The weather looks to be mostly sunny and lovely in the East Bay this weekend. Why not take a gentle bike ride along the serene Alameda Creek Trail, which runs uninterrupted for 12 miles from Fremont to the San Francisco Bay.
Whether you’re into classic board games like chess and Go, card games like Magic, miniature games like X-Wing, or you just want to bust out the old Catan, these local game shops have you covered. Bust out your favorite game and make friends along the way.
Our 2016 guide to the best body treatments in the Bay Area is perfect for soothing away your winter doldrums, office-ignited stress, or après-gym soreness.
It can't be denied: ramen is having a moment. From the long lines at Mensho Tokyo to the long lines at the Itani Ramen pop-up, folks on both sides of the Bay are eagerly licking their lips over this Japanese comfort food. Whether you're seeking a bowl straight from Asia or a new take on the classic, here are four East Bay spots where you should be slurping noodles.
You can't sit down to dinner at colorful Mission eatery Loló without ordering the panko avocado taco. The crispy fried panko batter contrasts brilliantly with the rich creamy avocado and melty Oaxacan cheese—making this menu staple a must-eat whenever you're in the neighborhood. It's a classic on 7x7's annual Big Eat list, and now you can make it at home with this recipe. Provecho!
The food courts of yesteryear were defined by their tinny atmospheres, grimy seating, and the smell of pizza dying beneath the heat lamps. Thank heavens that, here in San Francisco, we have the Ferry Building and the Market at Twitter. Now Emeryville is catching up, with the gentrification of Public Market, a civilized food court that aims to capture the East Bay's foodie crowd.
Chef Dominique Crenn has been delighting palates in San Francisco with the artful fare at her two-Michelin-starred restaurant Atelier Crenn and at her newer more casual eatery, Petit Crenn, in Hayes Valley. This winter, she ventured across the Bay Bridge to bring us Antoinette, a French-style brasserie in the newly renovated Claremont Club & Spa.
Home to the original locations of Amoeba and Rasputin, the East Bay is no stranger to reputable record stores. Over the past few years, there’s been an influx of specialty shops offering a niche selection of rarities, reissues, and classics. Take a spin around town and experience these gems in all of their analog glory.
Livermore Valley may not get the same national spotlight as Napa and Sonoma, but its position as viticultural underdog means you can taste world-class wines without crawling through traffic on Highway 12. Whether you prefer tucked away wineries making small-lot vino or relaxing to live music on the patio of the winery, this easy Livermore Valley tasting itinerary offers options to suite every palate.
Just because it's wet outside doesn't mean you have to stay holed up inside your apartment on a Friday night. Oakland is chock full of rad indoor activities to keep you dry and entertained all weekend long. Choose one and off you go.