Interview with Eskender Aseged about life in San Francisco

Above: Restauranteur Eskender Aseged, showing fava beans,
in his San Francisco garden where he hosted his first dinners.

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Updated: Saturday, July 10, 2010

New York (Tadias) – A blog on the San Francisco Chronicle web site,, features an interview with entrepreneur Eskender Aseged – a resident of the Mission District.

The blog MyMission “is a series of interviews with a diverse group of people, each with their own experience of the Mission. It’s part of a soon-to-be-published zine, Know Your Streets, which will contain resource, memory and cultural maps,” writes Heather Smith.

“Once upon a time (and/or about six years ago), a waiter at a high-end, downtown restaurant started a restaurant in his Mission district backyard, with plates from IKEA and live African music. Eskender Aseged, now soon-to-be official restauranteur, shares his perspective on cooking, gardening, and socializing in the Mission.”

Mission Local: How did you first come to live in the Mission?

Eskender Aseged: When Ethiopia ceased being a communist country, I left for the Sudan. My brother and I were first settled in New Jersey, because that’s where they were sending refugees. But that didn’t last long. We moved to New York. And then I visited San Francisco with a girlfriend. I realized I liked the place.

ML: Did you move straight to the Mission?

EA: No. First I lived in Bernal Heights. But then I realized I was hanging out at Cafe La Boheme most of the time, so I might as well live here. READ MORE..