Thursday, July 9, 2009

best of the East Bay

Illustration by
Bo Lundberg

Diablo Magazine touts itself as 'the Magazine of the East Bay', but it tends to focus east of the hills in Contra Costa county. That's no great surprise given the name and the fact they're based in Walnut Creek.

Regardless, quite a few Oakland businesses showed up in their 'Best of the East Bay' issue. Some are because they have locations in both Contra Costa county and in Oakland, but quite a few are unique to our city. I've listed the ones I saw below, and quite a few are new to me so I'm happy.

Sôcôla (from the Vietnamese word for chocolate)
(sold in various locations)

European Breakfast
5008 Telegraph Ave.

Bottomless Sake
Coach Sushi
532 Grand Ave.

Pizza Parlor
5801 College Ave.

Way to Help Two Causes at the Same Time
East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse
4695 Telegraph

Vitamin C in a Cocktail
Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph

Summer Festival
Fire Arts Festival @ The Crucible, July 15-18, 2009
1260 7th Street

East Bay Museum
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street @ 10th

Venue for Live Music
510 Embarcadero West @ Jack London Square

Way to Water Your Yard
Hyphae Design Lab
(see also

Magazine Heaven
20 Glen Avenue @ Piedmont

Chocolate Shop
Bittersweet Cafe
5427 College Avenue

Service to Go Green
J. B. Turner and Sons
1866 Pleasant Valley

Shop that Sells Green Products
Whole Foods
230 Bay Pl., Oakland

Dress Designer
Bernadette Reiss - Biscotti

And besides the numerous businesses, they also hightlighted a number of East Bay people including Rickey Henderson, who will be inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame later this month.

Hall of Fame Spotlight
Rickey Henderson
@ Wikipedia


Unknown said...

i've noticed they focus on WC, Lafayette, Danville, etc a lot too. they need someone scoping out our neck of the woods, too. thanks for the highlights!

Cultural Connections said...

Oakland Museum of California to Close Temporarily Sunday, August 23

The Oakland Museum of California will temporarily close to the public Sunday, August 23, at 5 p.m. to complete its ambitious renovation. We will be ready to welcome back visitors in May 2010 with a grand reopening celebration. The transformed museum promises an entirely new look at the California experience, telling stories through the many diverse voices of Californians.

Visitors can look forward to more inclusive and interactive features in our expanded Art and History galleries, a dramatic and accessible Oak Street entrance, and new public spaces.
During the break the Museum will offer off-site and online programs.