Oakland Local



Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

The Barrel Room rolls out in Oakland

If a new wine-focused restaurant with proprietor-sommeliers who “specialize in obscurity” sounds like a great night out, then get yourself to The Barrel Room in Rockridge. Sarah Trubnick and Carolyn Johnson are in launch mode for The Barrel Room, an expanded version of their San Francisco wine bar of the same name. They’re furthering a

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

BookZoo’s Erik Lyngen just keeps innovating

Book Zoo, like most great ideas, was born out of the back of van. Erik and his wife Sarah were driving around the country in their van more than a decade ago, stopping in at thrift stores...

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Bay Wolf Double Duck Dinner: A celebration of community and alliteration

This past Tuesday, we were delighted to be invited by General Manager Dagny Brown to Bay Wolf’s Double Duck dinner. The dinner celebrates Bay Wolf’s 38th Anniversary! For Brown, the event was really to commemorate the Bay...

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

First Look: Homestead Restaurant in Oakland’s Piedmont Neighborhood

Piedmont Avenue has been one of our favorite neighborhoods since we’ve moved to Oakland. It’s a wonderful place for locally-owned retail.  My favorite comic shop—Dr. Comics and Mr. Games—is  there along with my go-to fabric store: Piedmont...