Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon

No trip to Oakland is complete without a visit to one of California’s best and most historic bars. Built in 1883, Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon is a small one room establishment that was featured in a couple of Jack London novels and has a broken bar from the 1906 earthquake. It is the […]

Albany Bulb: Former Landfill in the San Francisco Bay

The Albany Bulb is one of those places that is both awesome and weird at the same time. It reminds me of a place like Glass Beach, where the way that humans have messed with nature has actually created a pretty unique spot. Albany Bulb is a tiny little peninsula on the San Francisco Bay […]

24 Hours in Oakland Itinerary: Where to Eat, Drink & Explore in the City

Across the bay from San Francisco, Oakland often gets passed up due to the extreme popularity of its sister city. That is a mistake though as the city of Oakland is going through a massive revival, making it a place deserving of your time, with lots of great adventures to be had. Of course, you […]

Nine Dishes you Need to Eat in Oakland

Over the last decade, Oakland has been going through a massive resurgence and becoming a go-to spot for foodies and explorers alike. I got a chance to spend three days just traveling around and tasting the different culinary masterpieces on display throughout the city, which lead me to this post of the nine dishes you […]

Boot and Shoe Service: Wood Fired Pizza & High Class Italian Food in Oakland

Boot and Shoe Service is one of the many restaurants leading the foodie revival in the town of Oakland. This upscale Italian restaurant features a menu that changes daily and that has a range of classic Italian dishes as well as their specialty, wood-fired pizzas. As the second restaurant from Chef Marc Baltes this spot […]

Temescal Alley: Where to Eat, Shop & Explore in Oakland’s Favorite Alley

When researching places to explore in Oakland’s up and coming neighborhoods, you will no doubt here praise for the Temescal area over and over again. This trendy district has become a go-to spot for some of the city best shopping, food and drinks. The highlight here is the small alleys known as Temescal Alley and […]

Shan Dong Restaurant: Amazing Dumplings in Oakland’s Chinatown

When I travel, I love to visit ethnic parts of the towns I am in, such as Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles and Chinatown in Oakland. I am a huge fan of trying new dishes and exploring what the local cuisine has to offer, especially when it is as rewarding as the mind blowing dumplings […]

Kayaking Oakland Estuary from Jack London Square with California Canoe & Kayak

Jack London Square is the central tourist area in downtown Oakland. Located right on the water, it has loads of restaurants and bars scattered around a four block radius. One of the most fun things you can do while exploring the square is to head over to California Canoe & Kayak to get out on […]

Shakewell in Oakland: Spanish Tapas Plates & Fried Chicken

In Oakland’s hip Lakeshore area, there is no shortage of great places to eat. I for one have always been partial to those that are trying to do something different though and for that I have become a fan of Shakewell. With a menu that stems primarily from the traditional tapas plates you would see in […]

Drake’s Dealership in Oakland: Pizza & Beer in the Heart of the City

In California there is no shortage of great breweries, but for me, there are a few that stand up above the rest. Breweries like Stone, Russian River, Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada and Drakes are the ones you will want to visit again and again. I love the beer at Drakes, but I had only visited […]