last week you all enjoyed the post on umami mart in oakland that sfgirlbybay assistant editor rachelle dunn put together, we thought it might be about time to share more of oakland — also fondly referred to as oaktown. and right in the nick of time, maia mcdonald of the awesome blog conundrum, über pinner and art director at rue magazine offered to show us around oakland with her own little guide to the best of east bay, including where to dine. so, without further ado, i give you maia’s most excellent guide to oaktown!
Since moving to Oakland almost 2 years ago I’ve become a tad obsessed with my new home. People always rave about San Francisco, but little do they know that it’s slightly grittier neighbor to the east has some pretty amazing things going on. Don’t just take my word for it, not only was it ranked in the Top 5 Places to Visit by the New York Times last year, it also got top honors for the Best Climate, boasting more sunny days than Orange county. I could probably go on forever about everything I love about Oakland, from the breathtaking views when hiking in the hills, to the vibrant First Friday art and music scene. But for the purposes of this post I’ll stick to the revitalized restaurant and shopping scene. Below are just a few of my favorites in both categories and many of them are within walking distance of the Bart for those of you who are venturing over from San Francisco without a car.
2214 broadway • oakland
A local favorite helmed by executive chef Manfred Wrembel. You can’t go wrong with their deliciously modern take on California Cuisine.
5812 College Avenue • Oakland
Don’t miss the newly opened Ramen Shop in Rockridge, but get there early because there is always a crowd! Created by Jerry Jaksich, Rayneil De Guzman and Sam White, formerly of Chez Panisse, they’ve taken the classic ramen to the next level with a menu that changes weekly featuring interesting flavors such as Meyer lemon and maitake mushroom.
2442 Webster Street • Oakland
Mua’s large cavernous industrial space in uptown Oakland is perfect for large groups. With great art, loud music, superb drinks and even better food, I find myself going back again and again.
146 Grand Avenue • Oakland
True Burger takes a fast food burger to the next level. Specializing in house-ground beef patties served on homemade toasted egg buns, each bite is simple perfection!
247 4th Street • Oakland
A great brunch option just a short ferry ride away from San Francisco.
6317 College Avenue • Oakland
A really great neighborhood spot serving up consistently delicious locally sourced California Cuisine in a comfy environment.
482 B 49th Street • Oakland
It really doesn’t get more indulgent than the fried treats at Donut Dolly. These donuts don’t have holes but instead are filled by hand with custom, seasonal flavors, such as raspberry jelly, salted mexican chocolate and lemon curd. To-die-for!
Beauty’s Bagel Shop
3838 Telegraph Avenue • Oakland
Beauty’s takes their bagel making seriously. Done in a traditional Montreal style, which includes hand-rolling them before boiling them in honey water and baking in a wood-fired oven. All I can say is the outcome is mind-blowing!
Boot & Shoe Service
3308 Grand Avenue • Oakland
Scrumptious wood oven pizza and a killer brunch spot on weekends.
Brown Sugar Kitchen
2534 Mandela Parkway • Oakland
What can I say about Brown Sugar Kitchen that hasn’t already been said? It’s classic chicken and waffles. They are heavenly! Go now! Just make sure to get there early.
5453 College Avenue • Oakland
Atomic garden is a elegantly curated shop with everything from French stoneware to beautiful Turkish towels to some of my favorite stationery finds. I can always find the perfect gift for a friend here.
815 Broadway • Oakland
Specializing in Japanese kitchenware, Umami Mart has the most stunning items for the modern kitchen. An added bonus, they host a Ramen pop-up on First Fridays and carry bento box lunches on Tuesday/Thursdays.
Crown Nine Jewelry
461 A 9th Street • Oakland
Opened by local artisan Kate Ellen, Crown Nine specializes in the most beautiful handmade jewelry, not only by Kate herself but also by other local jewelry makers.
Marion and Rose’s Workshop
461 9th Street • Oakland
A quirky little shop featuring art, jewelry and other odds & ends that I always find irresistible.
482 49th Street, Suite A • Oakland
Another great jewelry store featuring amazing pieces by some of my favorite local artisans.
Crimson Horticulture Rarities
470 A 49th Street • Oakland
I could probably spend hours in this tiny store in Temescal Alley. With unique botanicals and everything you need to create your perfect terrarium or succulent garden, it’s awe-inspiring.
1235 Grand Avenue • Piedmont
You no longer need to venture into the city for your high end fashion fix. With brands like Carven and Jenni Kayne, you can find that special piece that you’ll love forever.
• all photos by maia mcdonaldunless otherwise specified.
oh, lookee. ’tis summer on the way and what is it about summer that just screams ‘stripes!!’? i dunno either. i think it has something to do with sailing on those summer seas. anyhow, i digress. this week on new and noteworthy i’m rounding up some of this summer’s sassiest stripes. traditional blues and reds, yes, and some perhaps with a more surprising twist of modern color.
1. Anthropologie Blue Striped Linen Dishtowel; 2. Anthropologie Handwoven Meridian Blanket; 3. Anthropologie red Chival-Striped Hand Towel; 4. a close-up look at Anthropologie’s Blue Striped Linen Dishtowel.
9. striped edge WALNUT SERVING TRAYS & PLATTERS BY DAVID RASMUSSEN DESIGN; 10. NOTTING HILL DUVET COVER from h.d. buttercup’s in bed; 11. striped color edged chopping boards from the hambledon; 12. PINK and yellow LINEN DOUBLE DUVET COVER from lab; 13. Indigo Stripes Pillow at shop terrain.
i have not been reading nearly enough lately. and i love reading and get immense joy from it. it’s the perfect summer escape. so when go mighty and rivet & sway eyeglasses offered to sponsor a find your joy post based on my goal of reading more i thought i’d give back to you readers a little and sponsor a find your joy summer reading group. i can’t read without eyeglasses, which is what inspired me to promote reading — it seemed like the perfect fit. so, here’s my plan: i’m going to give away one pair of women’s prescription rivet & sway eyeglasses, and i’m also going to give away 10 books to kick off the summer reading club — one hardcover book to 10 sfgirlbybay readers who’d like to join the group and read along together. then, i’ll host an evening of book club, live on twitter so we can all share our thoughts on the book. anyone will be welcome to read the book and join in on the online book discussion!
the first book of the summer is gillian flynn’s novel gone girl. have you heard about this book? it’s a really intriguing whodunit which has been at the top of the new york times best sellers list for a while now. we’re going to read three books this summer, and i’ll announce the other two book giveaways in late june and july.
• visit rivet & sway and tell us — what’s your favorite pair of eyeglasses?
• share your favorite rivet & sway glasses here by tuesday, may 28th at midnight PST.
• so sorry, this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
• as always, please be sure to leave a way to contact you via twitter, facebook, your blog or email.
• if you enter, please be prepared to read the book and join us if you can in an online book discussion one evening the last week of june, live on twitter. i will email winners with date to be announced and announce it on twitter so anyone can join in on the discussion.
all rivet & sway glasses are on sale at $50* off right now through May 31st, too! rivet & sway offers free home try-ons exclusively for women’s eyeglasses. they also ship your designer glasses directly to your home, with or without a prescription once you choose the pair that suits you best. so happy reading, people! let’s start the sfgirlbybay summer reading club!
just in time for Spring — the newly revamped Girl Crush site is live. have you ever checked out los angeles-based Wendy Wither’s clever blog dedicated to inspiring women everywhere? well, if not you should. the new site is Designed by graphic maven Mary Frances Foster, and the collage-style aesthetic perfectly captures the core of what Girl Crush is all about: sharing stories of women from all walks of life. wendy was inspired by this mood board below of images she created, and mary frances created the new site from this inspiration. spot-on and beautiful!
The visual overhaul of wendy’s site means the main page now exclusively features rotating Girl Crush stories of awe-inspiring ladies and what they do. Everything else — from wendy’s personal bits, to interests and events, to the latest about what Girl Crush is up to – will live over on the Girl Crush blog page. check out the beautiful new Girl Crush space, where you can find your regular doses of female-powered inspiration.
i’m just home from a long weekend away which was so wonderful. you know how when you leave town and go on holiday, the prospect of it is just so exciting? sleeping in a new place, with new adventures ahead. and then, after a week or so, maybe even less than that, you have a hankering for something a bit more familiar. usually for me, it’s my bed. i love my bed with it’s soft white linens and all the comfort and contentment it brings. no surprising pillows that simply won’t fluff just how you like them. no foreign bumps in the bed, or in the night. just home, just your very own bed calling you to surrender from your travels near and far. your sanctuary — ahhhh home. serenity now.