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Oakland Restaurant Week sizzles

Jan 19, 2013 / By Serena
Posted in Good Ideas / San Francisco Bay Area / Travel
mushroom miso soup was a warm start to Oakland Restaurant Week The 3rd annual Restaurant Week is heating things up in Oakland kitchens. I went to Hopscotch yesterday, a new-to-me eatery in Uptown Oakland, and my burger topped with a… Read more»

Good Luck Black-Eyed Peas

Jan 1, 2013 / By Serena
Posted in Food / Garden Maven / Good Ideas / San Francisco Bay Area / Travel
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Happy New Year! Time for some black-eyed peas! They’ve been eaten since Babylonian times as a good luck food and as I dug around for recipes, it was hard… Read more»

Oakland Shops for last minute gifts

Dec 21, 2012 / By Serena
Posted in Good Ideas / San Francisco Bay Area / Travel
Lovely Pots and French recipes to make in them at Someone's In The Kitchen Don your raincoats and head into Oakland for lots of locally-made gifts for your loved ones! There are so many great spots, here are a few I admire: Urban… Read more»

Tea Time at the Top of the Mark

Dec 13, 2012 / By Serena
Posted in San Francisco Bay Area / Travel
Top of the Mark then and now (1965 and 2012), photos courtesy of Intercontinental Mark Hopkins A few nights ago at Rick Prelinger’s screening of the¬†Lost Landscapes of San Francisco¬†– quickly becoming a favorite annual tradition – I caught some footage of ladies at tea… Read more»

Good Times at Peralta Junction in West Oakland

Nov 17, 2012 / By Serena
Posted in Good Ideas / San Francisco Bay Area / Travel
The Peralta Junction commons in daylight, photo thanks to Peralta Junction There’s a good ‘ol time to be had down at 40th and Grand, thanks to the steam punk schemings of Peralta Junction producers. While there last weekend, I recognized… Read more»