What’s Your Favorite Roast at The Ubuntu Coffee Cooperative?

The Ubuntu Coffee Cooperative takes its name from a South African philosophy of harmony. "Ubuntu" refers to the belief that success comes second to compassion and love for others. That's why this small coffee-roasting cooperative only prepares Fair Trade coffee, ensuring that workers around the world are compensated appropriately and treated well. They also opt […]

Shop Locally Made Art and Crafts at Rare Bird

Candle-making, tapestry-weaving, and screen-printing are just a few of the trades you can pick up at Rare Bird. The small boutique stocks a collection of locally sourced arts and crafts, and it also hosts workshops that teach attendees how to make their own. So whether you want to pick up a pre-made masterpiece or have […]

Tip Back a Cold One at Hometown Heroes East Bay

If you haven't been to Hometown Heroes East Bay, which opened at the beginning of June, you're missing out—and not just on artisan cocktails. The friendly community sports bar serves innovative Filipino fare from brunch to happy hour, so it's always a good time to meet friends for a few drinks and the unique noshes. […]

Don’t Skip the Housemade Leche Flan at Likha

"Likha" means "to create," so it's the perfect moniker for the Filipino pop-up restaurant that's currently operating out of the kitchen at Hometown Heroes. Likha's chefs Bobby Punla and Jan Dela Paz create contemporary "merienda" (snacks) and "ulam" (main dishes) that pay homage to their Filipino-American roots. Since it opened in June, Likha has drawn […]

Don’t Miss the July 4th Fireworks at Berkeley Marina

The festive food alone might be enough to convince you to celebrate the Fourth of July at Berkeley Marina. Taste of Mexico will serve up frozen spicy mangoneada smoothies. Gourmet Faire is dishing out key-lime calamari and crab fries. Aunt Betty's promises hand-battered corn dogs and California Corn Roast will dole out grill-seared corn on […]

Drink in Panoramic Ocean Views at Marina Park

At a little more than 7.5 acres, Marina Park is the largest of Emeryville's public parks. It's also probably the best place to plan a picnic, given its collection of barbecue grills and picnic tables. Of course, when you're just looking for a beautiful view, you'll find that at Marina Park, too. It's located right […]

Sip on Salted Plum Soda at Holy Basil Pho

Salted plum soda, Tamarind-Ade, and ginger-infused lemonade are a few of the exotic beverages on the menu at Holy Basil Pho. They're all prime examples of the ingenuity of the kitchen team, which crafts Vietnamese food and drink with creative twists. Since Holy Basil Pho made its grand debut in March, local foodies have quickly […]

Explore a Piece of Local History, the Pardee Home Museum

The Pardee family has a long and illustrious history in Oakland. Patriarch Enoch Pardee came to the West Coast to mine gold, but eventually settled into life as an eye doctor—at least, for a time. He eventually went on to serve as the city's mayor, a member of the state assembly, and a state senator. […]

Creative Italian Cuisine Awaits at In The Wood

Wood-fired pork meatballs smothered with chorizo red sauce. Pasta or cauliflower tossed in a creamy cheese sauce and encrusted with breadcrumbs. House-made shrimp ceviche paired with fresh tostadas. These are a handful of the small plates on the menu at In The Wood, a contemporary Italian bistro in Elmwood. In addition to small plates, In […]