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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

How Far Would You Travel for a Waffle?

Jonathan Gold of Gourmet Magazine, a self proclaimed waffle snob, has admitted to traveling miles to taste many a good waffle but states that once he tasted the waffles at Brown Sugar Kitchen it was like he had never tasted a waffle at all. Jonathan describes the yeasted cornmeal waffles at Brown Sugar Kitchen as so light and so crisp that they are almost a different species. We are lucky to have Tanya Holland, brilliant chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen, right here in the neighborhood, a stones throw away from the Pacific Cannery Lofts. Jonathan on the other hand had to travel 400 miles for his waffle. To read more about Jonathan Gold's experience at BSK click here.

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KGO Covers Gracie Madden's Home

The story of Gracie Madden’s home aired Thursday, May 14th on the KGO 5pm news.

Click here for the video; Holliday Development folks are seen in the background working …

Here are some excerpts:

Cannon Constructors stepped up to finish the project with the help of an all volunteer crew, including some who are unemployed.

"It's very heartwarming. Again, we do it because we can. We have the opportunity to take care of somebody else," said Ken Kuhn from Cannon Constructors.

This is one of 40 homes being repaired by the non-profit group Rebuilding Together Oakland Nationally, rebuilding together rehabilitated 4,000 homes and non-profits in April.

"It's wonderful how we're able to leverage the resources that are out here and able to do the work at no cost to our homeowners," said Kym Luqman from Rebuilding Oakland Together.

Good feelings were all around.

"There's is good people still out here and it just overwhelms our hearts," said Edward's mom Leora Clay.

For some history, check out “Contractor abandons family mid-project

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Friday, May 8, 2009

A thank you note from Marie and Gracie

Marie and Gracie live in the Oakland house that we worked on with Cannon Constructors in conjunction with Rebuilding Together. (See previous post)
Below is the text from a thank you note they sent 5-7-09.
Marie and Gracie....it was our pleasure to work on your house!

To the Holliday Sponsors...Angels you are!
My family and I can't thank you enough. We are so pleased with our new home. You are so appreciated for your donation and love and work put out for my family. We haven't smiled in 3 years because of a disaster to our home. (referring to the unscrupulous contractor who ripped them off). But we now know there really are beautiful people willing to come into our lives and change everything. Again thanks just doesn't seem to say enough for your support. God bless you all.
Marie and Gracie
And mon looks forward to looking at her flower bed.