Jamal, owner and operator of both Banana Sam’s and Hummingbird Cafe on Euclid Avenue, emigrated from Syria to the United States in 1985 at the age of 24. Jamal left Syria to study in the United States and escape the country’s escalating violence, but was unable to return for 20 years.

The Smoothie Man

Berkeley smoothie store owner watches the war back home in Syria from afar

Editor’s Note: Jamal’s last name has been removed from this story in the interest of his family’s safety.  By the time the customers start arriving in the morning, Jamal has been up for hours. He woke at 5 a.m. and drove from his home in Richmond to an Oakland wholesaler
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Berkeley's secret waterfall

Travel Tuesday: Berkeley’s secret waterfall

Now that you’ve spent the past week roasting in long-missed Berkeley sunshine, the Clog has decided to share a vital piece of information with you: Berkeley has a secret waterfall! OK, fine. We’re not talking Yosemite Falls here, but it’s still pretty cool. Less than a 20-minute walk from North
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