In the Bay Area, when you’re looking for summer, head east.
That theory played out well when CUESA, the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture, hosted its last cocktails event for the year last night with its summer edition, “Party Under the Palms.” For the first time, this popular farmers market cocktail event took […]Read the full post →
When you live in a world where everyone loves bacon, you can’t go wrong opening a sandwich spot that’s a temple to bacon, right?
That’s the apparent formula for the new Gastropig in Oakland, which since opening this month has been packed during lunch serving up it’s signature sandwich—the bacon slut—to nearby office workers in […]Read the full post →
Walking into Sweet Belly in Oakland’s Uptown district, it takes awhile to get a sense of what this place is all about.
The name is a big giveaway — Sweet Belly is a dessert spot selling sweets. But while it’s in a former dive Chinese takeout spot and is decorated like a space for afternoon tea, […]Read the full post →
Overlooking the 980 interchange and on the western edge of downtown Oakland is one of the oldest homes in California, where you can have afternoon tea that transports you to the early 1900s.
I’m referring to the Pardee Home, part of the Preservation Park area in Oakland, a cluster of historic homes in a quiet […]Read the full post →
The story: The people behind the San Francisco wine bar Amelie tried to duplicate their success on this side of the bay with another wine bar in Oakland’s Grand Lake/Lakeshore neighborhood, opening in 2014 and serving up French-California dishes.
Why I went: We’re in the midst of Oakland Restaurant Week when local restaurants […]Read the full post →
Not too many people may have heard of Firebrand Artisan Breads, the Oakland-based bakery that has been making wood-fire baked breads for the last few years. Until now.
Firebrand, which has only done wholesale business to restaurants and select stores since it started, opened its first retail bakery and cafe last weekend. It’s a large and spacious […]Read the full post →
Squeaking in its opening day in the waning days of summer, Little Giant Ice Cream is now scooping up made-from-scratch ice cream in a shiny new space in Oakland’s hot Uptown neighborhood.
The new creamery is on the ground floor of a condo building across from the former Sears building, which was recently purchased by […]Read the full post →
One thing I never could understand about the extremely popular Ramen Shop in Rockridge is why it never sold food in its large front bar. Instead, the space was often where crowds dwelled (granted with some well-balanced drinks in hand) while waiting for a table.
Now because of opportunity and the desire to reduce the wait […]Read the full post →
To all my readers on the East Coast, you may want to avert your eyes and not read the following.
So some of you know my general rule of not eating ice cream on cold days. Well, an early spring made an appearance during the holiday weekend in the Bay Area so I didn’t have […]Read the full post →
The story: Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop is a longtime cheese store across the street from a corner strip mall in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, but along with the cheese and specialty food items people come for Chef-Owner Jena Davidson’s creatively-named sandwiches and world-famous mac n’ cheese.
Why I went: I didn’t know about this place until […]Read the full post →
A couple of years ago, I noticed that a building around the corner of my Oakland apartment was up for lease. Formerly the home of a mattress outlet, I thought it would be a beautiful space for a restaurant with the building’s historic look and high ceilings.
Well, a restaurant didn’t move in, but probably […]Read the full post →
I’ve made it clear in the past that I’m not a big fan of Mexican cuisine because all the dishes seem to use the basic ingredients. But I do like a burrito now and then for a solid, no-fuss lunch.
So when people decide to play with the burrito concept, I get excited about some […]Read the full post →
It was perfect weather this weekend for the annual Eat Real Fest in Oakland, providing sunny and warm (but not hot) days for the crowds mingling around Jack London Square eating from food booths and trucks.
This three-day event is always a bit more manageable than the San Francisco version, which happens on just […]Read the full post →
Doughnut Dolly was a term used in London for women who brought doughnuts and coffee to the troops during WWI. But a two-month-old donut shop of the same name that opened in Oakland is not a throwback to war times but an elegant modern bakeshop.
The tiny store opened in what’s known as Alley 49 […]Read the full post →
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