for six years. 8, 2022.

She loves Oakland fiercely, and despite offers to expand her reach, plans to stay there, serving the regulars she’s known for more than a decade. “I know them, and I know their kids,” she says. “Oakland has been so good to my family and my workers. We’ve had opportunities to go to Palo Alto or San Francisco, but we have so much pride for all the history here — and so much of that is Mexican-American.” We recently caught up with Rice-Cisneros to learn more about her childhood, her support of female chefs and that big sister menu. Sierra was out at first.

Bombera is housed inside an old fire station which has been transformed into a light-filled space with orange-trimmed windows and colorful paper fan-strewn ceilings . (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)  Q. What was it like growing up in your L.A. neighborhood? A. “It’s great when he hits well and I pitch well and we win.

I was surrounded by a really big sense of Mexican American pride. I had a tight-knit community and never felt invisible. Oakland reminded me of that vibe. You’d go to the mini mall and get fresh tortillas all day long. You’d add a little avocado and salsa — that’s our blini. He’s pitched well against us both times.

That’s our caviar moment. That was our birthright. I wanted to re-create that experience for my kid in Oakland. There was no place to go so I created it in Cosecha. Q. Irvin struck out six, didn’t walk a batter and permitted five hits over eight innings.

Bombera has a few meanings. What are they? A. In addition to a female firefighter, it also means whore. This fire house was abandoned for more than 20 years and used for storage. Originally, it was built for only men to work there. That’s how I’ve always been.

All of that changed in the late 1970s when you couldn’t legally have city jobs just for men anymore. In Mexico, there still aren’t a lot of female firefighters. Q. What is the biggest thing you learned as a chef working in restaurants? A. I did that for about 20 years, and when I became a mom, I was forced out, and that’s OK. He did not play.

I met some cool people and became a private chef. What I learned is there’s no support for women. I keep reading these articles about men. The New York Times just wrote about a man opening a Mexican restaurant in New York and making his own tortillas. Why would they ever write about a Chicano mom making tortillas? Related Articles . “Nothing to do with his foot.