It's one of those ho-hum weekends in February: Weather's okay but not great, it's not a three-day weekend, and Beer Week hasn't started yet. But fear not, we still found plenty of fun for you in the East Bay. Following are our three favorite reasons to hop over the bridge this weekend.
There are few better bedfellows than music and food. No meal can be truly complete without a well-paired soundtrack, each bite evoking a symphonic deluge if prepared just so. Oakland’s new maestros of dining—chef Paul Canales (who put in 12 years at Oliveto, mostly under Michael Tusk) and general manager Rocco Somazzi—are plucking the strings at recently opened Duende.
When you're not busy drinking beer and eating wings this weekend, consider a field trip away from the sea of 49ers fans and head east for a little nature, a little wood-fired pizza, and, oh yeah ... antiques!
Who knew the East Bay not only had its own Restaurant Week, but boasted TWO of them? That's right. This weekend is a great time to eat in the Beast with Oakland's Restaurant Week just kicking off, while Berkeley's wraps up. And hell, why not take a long walk in between meals?
In preparation for the year ahead, and for the New Year's Eve celebrations coming our way on Monday, we look to the East (Bay, that is) for ways to celebrate the past, present and future.