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Treasure Island food desert - food, events, wine tasting

rworange | Feb 24, 201212:25 PM

Any updates on Treasure Island?

They have two cafes, wine tasting, two convenience markets, event facilities and on a brilliant, sunny afternoon Mateo's hot dogs had a cart.

I didn't get a chance to stop. I stupidly missed the Grand Avenue exit and wound up in the bus lane where i probably should have smiled for the cameras. Exiting on Treasure Island I asked the cop waiting to snag the next speed fiend and explained my predicament. He wasn't sympathetic and said "How could you possibly miss the exit?

So after jotting down his name and badge number, I turned around hoping that info and my receipt from Telegraph in Oakland a few minutes later may convince the traffic police that i really, really didn't mean to cross the bridge ... because look at the time on the photo. Look at the time on my receipt. Do you think i really wanted or had time to go to SF.

Anyway, I noted a few businesses while beating it from TI.

The last time i was there was 2005.

Delancy Street seems to have left and Crossroads Cafe is now Treasure Island Bar and Grill. Here's the address

There was a sign for Oasis Cafe which opened Feb 2011. Here's the address

Next to the Oasis sign was a sign for wine tasting ... I think it was Nightswood, Hoffman something, and Stein. A google turned up a cruise to TI with a one hour stop for wine tasting. Don't know if that still happens.

While I've never been at an event there, I remember seeing their event facilites once. Way back then they were lovely.

Searching around didn't give much useful info except for this insightful article by someone who lives there

She writes ...

"Treasure Island -- It offers fantastic views of the bay and cheap housing, but there is little fresh food to be found on Treasure Island ...

The island is one of several Bay Area neighborhoods labeled by the US Department of Agriculture as a ‘food desert,’ areas characterized by both high poverty rates and limited access to grocery stores'

It is an interesting article about island life especially the lady with " her daughter’s small Chihuahua in her arms in front of the open freezer door. Watson’s strategy can be summed up as buy in bulk, then freeze—Eggos, corn dogs, Hot Pockets"

There is some sort of organic garden there and chefs who stop by every now and then dressed in their kitchen whites.

Seems like a nice place but I wouldn't want to live there.

Has anyone stopped by recently or held an event? From what I'm reading the cafes are a nice place to sit on a sunny patio with decent enough food. The Oasis cafe did have a Persian flamenco night once

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