It's not every day that Oakland gets to be something (good) that San Francisco is not. The gritty city also known as Oaktown perpetually gets the brunt of bad press, while San Francisco basks in the spectacularness that has tourists eating out of its hands.
But have you noticed that, lately, all y ... More >>
The first knock down came in a flash, a lightning bolt on a clear night, one Andre "Son of God" Ward punch and "Bad" Chad Dawson fell to the canvas.
Ooooohhhhhffffff! the hometown crowd roared.
Oracle Arena hadn't made that noise since Baron Davis Boom-Dizzled Andrei Kirilenko in the 2007 NBA pla ... More >>
When we wrote up Krave's artisan jerky, a reader suggested that Oaktown Jerk made a jerky worth looking into. Then we discovered the new artisan jerky Jerk'N Pickle at the SF Chocolate Salon, and realized that it was time for a jerky-off.
Cool label to be sure, but the meat was less i ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.
That was quick. Inside Scoop reports Kim Alter is already out as executive chef of Sausalito's Plate Shop. Opened in February, Atler took an executive role for the first time, after working in the kitchen ... More >>
If you've been at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas recently -- and no, I wasn't expecting to start a sentence that way either -- perhaps you took in MüS.I.C., the critically acclaimed live show from masked B-boy crew JabbaWockeeZ. Or perhaps you saw it at the 2009 NBA All Star Game? Or maybe you're jus ... More >>
Sonya YuKevin Kroger in his last gasp at Monk's Kettle. He'll be selling wild mushroom penne and chipotle chocolate bacon bars Saturday.Recently departed Monk's Kettle chef Kevin Kroger is among two dozen chefs and other food vendors showing up Saturday for the first of two community food mar ... More >>
cscotta/FlickrA traditional letterpress: Good for wedding invitations, and also sandwiches.It looks like tomorrow will see the dawn of primo caffeine in Oakland, as Blue Bottle's new roasting facility (with attached retail café) is slated to open at 300 Webster (at Third St.), a circa-1923 w ... More >>
Oaktown is the site of tomorrow's appropriately named Oaktoberfest in the Dimond District (Ground Zero: MacArthur and Fruitvale), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. It's continuing a longstanding tradition: In the early 1900s, the area was full of beer gardens and German-owned vacation spots for S.F. families.
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Retro Chic: Raphael Saadiq
November 18th will be a homecoming of sorts for Oakland native Raphael Saadiq. Ray Ray, as he is known, is arguably the most prolific and talented male soul/R&B artist around today--equally seasoned at singing, playing several instruments, and producing. Saadiq has ... More >>
EKAphotographyRound Midnight: the Oasis crew
The recent Uptown Unveiled event cast a spotlight on the revitalized Oakland nightlife scene, which is really beginning to come into its own after years of playing second fiddle to SF. As it stands now, there's a solid strip of venues in and around Broad ... More >>
Oaksterdam UniversityWith Oakland broke and growing broker (like many other American cities), calls for the city to get into the growing and selling of medical marijuana are being taken more seriously.The idea seems a lot less crazy when you take a look at the potential revenue to be generated, espe ... More >>
Femi Andrade may be the Bay Area's best-kept secret. That phrase gets tossed around a lot, but in her case, it's highly applicable. The Afro-Rican soulstress has tempted many local music fans over the years with her dynamic live performances and sultry hooks on other people's songs, but has kept us ... More >>