Saturday November 30, 2013
This semester at UC Berkeley
, I've taken a class about "Berkeley in the Sixties." It's been fascinating to learn more about Berkeley (and the rest of the East Bay). All of the books have been interesting, but some have stood out as exceptional.
If you're interested in learning more about the area's history, check out my reviews of these books -- along with the star rating I gave each one!
Berkeley: A City in History (4.5 stars)
Berkeley At War: The 1960s (2.5 stars)
Black Against Empire (4 stars)
The Free Speech Movement: Reflections on Berkeley in the 1960s (4 stars)
Berkeley in the Sixties (documentary; 4 stars)
It's amazing how much I didn't know about the area's history, despite having lived here my whole life! If you're in a similar position, I suggest any of these books. Of course, you could also take classes at a local community college (check out the list here) or visit one of the great nearby museums as part of your East Bay education.
What is your favorite book about the East Bay? Know any great Oakland or Berkeley trivia tidbits? Leave a comment!
Monday November 18, 2013
It's always fascinating to watch when one business moves into another's unspoken territory. Remember when Little Star moved to Albany, just down the street from East Bay staple Zachary's?
In a similar move, though with thrift stores instead of restaurants, Savers seems to be trying to sneak into the gaps Thrift Town has left.
Just last week, Savers opened a Berkeley location. The grand opening was Thursday, 11/14/13. It's in the building that used to be Andronico's on University Avenue (1414 University Avenue, to be precise). I haven't been able to check it out yet... have you? What's it like? Does it deserve a place on the list of the best thrift stores in the East Bay?
Thursday October 31, 2013
It's been a blast handing out candy to kids all evening (even if they don't recognize or appreciate the creepy Tom Waits music that's been playing!). Some of the costumes are so imaginative and well-done.
After a while, though, I find that being around so many kids makes me want to do something thoroughly grown-up. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for adult fun tomorrow:
Check out a local winery. Yes, Oakland has quite a few wineries of its own! Many of the tasting rooms are open on Fridays, or throughout the weekend.
Go to a farmers' market, buy some veggies, and cook a healthful meal. Because let's face it: the kids aren't the only ones who can't resist candy.
Stop by one of the late night restaurants in the East Bay. If you've been too busy handing out candy to find time to eat tonight, this could be a great solution.
Check out one of the two Irish pubs in the East Bay: the Starry Plough or Bill McNally's. Even though Saint Patrick's Day is still months off, it's hard to beat the warm, welcoming atmosphere at either of these places.
Whatever you decide to do, have fun -- and remember not to eat TOO much of that leftover candy!
Monday September 30, 2013
If you read this blog with any regularity, you've probably figured out by now that I'm a bit of a foodie. As a result, I really enjoy the amazing variety of restaurants the East Bay has to offer. When there are so many choices, though, it can be hard to know where to go. With that in mind, I've compiled lists of my favorite restaurants in the following categories:
Of course, no one can try all the restaurants in the area (at least, not without a few years to spare and being willing to gain a few hundred pounds). So let's hear it: what are your favorites in each of these categories? Have I missed a place that deserves to be listed?
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