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Neighborhood Guide: What to Do in Grand Lake, Oakland

Once just a swampy divide between downtown and East Oakland, Lake Merritt, nexus of the Grand Lake neighborhood, is now a destination-worthy cultural hub, thanks to a $122 million renovation. With fresh green expanses, a revamped bird sanctuary, and one heck of a beautified lagoon, you’ll come for the nature but end up staying for the food.

Secret Recipe: Huxley's Charred Squid Salad

The 25-seat Tenderloin bistro Huxley, which opened last fall, is the debut effort of Kris Esqueda (Saison, Sons & Daughters) and executive chef Sara Hauman (Bar Agricole). Its rustic, heartfelt menu includes the charred squid salad, full of California staples such as avocado, cilantro, and mint. The simple dish can be tailored to fit any season: Substitute chickpeas with lentils or quinoa for a hearty, cold-weather meal or, Hauman recommends, wait for summer to add sweet tomatoes for the perfect picnic salad.  

Spaces: Designer Catherine Kwong’s Office Blends High Glamour with Restraint

Transforming the old Sarlo showroom in the San Francisco Design District into her own creative command post required a bit of a mindshift for designer Catherine Kwong. “Decorating my office needed a much different approach compared to how I work with residences,” she says. Kwong has become known for her gorgeous interiors, filled with sophisticated mixes of graphic patterns, offbeat vintage finds, and eye-catching art. But for her headquarters, she wanted to get down to business.

Hunger Games: Three Fad Diets Attempt to Hack Your Body for the Better

It’s the stuff of science fiction: Futuristic diets, with seemingly magical ingredients, promise a complete body overhaul—more energy, slimmer figure, longer life. Local techies may laud the diets’ transformative abilities, but these new trends beg the question: Can man survive on butter-fortified java?

Secret Recipe: Doña Tomás Chiles Rellenos with Cauliflower Sauce

At Oakland’s Doña Tomás, a stylish bastion for upscale Mexican fare (Oakland is ahead of the curve in this category), authentic chiles rellenos steal the show. Inspired by the traditional dish from Mexico City, chef Thomas Schnetz adds a healthy twist by serving the goat cheese-and-spinach-stuffed chiles baked, on a bed of creamy cauliflower sauce, with a drizzle of crema and a bright garnish of pomegranate seeds.

Weekend Guide: Foraged Dinner, Instagram Art Party, and More

Party, drink, and be merry this three-day weekend. 

Foodie Agenda: Cookies on Demand, Hawker Fare in SF, and Mardi Gras Menus

Exciting foodie adventures for the week ahead. 

Q&A With Aaron London, Chef-Owner of Al's Place

Three years after Ubuntu, Napa's groundbreaking vegetarian restaurant, closed, former executive chef (and James Beard Award Nominee) Aaron London just opened his own 45-seat eatery in the Mission.

We Wanna Be Friends With the Founders of Roam Burgers

From pasture to plate, Roam Artisan Burgers offers delicious patties, sides, and shakes using fresh, quality ingredients. 

Where to Drink Pliny the Younger In San Francisco

Every year, the Russian River Brewing Company releases the phenomenally popular Pliny the Younger—their limited release hoppy triple IPA—for just two weeks starting the first Friday in February (that's tomorrow, February 6). And fans from all over the country are already linimg up for hours to get a taste of the unbottled brew. 

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