Sunday, August 30, 2009
WHO LIVES HERE? Edward and Akiko Higgins
East coast born chef Edward Higging was very familiar with pioneering neighborhoods and lofts before purchasing his upstairs courtyard loft at PCL. He was the chef for the original NY based Craft restaurant before he decided to relocate to Tokyo where he quickly learned Japanese and landed a job as a chef at the Four Seasons Hotel. His Japanese born wife Akiko had attended an interior design program in San Francisco and was fluent in English, working as English editor back in her native country. As fate would have it the two met on a commuter train in Tokyo where Akiko asked Edward to help her with a piece she was editing. Sparks flew and they were soon married. When discussing their return to the states, Akiko laid down the law and said anywhere but NY. With a new opportunity for Edward arising at the Four Seasons in Silicon Valley they moved to the Mountain View where it took Edward 17 minutes to even reach the freeway from his home to begin his commute. Needless to say one of the attractions of the Pacific Cannery Lofts was the quick access to freeways in all directions in addition to the potential of the neighborhood and the great design.
First impressions were important to the Higgins couple and they loved the history, design, location and neighborhood that was becoming the new Central Station community. Akiko whose blogging work allows her to write from her loft is kept company by their “freagle” Penne, who is a designer breed, cross between a French bulldog and a beagle. Penne frequents the dog washing station and Edward keeps his bikes in the Velo Lounge, two amenities that made an instant impact on the couple.
When I asked Edward where to get the best Japanese food in Oakland he quickly responded, “my kitchen!” Ok…so invite me over! I love Japanese food! But his specialty is fancy Italian cooking and both he and Akiko frequent Pizzaiola in the up and coming Temescal area.
Akiko, Edward and Penne….welcome to the new community at PCL and Central Station!