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Celebs You Didn't Know Were From Oakland

Sure, you can rattle off Too $hort, Billie Joe Armstrong, Angela Davis, and Jack London, but did you know about these famous peeps who grew up in The Town? 

In Sydney, Mardi Gras Means a Fabulous LGBT Pride Parade

In the United States (and most of the world), Mardi Gras celebrates Fat Tuesday, the day before the fasting period of Lent begins, when gluttony and over-indulgence are encouraged and celebrated in the streets with colorful beads and costumes—we're looking at you, New Orleans. In Australia, however, Mardi Gras happens closer to Easter, doesn't involve enormous amounts of food, and doesn't even take place on a Tuesday. Confused? So were we. 

Unicorn Sighting Causes Police Chase in Central California (VIDEO)

It turns out unicorns do exist. Well, kinda. 

Secret Recipe: Juhu Beach Club's Masala Chai Tea

There's something about masala chai that just warms our hearts, and we can't think of a better blend than the spiced goodness being served at Oakland's Juhu Beach Club. Now you can get the same feeling at home with the JBC official recipe. Feel free to add bourbon or dark rum for a treat!

Secret Recipe: Calavera's Rhubarb Rose Margarita for National Margarita Day

At least once a month I belly up to the bar at Calavera in Uptown Oakland to sip their magical, salt air-rimmed margaritas and snack on guacamole con chapulines. It's my favorite tradition

Treat Yourself to a Luxurious Weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Two weeks ago, I decided to leave the hustle, bustle, and turmoil of the Super Bowl-ridden Bay Area behind and treat myself to a luxurious 36 hours in the Monterey Peninsula. If you're also in need of a short, but glorious, break then follow these simple guidelines to relaxing in style. 

Oakland Staycation: Getting Nautical in Jack London Square

While seemingly out of the way for Oakland residents who spend their time drinking greyhounds in Uptown or making laps around Lake Merritt, a newly revamped Jack London Square is brimming with ways to spend a delightful weekend on the water. From a morning spent kayaking in the harbor, to fresh oysters for lunch, to a glass of wine and a movie overlooking the bay, Jack London Square is the closest you can get to a beachy vacation within walking distance of a BART station. 

Once Pushed Out by the Nazis, a French Outerwear Brand Is Reborn in San Francisco

In 1925, in his shop on Rue de Bondy in the western outskirts of Paris, budding entrepreneur Joseph Smutek began making quality raincoats that were meant to last for generations. His business enjoyed 15 years of success before the 1940 Nazi invasion forced the Jewish craftsman and his sons to flee France and immigrate to the United States, shuttering their business forever. Seventy-five years later, Smutek's great-grandson, Daniel Smith, is reviving the brand in San Francisco.

Oakland Photographer Brittani Sensabaugh Captures Portraits of Life in America's Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

I had known Brittani Sensabaugh for less than two minutes before she started crying. It was last Thursday morning at a well known cafe in Uptown Oakland. We had just sat down over mugs of hot chocolate, when she pointed out to me that we were the only two "melanin people" (her term for people of color) in the room. Then, in walked a young black man wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Unarmed Citizen.” Cue the water works.

Eat Here Now: Black Bark BBQ Brings More Than Delicious Meat to Fillmore

It's been almost 15 years since the heady smell of barbecue permeated San Francisco’s Fillmore District, and reviving the delicious tradition was no easy task. It took an entire neighborhood. 

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