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Man Found Trapped in Restaurant Grease Vent After Two Days

Plus an all-babka bakery, Chipotle-style bibimbap, and more intel

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A horrifying situation

The scene at Chef Kwong, a Chinese restaurant in San Leandro that has been closed for months, was straight out of a creepy crime show. After a neighboring business owner heard moans coming from the building, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters arrived at the building Wednesday morning to find a man who’d been stuck in a rooftop grease vent above one of the restaurant’s kitchen stoves for two days. Deputies believe the greasy man was a trespasser and possible burglar. “First off we can confirm this man was not Santa Claus and did not have legal authority to be here,” Alameda County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly told ABC7. It took a half an hour to get him out of the vent; he’s currently in the hospital.

Jewish sweets

A new bakery in Palo Alto opens today with babka, babka, and more babka. At Babka by Ayelet (855 El Camino Real), the Jewish yeasted, buttery, braided loaves come in classic flavors of cinnamon and chocolate as well as more unusual sweet renditions, like nutella, raspberry-cream cheese, and halva, and savory flavors, including tomato-mozzarella and butternut squash. Owner and pastry chef Ayelet Nuchi hails from Tel Aviv.

Chipotle-style bibimbap

A new fast-casual Korean restaurant is taking over the former Brazil Cafe space at 1801 C Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. Mad Seoul will focus on bibimbap, but in a build-your-own format with some non-traditional ingredients (read: quinoa, barley, baby kale). Korean marinated meats like bulgogi will be a key draw, though vegetarians could skip them in favor of pickled vegetables and tofu. Look for Mad Seoul in January.

An ice rink with hot toddies and arancini

Oakland is getting its own outdoor ice rink for the first time this holiday season. It opens tomorrow, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday, January 6, at the corner of 9th and Washington in Old Oakland. Folks can find the rink daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. as well as a full slate of drinks and food from nearby Benchmark Oakland. The restaurant will serve hot toddies, hot cider, hot chocolate, wine, beer, arancini, pizzas, and chocolate chip cookies every day the rink is open except for Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Eat for fire relief

Boot and Shoe Service and Julya Shin of Korean pop-up Nokni are teaming up to host a series of dinners to benefit victims of the Camp Fire. There are six dinners running from January through March, all located at a 10-seat chefs table in Boot and Shoe’s kitchen, so guests will be able to engage with the chefs throughout the evening. The impressive lineup includes former Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell, former Top Chef contestant Tu David Phu, Stuart Brioza of State Bird Provisions and The Progress, Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu’s, Dominica Rice of Cosecha, and more. Tickets are live now.