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alaMar – Oakland’s “New American” has a Birthday

Corn Half WheelsParmesan, white truffle oil, fine herbs There is nothing quite like marking an anniversary with a special occasion... something festive, an opportunity to both celebrate the successes of...
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The Spirits Society: A monthly spirits-tasting event

Much in the same way that the Bay Area has pioneered the locavore foodie culture, The Spirits Society aims to bring the same mentality to ecologically conscious drinkers who want to taste the best that...
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The revenge of 80-cent ’80s Night at The Ruby Room

Well, we can all admit it: Living in Oakland is pretty expensive. And while hoofing it to nice cocktail bars in Uptown and spending $12 a pop on drinks make us feel fancy, sometimes dropping $40 on a night of...
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Homebrew in Oakland like it’s 1902

We have Prohibition to thank for the ubiquity of the American Lager (think Miller, think Budweiser) and Jimmy Carter to thank for the relatively recent resurgence in craft beer. Here’s why: only the biggest...
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Sweet treat: PieTisserie gets a storefront

Jaynelle St. Jean and two of her employees (Courtesy of Jasmin Porter) 1605 2nd Ave., Oakland, CA 94606 | 510.859.7437 | mmmpies@pietisserie.com Wednesday - Friday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. // Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8...
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5 facts to keep in mind when dining out on the Town this Valentine’s Day

Oakland’s minimum wage increase from $9 an hour to $12.25 was passed this November by an overwhelming 82 percent of the vote. Potentially, this means more money circulating within our local economy, more...
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Minimum Wage and Lift Up Oakland: The Morning After

By Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Cafe & Victory Burger Much has happened since I wrote my original piece in Oakland Local about minimum wage, Lift Up Oakland, and why I supported a higher wage for my...
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Product Review: E-40’s cocktail, Sluricane

You did not have to tell when to go to the liquor store to pick up a bottle of E-40’s new prebottled cocktail, Sluricane. I was already there with bells on. As a long time fan of local rapper E-40’s music,...
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HAVEN OAKLAND: Reopening Set for Friday, January 23

As many of you may be aware, Haven closed immediately after the New Year for a re-working of its menu and dining experience. Oakland Local got the scoop from those in the know as to what diners can anticipate...
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Five Oakland spots to dine with your dog

While many local restaurateurs have long allowed pooches on their patios, now they can do so without fear of being cited. As of January 1, 2015, it's perfectly legal to dine with your dog--providing your...