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.
April may be winding down, but the events are heating up.
On a grey afternoon in Oakland, I'm headed toward Stanford Avenue in Emeryville to pick up a dinner I had ordered online. Rather than using Caviar or Munchery, or one of the many on-demand meal service apps meant to have your dinner ordered, delivered, and eaten within an hour, I opted for a home-cooked meal (Cá Kho Tộ, a traditional Southern Vietnamese dish, to be exact) that must literally be picked up from someone else's home.
7x7's Friendly Guide to Cannabis: The Bay Area's Best Dispensaries, Delivery + Chicest Weed Boutiques
The dispensaries of yore, you've seen them: neon green signs, bars on the windows, intimidating bouncers. We say goodbye to all that as the new era of sophisticated pot shops brings more familiar amenities—concierges, chandeliers, digital menus, even a VIP lounge. And, of course, on-demand delivery. Here are our favorite (read: clean, stylish, safe) places in the Bay Area to buy grade-A flowers (all lab-tested with no yucky stuff), artisanal edibles, and more.
Bay Area residents are already obsessed with food—put some cannabis in there, and we all go bananas. Unsurprisingly, today's local edibles market is touting all the watchwords of our favorite chefs and restaurants—artisanal, organic, and so on.
For those of you who miss the "old San Francisco"—who lament that tech and wealth and gentrification and provincial attitudes have come to replace the weird, funky, groovy, boho, quirky, far-out, thoughtful, sometimes-seedy-in-a-cool-way, really revolutionary vibe of the City by the Bay—we have a special 4/20 tonic for you. Because in case you haven't noticed, there's a movement happening here.
Mixed martial artist Conon McGregor famously said, “Movement is the best form of medication. Any time you move, it makes your brain sharper. It makes your mind sharper.” Sharpen your mind and body with these fabulous East Bay runs.
Craft farmers. Small batch. Sustainability. Those aren’t just buzzwords for pretty much every restaurant in the 7x7—nope, this is the tagline for the world's first major ad campaign for a cannabis brand, and it has sprouted up on Bay Area billboards today—tomorrow, look for them on Muni buses and in the local media, too.