Oakland Spice Shop in Oakland, CA

Visit Lake Merritt on any given day and you’ll undoubtedly find yourself amid a buzz of activity — people rowing on the placid waters, walking or jogging along the lake’s 3.4-mile trail, or simply sitting on one of the…

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From Alice Waters’ Berkeley food revolution in the 1970s to Jessica Largey (of Los Gatos), James Beard’s Rising Star Chef of 2015, the Bay Area has long been a frontrunner all things epicurean. It’s also a haven for all…

Uber and Lyft may have some serious competition in the Bay Area. Ford Motor Co. is hopping onboard the ride-sharing bandwagon, launching its own pilot program in six U.S. cities (including Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco) and London. The…

oakland book fest

From Jack London to Gertrude Stein, Oakland has long been a home and haven literary greats. And now there is a festival to celebrate Oakland’s literary past and present. “Dedicated to books, ideas, and the pleasures of literacy, ”…

Curbside Creamery

The name Temescal is said to be derived from “temescalli,” an Aztec word for sweat lodge, but I didn’t see any of those as I wandered past flower-adorned gardens toward the Temescal Sunday Farmers Market in the parking lot…

Brotzeit Lokal

If you live in San Francisco, you’ve likely stared out across the water and wondered what people are up to in the East Bay. Well, they’re building a craft beer empire. The tradition of brewing began soon after the…

california restaurant month

It’s January, a time for new beginnings, setting goals, renewing discipline and… eating a lot. Yes, we too heard that proverbial New Year’s resolution record screech. But hey, while this month is about working off all the turkey and…