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Sipping Around the Pacific Rim

Shochu, soju, and other Asian spirits are gaining widespread attention at long last.

Fun and (Bar) Games in the East Bay

Life-size Jenga, new-wave bowling, bocce, and more compete with old-school pool, darts, and pinball.

Hidden Stretch of 19th Street Reveals Treasures

Veer slightly off the beaten path in Uptown onto 19th Street, between Webster and Franklin streets, to find a strip of shops and bars where you’ll find happy hour libations, music, and fall fashion.

Best Doctors in the East Bay

Our annual directory of the best doctors in the East Bay features 249 physicians in 60 specialties.

Best Doctors in the East Bay

Our annual directory of the best doctors in the East Bay features 249 physicians in 60 specialties.

Form and Function in Home Design

Design rules our lives, especially the furniture and décor that fill our homes. Imagine if you could outfit your surroundings with one-of-a-kind designs that felt more like works of art, replacing a scratched up rocking chair with a sleek, simple stool or whimsical bench. Wouldn’t daily life be just a little better?

Shop Eat Play in Golden Gate District

Blink and you might miss a hive of artisan activity in the Golden Gate district, the North Oakland neighborhood that straddles the Berkeley and Emeryville borders and apparently was once known as Klinknerville in honor of its colorful founder, Charles Klinkner, a rubber stamp salesman and developer.

Berkeley’s Westbrae Wakes Up

Once known as Ocean View for its sweeping views of the Golden Gate, West Berkeley has been many things: a stagecoach stop, an offbeat arts community, an industrial hub, and, most recently, a premier East Bay shopping destination, thanks in part to Fourth Street’s still-growing stretch of stores and restaurants.

Asian Chefs From Sunhui Chang to James Syhabout Reinvent the Food of Their Youth

Young Asian chefs and restaurateurs in Oakland love the food of their home countries and their youth, like the salty-sweet street fare from Mumbai’s beaches or the spicy roasted Siamese peanuts sold on Thailand streets. Oakland-based cooks like to do their own thing, often outpacing their counterparts elsewhere. They herald the rise of inventive, new dishes with fresh takes on traditional cuisine. Here are six spots raising the bar, and changing expectations, for what Asian food can be.

Pasta as Comfort Food, from Bellanico to Pizzaiolo

Our favorite comfort foods are often those that we ate as kids. So perhaps it’s no surprise that in the case of pasta—one of the all-time top comfort foods—many of Oakland’s favorite versions can be traced back to an old family recipe. We touched base with a few of the city’s Italian restaurants for the story behind their signature pasta dishes (hint: there are a lot of Italian mothers and grandmothers involved).